Joseph A. Califano Jr.

(Joseph Anthony Califano Jr.)

Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Joseph A. Califano Jr.
  • Born: May 15, 1931
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Government









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At least 25 percent of the money Americans spend on health care is wasted. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
At times we used questionable means to achieve our noble ends. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Despite an occasional nagging misgiving, I quickly found myself prepared to use the serrated edge of the political knife in the Johnson White House. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Drugs come to America, not by invasion, but by invitation. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Hillary [Clinton] was selected by only 8 percent of the population. [Donald] Trump, by only 7 percent Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Voters, Voting & Elections ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I had learned from LBJ that courage is as important as tenacity if you are to get anything done in government. Management & Managing Government
I never asked the political affiliation of anyone I hired. I looked for brains, judgment, talent, commitment to our domestic agenda, and a willingness to work around the clock. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I talked to the rest of the nation for about ten minutes about what Lyndon Johnson was doing for the people of the Northeast. In truth, I thought I was laying it on a bit thickly. But when I returned and spoke with the President, he mentioned several points I could have added. I learned that it was simply not possible to lay it on too thickly for him (or most other politicians). Miscellaneous
I’m not your lawyer. But if I were in your shoes, I’d tell the President to burn the tapes immediately and then proclaim he’d done so as a matter of national security and executive privilege and out of an obligation to protect the office of the presidency. Scandals
In a secular, pluralistic democracy these issues of life and death involve questions about the right of individual Americans to decide and the obligation of the federal government to finance their decisions. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In my years working in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, I had learned that those who seek the presidency are prepared to stop at almost nothing to get their party’s nomination. Voters, Voting & Elections
It is one thing to be elected President and quite another for a man to become President. Yesterday, you decisively became President of this great nation. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It took a firm hand, sometimes a fist, to imbue a bureaucracy this vast with effective compassion. Bureaucracy
Johnson showed me how important it was to use every hour of every day to shape national policy while we had the power to do so. Policy & Policy Making
LBJ’s policies were giving American blacks hope they’d never had, they found intolerable what they had once accepted as inevitable. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Members of Congress are never in town any more. They’re so busy raising money that they leave Thursday night and don’t return till Monday night. Tuesday through Thursday are now long days, so there is no time anymore for bipartisan socialization. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No legal fee can be too high for a large corporation with billions at stake on a phrase in a law or the timing of a regulation. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Politicians make pacts; people make peace. War & Peace
Probably the most effective legislator we've ever had. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The dominant color of politics is gray; difficult choices and compromise are required at almost every step of the journey toward a major new program. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Surgeon General's job is a bully pulpit and not much else. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Title IX is the law of the land. It’s yours to obey and mine to enforce. Discrimination & Prejudice
Today’s enemy may be tomorrow’s ally (and vice versa). Miscellaneous
Twenty five years in Washington has taught me never to tell a lie to a reporter. Media, Journalism & The Press
Vice presidents are candidates for political castration. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Washington lawyers and politicians have been bedfellows from the moment our nation was conceived. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We believe that the Committee on the Federal Judiciary can no longer be all-white. Minority groups, particularly the black lawyers of our nation, should be represented… Minorities & Women
We have a major crisis in the system. the Preisdent is so powerful that he overehelms the rest of the Government. .... This has been going on for over 50 years. Each president adds more and more power.... Congress is crippled and cowardly .... They don't use their appropriations power. They have been passing continuing resultions for 20 years. Power ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Congress & State Legislatures
When the alternative may be death, condom distribution is worth trying. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
With jurisdiction over the issue of abortion and the purity and safety of food, was the only place in America where both motherhood and apple pie were controversial. Bureaucracy