Decline in public support for equality

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Values
Policy issue: Equality
Description: Insufficient support to getting low-income groups out of poverty; reversal of past civil rights progress; slowing down of gains for women's rights.
Symptoms: Cutbacks of funding for programs directed to low-income groups; weakening of the Civil Rights Commission; slack enforcement of anti-discrimination legislation by Department of Justice.
Causes: Administration policy; public not educated to the importance of the issue.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Religious organizations; social movement groups concerned with the problem.
Goal: Preserve, and ensure for all, such basic civil rights and liberties as equal economic opportunity, freedom of expression, right to privacy.
Program area: Social development
Program-remedy: 1. Vigorous enforcement of laws and statutes, especially against economic discrimination, including unequal wages and job segregation
2. Securing equal opportunity through a growing economy
3. Specific programs directed to improve the human capital deficiencies of the nation, including the education system, opportunities for starting new businesses and the like.
Program-prevent: Renewed emphasis on teaching democratic principles and values in our schools.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Low-income and minority groups; women.

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