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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 4 New Braunfels January Opinionm Dave General Manager Robert James Kilpatrick Can Nakasone make headway inTokyo Nakasone Wows read a recent headline in The Washington and the headline accurately conveyed the Japans Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone took this town like the Redskins took the He charmed the he charmed the he charmed congressional birds right out of their Now hes gone and perhaps a small skeptical voice may be raised Wowing em here is one Wowing em in Tokyo is something else Let us hold the if you until Japan makes changes in its trade policies that are substantive and not merely We havent seen any such changes This business of our trade im balance with Japan presents a deeply troubling conflict between theory and The theory of free trade is The reality is that no nation adheres to the and Japan adheres least of Last year the imbalance amounted to a The charming Nakasone spread cheerful reassurances all around town He would go back to Tokyo fundamental and important Our trade negotiators have heard such sweet talk before from the Thats what they all let us wish the gentleman because protectionist sentiment is growing on Capitol and it is growing not only on the Hill but in the country at Nobody seems to be mad at the but thousands of unemployed workers are furious at the Down in easygoing a traveler sees an angry bumper sticker Remember Pearl Harbor In the fundraising campaigns have taken a novel twist One dollar buys three swings with a sledgehammer at a Toyota This resentment boiled over in the House on By a vote of 215 to the House passed a domestic content bill that was aimed squarely at The idea a very bad idea was to compel foreign automobile manufacturers to spend up to 90 percent of their production costs on parts and labor procured in the United The bill died in the but we may be certain it will return in the 98th Congress now getting Proponents of the bill spelled out their persuasive case in the House report that came with the Between 1977 and sales of Japanese cars and trucks in the United States rose by 57 Roughly 80 percent of all foreign cars sold in the United States were produced by Japanese Our own domestic companies buy about billion worth of Japanese parts every year in 1981 the Japanese purchased only million in parts from A few years ago the Japanese ceremoniously abolished their tariff on imported The overt tariffs were at once replaced by a complicated maze of nontariff requirements for licen inspection and The said the committee is to double the price at which a Ford or a Chevy might otherwise be sold in If he is to achieve his fundamental and important Nakasone will have to win over the whole interlocking network of industry and banking that controls the Japanese By every he is an able politician he has served for25 years in the Japanese and perhaps he can convince his fellow legislators that the time for significant con cessions is truly at But special interests are everywhere The prime minister has a hard row to The most inspired political slogan of this generation came from George Wallace of Alabama Send em a message Nakasones task is to bring em a message that Congress is dangerously close to a blunder of colossal Nothing good can be said of the domestic content It would not any measurable number of new It would raise auto prices to domestic It would invite retaliatory measures around the and thus play hob with our own This bill is a bad bill in every particular But when tempers are men do rash Nakasone should not be misled by friendly He wowed everybody a week but Washington wont stay wowed for Washington Today Reagans new menu may leave bad taste By JAMES GERSTENZANG Associated Press WASHINGTON By his own aides President Reagan wanted to use the State of the Union speech to pull himself out of the political doldrums that have enveloped his administration for the past several he gave the nation a menu of programs from which Congress will pick and choose and gave his sup porters little around which to As the presidents aides worked on the David his assistant for said this gives him chance to establish himself as central figure and as one who helps to set the agenda for the coming Although the president said a speech before Congress and a live television and radio audience was still something to get nervous he didnt see it as any big Since its a national institution and an annual I dont believe any administrations in the past have risen or fallen on the State of the Union he told a group of television network anchormen and bureau chiefs on the afternoon of the Reagan called in his speech for a bipartisan effort to solve the nations deep econonomic But as it turns he cant even count on key members of his own party to back his Even before the president the chief Republican tax writers in Congress and the GOP leader in the Senate were grumbling about the standby taxes Reagan Beyond Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker R said Reagans proposed slowdown in the Pentagon spending buildup wasnt enough and that the White House probably would have to settle for double the cuts the ad ministration said were There is going to be a ferocious Baker As for foreign there was little effort to package the presidents remarks at the end of the speech as nothing new or novel no changes or said one senior administration while also suggesting that no one should be deceived into thinking the presidents resolve in challenging the Soviets was The official spoke with the condition that he not be identified by who rarely shied away from a confrontation with the Democrats during his first two years in suggested seven times that a bipartisan approach might work best in the next two No The Democrats have expanded their margin in the House by 26 seats and the Republican allies in the Senate have shown increasing independence from the Where he cant do it youll see him try for a Gergen Jack Anderson Mailbag Mentallyimpaired recipients Motorist appreciates aid stranded in federal maze A A nnn m 11 jlnnj1 trt Dfrll 1 Q rll Q Tl from Engelhardt Dear The city of New Braunfels is very fortunate to have two citizens who went beyond the definition of a Good