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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Third Section The LetHbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, April 25, 1973 Pages 29 to 88 Administration crippled by Watergate affair What path does Nixon travel now? PRESIDENT NIXON problems plentiful Tax relief moves made by provinces By THE CANADIAN PRESS For the most part, provin- cial governments have lis- tened to federal pleas not to cancel out tax reductions being made by Ottawa to stimulate the Canadian econ- omy. With the exception of Sas- katchewan, no provincial budget this year has in- creased personal income taxes to bite into the five-per- cent income tax reduction an- nounced by Ottawa in Febru- ary. But Ontario met with some federal criticism by boosting its sales tax to seven per cent from five and applying it for the first time to hsat and light energy consumption. A Cross-Canada survey by The Canadian Press shows that most provinces moved to give some tax ranging from property tax reductions to elimination of succession duties and gift in budg- ets for the fiscal year that began April 1. Record expenditures have been forecast in all 10 prov- inces. Here is a summary of major budget developments by province: Nova Scotia: Projected rev- j enue is S629.8 million and ex- j penditure is forecast at million. Succession duties and gift taxes will be cut off March 31. 1974. the end cf t'v current fiscal year. Higher equalization payments and economic optimism contribute to the S22.3 million surplus. EXPECT DEFICIT New Brunswick: Spending is projected to total a record 2 million, an increase of million, and resulting in a deficit of million. Succes- sion duties and gift taxes trill be repealed bv the end of Princp Edward Island: A current account surplus of is forecast on pro- jccJed reveracs of mil- lion and spending of million. But capital spending of S10.6 million with revenue of -T7.5 million will reduce the surpitte lv an over-aU deficit of S5W.7J3. Estate Arties and pift taxes were abolished and the rate of real property tax decreased. Qwbrc: Revenues are ex- pected lo be jjp per cent to S4S43 billion despite tax cuts lhat alJow income tax ex- enrotjons of for a sincte and for couples. increases of SSpfl and Succession duties are reduced 20 per cent and sales lax exemption for restaurant mrsls increased 25 1O To'al cxprodi- arc forecast a1 JxlW bi'lira for a defiril of mni-Ti. million 1372-73. TAX BOOSTHO Ontario: Gross spending trill be jjp 11.7 per cent to 2W billion with revenues af bill 11 Irmvc in pro- in j-f-TTi wr c-ciil from fno mil effoc- tive May 1 is expected to bring in an additional million. The tax on energy, starting July 1, will bring in an estimated million. It is not being applied to energy used directly in manufactur- ing. The sales tax is exempt for restaurant meals up to compared with until now. It also does not apply to purchase cf pi arits7 'flowers, trees and household pets. A tax credit formula will blunt the sales tax increase for low-income families. Suc- cession duties are ended for family-owned farms and on bequests to spouses. But the tax on paid-up capi- tal is doubled to one-fifth of one per cent. Manitoba: Estimated spend- ing is S693.5 million and reve- nue Broad tax relief is made in property taxes and all government health and hospital insurance charges are eliminated starting June l. The health care premiums now are a month for sin- gle persons and for fami- lies. Property tax rebates are increased to a maximum for home owners and renters. The projected budget surplus is helped by an increase in federal equalization payments to million from mil- lion. SPENDING GOES UP Saskatchewan: A surplus is forecast on estimated reve- nues of million and ex- penditures of million. Spending is increased mil- lion from last year, mostly earmarked for agriculture. Earlier, the p r o v i nee an- nounced an increase in indi- vidual income taxes to 40 per cent from 37 per cent of fed- eral only province to boost income taxes. Ex- pected revenue from the in- crease is S7 million. Corporate income taxes were increased to 12 per cant from 11 per cent and this is expected to bring in an additional million in revenue. Alberta: Projected spending is up 13.6 per cent to bil- lion. Revenue is estimated at billion, up from bil- lion last year with about million of the increase ccming from higher oil royalties. Property lax reductions will average for homeowners and up to for renters. British Columbia: A small surplus 5s projected with cx- pcndilnrcs uo some S2S7 mil- lion to bilJJon. A total of billion or <59 per cent of the ypendinc budget is for so- cial improvements as ed- ucation, health and social services. While there is no in- crease in pcrronal income tax2s. the province has hoostifv? ibe cwpTalc lax two to 12 TWT j cent Ttoe is also a SiVpar- cent increase in petroleum royalties. ATX! Rf. now is paid-up a rale of one-tenth of cue per ccrrt. A Commentary By JAMES RESTON New York Times Service WASHINGTON The pro- blem for President Nixon now is that his administration has been crippled at the Water- gate, with four long years to go, and very little cushion of goodwill or affection to fall back on. This has been one of the weaknesses of the Nixon ad- ministration from the start. It has overwhelmed its opponents but hasn't persuaded them. On the whole, it has been effec- tive but highly insensitive to the feelings, opinions or rights of others. Under the Nixon system, the loyalty of an isolated and cen- tralized White House staff was put ahead of the more cumbersome but