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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A New Braunf els February Opinions Dave Kf General Manager Robert Jofcaeosu Editor Guest viewpoint Loeffler wants commission to study budget By TOM LOEFFLER The Budget Committee on which I serve has begun hearings on the fiscal year 1985 budget submitted by the President on February These hearings are expected to continue into early Such an intensive schedule of hearings is necessary to enable the Congress to focus in depth on a budget document consisting of over 600 pages replete with analysis and It of the Presidents annual blueprint of his federal spending and revenue priorities for our While time for Congressional discussion and analysis will be amply available during the hearing the Presidents major fiscal goals and themes remain unchanged and abundantly we must maintain the policies needed to continue economic growth and The economic progress achieved since the initial passage of spending reductions and tax cuts in 1981 grows more im In the past year the business investment in new plant and equip ment has risen 11 American stagnant from 1977 to climbed While the growth rate of federal Jack Anderson locals ready to stop terrorists at Summer Games WASHINGTON A number of intelligence reports warn that 1984 could be the year of the Thousands of relentless assassins professional terrorists trained and indoctrinated behind the Iron fierce fanatics sworn to die for Ayatollah rightwing killers belonging to death squads be stirring up bedlam around the The United States wont be intelligence sources The 1984 election and the Los Angeles Olympic it is will draw terrorists to this Presidential candidates and Olympic stars could be in But there is some good news lawmen will be ready and I asked my associate Tony Capaccio to check into the He found that the Secret Service and local law enforcement authorities are prepared for the The Secret Service has officially started protecting all presidential Because of threats against the Jesse he has been receiving protection since One of the supervisors assigned to his campaign is the man who set up the command center at George Washington University Hospital when President Reagan was shot in The Secret Service will provide far more than a human shield for mation to accompany each Hotels will be swept electronically security arrangements at local hospitals will be checked motorcade indcluding the quickest way to will be scouted in advance the whereabouts of potentially dangerous individuals will be Planning for the February and March primaries actually began back in August with the formation of a permanent CandidateNominee Protective The cost The Secret Service has asked Congress for 127 Security experts give some of the reasons they believe the candidates will be safe The unofficial campaigning has given state and local police substantial time to refine their security One 20year veteran of the political now working for one of the Democratic expressed amazement at the improved quality of local I find it aU the way down to the sheriffs he Since the 1960 some state and local police officers have taken oneweek courses to familiarize themselves with the Secret Services protective The Secret Service learned a lesson from the nearassassination of President Reagan in March According to Richard a top security the lesson was Never take anything for Expect the Nothing is Since last the FBI bas notified the Secret Service whenever an individual who is considered a potential threat to the president or a candidate is picked Most of these persons are in prisons or mental in but there are about 125 at Their names have been put in the National Crime Information Center computer if one of these people is arrested on any the Secret Service will be notified of his Within two hours of its the computer system flagged one of the Recommendations by the House assassinations committee have been enacted into law by One important change expanded the use of zones of protection to include political Entire hotel for can be closed off and intruders can be even though there may be no obvious physical threat to a the use of zones of protection had been limited to vice presidents and their Business briefs Paul the former deputy defense is working on his defense against charges of insider his old com the LTV is taking no chances on the reception facility it is planning to set up for delegates to the Republican convention in Dallas this The company queried the Federal Election Commission to make sure its hospitality suite and a party for the delegates wouldnt be classified as campaign The FEC told LTV not to The freeload would not express advocacy of the election or defeat of a candidate for federal Let the good times General evidently stung by bad publicity over Federal Trade Commission charges that it sold cars it knew had defective camshafts and diesel fuelinjection is carefully monitoring the information released by the FTC under the Freedom of Information It has asked for copies of FTC documents that were given to Al DWash Diane director of Consumers against GM and a private citizen from Ann Diplomatic digest Professional foreign service of ficers are concerned at the ethnic envoys President Reagan has ap pointed political supporters who are named ambassadors to the countries of their Two exam ples Austrianborn Helene Von ambassador in and Nicolas Hungarianbom real estate magnate who is the new am bassador in The State Department for years has been careful not to appoint foreignborn diplomats to their native for fear of emotional conflicts of spending was almost out of control at percent growth per year in that growth rate will decline to 7 percent this domestic which grew nearly threefold in real terms in the past two will actually be lower this year than it was in we must provide for a