Thursday, September 28, 1978

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 28, 1978, Aiken, South Carolina m r OTOWIT ESEOT Newsmen Dont Tell All RALPHS Beeti MTU Trfc G5LA foR Nixon Brought Out Tenacity By PAUL HARVEY DR PETER BOURNE was President Carters advisor on drug abuse Now it is gossiped that Dr Bourne had himself used drugs The Washington press corps has gossiped that Dr Bourne used pot and cocaine according to Washington Post ombudsman Charles Seib because several un named reporters are supposed to have said they were in a bedroom with him at a party in December when he both smoked and snorted Then why did nothing come out un til months later when Dr Bourne gave a woman in his office a prescription on which he had written a faise name CrtrNTV Prjf5lse Fat In Pentagon Diet President Carter struck a modest blow against inflation by limiting pay raises for 35 million military and civilian whitecollar federal employees to 55 percent nearly three percent less than recommended by a federal advisory com mittee Recently the President was handed fresh justifica tion for a further effort to whittle down next years pro jected federal budget deficit The Brookings Institution a respected Washington think tank reported the Pentagon could save more than mil lion a year by reorganizing its 11millionmember civilian work force eliminating thousands of unnecessary jobs and reducing the pay of bluecollar civilian employees who now earn more than their counterparts in the private sector A freeze on federal hiring in general could save additional millions of dollars Without endorsing every sentence of the Brookings study we cannot doubt that the Department of Defense presides over its share of fat in government We suggest therefore that Mr Carter demonstrate the seriousness of his antiinflation program by slashing some waste from the Pentagons civilian legions By attacking the root cause of inflation the budget deficits attributable Atkrn Since 1867 SAMUEL A COTHRAN Publisher SCOTT B HUNTER Managing Editor AB CUBBEDGE Advertising Director CHARLES O GRICE Classified Adv Manager SUE SBROYVN Production Manager RODGER RAGAN Circulation Director Established In 1M7 Published every afternoon Monday through Friday by Aiken Communi cations Inc 124 Rutland Drive Post Office Box 456 Aiken SC 29801 Second class postage psidat Aiken SC Thursday September 28 1978 Page IB to excessive federal spending this sort of step would be far more effective than the new wage and price guidelines the President is reportedly considering Imposing tighter wage restraints on the federal bureaucracy would add far more to Mr Carters stature as an antiinflation fighter than futile railing against the free market We can think of no better issue on which the Presi dent might profitably burnish his image Carter Gearing Up New AmiInflation Plan The Carter administration is preparing in effect to ad mit the failure of its first round of antiinflation initiatives and to trot out a new plan We would like to be upbeat optimistic about the new plans prospects We are riot We can say that few tears will be shed over the demise of Round Ones feckless tactics When Jimmy Carter assumed the presidency 18 months ago the annual inflation rate stood at 52 percent Today the annual rate is 107 percent the first doubledigit rate in nearly four years The administration has tried tinkering with import quotas to curb rising prices It has sporadically appealed to business and labor to moderate price and wage increases And the White House sought to demonstrate firmness in its own back yard by setting ceilings on wage hikes for federal employees Collectively these measures have been a dismal flop The new plan is said to feature voluntary wage and price guidelines stiffened perhaps by proposals for federal tax andor regulatory policy incentives to encourage com pliance Rewriting the tax laws to permit their use as incentives for companies and workers to keep wage and price in creases within guideline limits sounds attractive and given extraordinarily shrewd drafting and administration it might even work in some instances But such legislation would also ensnare the Congress in an immense tangle of economic considerations so arcane as to make the energy policy debate look like mumbletypeg And it would invite opposition from most of the lobbyists and tax lawyers in Washington As theory it merits consideration Chances for enact ment of actual legislation are not favorable And regulatory policy is far too inappropriate a tool for use as a cudgel against guideline violators Without workable incentives or a whip to enforce com pliance the record of wage and price guidelines as inflation fighters is most unpromising Outright wage and price controls would of course be worse Which brings us to a fundamental objection to presiden tial formulation of any guidelines Given the present infla tion and the predictable failure of guidelines alone to con trol or reduce it the public would be certain to see such a policy as a precursor to controls The pressure for still higher wages and prices would grow as workers and businessmen sought to