safer system of cabinet responsibility and congressional dissent, and the irony of it is that even his trusted insideres were not loyal to each other in the crisis. The basic assumption of this sytem is that the presi- dent knows best. Few presi- dents in recent American his- tory have started out with so many bold convictions of how to conduct the war, run the economy, organize the govern- ment or handle the commun- ists only to reverse himself later on. The whole story of this ad- ministration has been one of sudden advances and equally startling retreats. As a formula for winning elections, this centralized hard- nosed attitude works fairly well, and it is tolerated in Washington as as things go well, but when the isolated and self-righteous men at the center run into trouble, the president himself is in great difficulty. At the same time, with a billion trade deficit last year, Nixon is pleading with the congress to give him un- precedented new authority to raise, lower or eliminate tar-: iffs, but with every new dis- closure in the Watergate scan- dal, his own. credibility drops and the opposition on the hill increases. Nobody in this town in either party has any clear answer to all the complicated and dis- tracting problems that con- front the nation at home and abroad; therefore, much de- pends on faith in the presi- dent wd confidence in the judgment of his nriccipal ad- visers, and both the faith and confidence have been shaken by the Watergate scandals and the way they have been hand- led or mishandled by the presi- dent and his closest advisers. The dilemma is that we need persidential leadership, com- passion and wisdom, but Nixon has not acted nobly but ag- gressively, suspiciously and cleverly and when he is in trouble we are all in trouble. HUMAN PROBLEM Nobody is going so far as to say in public that the presi- dent instigated the burglary and bugging of the Democratic headquarters or even that he knew about this clumsv ad- venture, but again he has a human problem. For he was contemptuous of those who in- sisted on pursuing and publish- ing the crime, and is there- fore suspected of trying to! minimize the scandal snd even of trying to cover it up until the Conservative members of his own party began to rebel. This is particularly true now ar.d there is anxiety in the courtry over high prices, in- flation" unemployment and the cortiraration of Jhe war in Indochina. Against this back- ground, even a personally pop- ular president would be shaken by a major scandal breaking I ripht after income-tax day. i For President Nixon, Ibe di- lemma is particularly difficult He is faced with a cruel de- cision over the war. Hanoi has net kepi the 1crms cf tne peace rgrccroent from the stsrt Even hcfore Hie American troops and prisoners were' out j of Vietnam, the North Vietna- mese began pouring men and new weapons even sophis- ticated new missiles and ar- tillery into the "south, and increasing the military pres- sure TI 0-ambodia and Laos. Accordingly, Nixon is bcine urped by the joint chiefs of siafif and the and South Vietnamese governments fcccn tbn homlbTTig at a time vJlhoi he is bcine pressed by the leaders of the Demscra- 1ir party in cwujrcss to ex- plain wlvd coTii1i1ulir.Tja1 auln-' oriiy his for continuing ia the war. The focus is now on the men on the White House staff, past and present, and on John Mit- chell, the former attorney gen- eral, and some hard questions are being asked. Have they committed perjury in all these contradictory answers to ques- tions over the last months? How can the country have confi- dence in the judgment of an isolated and powerful White House staff that misjudged the facts and consequences of the Watergate? Fortunately this capital has a short memory. The congress is likely to be more gener- ous to the president than he has been to it, for the leaders on the hill know that the gov- ernment cannot work for more than three long years with a crippled president. Much will depend, however, on how he handles the crisis from here on, and what kind of attitude and system he adopts after it is over. Nixon has seldom hesitated to get rid of men when he thought they were a handicap to his objectives. At the end of his great victory last November. he made sweeping changes in his staff and cabinet, often without even the courtesy of a personal expression of grati- tude, and he will probably not hesitate to change again. Trying to anticipate Nixon, however, has not been an easy exercise in the past. He has at times shown great flexibility in changing his foreign and domestic policies when they didn't work, but when he is challenged or trapped, as he is now, he is highly unprecict- able. COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-2809 CENTRE VILLAGE MALL Phone 328-5025 betty SPRING COATS and RAINCOATS Assorted styles, colors, and fabrics All styles from regular stock. Sizes 5-75; 10-20. OFF DRESSES JACKETS Sassy, sparkling styles by Joseph Rib koff, good selection of minis, new lay cred looks. Plain, prints, easy care fab latest spring styles, short waist, and lengths. Assorted fabrics and colors. Sizes 10 to 18. S.M.L Hostess Gowns rant Suits Two and three piece styles. Assorted fabrics and colors. Assorted styles, fabrics. Plain or prints SWEATERS PANTS Basic ond novelty styles. Plain or mixed colors. Good color selection. S.M.L Regular Easy core forlrel. Springs popu- ior shades of -while, posiel ond basic shades. Sizes 10-20 betty shop m. f ACCOUNT OWB SPORTSWEAR Includes: PANTS, baggies, some plaids. TOP and BLOUSES, BODY SHIRTS, assort, ed. SWEATERS, S.M.I. Deny shop ;