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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4 New Braunfels January Opinions Hvrald Dave General Manager Robert Editor John Hess House freshmen ydu have a choice Dear Freshman Congressman You spent something like 400 grand to win a job paying and before you were even sworn your fellow members already in place voted you a Now they will kindly explain to you what you are expected to do in closely to your they mean you Back in an electorate fed up with Watergate sent a flock of bushy tailed young Democrats to They actually thought they had a mandate to clean beginning with such key figures of the old machine as Wilbur Mills and Nice elder statesmen like Ed Koch gently straightened them They explained that compromise is the genius of So Mills and Hays stayed on as committee until a weakness for liquor and women brought them Koch moved on to become the Demopublican mayor of New the pet of promoters and other generous One of the class of 1974 who learned his lesson well was Tim Wirth of He is now a leader of a group called the Atari who argue that the cure for what ails our economy is to promote high technology not steel but elec Washington today By JAMES GERSTEIMZAIMG Associated Press WASHINGTON AP The Reagan administrations midterm shakeup is occurring at a fast and furious But rather than removing those who may be causing President Reagan has lost in a matter of weeks two Cabinet members with whom there was no sign of He also forced a purge in his arms control negotiating in the midsl of aseries of weapons reduction perhaps leaving himself open to Soviet propaganda charges of disarray in the Wests nuclear Across the private street separates the White House from the Old Executive Office five members of Vice President George Bushs pareddown staff decided to switch with all but one choosing to leave the White Reagan nears the start of year in his he has lost onethird of his original Cabinet he has watched three top aides leave his White House two under fire the arms control team is being and the vice president is breaking in a new In of the ad ministration officials are defensive about midterm assessments stating the president is losing control of agenda and failing to accomplish his Were at a difficult stage with a lot of these said one Were at a point where you cant get a lot of agreement with Its not a matter of simply being Its a matter of Its what every administration goes In picking Reagan bowed to the conservative wing of the Republican Party for the arms control jobs while turning to a more moderate area when he chose former Margaret Heckler of Massachusetts to replace Richard Schweiker as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Schweiker was the fourth Cabinet member to joining Tran sportation Secretary Drew resigning as of 1 former Secretary of State Alexander Haig whose departure was clearly welcomed at the White House last and Energy Secretary James who is returning to South where he once practiced Only hours after the Schweiker and Heckler left the East the White House copying machines were cranking out the presidents statement acknowledging the departure of Eugene Rostow as director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Rostow was forced out in the face of persistent opposition by conservative Republicans led by Jesse Helms of North Reagan sdid he was accepting with regret the resignation of Richard Staaras the representative at talks intended to reduce conventional weapons in But deputy White House press secretary Larry Speakes said it Had been made apparent to Staar we would like him to One White House official said that its hard to tell whether there will be more changes in the although a muchrumored shakeup of the White House staff was not in Presidential editing changes Louisiana speech WASHINGTON White House aides like to say that when it comes to President Reagan is his own He may be although he has a staff of speech writers but he is also his own When Reagan made hastily arranged trip to Louisiana to view flood damage on his way home to Washington from a California vacation after New Years his staff prepared brief him to give to the local Reagan set his hand to a typewritten text and smoothed out some of the more awkward Reagans scratchy handwriting could be seen where he crossed out and rewrote parts of every paragraph of the Ive come here today to tell the Louisiana that youve not been struggling changed by the president to I welcome this opportunity to tell you the people of you are not Your homes and lifes possessions may have been washed but your grit and mettle have know many here have lost their homes and lifes A speechwriter prepared text this way The entire nation wants to come to your And as in past national natural the federal government will provide firm and immediate I have told Treen that I am ready to review his request that portions of Louisiana be declared a disaster I intend to speed the process along when I return to but I can assure you now that the federal government will provide every bit of assistance and without After the president got through with it came out this way As in past the entire nation wants to come to your I know Treen is framing a request that portions of Lousiana be declared a disaster I have told Treen that I approve that The federal government will provide very bit of assistance and without when it came to shaving just a few words to make a smoother Reagan knew what he was doing Im told became I The people of Louisiana should know that the rest of America is standing with became Please know the rest of America is standing with you may think its silly to vote new tax breaks to industries that already have plenty of in order to develop new laborsaving If you havent read Elizabeth Drews remarkable reportage in the New Her message is that campaign money contributed by the special interest political action committees has come to shape our politics as never As a she the basis on which our system of representative government was