New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVID F. KRAMER, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor
Page 4Herald -Ie Hung, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, January 2, 1991
If President Bush feels a threat in the Middle East, he ought to look in the White House romper room where war has already erupted.
It began with a group of junior administration officials, who gather informally to debate the president’s domestic policy agenda....
These young firebrands, many of them proteges of Housing Secretary Jack Kemp, want the president to pursue a strongly ideological strategy of "empowerment,” aiding the poor through tenant ownership of public housing, enhanced tax breaks, school vouchers, and so on. This they call "The New Paradigm.”
Enter Budget Director Dick Dar-man, who was the architect of Bush’s budget fiasco this fall. Darman considers "The New Paradigm” mere sloganeering and delivered an unusually harsh speech ridiculing its adherents. ...
...Conflict is essential to politics; the chief reason the president founders in domestic policy is his distaste for definitive conflicts. But now, at the midpoint of his first term, he faces contrasting views of government: Darman’s pragmatism vs. Kemp’s idealism.
Nobody knows on which side Bush will land. But he himself once put it nicely: "Competence is a narrow ideal. Competence makes the trains run on time but doesn’t know where they’re going.” Bush is finally being asked to choose directions.
San Antonio Express-News
Tark the Shark has won another one. Jerry Tarkanian — the University of Ncvada-Las Vegas basketball coach and the NCAA’s chief nemesis — was able to manipulate a ruling that allows his team to defend its national championship despite an earlier order forbidding such an action.
In a stunning reversal, the NCAA... decided to give UNLV a multiple choice test on what penalty it would accept for committing recruiting infractions.
UNLV — being Runnin’ Rebels and not Runnin’ Fools — accepted a penalty that allows the team to defend its national championship this season and sit out 1991-92 post-season play.
The NCAA apparently grew weary of fighting Tarkanian — the coach who battled the NCAA all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court after efforts began in the 1970s to put UNLV on athletic probation....
The NCAA could have made Tarkanian and UNLV pay for its indiscretions. Instead, the NCAA allowed Tarkanian an open court to perform a slam dunk over rules that now have little foundation.
San Antonio Light
Inauguration day is still a month away, but Ann Richards and Bob Bullock are wise not to wait until swearing-in ceremonies to take on this state's financial crisis.
Faced with an estimated $3.5 billion budget deficit in 1991, Govcmor-elect Richards and Lieutenant Governor-elect Bullock have recommended two separate funding proposals that merit support when the Texas Legislature convenes.
Mr. Bullock’s suggestion that lawmakers write a onc-year state budget instead of a normal two-year budget « a good idea for several reasons. Put simply, it no longer is practical to plan a budget for Texas that can last two years....
Ms. Richards also is on target in her call for quick legislative action so
Texas voters can consider a lottery to help ease the budget deficit....
Ms. Richards and Mr. Bullock deserve credit for letting lawmakers know early on that they will have some important choices to make.
Dallas Morning News
The dramatic transformation that began just over a year ago with the fall of the Berlin wall Nov. 8 and intensified with free East German elections March 18 and the merging of the two currencies in July reached its full fruition Sunday when voters in a united Germany chose Chancellor Helmut Kohl to lead them into a new era.
It was a decisive win for those who have led the move to reunification....
While the great drama of a new Germany seemed to be the theme of the balloting, it appears too that behind this consideration was a keen interest in maintaining a prosperous nation anchored in the European Community. Mr. Kohl has been phenomenally successful in building such a state in the western part of the country. Now his mandate is to extend the free market eastward. He has been riding high on the crest of history for the past year. Now it’s time to consolidate his extraordinary gains.
Dallas Times Herald
Between Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, House Speaker Gib Lewis and his lawyers, the San Antonio law firm of Heard Goggan Blair & Williams and the tendency of grand juries to leak, there will be a lot of words flying during the next several days, or weeks, about Earle’s investigation of influence-buying.
But neither the principals nor the public should forget the only possible public benefit of the exercise: to focus attention on the ethical demands of state government service and the relationship between elected lawmakers and those who have an interest in influencing legislation....
Even if there is no illegality proved in this probe, officeholders need to be smarter and cleaner, avoiding — as Lewis has had trouble doing — even the appearance of influence peddling, the public should demand that if a consul lam or other state contractor, like Heard Goggan in its tax-collecting role, wins a contract, it is because it is the best choice, not because it is the best-connected bidder.
Fort Worth Sieur-Telegram
Hunger In Sudan
Americans who remember the tragic African famines of the mid-1980s and the resulting world effort to provide assistance should know that a greater catastrophe is about to unfold in Sudan.
U.S. government officials and the United Nations leaders warn that the food needs in the Sudan for the next year arc greater than those of Ethiopia in 1984-85 when conditions spurred the Live Aid rock concerti and other events to help the needy....
The United States has already pledged to deliver 100,000 tons of food next year to Sudan, but expects the government there to meet the reasonable conditions of halting bombing in the southern portions of the nation while Western donors arc vying to distribute food.
There is only so much that the 'lilied Suites and other nations can do ... vying to provide assistance for the needy of Sudan. But despite all the obstacles, Western nations must not forget the innocent and hungry people of Sudan who lie on the edge of starvation.
San Antonio Light
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Bush lends clout to the A-word
By WALTER R. MEARS AP Spacial Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the barracks or the locker room, nobody thinks twice about threatening to whip, kick or otherwise manhandle the opposition's rear end. It’s different when presidents get down and graphic.
