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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Editor tod Publisher Jim New Texas March MikeRoyko America caves in to rude corporations and Arab ownership of Americas phones Ive been doing research recently on the attitudes of Chicagoans toward powerful faceless The idea is to find out whether people are intimidated by big corporations or whether they will fight back when they feel they are being deprived of service or treated My research had been conducted in this way As Ive written in the one of my office phone numbers is the same as an 800 number that uses to take calls from customers who have trouble with their questions about phone store locations and other if somebody neglects to dial 1 800 and the they get me iastead of This happens at leat 20 times a sometimes And its been going on for at least two When I asked why it didnt pick some other because I had the number They said there just arent enough unassigned numbers available and suggested that I change Their suggestion was because it meant that I could get an unassigned If I could get why couldnt they So out of I And Ive been stuck with all those phone calls But I recently decided that as long as I answered all those wrong I might as well put them to a constructive my scientific So now when the phone rings and the caller asks if I am I say I The caller will usually say something like Im having a problem with my And in a bored Ill say but we dont mess around that stuff if someone said something that goofy to what would your ben in sure youll say that you would uwiid an insist that i speak to that persons super If you would be the A least that is what my research I he overwhelming majority of people ti whom Ive given that strange we dont rness around with that stuff have accepted The first man 1 said it to paused for a couple of then said Oh OK And just hung Another said What am I going to do9 I huii Youre just going to n make the best of Which is even more meaningless we dont mess around with that stuff And he said I And he hung But what did he see Just as I was writing that last my phone rang and a man said I want to know where the store is I said we dont mess around with stuff He hesitated for a then said but how can I find out were the store is downtown I repeated We dont mess around with that stuff Then I heard him say to someone else The guy says they dont mess around with that stuff thats what he And he said to me thank and hung Thank me for what Some fewer than a have pursued the issue asking why not or Since why or What do you mean When that I usually say Its the The big oil Theyve taken us And they dont want us to mess around with that stuff Once what would you expect the reaction to be You would think that people would say something like What The Arabs have taken over our telephones They arent giving us service Why havent I read about that in my newspaper Im going to call my This is Not one person has said anything like When I tell them that Arab oil tycoons now control their phones and wont mess around with that stuff they say and hang Or I and hang Or and hang Only one man out of dozens had the spunk to say Isnt there something we can do about that But when 1 told him were not messing around with anything about not messing around with that stuff he just caved in and said 1 get and hung So what does my research For one I think it shows that because of the way Corporate America has been conducting its business in recent hostile insider golden nothing a corporation does can surprise It also proves that people who dont bother to dail when the instructions clearly say they should dial might wind up being very Your Representatives Ronald Reagan President of the United States T hf Whte House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue D C 20500 Gov Bin Ciements Governors Office Stare Capitol Austin Texas 78711 US Rep Lamar Utiiteu States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 Rep Mac Sweeney County States House of Representatives 17131 ongworth House Office Washington D C 20515 Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room Russell D C 20510 State Judith Zaffirmi Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 William Sims Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin Texas 78711 Sen Phil Gramm United States Senate 20510 State Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box29iO Texas 78769 OfTEfc TO A PW CUT IN ORDER TO SAVE THE OF OF CBS I QUIT NEW Andy Rooney Corporate America and the urge to merge American businessmen spend half their time extolling the virtues of competition and the other half trying to eliminate Actually making something is just a sideline for many big American corporations these days Theyre letting the Japanese actually make things while they spend all their effort looking for wavs to take each other The Japanese are making the All American companies are making is money The stock market is at an alltune partly because so much Japanese money is being put into Japan is busy buy ing America while American companies buy each other The product is often no more than a necessary little inconvenience There are even major companies that spend more on advertising and packaging than on the product People on the board of directors put up with having to make something while they arrange another takeover of a smaller company Money is all that Many executives running bitf companies dont know anything about the product their company makes They worked their way up from to sales manager to vice president in charge