New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Congress faces federal budget deficit
washington (ap> - with the warmth of first-day festivities already a memory, leaders of the new Congress are talking of “cold, hard” decisions on cutting social programs to deal with burgeoning federal deficits.
“We’re going to all have to jump off the cliff several times,” said Assistant Senate Majority lies der Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming, commenting on the political perils of this year’s budget decisions.
The newly elected members of the 99th Congress were sworn in on Thursday with traditional formality.
Vice President George Bush administered the oath to the new and re-elected senators
four at a time, while House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill gave the oath en masse to the lower chamber as family members and friends looked on from packed galleries.
But the Eighth District of Indiana remains without a representative as the House struggles with the question of who really won the close fight there in November — Republican Richard D. McIntyre or Democratic incumbent Frank McCloskey. The House voted along party lines to let its Administration Committee look into the matter.
The top leaders of both houses were duly elected and installed in other ceremonies Thursday. O’Neill took the gavel as House
Speaker for what he said Is his last term and Robert Dole of Kansas assumed his newly won job as Senate majority leader
But the question of who will bi* chairman of the House Armed .Services Committee remained in doubt.Rep. Melvin Price of Illinois should retain the post by seniority, but younger House Democrats have called for his replacement. House Democrats were to caucus in closed session today to decide the issue.
In the new Senate, the GOP has a 53-47 majority in the Senate, down two seats from the pre-election edge. In the new House, Democrats hold a 252-183 margin, assuming McIntyre is eventually seated — down 14
seats with the election results.
Housekeeping chores were the main order of the day. But the talk was all of federal deficits and freezing federal spending — all spending - to deal with that flood of red Ink Dole kicked off his first day in the job declaring “We want to get out front” on the deficit issue and not wait for marching orders from President Reagan .Some form of freeze “will be the centerpiece of any reduction plan,” he added “We’re all pretty much on the same wavelength.”
On the House side, O’Neill said in his acceptance speech that the American public will judge this 99th Congress “by our willingness to make the tough decisions to
get our fiscal House in order.. These deficits will not take care of themselves It is up to the president and to the Congress to take them on.”
O'Neill won a fifth term as speaker on a pro-forma, straight party vote, defeating Republican Robert Michel of Illinois, 246-173 Michel will remain as House* minority leader
Reagan budget director David .Stockman briefed GOP members in a closed-dooi session He told them that deficits over th* next three years will be Hi billion to HI billion larger than the administration forecast only a few weeks ago, The Washington Post reportedCBS leads ratings during holiday week
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paced by the ever-popular Dallas,’ the debut of “Crazy Uke a Fox” and five other Top IO show's, CBS led the Christmas week ratings by more than two points over seeond-olace NBG.
CBS’ average prime-time A.C. Nielsen Co rating for the week ending Dec. 30 was 16.5, while MBC had 14.4 and ABC - with No 21) ‘The Fall Guy” its highest-ranked show — was a distant third at 11.9.
In the absence of “Dynasty ” — ABC's usual ratings leader —
* Dallas” was back on top with a 24.5 rating. “Dynasty ” and Hotel” were both pre-empted for a rerun of Part I of “Malibu” — which tied for 34th place Part IL at 58th place, was among the week s five lowest-rated shows.
The 20-rmnute prime-time runover Sunday of the American Football Conference playoff between Pittsburgh and Denver grabbed second place for NBC. Pittsburgh won, 24-17.
“Crazy Uke a Fox.” a new CBS detective comedy-drama starring Jack Warden and John Rubinstein, tied with NBC’s The Cosby Show' for third place at 23 4 Its impressive first-time showing also landed “Crazy Uke a Fox” in third place on the se&son-to-date list which chronicles average ratings for series Tied for first are “Dallas” and “Dynasty ”
CBS still leads in season-to-date ratings, with NBC trailing by less than a rating point CBS had 16 9, NBO 16.1 and ABC 15 0
CBS was first again among the evening news shows with 12.6 ABC was second with IO 6 and NBC third
Ratings compiled by the A C. Nielsen Co. for the week Dec 24-30:
1. “Dallas.” CBS, 24.5, 20.8 million homes.
2. NFL Football Runover of Pitt-sburgh-Denver game. NRC, 24.2, 20.5 million homes
3. Tie — “Crazy Uke a Fox,” CBS,
184.108.40.206 million homes.
3. “The Cosby Show,” NBC, 23.4,
19.8 million homes
5. “Family Ties.” NBG, 22.7 or 19.2 million homes
6. “Murder She Wrote.” NBG, 22.3.
18.9 million homes
7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 22.2. 18 8 million homes
8 “Falcon Crest.” CBS, 21.2, 17.9 million homes
9. “Simon & Simon.” CBS. 20.5,17.4 million homes
10. “Knots landing," CBS, 20 3, 17.2 million homes
11. “Cheers.” NBG, 18 9, 16 0 million homes
12 Tie -“Riptide,” MBC, 18 8,15.9 million homes
12. “Trapper John, M D ,” CRS. 18 8,15.9 million homes
14. “Remington Steele,” NBG. 18 4,
15 6 million homes
15. Movie- 'Fast Times at Ridgemark High.” CBS, 183, 15.5 million homes
16 “Facts of Ufe,” NBG. 17.3,14.6 million homes 17. “Magnum. P I ,” CBS. 17.1,14 5 million homes 18 Tie —“Knight Rider," NRC,
16 8.14.2 million homes
18 “Night Court.” NBG, 16 8 or 14 2 million homes 20 ‘ The Fall Guy.” ABC. 16 6,14 0 million.Producer relied on letters for Westmoreland show
NEW YORK (API - The producer (rf a CBS documentary that prompted retired Gen. William C Westmoreland’s libel suit says he relied on a U.S officer s letters from Vietnam complaining of “outright lies" about enemy strength
The letters, written rn 1%8 by Navy Cmdr James Meacham to his wife, Dorothy, told of "outright falsification on the very highest levels” in reports about the strength of the communist forces opposing American troops.
Meacham. now military correspondent for The Economist, a British magazine, was then a ranking officer rn the “order of battle” section of Westmoreland’s Saigon staff. His job was to estimate the strength and location of enemy forces.
Westmoreland lawy er Dan M Burt said he would have some final questions for producer George Crile today before calling CBS film editor ' Ira Klein as his final witness in Westmoreland’s $120 million libel suit.
Jurors saw Meachams letters Thursday as the trial resumed after a
two-week holiday recess When asked repeatedly by CBS lawyer David Boles whether he had depended on the letters in the preparation of the 1962 documentary “The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception." Cnle said that he had Meacham has since disavowed the letters, saying in an October 1963 affidavit that he “never intended that the harsh language in those letters tx’ taken literally.”
U S District Judge Pierre N Level, however, allowed Boles to show them to the jury. not as proof of the documentary's truth, but rather of what CBS and Crile believed to I*' true.
Meacham and his wife. win) have divorced since tile war. math' the letters available to CBS Meacham has not testified at the trial, which began Old. ll.
Westmoreland, who commanded U S. troops in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968. claims CBS libeled him by charging that he suppressed information in 1967 that showed the opposing forces were much larger than had been believed
By Dr. Henry Hull
HELPING THE EYES TO FOCUS
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