eleven Engelhardt and Ron Wetz were my Good Samaritans on the night of January I was en route home alone to Round Rock when my battery I had walked to the Exxon station where the attendant borrowed jumper the battery was low and my even though did not have any At this eleven Engelhardt and Ron Wetz walked into the station after hearing of my offered to For the next three hours they worked diligently on my not only in the constant rain but also with poor Their good deeds continued far into the ordered a part by asking the automotive owner to open his closed the free use of their own battery and other repeated trips for ad ditional gauges and testing equip free use of their telephone for my Jong distance At this they felt my car still was not safe for me to drive home so I called someone to pick me so grateful for all they had but they were so concerned and apologetic that my car was still not fixed to their My husband and I could not return until We then learned Ron Wetz had spent the previous day working on my car until it was fixed to his He had done all this on his as we had no Above and beyond all they would not take anu money for all their time and After my constant they finally agreed I could only pay for the but only at Believe I have considered a great deal in this letter as to what eleven Engelhardt and Ron Wetz did for me that It could very easily had been an unhappy ending for me if I had not met these two gen Not only is New Braunfels fortunate to have but their families as So please relay my sincere thanks to these two A thankyou seems to be such little repayment for all that was done to help especially in this day and age when so many do not want to take time the time nor the effort to get It is so reassuring to know that there are Good Samaritans after Carl Thompson Round Bock In the past two men tally impaired Americans have lost their Social Security disability benefits and have been cast adrift in a world that is sometimes beyond their This is the tragic story of just one of them Kathleen Her fragile world of TV soap operas and dependence on others began to crumble in August Thats when she learned that her disability payments would be cut Social Security Administration bureaucrats had decided she could hold a job and support McGovern was stunned by the Since she had been consistently diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic she had been hospitalized at least eight times Deemed unable to she became one of hundreds of thousands of mentally impaired in dividuals receiving Social Security disability The agency failed to inform the 40 yearold woman that her appeal should have been handled im mediately by a she was subjected to an seven month reconsideration As the SSA now McGoverns case was mishandled in terms of recognizing the applicable appeal Worse was to Because of a transcription McGoverns file incorrectly noted the date on which she had first become eligible for Twice during her appeal process once in an interview with a doctor paid by the Social Security Ad ministration McGovern gave in dications that she was considering suicide because of the But the agency did the agency conceded that it should have secured more information about McGoverns mental In December the doctor made these diagnostic notations on McGoverns condition Totally Cannot shop for Cannot prepare meals except very rudimentary Despite this clear evidence of McGoverns the government used the doctors report as the basis for its conclusion two weeks later that there were no marked restrictive qualities to her daytoday The agency now admits that in light of the conflicting statements it is clear that further investigation was Last McGovern lost her Judged by a perfunctory review of her vocational she was deemed capable of working as a The evidence that let to this decision included wage records showing several years experience as a and a description of the job of waitress as it appears in a government dictionary of job After the government reaffirmed the denial of her disability McGovern was hospitalized briefly for On June she was found dead in her Philadelphia The coroner ruled her death due to natural Though its too late to help the Social Security Ad ministration has modified the procedures it uses in its accelerated eligibility Some have been denounced by Commissioner John Svahn and in a preliminary General Accounting Office in vestigation requested by John Also a federal judge in reviewing the Midwest Regions issued a blistering attack on the bureaucrats Dickensian penny pinching calling them irrational and an abuse of Footnote A Social Security spokesman told my associate Tony Capaccio that the agencys internal studies show that its termination decisions have been correct 97 per cent of the The decision in the McGovern now admittedly was one of those adjudged Neatness Counts The En vironmental Protection Agency has launched a gungho program to clean up its own environment in Its called Cleanup A special team of inspectors has been prowling the agency floorby to identify deficiencies in the EPAs office surroundings such as safety broken furniture and messy stockpiling of Then a film crew was dispatched to the scene to shoot before pictures of the cracked spilled files and other offensive The films are being shown to EPA workers for in You will be able to watch each phase of repair as we are videotaping our progress and will show the tapes on the EPA TV a memo The films will have an in troductory pep talk by Assistant Administrator John Spaced Out When Rep Daniel cochairman of the Congressional Space decided to brighten the holiday season with greetings from the caucus to all members of it nearly gave stampers cramp to his office The message May your holiday season be truly out of this and stapled to each card was a Mars candy Akakas minions spent hours preparing sweet Cafeteria Concert For the last few James Stumpy a member of the Rayburn House Office Building has brought in his electric organ during the holidays and played Christmas carols in the cafeteria every For the past few the selftaught Brown has also been entertaining the lun chers with other numbers from his Cafeteria manager Caryn Bennett said she would like Brown to perform at least once a
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