From a speech in Atlanta May 2 by Paul G. Kirk Jr., chairman of the Democratic National Committee:
. . . The vision of the Democratic Party in 1986 is not the brokered sum of countless demands of competing factions applying narrow political litmus tests; nor is it a nostalgic vision of yesterday. . . . The Republicans, the ever faithful disciples of a "no-government" philosophy*, . . . like to frighten people with the false Democratic image of a costumed scarecrow whose only response to a problem is a massive government giveaway program. The Democratic Party Commission has renewed a vision for the Democratic Party . . . that, among other things, includes a belief in the role and relevance of government as a responsive and responsible servant of the people. It is the vision of a national party made real by Democratic leaders demonstrating the toughness to govern effectively at every level and the compassion to care deeply for the people they represent; a party committed to making the right amount of government, and no more, work effectively for the most number of people, and no less.
. . . Look across the country today and you will see the vision and the reality of the Democratic Party's fundamental belief in the importance of sustainable economic growth, of effective economic development, of proven economic performance and of prudent and credible budget management. The Democratic Party's leaders understand, as does every American householder, that a budget is not simply a financial statement that must be responsibly managed. It is also a political statement, a statement about people and priorities, about values and choices -- choices about investment and opportunities, about caring and responding to people's needs.