New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Kilpatrick explains deficit problems, solutions, see below
[Hive Kraser, General Manager Robert Jobetoe, Editor
James KilpatrickCongress faces few problems with cuts
Senators Bob Dole and Pete Domenici made their budget proposals public on Good Friday. Then they both fled town — Dole to brave the hardships of Paris and Rome, Domenici to vacation in Florida with his family. On Monday they returned to face the music. k‘
All things considered, the music is not as filled with sour notes as the two Senate leaders might have expected. Perhaps some of the more vociferous special interests temperarily have played out. The American Association of Retired Persons went into a ritual frenzy over the proposal to limit cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security, but otherwise the reaction seemed almost muted.
if this impression is correct, and if it reflects a growing understanding that sacrifices must be made, maybe Congress can begin to make some real headway
toward reducing the federal deficits. Manifestly, few members will accept all the proposals agreed upon by the Republican leadership and the White House, but if a consensus can be formed on most of the recommendations, a reasonable budget can be achieved for fiscal ‘86.
Taken as a package, the recommendations make sense. The president may not be happy about a real increase (after inflation) of only 3 percent a year in defense spending, but he has said the national security will not be materially harmed by a slower pace. Over the next three years, the 3-3-3 proposal would reduce projected deficits by nearly $100 billion. Congress should go for it.
Congress ought also to accept the idea of limiting a COLA for persons receiving Social Security benefits to 2 percent a year for the same period. Of the 36.6 million retirees, about 15 percent depend solely upon their
monthly checks; perhaps some exception should be worked out for them. Ten percent of the retirees have so much outside income they have to pay taxes on part of their Social Security income. The average monthly check is for $461.
What we are talking about is an average increase of $9 a month as opposed to a full COLA of $18 a month. Every person now on Social Security lived through the Great Depression of the ’30s; they all know hardship and they all have survived it. They also know that because of the generous impulses of Congress over the years, they will receive in benefits far more than they ever have paid in. Claude Pepper and the AARP to the contrary, this is not too much to ask of the elderly.
What of other recommendations? The leadership proposes to terminate rural housing subsidies at a saving of $8.7 billion
over the three-year period. Rural electrification subsidies would be phased out for a saving of $900 million. Fourteen billion dollars would be saved by reforms on farm price supports and farm credit. Every one of these proposals makes sense.
The business community would take its knocks. The leadership proposes to abolish the Small Business Administration and to end direct loans from the Export-Import Bank. Both the civil service and the armed services would be affected by COLA limits and by retirement reforms. The leadership would ask something of middle-income families through changes in eligibility for student loans and subsidized school lunches. Termination of general revenue sharing with the states would save $8.5 billion over the three years.
If the leadership’s package were to be adopted in toto, estimated deficits would fall
to $175 billion in fiscal ‘86, to $145 billion in ‘87, and to a manageable $99 billion in ‘88. The package won’t be adopted in toto, of course, but both the means and the end are plainly in the public interest.
Will the public respond? I don’t know, but I know that nothing significant will happen if every affected interest persists in hollering “mine, mine, mine!” It is profoundly discouraging to look around at the selfishness, the avarice, the greed that everywhere is manifested by governors, mayors, farmers, admirals, generals, college presidents, Amtrak passengers, subway riders, old folks, young folks, small-business men, big-business men, lovers of opera, and by yachtsmen who object to paying the Coast Guard for services rendered. If Americans work together, we can get out of this mess. If we don’t, we won t.REAGAN'S CHANGED HIS MIW AGAJN„.AftW HS OUST WANTS TO WAVE A TVPPBRMRS BW.Your representatives
Sen. John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas, 78711
Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D.C., 20510
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510
Gov. Mark White Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol Austin, Texas 78701
Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
Rep. Tom Loeffler U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Long worth House Office Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., 20515Jack AndersonMissile power man watches star rise
WASHINGTON - David Sullivan is a former CIA analyst whose friends call him “Mad Dog.” He’s a pivotal behind-the-scenes power in the fight over the MX missile and U.S.-Soviet arms control negotiations.
