New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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By TOM LOEFFLER U.S. Rep.. Diet. 21
The Budget Committee on which I serve has begun hearings on the fiscal year 1965 budget submitted by the President on February I. These hearings are expected to continue into early March.
Such an intensive schedule of hearings is necessary to enable the Congress to focus in depth on a budget document consisting of over 600 pages replete with charts, tables, analysis and commentary. It is, of course, the President's annual blueprint of his federal spending and revenue priorities for our Nation.
While time for Congressional discussion and analysis will be amply available during the hearing process, the President’s major fiscal goals and themes remain unchanged — and abundantly clear.
First, we must maintain the policies needed to continue economic growth and prosperity. The economic progress achieved since the initial passage of spending reductions and tax cuts in 1981 grows more impressive.
In the past year alone, the business investment in new plant and equipment has risen im percent. American productivity, stagnant from 1977 to 1961, climbed 3.7 percent. While the growth rate of federal
spending was almost out of control at 17.4 percent growth per year in 1980, that growth rate will decline to 7 percent this year. And, furthermore, domestic spending, which grew nearly three-fold in real terms in the past two decades, will actually be lower this year than it was in 1981.
Secondly, we must provide for a strong defense. Our military strength is being restored. Strategic modernization is underway and military readiness is greatly improved.
Finally, we must further improve the efficiency of the government. While there remains much to be done, one clear example of success is the fact that for the third consecutive
year, the Federal Register of new regulatory actions has grown shorter, indicating that the proliferation of regulations and red tape has been halted.
The budget which my colleagues and I will be reviewing over these next few weeks and working on for much of the year proposes receipts of $745 billion, outlays of $925 billion, and a deficit of more than $180 billion. We will be focusing not only on specific sections of the Budget but also on methods of reducing the budget deficit — which remains a definite obstacle to full economic recovery.
Not only will the Congress grapple with the deficit problem, so will those members of Congress named by the
leadership to work with the President in an effort to develop a bipartisan downpayment on the deficit this year.
While I support the President’s proposal for such a bipartisan effort, which he first called for in the State of the Union address, I would go one step further and call for a full-fledged bipartisan commission composed of both elected officials and economic experts throughout the nation with a mandate to fully study the problem and submit its findings and recommendations to the President and the Congress by December 15 of this year in order that action can be taken in early 1985.
Similar commissions on such
sensitive issues as Social Security and the MX missile have successfully addressed difficult issues by offering bipartisan solutions which have been implemented.
While blue-ribbon panels which study a problem and present recommendations are certainly not a panacea for the hard choices that often must be made, I believe that they have proven themselves an effective tool by which a bipartisan and interbranch consensus may be achieved in both domestic and foreign policy. Such an approach will allow the Congress to move forward in an expeditious fashion on a very difficult issue.
Feds, locals ready to stop terrorists
at Summer Games
Earthshaking events seem to crop up while Reagan vacations in California
WASHINGTON - A number of intelligence reports warn that 1984 could be the year (rf the terrorists. Thousands of relentless assassins — professional terrorists trained and indoctrinated behind the Iron Curtain, fierce fanatics sworn to die for Ayatollah Khomeini, right-wing killers belonging to death squads — will be stirring up bedlam around the world
The United States won’t be spared, intelligence sources say. The 1984 election and the Los Angeles Olympic Games, it is feared, will draw terrorists to this country. Presidential candidates and Olympic stars could be in danger.
But there is some good news: U.S. lawmen will be ready and waiting. I aahed my associate Tony Capaccio to check into the preparations. He found that the Secret Service and local law enforcement authorities are prepared for the worst.
The Secret Service has officially started protecting all presidential candidates. Because of threats against the Rev. Jesse Jackson, he has been receiving protection since November. One af the supervisors assigned to his campaign is the man who set up the command center at George Washington University Hospital when President Reagan was shot in 1961.
The Secret Service will provide far more than a “human shield” formation to accompany each candidate. Hotels will be swept electronically: security arrangements at local hospitals will be checked; motorcade routes, indcluding the quickest way to hospitals, will be scouted in advance; the whereabouts of potentially dangerous individuals will be sought.
Planning for the February and March primaries actually began back in August 1962, with the formation of a permanent Candidate-Nominee Protective Division. The cost: The Secret Service has asked Congress for $27 million.
Security experts give some of the reasons they believe the candidates will be safe:
— The long, unofficial campaigning has given state and local police substantial time to refine their security techniques. One 20-year veteran of the political wars, now working for one of the Democratic candidates, expressed amazement at the improved quality of local protection. “I find it all the way down to the sheriff’s department,” he said.
— Since the 1980 campaign, some 1,500 state and local police officers have taken one-week courses to familiarise themselves with the Secret Service’s protective methods.
— The Secret Service learned a lesson from the near-assassination of President Reagan in March 1981. According to Dr. Richard W. Kobetz, a top security expert, the lesson was . “Never take anything for granted. Expect the unexpected. Nothing is routine.”
— Since last April, the FBI has notified the Secret Service whenever
an individual who is considered a potential threat to the president or a candidate is picked up. Most of these persons are in prisons or mental institutions, but there are about 125 at liberty. Their names have been put in the National Crime Information Center computer; if one af these people is arrested on any charge, the Secret Service will be notified of his whereabouts. Within two hours of its activation, the computer system flagged one of the names.
