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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4 New Braunfels HetatoZeitung May JAMES KILPATRICK Americans are addicted to Uncle Sams see below O pinions Dave General Manager Robert Editor James Kilpatrick Weve got to break the Uncle Sam habit The Bureau of the Census came up with an astonishing figure the other day Almost half of all households in the nation 17 to be precise were receiving some kind of check from the federal government during the first quarter of That is not the most astonishing Jf the bureaus survey were truly so that it covered all kitds of federal subsidies for it probably would develop that twothirds of American households ben lit in some direct fashion from federal The bureaus reflected the picture in 984 nothing suggests that the picture is significantly different in In one way or millions of us are dependent on everybodys favorite The bureau divided its study into programs that are meanstested and programs that are The survey found that million of the million households were receiving benefits from one or more government In 23 million at least one person was receiving a check from a nonrneanstested mainly Social In 16 million at least one person was benefiting from such programs as food subsidized rental free school lunches and Aid to Families with Dependent As you would many households benefited under several Typically a family on AFDC also would qualify for Medicaid and food The bureau found that million households count on two checks a month million benefit from three programs and million are participating in four or In getting to its figure of 47 percent of all the bureau worked by some mystifying For the survey included those households in which someone was getting a veterans loan or a guaranteed student It excluded those households participating in other loan It included railroad retirement excluded federal civilian and military Neither did the survey include households that benefit from subsidized electric In the customers of the Federal Power Marketing Ad ministration pay onethird of the market rates paid Customers of the Tennessee Valley Authority similarly are Roughly 10 million consumers including as a matter of fact are captive members of REA Presumably we arc beneficiaries of the coops subsidized through these if are scarcely visible to the naked Among the governments most costly programs are the commodity support About rural households benefit directly from federal purchases of tobacco and dairy Other programs come to The national en dowments for arts and humanities provide grants thai support dancers and The bureaus survey did not include about persons who last year were receiving training in the Job If the study had embraced all of us who benefit directly and personally from tax such as the deductions we take for home mortgage and charitable the survey would have taken in just about We are all in the trough The statistics provide a quiet but eloquent explanation for the pressures that were manifest in the Senates debate on the When 30 million persons are getting Social Security it is formidably hard to cap a costofliving adjustment in Checks for military retirement come into million homes every month and of those homes have incomes in excess of a Voters dwell in such Lots of The long and short of it is that as a people we are ad dicted to all sorts of direct federal So long as we insist that these programs be maintained at current levels so long as we arc unwilling to give up anything just so long will these appalling deficits Hance had assured State Democratic Chairman Bob Slagle that he was not contem plating changing wives or A FIGURE OF SHEET Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Andy Rooney I love to look at the travel section of the Sunday newspaper because all the ads for faraway places remind me of how much I like to stay There are so many places in the world I dont want to go to that 1 can hardly wait for the day when I retire so I can sit home and enjoy the money Ive The idea of travel is simply distasteful to me on of the Just for fun I M Hut i Just for I made a list of places I dont want to go A Caribbean or a South Pacific island where beautifully browned women lie around on white beaches in bikinis all I dont mind the women in bikinis but I dont like lying on beaches and it isnt considered polite to go just to look at the A bus tour of nine countries in Europe with a busload of 37 other tourists is something I desperately dont want to do I would pay round trip not to go on one of J dont go on tours of If I want to see want to look at it at 3 JD a MR THIS IS TOMMY DOUJUAJ SECUPJTY I GOT AN EVEN MJHAJ AMCB ALICB SHE 6OT ON TUB COULD STOP no M COULP ACTUALLY mm ME TOS5UO THATS SOMEONE TOMMY IIP ICANHANPLB y HE IVA5 AGAINST IT AT dtfTTHBN HE APVANTA6ES OffVOUN6 OUR I BE6 IM A MRPON TUB HYPRAMTS ANPWU COMPATIBLE my own I do not want to be told how long to look at one thing and how short a time to look at Please excuse me from a rafting trip down the Colorado or camping in Yellowstone Park this I spend most of my time in New York City and if its crowds like that I we have them right here at without the Ive seen those tours down the Colorado from the air and there are so many rubber rafts they could use a traffic light buoy some Ive gotten used to the convenience of indoor I got camping out of my system in our back yard before I was I do not wish to take an old sternwheeler down the retracing the course of Huck Even if its called The Belle of I dont want to I do not wish to take a luxury tour of Yugoslavia for including two meals a day and all hotel Ive been to thank Its a nice place but Im just as happy that I have it checked off my list of places that would be interesting to Canadas Lawrence and Nova Scotia plus New England offer miles of un spoiled according to their but I know for a fact theyve been running those ads for years trying to attract tourists and Ill bet there isnt too much left thats un You can say that for most of the If its a place people can get it is no longer The only unspoiled places are those that people cant reach with an empty beer an orange peel or a cigarette Another ad wants us all to come to Where on earth could be closer to heaven than Israel the ad Never mind whether or not its close to What about the food Even people who love Israel say the food is terrible Of you never hear anyone bragging about the food in For most of my life rve traveled more tnan most which may have something to do with the way I feel about travel sections in Going somewhere just to move doesnt appeal to Too many people are looking for some shangrila that doesnt Many cities that used to be exciting to visit because they were so different from what were used to in America no longer are Theres a ShangriLa Hilton now and you can make reservations by calling an 800 Their coffee shop is a Mc Donalds franchise and everyone on the staff has to speak English so you dont have to wrestle with a foreign At din nertime you can go to their famous Steak restaurant and have French cole slaw and for vanilla ice cream with chocolate The gift shop in the lobby has every cute little souvenir youd want to bring home to anyone if you take the mile trip to you wont even have to leave your hotel room this Sounds like doesnt it V But as Sam Goldwyn Include me
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