Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Should Rockefeller’s nomination as V-P be approved?
Wednesday, November 27, 1974Time for greater sharing
Because they supped like kings between sessions, delegates to the World Food Conference have been rightly tweaked for failing to create an atmosphere befitting the forum. Several pundits noting the irony have suggested a lft-day fast preceding the Rome Conference would have attuned participants to the plight of starving millions.
The idea, of course, is impractical. The surest way to guaranee zero results would be to saddle each thinker with the lassitude of prolonged hunger. But what if each delegate had missed two or three meals before diving into the pasta? Well, the resulting appetite alarms would not have captured the sensation of true hunger, but the occasional giddiness and energy’ shortfall might have helped chop conference rhetoric in favor of action.
A similar minifast might be appropriate for Americans in the 12 or more hours preceding the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
People1 s forumFight plan
To the Editor:
Gerald Ford wants us to list ten ways to conserve energy and fight inflation. Here’s my list:
I. Instruct the justice department to start action against all corporations which are violating anti-trust laws. Recommend prison terms for guilty executives. A $5.(NMI fine means nothing to a $50O,OOO-a-year executive. Initiate action to break up monopolistic industries It should in* obvious to all by now that meaningful competition does not exist among our big industries Price-fixing, profiteering and other greedy practices are rampant Profits of Great Western Sugar Company are up an incredible 1.260 percent Oil company profits continue to soar.
I Remove all depletion allowances and loopholes from the tax laws The depletion allowance has been misused for years, and the loopholes let the wealthy retain money that should lie used for the common giNHl
3. END ALL SUBSIDIES. Companies that can’t stand alone through their own inefficiency shouldn’t be in business
4 End the cozy relationships that exist between the regulatory agencies and the industries they are supposed to regulate. Force them to operate in the public interest
5. Create an independent consumer agency and give it a set of sharp teeth This is one bit of bureaucracy that is sorely needed.
6 Put gasoline rationing into effect immediately. This is the only method of reducing consumption that is fair to everyone. It should have been done long before this. Americans are married to their cars and voluntary methods won’t get the job done
7. Take the limousines away from the bureaucrats Insist they drive economy iars at their own expense.
8. Insist that congress put in a full work week every week. No more near-empty chambers on Fridays and Mondays.
ti Mothball Air Force One and Two for the duration If Mr. Ford wants to keep on flitting around the country he can charter a bus He could even resolve to stay in Washington and put in some steady work on our problems
IO. Ask Mr. Ford to grant a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to all low* and middle-income Americans. They have already suffered enough
James Maloney MonticelloIsnt it the truth?
By Coft Bibi#*, if
For thousands of years the different sins have been listed, defined and decried My old friend down the road, the retired Wyoming cowboy, who has great talent for getting to the heart of things debatable, says he can see only two kinds of sin: those we keep quiet about and those that find us out.
' Confess your sins to the Lord and you will be forgiven, confess them to men and you will be laughed af.
InltfOcton Pf*** Syndicate
What better way to appreciate relative abundance than to do without, temporarily, in stoic Spartan fashion?
Doctors may veto the idea, especially in cases of poor health, but robust persons doubtless would emerge wiser and better off for the experience. The exercise of ingesting nothing but water for a day or so not only would commemorate the tribulations of the pioneers of Plymouth but would generate additional empathy for those suffering hunger today.
Again, token nutritional abstinence would not acquaint one with the hopeless sunkenness of prolonged want. But it would remind of the continual hunger felt by millions on every continent — including an estimated 12 million Americans.
The natural upshot of such sensitivity is an increased eagerness to share. The Thanksgiving celebration could yield no greater reward.Idiots, disgraces
To the Editor:
We working, middle-class citizens are in for it again — another inflationary pay raise by our dear, honest officials. Beautiful.
I certainly could live on 042,500 a year In fact, I could live on $20.(MNI a year, but not those liberals. They have to gross 050.000 a year and more, while the middle-class hero busts his rear end just to eke out a living. If it weren't for the middle-class patriot — the backbone of the United States — all those overpaid idiots in Washington (who are really trying, and succeeding, to stick it to us') wouldn’t have any country left to govern.
