New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Q U O T ABL“Freedom is a hard-bought thing.”
— Paul Robeson actor/author 1958
voteAction by Palestine National Council can only boost peace process in Middle East
Israel has heard for years that peace with the Arabs — especially the Palestinians — could only come about if the Palestinians were given a homeland in what is now Israel.
The present country of Israel was created, remember, by a U.N. mandate in 1948.
And never mind that Israel is only a sliver of a country, less than IOO miles wide in many places, along the Mediterranean Sea. The Arab world, however, includes nations and land extending from the Atlantic Ocean, across North Africa, throughout the Middle East to Asia. No offers from the Arab League to create a Palestinian homeland were made following the U.N. mandate in 1948.
Instead, threats and wars against Israel have been a constant for nearly 50 years.
And the Palestine Liberation Organization, which has represented the Palestinians globally for decades, has kept up the heat on Israel through armed resistance and rhetoric for yean.
Part of their 32-year-old charter had called for the destruction of the Jewish state through armed struggle. But now, after an historic vote Wednesday, the Palestine National Council — the PLO’* Partiment-in-exile — voted to remove those offending clauses from their charter.
For Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, it was a vote of confidence from his feUow Palestinians for Arafat's peace negotiations ha> undertaken with the Israelis.
And for Jews, the vote is viewed with real joy. A long-time foe, itll with whom they still have many, many issues and differences to resolve, has at least formally renounced its intention to destroy the Israeli nation.
But while the action is historic and a boost for peace, the greater Arab-Israeli conflict will not soon go away.
Muslim militants, bent on the destruction of the Jewish state, will not stop their threats and terrorist actions against Israel, despite what the Palestinians may do.
And the Israelis are likely to continue to strike out — preemptively — against those forces and nations they believe are planning strikes against them. That could include Hezbollah, Syria, Iraq or Iran.
We applaud the action taken by the Palestine National Council Wednesday. If only the other combatants could also be persuaded to give up their fiery intentions.
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■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor's address is DLovedayOAOL.com.Tax relief gives power to families
Millions of American families recently filed their annual income tax returns. Like the opening day of major league baseball, daylight savings time, and splashes of bluebonnets across Texas, tax day has become a rite of spring.
Taxes seize a growing portion of the hard-earned incomes of American families. The typical American family paid $1 out of every $50 to the federal government in 1950. Today, it’s $1 out of every $4. And many families pay as much as 40 cents out of every dollar they earn in federal, state and local taxes.
That’s too much. And the American people know it According to a recent comprehensive survey by Reader’s Digest, 68 percent of Americans believe their taxes are too high. Americans from every income, ethnic, regional, and racial background believe they are overtaxed.
Despite the national drum beat for lower taxes, politicians in Washington still don’t get it Candidate Ginton promised middle-class tax relief. But President Ginton and the Democrat-controlled Congress passed the largest tax increase in history. Just a few
months ago, the President vetoed the middle-class tax relief passed by Congress.
The new Congress is on the taxpayers’ side.
Recently we considered a Con-| sd tutorial Amendment to require a two-thirds vote, or “supermajority,” of Congress to approve any tax increases. Currently, a simple majority is sufficient.
Earlier this year, the House amended its own rules to require a two-thirds vote for tax hikes. The Constitutional Amendment would have strengthened this common sense taxpayer protection by writing it into the Constitution.
The proposed Amendment to limit taxes was supported by a majority in the House. Unfortunately, we came up short of the two-thirds needed to pass a Constitutional Amendment Despite the overwhelming majority of Republicans who supported the Amendment, 87 percent of Democrats
opposed it and it failed.
Limiting tax increases is not enough. We must reduce taxes for all Americans. Last year Congress passed a tax cut for working families and small businesses. Capital gains taxes were cut in half. Families were also provided with a $500 per child tax credit, cutting taxes in half for millions of working families. Unfortunately,
President Clinton vetoed both bills.
We must continue to support tax relief because American families, not the government, know best how to raise their children. Entrepreneurs and small businesses create jobs, not government officials. American enterprise and ingenuity generate growth, not rules and regulations.
With more hard work, next spring can be different The bluebonnets will certainly beautify the Texas countryside. A President will throw out baseball’s first pitch. And daylight will be longer. But April 15 should no longer strike fear into the hearts of working Americans.
(Lamar Smith is a U.S. representative for New Braunfels.)