— Recommendations by the House assassinations committee have been enacted into law by Congress. One important change expanded the use of “zones of protection” to include political candidates. Entire hotel floors, for example, can be closed off and intruders can be arrested, even though there may be no obvious physical threat to a protectee. Previously, the use of “zones of protection” had been limited to presidents, vice presidents and their families.Business briefs
Paul Thayer, the former deputy defense secretary, is working on his defense against charges of “insider trading.” Meanwhile, his old company, the LTV Corp., is taking no chances on the reception facility it is planning to set up for delegates to the Republican convention in Dallas this summer.
The company queried the Federal Election Commission to make sure its hospitality suite and a cocktail party for the delegates wouldn’t be classified as campaign contributions. The FEC told LTV not to worry. The freeload would not “express advocacy of the election or defeat of a candidate for federal office.” Let the good times roll.
— General Motors, evidently stung by bad publicity over Federal Trade Commission charges that it sold cars it knew had defective transmissions, camshafts and diesel fuel-injection pumps, is carefully monitoring the information released by the FTC under the Freedom of Information Act. It has asked for copies of FTC documents that were given to Rep. Al Swift, D-Wash; Diane Halferty, director of Consumers against GM and a private citizen from Ann Arbor, Mich.Diplomatic digast
Professional foreign service officers are concerned at the “ethnic envoys” President Reagan has appointed — political supporters who are named ambassadors to the countries of their birth. Two examples: Austrian-born Helene Von
Damm, ambassador in Vienna, and Nicolas Salgo, Hungarian-born real estate magnate who is the new ambassador in Budapest. The State Department for years has been careful not to appoint foreign-born diplomats to their native lands, for fear of emotional conflicts of interest.
By JAMES GERSTENZANG AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON - During his three years in office, President Reagan has spent 175 days in California — an average of one day out of six.
He was in California when U.S. jet fighters shot down Libyan jets over the Gulf of Sidra. He was in California when U.S. Marines in the multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon suffered their first casualties. He was in California when the Soviets shot down a South Korean Air Lines jumbo jet.
And last week, he was in California when Soviet President Yuri V. Andropov died.
So, what did he talk about when he sat down to chat and pose for photographers during his first formal meeting in the Oval Office after returning from the latest vacation? The events that occur while he’s on vacation.
Reagan was meeting with King Hussein of Jordan on Monday when the king asked about the trip.
“I was on the phone more than I was on the horse,” Reagan said. “I’ve decided presidents don't have vacations. They just have a change of scenery.”
Reagan complained about a problem he had with the fireplace in the five-room ranch house he calls home in the Santa Ynez Mountains about 30 miles northwest of Santa Barbara.
He was overheard telling the king that he had built a big fire in the fireplace, which is raised above the floor, when some logs humbled out.
“The fire fell onto the floor,” Reagan said, relating the difficulty he had getting it back into the fireplace “without burning my hands off.”
The president isn’t the only one having fireplace problems.
Larry Speakes, Reagan's
spokesman, likes to keep a fire smoldering on chilly days. It’s stoked up in the morning, and throughout the day a log or two are thrown on to keep his spacious office cozy.
While Speakes was at a meeting elsewhere, a Secret Service agent came padding down a nearby hall and up to the spokesman's open door. It might be a good idea, he suggested, to open the flue just a bit more.
It turns out the smoke had drifted down one hallway, turned right up another, passed through a doorway, and could be noticed outside the Oval Office.
Still, it had not gotten to the stage of setting off the supersensitive smoke alarms in the White House.
Speaking of alarms, a false one that went through various financial markets on Tuesday kept telephone operators and press officers at the White House jumping.
The rumor was that Reagan had suffered a heart attack. The rumor was quickly denied by Speakes and several of his deputies. Then, presumably, it was put to rest by the sight of Reagan conferring with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt
and then walking with the Egyptian and King Hussein of Jordan as the three strode along the Rose Garden to lunch in the State Dining Room.Fads even ha va form for tarroriata
By TOM RAUM Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The government seems to have a form for everything and everyone, and now it has one for those who threaten to blow up federal buildings.
As pari of the general tightening of security at the Capitol following last November’s blast near the Senate chamber, congressional staffers have been given a checklist for bomb threats.
“Place this card under your telephone,” it states.
Listed are these “questions to ask” the would-be bomber: “I. When is the bomb going to explode?; 2. Where is it right now?; 3. What does it look like?; 4. What kind of bomb is it?; 5. What will cause it to explode?; 6. Did you place the bomb?; 7. Why?; I. What is
your address?; 9. What is your name?”
lf the caller is still on the line after that set of questions, the person answering the phone is supposed to determine the phoneys sex, race and age.
The checklist goes on to request information on “caller’s voice,” in categories that include: calm, angry, excited, slow, rapid, soft, loud, laughter, crying, slurred, nasal, stutter, lisp, raspy, ragged, clearing throat, deep breathing, accent, familiar.
“lf voice is familiar, who did it sound like?” the questionnaire asks.
And, bomb threat recipients are asked to characterise the “threat language.” Checkoffs are listed for: well-spoken, foul, irrational, incoherent or taped.
A second form passed out to congressional staffers gives pointers on how to recognize letter and parcel bombs.
Some of the giveaway hints: “handwritten or poorly typed addresses," "oily stains or discolorations,” and “protruding wires or tinfoil.”Your RepresentativesR#p. Edmund Ku«mpBl 8«n. Lloyd BontSBn
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