As the old bumper sticker says (with one slight variation). “Don’t blame me. I voted A I P " The problem is that liberal candidates advocate pure socialism at nearly all levels of government, and we pay for it.
Just watch every election Before each election, all these liberal con men try to show just how conservative they can be. but then watch their coats change like a chameleon After the election. it’s right back to socialism. They are the ones who advocate inflation, spending more of our money, raising taxes and their own salaries without any say by the public — and they love to brainwash honest people by all that talk about shortages of everything There are no real shortages of anything — except patriots
At the top of all this quagmire of deceit and pseudo-intellectualism are the Zionists — no connection to the regular Jewish population — the world socialists, the international bankers (of which one is trying for the vice presidency at the moment), and all those insane, moronic idiots in Washington, who will continue to lie and cheat the public to get what they want — at any time. It s too bad men like H R Gross can’t stay around a little while longer to warn the citizenry in his great Paul Revere fashion.
Even President Ford (a real Bilder-berger conspirator) had to tell air force Gen George Brown, recently, to stop saying naughty things about the Zionist conspirators. Ridiculous! I am glad he said something. It is about time a patriot spoke up And where does our (’onstitu-tion say a man in America cannot speak his mind'’ President Ford is a disgrace to all patriots
God bless America! Read ‘ None Dare Call It Conspiracy” and The Protocols of Zion”.
Phil Olmstead I"45 Higley avenue SE
By Congressional Quarterly
WASHINGTON — Should congress confirm Nelson A. Rockefeller as vicepresident'’
For the second time in less than a year, the office became vacant last August when Gerald R Ford became President.
The controversy over Rockefeller has grown steadily since Ford nominated him Aug 20 under provisions of the 25th Amendment The amendment requires approval of Ford s choice by a straight majority vote of both the house and senate
Following precedents set by Ford s own confirmation hearings a year ago.
congress has mounted an intensive investigation into the former New York governor’s background.
The senate rules committee’s study culminated in a unanimous vote recommending that his nomination be confirmed. The full senate has not acted on it yet, but approval set*ms likely. The house judiciary committee has started
the Gazette's opinion
its own look into Rockefeller s ba< k ground Sentiment in the house appears somewhat less favorable
When the confirmation hearings conclude, it will be congress that settles the question of whether to ratify resident Ford’s choice. The voters will not have a chance to be heard again on th*1 vice presidency until the ttbH election
Advocates of confirmation argue that in the absence of compelling evidence that Rockefeller is unfit to serve as vicepresident. congress has a duty to approve the President’s nomination
Rejection of Rockefeller would needlessly prolong the vice-presidential vacancy, according to this view. and thus deprive the nation of a Republican President if anything happened to Ford. Some Republicans charge that the Democratic majority in congress is purposely delaying confirmation.
‘‘I think the congress is really on trial.” senate majority whip Robert P Griffin (R-Mich.) declared during a recent senate rules committee hearing on the nomination. Griffin charged that “footdraggers” in congress are afraid Rockefeller would be "too good a vicepresident.”
The 25th Amendment “has brought forth for this high office two of the finest. ablest, most qualified public servants (Ford and Rockefeller) on the American scene.” Griffin said "And if there is a hangup, the only hangup could be that they both happened to be Republican.”
Far from being deficient, Rockefeller’s supporters say, the former governor’s qualifications include broad experience in foreign affairs and a solid 15-year record of achievement as New York state’s chief executive.
Although Rockefeller is wealthy (with net assets totaling 073-million, according to the Internal Revenue Service), the former governor asserts that his family represents a traditional American ethic: hard work and concern for the welfare of others
Rockefeller acknowledged the issue of his wealth during one of the hearings ‘ Wealth is almost everywhere a potential source of power.” he said. However, the American system keeps abuses of this power in check by "taming private power and moderating it into public authority.”
Political influence, he declared, remains "unbought” and ultimately comes “only from the free gift of the people when they vote for you ”
Out of the exhaustive check on Nelson Rockefeller by the senate rules committee came much interesting material: an informative look at the political uses of great family wealth, at a somewhat silly book-financing venture, at large gifts and loans to close associates, at the lengthy public-office record of the man on the grill.
Out of it also came a picture of personal wealth used lavishly in charities for everybody’s good, a picture finally of no broken laws, and a 9 to (I vote deciding that the balance sheet shows Nelson Rockefeller qualified to be vice-president of the United States.