protect themselves in anticipation of a White House imposed freeze With or without guidelines the experience of the past dozen years has taught Americans to expect inflation and to make their economic decisions accordingly Its an infla tion psychology that is itself inflationary Breaking its grip on the country is a key to any successful antiinflation policy What that will require as Mr Carters more candid economic advisers will tell him is a sustained attack on the federal governments chief contributions to inflation the huge budget deficits of recent years and the unwarranted expansion of the nations money supply by the Federal Reserve Board United States Congress A Growth Industry By BENJAMIN SHORE WASHINGTON Many visitprs to Capitol Hill this summer have been impressed by the two same things incredibly overcrowded of fices and the towering steel framework of what will be the third Senate office building If they had read the local papers while they were here or happened to be in the Senate chamber on Aug 4 they would have learned that the new Senate building is creating as much controversy as a tax cut or so it THE SENATE on Aug 4 killed a senators proposal to halt the con struction tear down the steel and create an underground parking gar age with a park on top The cost would have worked out to per parking space Anyone who has been in a senators office would have to admit more office space is needed for the present number of workers Critics led by Rhode Islands John Chafee and Wisconsins William Proxmire make two points a new building doesnt have to be so fancy and it will only encourage the Senate to create more work and thus more committees and staff for itself THEY ARE RIGHT on both points The senators dont need another restaurant the lOQmember Senate already has private dining space for 205 they dont need another gymnasium they dont need 16foot ceilings glistening marble everywhere and wood paneled offices And the Senate clearly has shown a desire to grow In 1955 there were 1962 Senate employes today there are over 6900 During the same period the federal governments civilian work force has grown a modest 20 Visitors to Capitol Hill who wander through the buildings quick ly discover theres a small city up there SOME 15000 people work in the various House and Senate buildings supported by huge cafeterias post offices barber and beauty shops airline ticket offices parking gar ages credit unions and a 1150 person police force Why is Congress growing so much so fast There are several reasons First Congress doesnt have to ask anyone for permission to spend money it controls the nations purse strings Second most politi cians like having little empires ei ther office staffs or committees and subcommittees half of which could be abolished or Also Congress has convinced itself that it should buy computers and hire more and more experts to assess the information provided by the executive branch AND THE PUBLIC increasingly asks members of Congress to un tangle them from government red tape One gets the impression that 25 percent of congressional employees would be out of work if all federal agencies functioned ef ficiently and treated the public promptly and courteously So it is within that atmosphere of untouchability political power legislative power and public service that the Senate is moving ahead with its third office building ASSUMING the senators arent likely to scale back their present staffs the space is clearly needed The cramped working quarters may explain some of the funny thoughts that emerge just as they make it difficult to understand how some of the highquality work is produced But while more working space is needed a palace with a price tag to match is not Perhaps Sens Chafee and Proxmire will be aided by the Proposition 13 spirit in their effort to convince their colleagues to set an example for the rest of the government IF THE SUPPOSED drug involve ment was sufficiently significant to cost Bourne his job in July why had the reporters ignored it last December Were the reporters at that party if the story is true suppressing the news breaching the public trust Michael Gartner is editor of the DCS Moines Register and Tribune and he is also a lawyer Recently he confronted us of the media with this challenge It is a rare reporter who tattles on a friend One of the reasons that my home base is removed by a thou sand miles from Washington DC is that with Walter Lipp mann I have always believed a newsman should keep a little air space between himself and the newsmakers I dont know how any observer however disciplined could report objectively about somebody with whom he is on a firstname basis Justice Louis Brandeis said The function of the press is very high almost holy To misstate or sup press any news is a breach of trust Yet all those years that a certain senator was being helped off the Senate floor because he was drunk regularly and frequently you never heard a word about it Nor did his home state con stituents Should we have tattled Because he is deceased there seems to be no purpose in naming him now furthermore the Senate never has been limited