supposed to work is slipping if not already Atari Democrats frankly told Drew that since the bulk of the money was going to the only hope for their party was tojmake a pitch to the same Their babble about high she also reflects their interest in industry as a source of i for the Atari Democrats helped slip a clause in the 1981 tax grab bag that gave a special exemption to Steven chairman of Warner Communications owner of affecting million of his earnings that jloss is a major Democratic Another Atari Richard Gephardt of Louisj has carried the ball for oil savingsandloans and the American Medical all geperous Wirth is a favorite chjarity of folks in as chairman of the House subcommittee Elder statesmen of your like Robert Strauss to a Tip will tell you that if you want to raise a respectable fund for your next it is wise to go Be a Theres only one thing wrong with For it tends to lose Voters are When they want Republican they vote When they dont they either vote Democratic if they lack confidence in the they dont vote at The freshman Democratic class of 1974 was three times as big as the one of It was full of but it blew Then came the of Jimmy Remember him He never could decide whether he was liberal or a but he was more the latter than the The voters dumped the Democrats in and showed little enthusiasm for them in 1982 even after two disastrous years under So theres your choice Be a PAC man and maybe youll get enough money to squeak by in Or go With the public interest and who knows maybe youll make a glorious fight of John Hess Cabinet departures come at bad time for Reagans staff ITS m nwocati SCHQOUMWENTO SttffE OPrlOb TO OPENWGr OF THEIR AWTOEHW1S ARE RLLEDWnH k BUNCH OF VVEGOT o Jack Anderson n pia n ni ng secret force for action in Persian Gtilf There has been much agitated whispering on Capitol Hill about a secret Pentagon plan to establish a rapid deployment force in The secrecy of the project has prevented open discussion of an ex tremely controversial the secret plan calls for perhaps two brigades of elite Jor danian who would serve as modern minutemen ready to respond immediately to any crisis in the Persian Gulf This miniRapid Deployment as it has already been nicknamed in the would be trained and equipped by the The details are considered so sensitive politically that only top congressional leaders have been informed of the and they have been sworn to The intent is to keep the project hushhush and to finance it The reason for all the secrecy is not to suppress the congressional which is beginning to simmer below the it is intended to prevent a storm of protest in While King Hussein reportedly favors the it is doubtful that the Palestinian majority in Jordan would welcome such active cooperation with the United insiders told my associate Lucette Lagnado that the Pentagon is convinced Hussein can be a key ally in the Middle Some of those who are pushing the plan even see Jordan as the pillar of strategic operations in the Persian Gulf Heres what the Jordanian force would be used for j Maintaining Jordans own An elite military unit would guard against both internal threats to Husseins regime attempted coups or assassinations and external threats from such hostile neighbors as j Emergencies in friendly Persian Gulf states This is tije main purpose for creating the Jordanian It could be dispatched quickly to put down insurrections against regimes in Saudi Bahrain and the United Arab Possible use in interArab wars The Pentagon apparently sees the Jordanian RDF ap a potential surrogate force to terests in the thei need for American The use of friendly Arab troops would be infinitely more palatable to Saudi which has expressed displeasure over possibility of calling in American even in a direct Needless to the Pentagons secret plan has already raised con especially amojig senators who believe not is better equipped to protect American in terests in the Middle They fear it will damage our relations with our most dependable the Israelis would understandably be concerned that a crack Jordanian military force could be used against There is also uneasiness on Capitol Hill over the idea of establishing a special relationship with any Middle East Sorqe senators are still haunted by the disastrous results on such an arrangement with the late shah of But the Pentagon can presumably count on strong White House Jordan is crucial to President Reagans Middle East peace Heres Mud in Aireye While cost overruns are distressingly com monplace among the major armed even the runt of the military the Coast has trouble keeping its projects within the budget Its AIREYE mediumrange sur veillance system is not only years behind but has run far ovei its original million The in various stages of development since is a sensor that was to be attached jtoCoast Guard planes to detect illegal oil discharges at sea and to identify the tankers million has already been spent or and the target date for a prototype has been changed from 1980 to January The original anticipated cost of the six AIREYE systems totals Now there is some question whether the surveillance device is even worth involved may be 10 years As an report of the Guard general observed last The justification for the AIREYE system appears to be questionable at this time In the IG recom mended that any further effort be delayed until a full evaluation is made Much of the cost overrun was caused by design modifications at least 22 since the contract was let in Jujy 1980 One Coast Guard research and development official told my reporter Carolyn Farrar bluntly that the project is an example of poor management Mystery Jobs While it sneers at congressional job the White House has been running one of own for Republican raemb0rs of Congress who lost their seals in November One applicant turned down a job in the Transportation hoping for something Your voices in Washington Lloyd Bentsen United State Senate Room 240 Russell 20510 John Tower United States Senate Room 142 Russell 2051Q
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