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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A New Braunf els HeraldZeitung August o pinions Dave Editor and General Manager Susan Managing Editor lOTTMHlHOS SUMMER VVE WASHINGTON PKESS ISNT ONE OF James Kilpatrick Tom Loeffler Dont overload it if you want to keep it August marks an important milestone for a federal program that has endured for many decades fifty years ago this the Social Security Act was signed into In an era when government programs for every obscure purpose under the sun swallow up taxpayer Social Security is one program that has proven its value to During its Social Security has paid more than trillion in retirement and survivor benefits to hundreds of millions of and it has delivered these benefits at an ad ministrative cost of only That shows there is no costly bureaucratic machinery to siphon off funds coming into the unlike many boondoggles created in Social Security has evolved greatly from its original scope and In 1953 when Congress enacted Social America was in the midst of the and the nations elderly were entirely dependent upon their on their families or on Even the fortunate few who had some sort of pension to fall back on faced an uncertain This situation prompted Congress to enact the three original components of Social Security oldage umemployment insurance and public A statement from the report accompanying the 1953 legislation reveals clearly what Congress had in mind when it enacted Social Security This bill is not to be considered a nor a complete measure for economic It will doubtless have to be it makes a beginning toward economic security which has been long over From these Social Security has grown to keep pace with a changing In monthly benefits and Social Security became a family program as benefits for certain dependents and survivors were added by In Social Security coverage expanded to include most farm and domestic most selfemployed city and state and local government Disability insurance was added in and by the end of the nine of ten employees were covered by Social Medicare was added to the program in providing af fordable hospital and medical care for many people over 65 and Since seniors are hit hardest by in Congress provided periodic costofliving adjustments to benefits beginning in This steady expansion of benefits and a growing senior citizen population caused Social Security to pay out billions more in benefits than it received in payroll and the system faced bankruptcy in 1977 and again in In Congress enacted an emergency package of adjustments to rescue Social Security putting the system back on solid financial The recent Social Security crisis showed that the Social Security trust fund is not limitless it depends on worker payroll taxes and the books have to balance or the whole system goes If Social Security is to remain for our children and our Congress must not overload the system with benefits for numerous other It is a valuable lesson to keep in mind as Social Security enters the next half Lloyd Bentsen Senate working for fair foreign trade practices We know the United States has huge trade We do know enough about potentially unfair foreign trade practices that may be adding to those Our trade deficit is predicted to grow from a record billion last year to billion this In one area of manufactured our billion trade surplus in 1980 is predicted to erode by the end of 1985 to a billion There are several factors that contribute to our weakening trade Not least among them is unfair competition from our trading for reportedly has sidestepped antidumping duties the levied last yearon Korean color television sets by using many of the same components to manufacture and export computer As ranking Democrat on the Senate International Trade I have been looking for steps our government can take immediately to combat these unfair A littleknown Section 305 of the 1974 Trade is one of those Under section in formation on foreign trade activities may be The Trade Representative has 30 days to respond by either asking the foreign governments involved for requested information not already or by explaining in writing why he will not do The Senate Democratic Working Group on Trade of which I am wrote last month to Trade Representative Clayton Yeutter asking him to investigate specific trade practices by Korea and seven other We suspect the practices may be unfair and harmful to Among these are a requirement by the West German telephone service that firms process some com puter data in that country before it can be transmitted for further processing in the United This inhibits American firms from competing in data transmission and processing The European Community pays export subsidies on beet which depresses world increases the cost of sugar support programs and destroys the effectiveness of the International Sugar Brazil not only imposes a 60 per cent duty on general aviation aircraft made in the United but also has prohibitively restrictive licen sing We also asked questions about technology transfer policies in Mexico about telecommunications policies in Canada and In addition to answering our the Trade Representative must also explain what United States rights are in these cases under current laws and trade We already know enough to be suspicious about these practices and but we need more detail if we are to improve the effectiveness of our We are invoking Section 305 which until now has been virtually unused to pry loose information we need to combat this unfair com petition and give exporters a fighting chance in these KEYNOTE I WANT YOU TO TWA Ve K5H YOU IFB5L AS IFiVeKNOWN YOUMOSTOF LOOK AT mMO STKtJC TVKEONTHIS Ins and outs of English usage Joe Bryan the last of the has a charming book coming out in Merry Gentlemen andOne It is a collection of profiles of some of the best wits of the among them Robert Perelamn and Dorothy At Bryan writes with the smooth elegance of a Fred Astaire on the ballroom and his anecdotes go down with the pleasant tang of a good gin In his piece on Franklin Bryan recalls that Sullivan developed a severe antipathy toward the city of New A contributing factor was a horripilating incident that happened in a bookstore late in here we I have fallen in love Horripilating Is it not a magnificent word Is it not a nugget of purest gold It is the most beautiful word I have met since Bill Buckley in troduced me to anfractuousity two years but anfractuousity is not the easiest word to slip into a dinner table It means the quality of being or or Do you know what horripilating means I will relieve the It means raising When a kiss on the nape of ones neck 1I pick a delicate example makes the short hairs rise and everything goes tingle tangle that is this love affair cannot Westbrook Peglers admonition was to avoid outoftown and the advice is Whenever you feel tempted to insert one of these exotic cut it Everybody knows Nobody but Joe and and now know my love The mails brings a bagful of pet A gentleman in lists a dozen of including I could care less and old What is he is that I couldnt care and has anyone seen a cliche or a an a or a saw that isnt readers plea for preservation of the distinction bet ween persuade and persuasive and convince and Another plea is for the distinction between eager and These are not the This has been a summer of high flown The Northern Virginia Daily reported a drug bust in which a black vile was found on the back floor of the The suspect admitted the vile was wire service reported that Tony in an appearance in sang Whose Got the Last Laugh The AP radio wire noted that wildfires continue to ravish the a Washington Post correspondent let us know that Jimmy Connors illicited cheers from the In the Indianapolis readers learned that the state legislature was awaiting a high court decision with baited DPI had an item on the burial of a wrecker operator beneath a grave marker that bore a picture of a tow truck but no In the Mobile an attorney asserted that his clients injuries were com miserate with the Miami Herald kept us posted on a 40 yearold Soviet expatriot actor in his first starring Parker sbtirg serving the mid Ohio reported damage after a window was broken when a large rock was thrown threw Some splendid headlines From the Playground Daily News of Fort Walton Yul Brynner Abdicates The Stuart lxgal Squirmish Delays Opening of Oil Merger the NorthwestSignal in 0 Tempers Flair Over this weeks winner of the cut glass from the Womens Movement Called More but then t s k t s k Whats Your Beef Got a complaint or a comment about something in Comal or Guadalupe counties Write it down or call the HeraldZeitung with it anil it might wind up as a part of Bob Bakers Whats Your Beef Our mailing address is Drawer New Braunfels The phone number is and were open from 8 to 5 Monday through All kinds of local ideas are but the HeraldZeitung reserves the right to select the ideas to be used in the If you idea appears in Whats Your well give you credit in the Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 PhilGramm United States Senate Washington 20510 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Texas 78711 House of Representatives 20515 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg 20510 Edmund KuempeJ Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515   

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