The Presidency: The Civil Rights & Consumer Messages

In a logical follow-up to his messages on youth and crime, President Johnson last week sent Congress two more of his omnibus proposals for improving the quality of American life. While the crime message skimmed the cream from the 340-page report of his own commission on crime and offered altogether new suggestions for action (TIME, Feb. 17), the civil rights and consumer messages represented, in large measure, proposals that Congress had seen before.

The Administration's civil rights bill, in fact, varied little from the tough measure that died in a Senate filibuster last September. The...

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