of marketing and finally to president and chairman uf the board all they know how to do is so at that point they sell the company James Kilpatrick The Chrysler Corporation has just ottered to buy American Motors for billion That will leave three where there used to be dozens of car makers in the American Motors is already owned by the Some American Motors All three television CBS and NBC have been sold recently to corporations whose interest is not broadcasting but money NBC was bought by a corporation which has been buying and selling companies and firing employees at a record a broadcast is dedicated now to a profitable has just fired several hundred news people to increase Before at news was thought of as a moral en terprise first and a business enterprise second Does anyone trunk the broadcasts will improve under those conditions1 A week ago I was in vited to someones home for dinner and one of the other guests was James the chair man of Johnson and Johnson and Johnson is a reliable old company with an ex cellent It came through its terrible Tylenol tunes because it behaved openly and It had faith Uiat the public would come back to a good product like Tylenol and it has Jim Burke is upset because he says American businessmen arv as Uic bad KU on television and in tnc Hes trying U organize a group ixe put privsun on television and crs t make bi r n a If all businessmen ned a fiuysand On Stallone or i for businessmen tinwa i itIt about lawyers When 1 waat uars worked for a producer Vetluguin 1 was in v wlwn his assistant came in You tfot an letter the American Bar Association the sa i Theyvr been keeping Uut m the 179 movies h urnpor they were shown il What should 1 to trum Vetlutfiun sat there turned to those figures are fit a break Until businesses seihiu ea Other and la K vitnethint other people are movies A 200yearold idea that works well today WASHINGTON The nation will be hearing a great deal about the theory of federalism in this bicentenmal year of the Constitution For a specific example of the theory in con sider Michigans traiibreaking program called MET It merits a round of applause MET stands for Michigan tducatiunal It is exactly the kind of experimental program the founding fathers had in imnd when they wrote the 10th Amendment into the Bill of Rights in Because of this conceived by James thousands of Michigan children eventually will be assured of a higher education The principle of federalism is one of the two great rocks upon which the Constitution was The other is the principle of separation of but that doesnt apply ui this Under the certain powers were to be delegated to the national but all other powers not prohibited to the states by the Constitution were to be reserved to the states or to the In this as in other the framers of the Consitution sought to limit the possibilities for abuse of If Delaware wanted to try some experimental and the program didnt neighboring Pennsylvania would not be If the program did maybe Pennsylvania would want to emulate Delawares The states would function as in dependent fashioning public policies according to Uie needs of their All of which brings us back to the Michigan Education signed into law last Under this the state guarantees a childs tuition for four years of future education at any stateowned institution of higher Parents of a newborn child could obtain this guarantee with a deposit to the trust fund of as little as Parents of teenagers would have to make larger deposits because their children would be going to college much The program covers tne University of Michigan and 14 other fouryear Children also would have the option of choosing one of the states 29 twoyear If a participating high school graduate chose instead to attend a private college or university or an outofstate the fund would pay for four years of tuition based on a weighted average of instate tutition Because the MET is waiting upon a critical ruling from the Internal Revenue no controls yet have been If the IRS rules that interest on the deposit will be at payout the program will plunge ahead this If a ruling goes the either some amendments may be the state treasurers office reports that an estimated inquiries have been from parents or grandparents ol prospective More than 40 steles hive asked for copies of the MET The state is tajkjng some calculated risjks with its novel plan for the higher education trust The state has done well with its wholly separated ptnaiuh fund Her it has averaged a rauuf mail 1J percent Even imunx Jimtuintv no precise wa uf predicting futuif uf retur Neither can the tuition r aM During prolonged funi warnings were hewn ttut U ij gets out of tuih Mu reach a ear U aUJe a couple of decades down iht the stales general fund would fum be m order supplement the MET In a hild is signed the state is i to provide the future service The idea of tuition joriginated at Duquesne Lniversitv u0 years Since then more than iX Unahrs have made deposits tu tht unu trust liuid Other private msututums hauJistituted dif ferent versions uf the NuqutMu idea Among the stale Michigan is the and to return tu the incurs of this is how the theory LS supposed tu If MET as state officials are confident it will other sutes may profu from Michigans happ experience If MET and turns oul lu be a heav burden on the State treasury in future uo other state wfll suffer from the Such powers of public experiment are reserved to the states respectively Thats what the founding fathers It was a gfto4 idea in and remains a good idea
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