strong Our military strength is being Strategic moder nization is underway and military readiness is greatly we must further improve the efficiency of the While there remains much to be one clear example of success is the fact that for the third consecutive the Federal Register of new regulatory actions has grown indicating that the proliferation of regulations and red tape has been The budget which my colleagues and I will be reviewing over these next few weeks and working on for much of the year proposes receipts of S745 outlays of and a deficit of more than We will be focusing not only on specific sections of the Budget but also on methods of reducing the budget deficit which remains a definite obstacle to full economic Not only will the Congress grapple with the deficit so will those members of Congress named by the leadership to work with the President in an effort to develop a bipartisan downpayment on the deficit this While I support the Presidents proposal for such a bipartisan which he first called for in the State of the Union I would go one step further and call for a fullfledged bipartisan commission composed of both elected officials and economic experts throughout the nation with a mandate to fully study the problem and submit its findings and recom mendations to the President and the Congress by December 15 of this year in order that action can be taken in early Similar commissions on such sensitive issues as Social Security and the MX missile have successfully addressed difficult issues by offering bipartisan solutions which have been While blueribbon panels which study a problem and present recommendations are certainly not a panacea for the hard choices that often must be I believe that they have proven themselves an ef fective tool by which a bipartisan and interbranch consensus may be achieved in both domestic and foreign Such an approach will allow the Congress to move forward in an expeditious fashion on a very difficult MAVELS Washington Today Earthshaking events seem to crop up while Reagan vacations in California By JAMES GERSTENZANG AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON During his three years in President Reagan has spent 175 days in California an average of one day out of He was in California when jet fighters shot down Libyan jets over the Gulf of He was in California when Marines in the multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon suffered their first He was in California when the Soviets shot down a South Korean Air Lines jumbo And last he was in California when Soviet President Yuri An dropov what did he talk about when he sat down to chat and pose for photographers during his first formal meeting in the Oval Office after returning from the latest vacation The events that occur while hes on Reagan was meeting with King Hussein of Jordan on Monday when the king asked about the I was on the phone more than I was on the Reagan Ive decided presidents dont have They just have a change of Reagan complained about a problem he had with the fireplace in the fiveroom ranch house he calls home in the Santa Ynez Mountains about 30 miles northwest of Santa He was overheard telling the king that he had built a big fire in the which is raised above the when some logs tumbled The fire fell onto the Reagan relating the difficulty he had getting it back into the fireplace without burning my hands The president isnt the only one having fireplace Larry Reagans likes to keep a fire smoldering on chilly Its stoked up in the and throughout the day a log or two are thrown on to keep his spacious office While Speakes was at a meeting a Secret Service agent came padding down a nearby hall and up to the spokesmans open It might be a good he to open the flue just a bit It turns out the smoke had drifted down one turned right up passed through a and could be noticed outside the Oval it had not gotten to the stage of setting off the supersensitive smoke alarms in the White Speaking of a false one that went through various financial markets on Tuesday kept telephone operators and press officers at the White House The rumor was that Reagan had suffered a heart The rumor was quickly denied by Speakes and several of his it was put to rest by the sight of Reagan conferring with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and then walking with the Egyptian and King Hussein of Jordan as the three strode along the Rose Garden to lunch in the State Dining Feds even have form for terrorists ByTOMRAUM Associated Press WASHINGTON The government seems to have a form for everything and and now it has one for those who threaten to blow up federal As part of the general tightening of security at the Capitol following last Novembers blast near the Senate congressional staffers have been given a checklist for bomb Place this card under your it Listed are these questions to ask the wouldbe bomber When is the bomb going to explode Where is it right now What does it look like What kind of bomb is it What will cause it to explode Did you place the bomb Why What is your address What is your name If the caller is still on the line after that set of the person an swering the phone is supposed to determine the phoners race and The checklist goes on to request information on callers in categories that include clearing deep If voice is who did it sound like the questionnaire bomb threat recipients are asked to characterize the threat Checkoffs are listed for in coherent or A second form passed out to congressional staffers gives pointers on how to recognize letter and parcel Some of the giveaway hints handwritten or poorly typed ad oily stains or and protruding wires or Your Representatives Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Building 20610 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Building 20616   

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