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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ftupid Editorial Page Monday, December 23, Revenue-sharing snag? Full reason to cross frontier: It's there When this newspaper endorsed the continuation of federal reve- nue sharing (editorial, Nov. approval by the 94th congress seemed certain. But homework recently turned in by the Nation- al Assn. of Counties (NACo) sug- gests that revenue sharing's pro- posed seven-year renewal (to 1983) may be in trouble. The revenue-sharing act en- joyed a successful debut two years ago house 275-122; senate 64-20 but, according to NACo, the introduction of 92 new con- gressmen and 11 new senators on Capitol Hill next month makes old statistics irrelevant. No, county association lobby- ists have not interviewed all 535 lawmakers information is yet unavailable from most congress- men but known supporters of revenue-sharing extension total only 28 in the senate and 184 in the house. No wonder revenue sharing's backers are a trifle concerned. Even more worrisome is the committee setup in the house. Under congressional reform, a new committee, government op- erations, will be chaired by Jack Brooks who opposed revenue sharing in 1972. Twenty of the committee's 41 members reportedly support it. The subcommittee most likely to handle revenue-sharing legis- lation, intergovernmental rela- tions, is chaired by Rep. L. H. Fountain an erstwhile proponent who reportedly leans now against re-enactment. In the senate, Russell Long a supporter of revenue sharing, will continue to handle legisla- tion. "County officials must act quickly to let their representa- tives understand the crucial im- portance of revenue de- clared NACo in its publication, County News. Fortunately, a wealth of new information sup- ports NACo's evaluation. One seemingly accurate barometer of revenue sharing's value is the financial health of states. Accord- ing to a UPI survey, more than 40 states are operating in the black and at least 14 reduced tax- es in 1974. Editorial Research Reports, which terms revenue sharing a "godsend" to participating gov- ernments, believes revenue shar- ing will survive in some form. "More than governmental units benefit from the reported E.R.R., "and taken to- gether they form as powerful a lobby as can be imagined." Unless, of cnurse, all happen to let the revenue-sharing concern slide during the holiday season. That would be a grievous error. As observed here previously, revenue sharing is not a flawless instrument, but it is a highly promising means of returning tax monies to the people who shelled out in the first place. Glittering again With American materialists re- empowered by their government to own gold at home (or stashed somewhere) effective next Jan. 1, sharpies all over the place have been polishing ways to cash in on the urge. You can buy gold in bars, in medallions, in wafers, in trinkets, in sculpture, in coins. Before the mystique of a metal less useful than lead enchants in- flation-worriers too much, one small point to bear in mind about the gold rush of '75 is this: For all gold's mythic merit as a tan- gible item of wealth, the sharpies dealing in it still arc more than willing to exchange THEIR gold for other forms of lucre, fully confident of profiting thereby. Gold, which famed economist Lord Keynes once labeled "a bar- barous has not suddenly now been transmuted to a sure- shot, fail-safe, inflation-hedging security blanket. This would even be a timely moment for a quick review of what some shrewd old- timers of the world have passed along as guidance on that matter. "Whereas gold is the kindest "all hosts when it shines in the sky, it conies an evil guest unto them that receive it in their hands." Simonidus of (AMIS, B.C. "0 cursed lust for gold, to what dost thou not drive the hearts of Virgil, 70-19 B.C. "How quickly nature falls to revolt when gold becomes her ob- William Shakespeare, 1564-161 fi "The lust of gold, unfeeling and remorseless; the last corrup- tion of degenerate man." Samuel .Inhnsnn, 1709-1784 "Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold." Thomas Hood, 1799-1845 Footnote, courtesy of Mark Twain: "There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate when he can't afford it, and when ho can." Throwaways rankle Precarious riches? By Jim Fiebig Back when I still thought cocktail lounges were interesting places to visit, I once saw a well-known tipsy attorney light a cigar with a bill. I marveled to myself, "is being filthy rich." If, on the other hand, he had taken that same bill and bought a round for the house, T would have considered him ;t philanthropist. I think you see the distinction. "Fil- thy" rich is extreme wealth without com- passion, a combination that manifests it- self in the literal wasting of money. While my definition of this pitiful Jim Fiebig Pk state has remained stable through the years, I realize today that the tipsy attor- ney failed to qualify. He was merely a fool and his money. Now I know what filthy rich really is. It's these oil-saturated Saudi Arabian princes who've been flying into Las Ve- gas and other world gambling capitals and dropping as much as a million bucks in two or three days. And smiling about it. Thai's filthy, brother. Thai's rich. It may also be temporary. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wasn't just whistling the blues last week when he said overinflated Arab oil prices could lead to an economic crisis that would damage the West's ahilily lo defend it- self. What he was saying between the lines, I think, is that Ihe West will not sit around idly twiddling its armies if the oil turns into a death grip. The Arabs hud better start buying a few rounds for the house. By William Safire The search fur the Northwest Passage a water mute from Europe to Cathay, across the frozen wastes of North Ameri- ca was one of the great adventure sto- ries of all time, the vain quest of Sir Francis Drake and Henry Hudson, final- ly discovered at the turn of this century by arctic explorer Ronald Amundsen. With a prosaie thud, the commercial consequence of this adventure was cov- ered on the shipping news pages recently under the headline: "Waters Off Jersey Will Become Terminus of Northwest Icebrcaking supertankers will one day be bringing millions of barrels of Alaskan crude oil down through the bays and seaways of Canada to offshore terminals near Cape May. Once again we see the pragmatizing of a dream, the glory of exploration end- ing up in a big tank in New Jersey. But the search for the Northwest Passage al- ways had a commercial impetus. What has happened to adventure for adven- ture's sake, the sweetening of life by risk that rejects the practical application of exploration or the commercial embodi- ment of Evel Knicvel? Sir Edmund Hillary, who led the ex- pedition that conquered Ml. Everest, spoke of adventure the other day deliver- ing the Frank Nelson Doubleday lecture William Safire at the Smithsonian Institution. "1 have often resented the way that science has sometimes been introduced to justify an interesting adventure particularly if a lot of money is required. "Adventure is worthwhile for its own said the man who had just come back from scaling some peaks in the Antarctic. "How many of us have been stimulated by some glorious effort that had no conceivable economic or scientif- ic Not many of us. The remnants of America's space program, a great ad- venture drowned in the sinking of Ameri- ca's national spirit after Vietnam, is to- day justified merely on military, diplo- matic and applied-science grounds. When John F. Kennedy said "Ameri- ca has tossed its cap over the wall of space" and what a beautiful figure of speech that was, of a kid presenting him- self with a challenge he did not say that spacefoods designed for astronauts would be great in school lunch boxes, or that satellite reconnaissance would make possible future arms control agreements. Essentially, the object was to shoot for the moon, which would not only en- hance our national pride at beating the Russians there but lift our spirits at the thought of what puny man could do. But then we became self-conscious about our success, and embarrassed at spending so much money on pure adventure when there were mouths to feed on earth. Accordingly, our space program to- day is justified on practical terms. The link-up of Soviet and U.S. space capsules scheduled for July 17, 1975, is said to be important for detente, and to show other nations who the real superpowers are. The probe of the solar system by Pioneer 11 is said to be finding useful data on ra- diation belts and whatnot numbojumbn. The reason we have poked a hole in the sky with a rocket is that we arc as curious as hell to find out what is out there. Adventure is danger faced for the sake of curiosity, the rise to a challenge "because it's there." Such self-testing ennobles the human spirit. Why, then, is there not great public- fascination with the half-billion mile flight of Pioneer 11 to Jupiter, wonder- ment at its grazing the Jovian clouds and then using Jupiter's wravlty to "crack the whip" and head for Saturn, 11 half-billion miles beyond? The answer, of course, Is that there are no human beings aboard and there can be no adventure without danger. But one day there will be men aboard (and women, and blacks, and young people, and ethnics) and this whole world will hold Its breath as the human spirit reaches up and touches another whole world. Viewed from centuries hence, these explorations will be the big news of our time, and our descendants will be amused at our self-consciousness at heavy costs of adventure without practi- cal payoffs. Why couldn't we see that such contests and heroics provided the necessary moral equivalent of war? That is why we can hope that NASA's publicists do not equip next year's astro- nauts with link-up messages like "this is a giant step for detente" or "the march of scientific progress is irreversible." Let our adventurer crawl through the passageway, stick out his hand and say something more appropriate to the glo- riously impractical spirit of the occasion. Like: "Dr. Livingston, 1 New York Times Service Looking for federal action Public wants more done against inflation By Louis Harris The Harris Survey Although the public supports many of President Ford's specific programs to cure thr ecnnnmy, a sizable majority (77-11 percent) of the American people believes "more federal action will be needed to curb inflation and the reces- sion." The President is going to have to come up with a more decisive program if he is going to recover from the fil-32 per- cent negative rating on "keeping the economy healthy." an.even lower 75-18 percent negative rating on "keeping in- flation under control" and the disastrous R2-II) percent no-confidence vote on his WIN program. These results most likely stem from public reaction to the cornerstone of Ford's proposals, the 5-pcrcent sur- charge on incomes of or more for families and for individuals. His projected .surcharge is solidly rejected by percent. A cross-section of 1.525 households was recently asked by Ihe Harris Survey: "Prcsidenl Ford has put forth o program for curbing inflation ond for getting the country out of the recession. Let me read you some key parts of what President Ford has pro- posed. For eoch, tell me if you favor or opposa it. (Read FORD'S ECONOMIC PROGRAM Op- Favor pose Not sure Require the auto industry to come up with new cars that give 40 pel 89 up with new cars that give 40 percent more mileage to the gsllsr: by 1973 9 Put lighter restrictions on the the country 88 7 Lower the taxes of families earning or less a year 86 10 Enforce the anti-trust laws against