Both sides declare victory on ’96 budget
By DAVE SKIDMORE
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Clinton administration and Republican leaders each are declaring victory as they prepare to finally end the messy 1996 budget war by enacting a huge bill financing dozens of federal departments and agencies.
Finishing nearly a year of bruising partisan strife that twice shut down much of the government, White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and senior House and Senate lawmakers stood shoulder-to-shoulder Wednesday evening to announce they had resolved environmental and other disputes holding up passage of the $160 billion measure for the five months left in the fiscal year.
The House was scheduled to take up the bill today, then the Senate. White House press secretary Mike McCurry said President Clinton would sign it as soon as it reached his desk.
“The administration is satisfied that the president’s priorities have been addressed as well as they can be addressed,” McCurry said.
Republicans focused on what they said was $23 billion in savings they had wrung from the budget compared with fiscal 1995.
“It was a great achievement. We were able to save a tremendous amount of money for the American people,” House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., said. “It’s a ... significant step toward a balanced bud-
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, April 25, the 116th day of 19%. There are 250 days left in the year.
Today'* Highlight in History:
On April 25,1945, delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. In a telephone address from the White House, President Truman called on the diplomats to create a world body that would prevent the outbreak of another world war.
On this date:
In 1792, a highwayman named Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.
In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal.
In 1874, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was bom in Bologna, Italy.
In 1898, the United States formally declared war on Spain.
In 1908, broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow
But Democrats concentrated on their success in blunting provisions they said harmed foe environment and restoring nearly $5 billion in House cuts to education, job training and other domestic priorities. The extra money would come from savings elsewhere, including funds to cope with natural disasters.
“Public opinion was on our side,” said Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. “The public wants strong support of education. They don’t want politicians to interfere with environmental protection. They do want cops on the street. I think we’ve delivered on all three.”
Obey said “a significant number” of Democrats would vote for the bill. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston, R-La., predicted “a significant majority” of Republicans would too.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., who is likely to cite the $23 billion in savings as he runs for president this fall, said he believed “nearly everybody on both sides of the aisle” would support the bill.
As the two sides searched for a truce in their 19% spending war, Clinton and Dole continued their elec-tion-year budget maneuvering.
A day after publicly inviting Dole to revive a failed effort to balance the budget by 2002, Clinton spoke with the Kansan for about five minutes at a White House ceremony for the signing of an anti-tcr-
was bom in Pole Creek, N.C.
In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war.
In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up near Torgau, Germany, on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses.
In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.
In 1983, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl expressed fears about nuclear war.
In 1983, the Pioneer IO spacecraft crossed Pluto’s orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way.
In 1990, Violets Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending 11 years of leftist Sandinista rule.
In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from foe space shuttle Discovery.
rorism bill, Panetta said.
Dole said he would discuss foe idea with Gingrich and get back to Clinton “pretty soon,” according to Panetta.
For Clinton, a deal with Republicans eliminating federal deficits would be a political coup that would erase the matter as an issue in his re-election campaign. But such a pact also could reinforce Dole’s reputation as a person who can make things happen.
Some House conservatives and freshmen weren’t happy about the 19% budget accord. They called for deeper cuts and complained of federal education programs they said would give Washington bureaucrats too much control over local education.
Rep. David McIntosh, R-Ind., predicted 30 first-ter-mers would defy Gingrich and vote against foe bill.
“It’s bad for the American public and we shouldn’t go along to get along,” he said.
Money for agencies covered by the HU was due to run out at midnight Wednesday. To head off a third federal shutdown since autumn, the House voted 400-14 to keep programs running through today, and the Senate, fay voice vote, shipped it to Clinton, who signed it at 10:45 p.m.
One of the final impediments to a 19% budget was cleared Wednesday when bargainers solved a dispute over logging in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Republicans wanted to permit more logging than the administration wanted.
Ten years ago: President Reagan left Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on the first leg of a 13-day journey to the Far East that included an international economic summit in Tokyo.
Five years ago: The White House threatened to ’Take whatever steps are necessary” should Iraq fail to meet a deadline for withdrawing its security forces from the refugee zone in northern Iraq. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, facing harsh criticism (hiring a closed-door meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, offered to resign as party leader, an offer that was rejected.
One year ago: Show business legend Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, Calif, at age 83.
Today's Birthdays: Former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan is 90. Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald is 78. Movie director-writer Paul Mazursky is 66. Former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon is 64. Actor Al Pacino is 56. Actress Talia Shire is 50.
Thought for Today: “Prophecy is the wit of a fool.” — Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-bom author