The story of Sullivan’s rise to influence is a case history of the way things work in Washington.
Educated at Harvard, Sullivan served in Marine Corps combat intelligence in Vietnam and eventually wound up in one of the CIA’s most sensitive jobs: analyzing Soviet
strategy and nuclear force modernization. He soon discovered that the Soviets were violating SALT I, endangering President Carter’s attempts to negotiate the SALT II agreement.
Frustrated, Sullivan committed bureaucratic hara-kiri: He delivered his report on Soviet violations to a sympathetic congressional aide, Richard Perle. This violated the
First Commandment of bureaucratic government: Thou shalt not go out of channels.
Realizing his days in the CIA were numbered, Sullivan quit and went to work for Sen.. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas. He wrote numerous articles on Soviet duplicity for various publications.
When Ronald Reagan became president, Sullivan was given a top post at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. His friend, Richard Perle, became a high official at the Pentagon.
Sullivan’s “mad dog” pursuit of Soviet violations guaranteed that his tenure at the disarmament agency would be brief. Frustrated once more, he left for the more sympathetic environment of Capitol Hill, becoming a senior policy advisor to four conservative GOP senators, Steve Symms and James McClure of Idaho, and Jesse Helms and John East of North Carolina.
In this capacity, Sullivan has ghosted a series of letters from the Fearsome Four to their Senate colleagues, President Reagan, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and CIA Director William Casey, reminding them of Kremlin perfidy. A recent campaign, for example, tried to get the Pentagon and the CIA to acknowledge that the Soviets now have more than 8,500 ICBM nuclear warheads, instead of the 6,500 they profess to have.
Suprisingly, the Reagan administration, while fulminating about the “Evil Empire,” was reluctant to reveal information it had on Soviet arms-treaty violations. The White House finally did so in a secret report early last year - after Symms (with Sullivan at his elbow) had done some high-power prodding.
Sullivan, the consummate behind-the-scenes operator, has become an irascible and influential monkey wrench in the machinery of U.S.-
Soviet arms-control negotiations. Ifs not just because he now has some committed ideological hardliners backing him; ifs because his early warnings on Soviet weapon
development has turned out to be dead accurate.
Even liberal critics concede that Sullivan is “brilliant” and an opponent to be reckoned with, though they claim - with some justice - that he occasionally stretches the facts to make a polemical point.
Sullivan’s latest weapon is a book that will be published soon, “Soviet Military Supremacy: The Untold Facts About the New Danger to America.” The co-author is another conservative who served in the trenches of Capitol Hill, Quentin Crommelin.
We’ve seen an advance copy, and given the amount of intelligence information revealed in the book, ifs suprising that the CIA cleared it for release. Clearly, the book will add even more clout to the ideas and
recommendations of the ex-Marine whose anti-Soviet warnings were once spurned by the CIA.
The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t trust anyone. The revenooers are planning to retain a private firm to monitor radio stations across the country to make sure the stations run the IRS public-service announcements as they claim.
Unlike regular commercials, the IRS announcements are run free. But broadcasting such public service announcements is part of a station’s licensing obligation, so the IRS wants to make sure no station is cheating on its promise.
— People who drive in the Washington area have learned to give a wide berth to cars bearing diplomatic tags. They know that diplomats often ignore the requirement — laid down only a few years ago — that they have proper
liability uisurance before they get behind the wheel.
A collision with an uninsured diplomat’s car can cost the other guy a bundle — and the diplomat can’t be sued. The State Department is trying to do something about this. It’s setting up a computer system to make sure that persons with diplomatic immunity have liability insurance on their cars, aircraft and other motorized vehicles.
— Will a handshake and a smile do the job?
The Arms Control and Disarmament Agency is planning an eight-month study of all agreements with the Russians since 1900, to see if perhaps some kind of informal agreement will work out better than the formal treaties duly signed and sealed. “Because of the difficulties which have been encountered with ... formal arms-control treaties, there is a need to investigate ... less formal arms control arrangements,” the instructions for the project explain.
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