Democratic Party Platform of 1968

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Consumer Protection

Rising incomes have brought new vigor to the market place. But the march of technology whichhas brought unparalleled abundance and opportunity to the consumer has also exposed him to new hazards and new complexities. In providing economic justice for consumers, we shall strengthen business and industry and improve the quality of life for all 200 million Americans.

We commend the Democratic Congress for passing the landmark legislation of the past several years which has ushered in a new era of consumer protection—truth-in-lending, truth-in-packaging, wholesome meat and poultry, auto and highway safety, child safety, and protection against interstate land swindles.

We shall take steps, including necessary legislation, to minimize the likelihood of massive electric power failures, to improve the safety of medical devices and drugs, to penalize deceptive sales practices, and to provide consumer access to product information now being compiled in the Federal Government.

We will help the states to establish consumer fraud and information bureaus, and to update consumer credit laws.

A major objective of all consumer programs, at all levels, must be the education of the buying public, particularly the poor who are the special targets of unscrupulous and high-pressure salesmanship.

We will make the consumer’s voice increasingly heard in the councils of government. We will strengthen consumer education and enforcement programs by consolidation of functions now dispersed among various agencies, through the establishment of an Office of Consumer Affairs to represent consumer interests within the government and before courts and regulatory agencies.

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Chicago: "Consumer Protection," Democratic Party Platform of 1968 in Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), Pp.730-731 731. Original Sources, accessed September 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZS9SBPJFF55HHI.

MLA: . "Consumer Protection." Democratic Party Platform of 1968, in Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), Pp.730-731, page 731. Original Sources. 30 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZS9SBPJFF55HHI.

Harvard: , 'Consumer Protection' in Democratic Party Platform of 1968. cited in , Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), Pp.730-731, pp.731. Original Sources, retrieved 30 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZS9SBPJFF55HHI.