That may make it an effective way to turn up the volume when the man in the White House doesn’t think somebody is paying attention. As in President Bush’s holiday message to Saddam Hussein:
"If we get into an armed situation, he’s going to get his ass kicked.”
There are certain amenities about the purposeful, presidential use of such terminology for public consumption.
It's not done on tape or on camera, except inadvertently. Better to have it relayed second hand, leaving just a little room for doubt that a leader so eminent would talk that way.
And it can’t be done often or it
would become too ordinary to attract attention.
Besides, there’s always a risk of a backlash. A former governor of Massachusetts, Francis W. Sargent, once used the A-word at a governors conference, and said his mother called to tell him she was going to wash his mouth out with soap.
Then again, it’s hardly an X-rated term. And it is right there in the dictionary: "Ass: (vulgar slang) the buttocks.” Bush’s latest usage was widely quoted on radio and television, and in print.
After Bush met with a group of congressmen on Dec. 20, Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., said the president had told them that he doesn't think Saddam Hussein understands that there really will be war if he doesn’t get out of Kuwait.
"The greatest potential for preventing any kind of an armed confrontation is to make sure that Saddam Hussein be made really aware that, to quote him, that 'If we get into an armed situation, he’s going to get his
ass kicked’,” Gallegly said.
While others confirmed the remark, Bush was circumspect. Asked later whether it was an accurate quotation, the president arched his eyebrows and said nothing.
He’d been more forthcoming after accidentally putting a similar observation on the record during the 1984 campaign, when he was vice president. "We tried to kick a little ass last night,” he said after a campaign debate with Rep. Geraldine A. Ferrar-o, his Democratic opponent. Bush made the comment while shaking hands with dockworkers at a campaign rally in New Jersey, unaware that there was a boom microphone close enough to pick up his words.
Later on, he said he wasn't apologizing. "I stand behind it. I use it all the time. My kids use it, everybody who competes in sports uses it.”
Ronald Reagan expressed some doubt about the campaign comment, saying he wasn't inclined to believe his vice president had said it.
Reagan himself didn't go beyond
"keister,” which is slang for rump.
In 1983, irked that information about his budget and other White House business was finding its way into print, Reagan ordered a crackdown. "I’ve had it up to my keister with these leaks,” he told his staff.
No such gentler euphemism would do for Jimmy Carter when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was preparing to challenge him for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination.
"lf Kennedy runs, I’ll whip his ass,” Carter said at a White House dinner with Democratic congressmen.
"I was startled,” said then-Rep. William M. Brodhead, D-Mich. "I thought my ears were deceiving me. I said, 'Excuse me, Mr. President, what did you say?’ And Carter replied, 'If Kennedy runs, I’ll whip his ass.’ ”
He did and Carter did. But svong words aren’t enough. Reagan won the While House.
Waller R Mean, vice president and columnist far Hic A hoc lated Press, has reported on Washington and national politics for more than 25 years
New year bringing legislative challenges
By JUDITH ZAFFIRINI State Senator
“For the challenges before us, we need both new ideas and old boldness. But our future lives not in multiplicity of ideas but in singleness of purpose.’’
As the Legislature starts the new year with our 72nd session, these wolds of Lyndon B. Johnson should help focus the debate regarding the policies which will set our state’s course for the 21 st century.
The challenges are many. Redistricting, re-examination of public school finace, access to higher education, products liability, ethics, insurance reform and finding methods to fund our burgeoning needs for prisons, indigent medical care and mental health programs are high on our legislative agenda.
Helga’s Ice Haus
As always, funding the programs and services that citizens expect from suite government will be a challenge.
Legislative Budget Board staff estimates that the suite will have $52.4 billion in revenues for the 1992-93 biennium, $3.5 billion less that needed to maintain services al present levels and to meet legal obligations such as providing additional money for public schools and newly constructed prisons.
These figures are preliminary. In January, Comptroller-elect John Sharp will release the official revenue estimate for 1992-93, which the Legislature is required to use in budgeting.
To help redefine our suite’s priorities and to evaluate needs, Ll. Gov.-elect Bob Bullock believes that
legislators should adopt a one-year, rather than the usual two-year, budget. This, he says, would give us an opportunity to “uke every sute agency and turn in upside-down and shake it good." I agree.
Comptroller Bullock is known as a financial genius whose high standards and high expccuiions will benefit Texas at this critical time.
To increase state revenues, Gov.-elect Ann Richards seeks early consideration of legislation allowing voters to decide the fate of a sute lottery. If voters approve a constitutional amendment, a sute lottery could provide an estimated additional $350 million to $450 million in revenues per year.
With so many critical demands on the sute budget, it is essential that we
examine thoroughly our current expenditures and investigate each available funding source to make cer-uin that the sute budget we adopt reflects our very best efforts and the will of the citizens of Texas.
In the past, funding for education has received the largest share of sute revenues, more than $20 billion during the 1990-91 biennium. Of that toal, $12.8 billion was for public schools and $7.2 billion for higher education. Clearly, our decisions regarding education funding are critical.
As a result of a 1989 Texas Supreme Court ruling and in art effort to equalize funding, legislators in June 1990 adopted a school finance plan that appropriated an addition1 See ZAFFIRINI, Page 12