to only one such MR GARTNER SAYS that editors and reporters know far more than they are willing to print and much of what they refuse to print is about their own activities Presently a reporter is on the carpet for having sought to use privileged information for personal financial gain yet there are dozens of reporters who have written profitable books based on sifch infor mation When reporters editors get together in a social gathering you hear the doggondest cacophony of substantive stuff that never goes publicYou have to wonder if the media is in fact selective in choosing its targets I KEEP REMEMBERING something publisher Katherine Graham of the Washington Post said We must ask ourselves if we would really have been as tenacious in pursuing the Watergate expose if the President had been any one other than Richard Nixon If it seems at the moment that the courts are intruding on our files and unjustly jailing our reporters have we been asking for it As Ashley Sees It By ASHLEY COOPER THE MAIL Annie Laurie Clark who sounds like a Republican to me sends along this poem which she received from California Vote Republican stop the Free Society Father must I work to eat Oh no my lucky son Were living now on Easy Street With dough from Washington Weve left it up to Uncle Sam Now dont get exercised Nobody has to give a wham Weve all been subsidized But if Sam treats us so well And feeds us milk and honey Please tell me Daddy where oh where Hes going to get the money Dont worry son aint no hitch In this here noble plan He simply soaks the filthy rich And helps the common man But Daddy wont there come a time If we take all their cash When theyll be left without a dime And things will go to smash My faith in you is shrinking son You noisy little brat Yo do too much thinking boy to be a Democrat HUGH F MORRISON forwards an ad that has been running in For tune Forbes Redbook The Wall Street Journal and a good many other publications Believe it or not it is for a president of Clemson Univer sity It says in part Clemson University invites nominations and applications for the posi tion of president The president is elected by the Board of Trustees Nominations or applications should be submitted by Sept 301978 to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees Clemson is an equal opportunity employer Hugh adds Just to find a president enough will have been spent on advertising and ravel and accommodations for prospects to send five students through Clemson University Since Clemson is heavily state supported why dont we let the South Carolina Legislature pick a president Better yet why not go out and pick a proven administrator such as Paul Dietzel Dean Smith Norman Sloan Dan Devine or our own Bill McClellan Let us make simple things simple and less costly SIMILE As busy as the guy in charge of changing the price signs at a filling station Robert J Herguth says you should always say hello its your howdyduty Also Charlie Wadsworth reports that a neighbors is getting along fine in bookkeeping class at school Now instead of asking for her allowance she just bills her daddy for it My doctor says I should take a little more strenuous exercise so Ive started to let my fingers do some jogging through the yellow pages Lou Erickson says a travel brochure is a triptease TV commercials well never see Joe Garagiola extolling the virtues of a shampoo Twig gy touting an uplift bra Kate Smith pushing stretch pants Santa Glaus praising doubleedge blades ARNOLD J ZARETT sings in The Wall Street Journal about restaurants Some restaurants are elegant With luxurious decor Fine paintings on the wall Thick carpets on the floor The service is refined And low music sets the mood Its a nice experience If you dont mind rotten food IF PRICES seem out of line today its because we havent had the courage to draw the line Alex Thein sings Mary had a little dress Ten inches above her knees She never wore the dress to work She wore it just to teas OVERHEARD at a teenaged disco I wonder what my old man used to do when he was my age to make him so suspicious of me The trouble with most of us in these trying times is that we stop trving What our country desperately needs is another expresident Basebaii on TV might be more exciting if they showed a championship chess game between pitches An income tax sufferer says he likes that song which goes I want a paper dollar I can call my own IF YOU OWN a dictionary you have the making of a best seller all you have to do is rearrange the words And I guess you heard about the old maid who put food on the windowsiU for peeping Toms If you are always looking out for No 1 just remember that No 1 is next to nothing A watch salesman says he hopes people will come to see him when they dont have the time A neighbor reported he took one of those all expense tours of Europe and that is just what it was all expense A sixyearold was telling her friends how to behave at her birthday party which her father planned to host and chaperone Hes okay if you do what he tells you she said and when he hol lers at you to sit down youd better not wait til you can find a chair The Strangler