Coupled with the information known beforehand, what the hearings netted was a portrait roughing out the nominee is these broad strokes: Nelson Rockefeller is a smart politician, a dynamic personality, a man in motion, a doer. His guiding urge is one of public service. He has always enjoyed so much wealth that politics cannot enrich him more in anything except a sense of accomplishment.
On issues over-all, his stance is moderate. The years have found him dropping earlier far-left positions, gravitating toward the center, still keeping distance from the far right. An evident concern for bettering most people’s lives and bettering the country dominates his action, privately and as an office holder.
If wealth has flawed his sense of ethics and led him to use the wealth improperly or harmfully in politics, the record does not show it. If the power of wealth has steered him into thirsts or practices that blend it wrongly into misused governmental power, neither the record nor the hearings show that, either
What the rules committee hearings did produce was an open, candid, cooperative and cool-tempered nominee who frankly put the key question thus: Is it, in the eyes of congress as it shares in filling the vicepresidency. “dangerous — too dangerous — to have a person of great personal wealth potentially having in his hands the power of the presidency?”
Even under new illumination, the Rockefeller record indicates that Rockefeller wealth has not been a misapplied means to the dangerous end of political power. The power of a President is not corruptible beyond control by prepossessed wealth. Nothing turned up yet suggests that this is apt to change explosively when scrutinized in depth by the house judiciary crew. As the scales read now. the nominee deserves to bt* confirmed.NC
Many rules committee members feel the real issue centers on combining Rockefeller’s enormous wealth with political power
Those who question whether Rockefeller’s wealth may disqualify him raise two examples of possible abuse: the former governor’s gifts to a small group of state government officials while Rockefeller was in office; and the 1970 financing of an uncomplimentary biography of former supreme court Justice Arthur J Goldberg, then a political opponent
Rockefeller has labeled the Goldberg book a "hasty, ill-considered mistake, and has pledged to limit his giving if confirmed
However, others question whether Rockefeller could ever be expected to deal effectively with national issues without some conflict of interest, since his family’s investments in the economy are sn extensive
“By the very nature of the situation, the interests of the Rockefeller group and those of the nation are bound to become intermingled in the conduct of affairs of state,” according to Sen Jesse A. Helms (R-N C.). "The nominee may divest himself or insulate himself from direct personal profit, but the dynastic connection may turn out to be more important than personal control of his immediate wealth "
Helms and other conservatives also raise the question of Rockefeller’s handling of New York’s finances while he was governor
In order to help finance his enlargement of state services, Rockefeller raised long-term capital funds without voter referendums.
Critics also charge that New York’s welfare system is. as Helms puts it. “the most mismanaged in the country."
One of the few senators who has announced he will definitely vote against confirmation is William L. Scott (R-Va ). "To me, many questions have arisen which cast doubt upon the competence of Mr. Rockefeller to be vice-president.” Scott declared in a senate speech
The first of these questions. Scott said. is Rockefeller’s "ability to deal with our serious economic problems in view of his own record" as governor
Long, steady, organized fight
Ford’s team confident of economic lift
Fanaticism, the false fire of an overheated mind
By Donald Smith
They came with good references, lf, instead of joining the U. S. government, they had decided to hang a shingle on Wall Street as a consulting firm, Held-man, Simon. Burns & Greenspan might have had to rent a hall to hold all their clients.
As it is, each has a formidable title trailing his name L, William Seidman. assistant to the President for economic affairs; William E. Simon, secretary of the Treasury; Arthur F. Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board; Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers They have only one client: the President of the United States
Since Gerald Ford is a politician, and they are conservative economists, the advice this prestigious team is giving him is not very pleasant. The message. as reflected in Ford’s Ort. H economic proposals, is that the American economy is sick from Uh* much government spending for too many years The only way to restore health is to reduce spending Recovery, they say, will take years. just as the illness took years to reach its present stage of ravage
They have said it so often that it has become as much their private cliche as their battlecry: There are no quick and easy remedies.