price-fixing and bid-figging more strictly 80 Spued up the construction of nuclear power plants 66 16 Give on additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance to those who have used up their benefits 63 25 Pul an absolute limit of billion on federal spending 59 18 Reduce the amount of oil imported from abroad by 1 million barrels a day by end of 1975 57 19 Lower capital gains tores to encourage people to invest their money in stocks and bonds 52 Hove the federal government put up J3 billion to finance new homes 50 35 Abolish the oil and gas depletion allowances 47 17 Eliminate electric power plants that uiu oil by 1980 47 25 Use U. S. naval oil reserves foi consumption 44 34 Take off all price controls on natural qm to mci-ense iti production 44 ,15 Increase up to 10 percent invairment tax credits to businnts 40 31 The President will now take a skiing vacation Op- pose Not sure Favor Make the regulations of the clean air act less strict 39 46 15 Pul a 5-percent surcharge on taxes paid on incomes over for families and for individuals 28 62 10 The people strongly favor controlling energy consumption, but not at the ex- pense of a clean environment. Majorities hope the government will speed up the construction of nuclear power plants and reduce oil imports into the country, and a plurality favors using more coal and less oil in electric power plants, but a plurality of 4B-39 percent opposes casing the regulations of the clean air act. The public is also solidly behind measures to help those hurt by the reces- sion: lowering the taxes of families earn- ing or less a year (favored by giving an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance to those who have used up their benefits (favored by (13-25 and having the federal government put up S3 billion to finance new homes (favored by 50-35 per- The people support measures to help business survive during these hard eco- nomic times, but want additional safe- guards against the possible emergence of monopolies. A plurality (44-35 percent) favor taking off all price controls on nat- ural gas to increase natural gas produc- tion, and 40-31 percent favor increasing business investment tax credits by 10 percent. Still, an overwhelming majori- ty, 80-4 percent, desire stricter enforce- ment of anti-trust laws. Although the people support many of President Ford's programs to curb infla- tion, they still doubt that he has taken enough measures: "Do you feel that what President Ford has proposed is to curb inflation and the recession, that it is too much or that much more federal action will be Is enough 10 Too much I Much more will be needed 77 Not sure 1 2 Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate People's forum Rationing 12 To the Editor: In response to all the pleas for gas ra- tioning in preference to a higher tax, I'd 23 like to say that rationing would turn out to be just as burdensome on the common person as the higher tax would. Looking at the days of World war II, 24 you can see just what rationing could do. It brought a tremendous rise in the black market, which could and would supply almost any amount of gas to those who could afford it, primarily the rich. Even 22 then Ihe government had the support of the people due to the fact that we were at war. Now. the government would not have 15 this, because it is .still unable to prove validly that there ever was an energy shortage to begin with or whether it was just perpetrated by the greed of big oil. J6 Is rationing an answer? I don't think so. If those who are so in favor of it wish a better solution, they should try volun- tary measures and not depend on the federal government for everything. Dliano Cooley Lisbon For mobile homers 21 To the Editor: The recently publicized problems of a mobile-home family attempting to move 29 their home and having to abide by state laws which turned a routine moving into a nightmare are only some of the tribula- tions endured by people opting for this form of residence. In addition to dis- criminatory laws, there are many in- stances of slipshod manufacture, improp- er installation, unhonored guarantees and insufferable park conditions, some of which may combine to place the indi- vidual owner in a position of absolute helplessness and frustration. Owners of mobile homes should know that there is now an organization, duly incorporated under the laws of Iowa, whose directors and members are pledged to do whatever is necessary to protect the rights of these people. It is known as the Mobile Home Owners' Assn., Inc. Its president is Mr. Kenneth Place. As secretary of the organization. I would like to extend to you, your staff and your readers an invitation to inquire about us and our aims. My home tele- phone number is 393-0304. Stephen 0. Moroso 92 Summer circle NK Treatment To the Editor: When do we get to sec the chain gang treatment for petty offenses, such as a meter violation, jaywalking, spitting on the street? It seems as if the chief of po- lice is trying to bring this type of treat- ment to Cedar Kaplds I know of a per- son who was treated like a common criminal on a parking ticket put in a squad car by two policemen, with hands cuffed behind his back, no less. This type of treatment won't work up here in the north part of these United States. Maybe it does down South, but it won't up here Whatever happened to the individual's rights? Why can't these same police get these kids doing all this damage to the schools and other places? These people are causing lots of trouble for others, not to mention the expense of repairing all the damage. I say make these same kids replace the stuff that they damage. Then the police will have all they can do be- sides roughing up John Doe. William Burrows 403 Second avenue SE Insights Pofionce is fho componion of wisdom. Sr Augustine
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