Lyndon Johnson on Environment
Over the years, appearance had slowly become a workaday issue in the US. The rampage of junkyards and billboards along the highways, the air and water pollution resulting from the same attitudes, the physical deterioration of the cities were too obvious to ignore.
The results? In 1965-66, progress was incontestable. The pioneering highway beautification bill, however weakened by Congress, was the law of the land. Across the nation, Lady Bird was giving heightened status and popularity to appropriations for beautification, and the results had a cash register ring in the multimillions.
The region--so unproductive and insignificant in capacity in my youth--is now a vital part of the national economy and potential. More important, the wastage of human resources in the whole region has been reduced, if by nothing more than the advent of electricity into homes. Men and women have been released from the waste of drudgery and toil against the unyielding rock of the Texas hills. This is fulfillment of the true responsibility of government.
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