New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Thursday, February 21,1985 SAReagan mum on extending import quotas
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan is silent on whether lie will ask Japan to renew its “voluntary” limits on automobile exports to the United States, but some administration officials are speaking out in favor of ending the quotas after they expire March SI.
The president may be asked about the issue tonight when he holds a nationally broadcast news conference.
Reporters questioned Reagan on Wednesday about the quotas during a White House photo session with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, but he would say only, “No decision to be announced on that yet.”
Nonetheless, U.S. Trade Representative William E. Brock, who favors an end to the quotas, told a congressional panel earlier in the day that lifting the
quotas likely would mean an additional 750,000 Japanese cars would be exported to the United States each year.
Brock said the quotas have penalized American car buyers, citing some estimates that consumers have been paying an extra “thousand dollars a year per car.”
But he acknowledged that ending the quotas may hurt the U.S. automobile industry.
Sources who spoke on condition they not be quoted by name said Reagan’s Cabinet council on commerce and trade agreed unanimously Tuesday that Japan should not be asked to renew the restrictions on its automobile exports.
The fourth year of the quotas expires March 31. Under the arrangement, Japanese exports to the United States were limited to 1.85 million cars last year.
Although the administration and the Japanese refer to the current quotas as “voluntary” on Japan’s part, the limits were put in place in 1981 following pressure from the Reagan administration and Congress over the rising flow of Japanese imports.
In a report certain to bolster administration arguments for ending the quotas, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that the curbs on Japanese auto imports since 1981 have cost American consumers $1.1 billion a year — around $400 per car — while doing little to protect U.S. jobs.
The agency’s economists also argued for lifting the restraints — as well as quotas on sugar, textiles and steel.
A pair of reports by the FTC’s bureaus of Economics, and Consumer Protection and Competition, differed vastly with union and industry claims about the need for the restrictions.
For example, the FTC’s economists said dropping the auto curbs would cost only about 4,800 of the more than 700,000 jobs in the U.S. auto industry. Big labor has contended that 200,000 jobs are at stake.
U.S. automakers made $10 billion in profits last year. Chrysler and Ford both have threatened to move more of their operations overseas if they can’t have protections against Japanese imports.
General Motors, which has import arrangements with Japanese affiliates, favors ending the restrictions.Sprinkel set to reign over President's economic pane!
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan is set to nominate Treasury Undersecretary Beryl Sprinkel as head of his Council of Economic Advisers, sources said today.
Sprinkel would succeed Martin Feldsteln, who resigned last July to return to teaching at Harvard University. The outspoken former chairman often raised the ire of administration officials with his persistent warnings about the negative effects of federal budget deficits, which have reached record levels during the Reagan administration.
Since Feldstein left, William A. Niskanen, the only remaining member of the three-person panel, has been acting as chairman, but without the title. William Poole, another council member, had returned to Brown University earlier this year.
Niskanen had said previously that he would leave if he was not appointed chairman.
Sources, who spoke on condition they not be quoted by name, said the announcement of Sprinkel’s appointment likely would be made later today.
While at the Treasury Department, Sprinkel often has criticized the Federal Reserve Board for not keeping the growth of the money supply within the board’s targets. He believes that the economy is strongly affected by changes in the money supply.
Such views are at odds with so-called supply-side economists, who place far less emphasis on the money supply.
In January, the president apparently decided to retain the council following a recommendation from senior aides not to scrap the panel.To err is human, but to lust is...illegal?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is studying whether states may seek to ban pornography by defining obscenity as anything that “incites lasciviousness or lust.”
The court was scheduled to hear arguments today about a Washington state law declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.
In 1982, the Washington Legislature passed a “moral nuisance” law aimed at cracking down on the sale and display of obscene material.
The law defined obscenity in a broader fashion than the standard adopted by the Supreme Court in 1973.
The court ruled then that for material to be obscene it must when taken as a whole appeal to “prurient interest,” which the court defined as a morbid or depraved interest in sex, nudity or excretion.
Otherwise, the court said, the material is protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of free expression.
Missing Americans left no clue
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) -On a quiet Sunday morning, two American couples went into an affluent neighborhood selling Bibles and were never seen again. Nearly 2Mr months later, there still is no clue to their whereabouts or fate.
The two couples, Dennis and Rose Carlson,of Redding, Calif., and Benjamin and Patricia Mascarenas, of Ely, Nev., were in the neighborhood on Dec. 2 when they were taken captive and put into two separate cars.
U.S. Consulate officials say there has been an exhaustive investigation by Mexican officials, but so far there has been no clue as to what happened to the Americans.
There has been no ransom note and telephone contact from the abductors, all but eliminating kid-napping-for-money as a motive, officials said. I/>cal newspaper have speculated the couples’ disappearance was related to their religious proselytizing.
According to police and Foreign Ministry accounts, the two couples had been selling Bibles in the Chapalita neighborhood when several cars drove up. Witnesses said six or seven men forcibly escorted the four into the cars. They said there was no violence and no indication anyone was armed.
The ministry also said the supposed captors “were about 5 feet, IO inches tall, more than 60 years old and Anglo-Saxon in appearance.” It said they “conversed in English” with the two couples before putting them in two cars.”
Both couples reportedly were in their 20s or 30s and the Mascarenas couple had lived for more than a year in Guadalajara, a city of 3 million people, the nation’s third largest, 322 miles northwest of Mexico City.
They are among seven missing Americans in this city, including Enrique Camarena Salazar, 37, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent abducted Feb. 7 by four gunmen within sight of the consulate.
The missing Americans prompted the U.S. Embassy to announce last week in Mexico City that the State Department is considering advising Americans traveling in the Guadalajara area to exercise caution because of recent crimes against U.S. citizens Mexican officials, however, maintain the incidents have involved only a small number of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who cross the border to visit Mexico each year and the country remains a safe place to visit.
The embassy said a travelers’ advisory informs travelers to use caution when visiting particular areas. In reality, it often results In Americans deciding to avoid the area — thereby cutting into the tourist trade.
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Pornographers, legitimate publishers, librarian groups and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law’s constitutionality.
A federal judge ruled against them. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the statute, ruling it was too broad and could be used to suppress non-obscene material.
The appeals court said the term lust describes “a healthy, wholesome, human reaction common to millions
of well-adjusted persons in our society.”
It noted that former President Jimmy Carter, as a candidate in 1976, said in a Playboy magazine interview that he had looked at many women “with lust.”
The appeals court said, “to permit expression that merely excites lust to be regulated by the state would destroy the boundaries between (constitutionally) protected and unprotected speech. To the contemporary jury, lust is unlikely to connote anything more than sexual desire ”
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