The players change, but the rhetoric stays. Some examples:
Sam Brown, Action agency director in the Carter administration, seeking to redirect the work of the Peace Corps: "There are a lot of people who think the Peace Corps should continue to operate the way it did in the 1960s."
Action Director Thomas A. Pauken, explaining his bid to abolish the Volunteers in Service to America: "We don't think the concept of VISTA is appropriate for the '80s."
Brown, responding to criticism that VISTA volunteers were acting as outside agitators: "VISTA is not parachuting young, middle-class kids in to tell the poor folks what to do. Fifty percent of the volunteers are picked by the sponsors directly and usually come from the community."
Pauken, on how to place 1,800 VISTA volunteers with a headquarters program staff of five: "The difference is that we're not parachuting VISTAs in from outside. The locals will recruit them."
There are, of course, differences in approach:
Brown, conceding he waited too long to carry out his plans: "If I had brought my friends in I could have moved a hell of a lot faster . . . . And some people would have been very unhappy."
Pauken, on his team's speedy moves: "We have done what we said we were going to do. Obviously, if you look at it from the position of some who believed in the philosophy of Sam Brown, they aren't happy. They shouldn't be."