Of the many obstacles to recovery, Ford’s top economic advisers recognize that one of the greatest is the 1070 election The most elementary political wisdom tells them the President will have to bt* able to point to some substantial improvement in the economy if he is to stay in office The team faces many complexities, but this paradox looms largest The economy needs a long-term prescription; their client netsis to keep his job
Yet. interviews with members of the team and others reflect a confidence that they are on the right course, and more than a little optimism that Ford will allow their ideas a fair trial.
"The President’s (Oct. 8) program is looking more sound every day,” Seidman told Congressional Quarterly three weeks after Ford delivered his economic
message to Congress. “Ifs a soft economy, and fiscal restraint is what s needed I wouldn’t call it the centerpiece of the program, because all parts of the program are important. The problem we have was caused by a whole pile of things, as the economic summit meetings we held indicate But fiscal restraint is very important.”
Another White House economic aide added "There is a lot of talk of ‘returning’ to the ‘old-time religion (fiscal restraint) Well, for a lot of reasons. this is not a return because* we never had it during the Nixon years Nixon preached it a lot but he never gave it a try This will be the first time fiscal restraint has really been given a chance, and we will have to be very tough We ll have to Ik* prepared to take the heat, because it’s a complicated idea and it s not easy to sell to the public We can’t afford to worry about the short-term political gain we d get by spending an extra 050-miilion here, a half billion there ”
Observers trying to gauge Ford’s determination — in his own words, to “bite the bullet” and pursue economic policies that may Ik* political liabilities — view his two major actions as President to date with mixed feelings
Some believe Fords pardon of former President Nixon and his amnesty plan demonstrate Ford s willingness to take the correct action as he sees it regardless of the political damage. Others are afraid that Ford’s disregard for the political fallout, particularly of the pardon, reveals an ominous flaw in his ability to conduct long-range policy such as fiscal restraint.
Whether the Nixon pardon will seriously undermine Ford’s economy cure is another aspect of Watergate that will have to await the judgment of history. In the meantime. Ford’s economic advisers are shaking out the kinks from their new organization and turning their efforts to making the plan work
"We have now an active, over all policy-making machinery to provide the President with options,” said Seidman, the man on the team closest to Ford personally and the management whiz who was most responsible for its structure
"People who have been around Washington for a while say the prepara tion of the President’s (Oct. 8) address after the summit meetings would have been very difficult if not impossible if the team hadn t been able to function as well as it does,” Seidman said We have a central focus; the key people involved in this are in place In my judgment. given time it can be an effective organizational pattern."People 's mood black
Though few Americans have even heard his name. Seidman is one of the most influential officials in the capital today. He is the principal architect of President Ford’s economic advisory structure, and his title — assistant to the President for economic affairs — barely hints at the 53-year-old millionaire’s status No one on the administration s economic team has a closer relationship with the President
Seidman is a newcomer to Washington. a relatively unknown quantity. His admirers rate him as bright, instinctively competitive and extremely able in the fields of accounting, tax law and organization
During the six years before he came to Washington. Seidman transformed the family accounting firm in (irand Rapids. Mich — Seidman & Seidman — from a middle-sized operation with 18 branch offices into an international firm no* ranked among the IO largest accounting businesses in the nation
Congr*4iionot Que 'rn,
By Rowland Evans and Robert Novok
WASHINGTON — The shock experienced last week by Democratic congressional leaders during a private briefing from economic pollster Albert Smdlinger was heightened by a grim warning of impending depression from a leading auto manufacturer.
Democrats assembled in Speaker Carl Albert’s office heard the automotive tycoon via a squawk box for ten minutes during a 2^-hour meeting with Sind-Imger Even before the telephone call from Detroit, the congressional leaders had been stunned by Sindlinger* report of "depression fears” sweeping the country startlingly similar to tiu*se of the early 1030s.
Sindlinger was summoned to Albert's
office to explain why his weekly reports on what he calls “consumer confidence” were so frightening Albert remembered a Smdlinger forecast of last July now realized, that Chrysler would be closing its auto plants More the end of 1074
With Albert, Senate Majority leader Mike Mansfield and other key I* mo< ruts present, Sindlinger spun out an e< onomn dirge based on his polls
Smdlinger said “consumer deuce." that the economy will vt.\ better before it gets worse, is now at 4U time low of 20 0 percent, down In,ut 741 percent when controls were prM,WJ ,Mjt in January 1073
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