New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Budget proposes pay hike
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress, who got a 3 percent annual pay raise of $2,100 on Sunday, would get an additional $12,100 increase next month under President Reagan’s proposed salary adjustments for top government officials.
And Reagan wants to give his 16 Cabinet secretaries an additional $10,700 on top of their automatic 3 percent increases, boosting their annual salaries to $99,500. Congressional salaries would rise to $89,500.
The proposed increases, part of a ritual that takes place every four years to help bring the pay of top government officials in line with that of corporate executives and law firm partners, become effective in 30 days unless the new Congress convening today votes to overturn them before then.
The process is actually a yeai behind schedule this round.
Unwilling to give themselves large raises Just before the 1906 election, Congress and the administration had the socalled Quad Commission effec lively delay until after the November balloting its recommendations for specific increases.
The commission last month called for raises ranging from 57 percent to 80 percent for 3,027 top government officials, saying their current salary schedule of $70,500 to $111,700 a year “does not allow them even to maintain basic family obligations .”
Like two million trips to the moon
WASHINGTON (AP) - What s a trillion?
The budget that President Reagan proposed to Congress on Monday is expressed in journalistic shorthand as the nation’s first trillion-dollar budget.
Actually, written out, it’s a $1,024,000,000,000 budget.
A trillion is a thousand billion or a million million. Since the moon is 250,000 miles away, it would take two million round trips to complete a trillion miles. A trillion would represent 5,376 round trips to the sun. lf that's hard to picture in
dollars, let President Reagan explain it. In a speech to Congress on Feb. 18,1981, he said it would take a stack of thousand-dollar bills piled 67 miles high to equal $1 trillion. By comparison, he said, a stack of thousand-dollar bills four inches high would be equal to $1 million.
A trillion is enough to give $250 to every man, woman and child in the world.
It represents nearly a quarter of the gross national product — the value of all goods and services produced in the United States in a year.
In a message to Congress, Reagan said Monday that he sympathizes with its members and other government officials who have received only periodic cost-of-living increases in the past IO years. Nonetheless, he cut the panel’s pay recommendations substantially.
“We are under a mandate to reduce the federal deficit and hold the costs of government to an absolute minimum," Reagan said. “In this environment I do not believe... it would be appropriate to fully imple
ment the ... commission’s recommendations at this time.”
After going along with Reagan and chopping welfare, education, job and other domestic programs in 1981, Congress voted to forgo his recommended pay increases then.
Citing political fallout that might arise from giving themselves large increases when the government is running a $173 billion annual deficit, Senate leaders have said they will give members within the nett month a chance to reject them again.
“Most people think we are overpaid,” said Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole of Kansas.
The raises would boost the pay of members of Congress and the heads of federal agencies such as the FBI and NASA by 16 percent, from $77,400 to $89,500. Vice President George Bush and House Speaker Jim Wright, D-Texas, would get 13 percent raises, from $100,800 to $115,000.
The Quad Commission had recommended boosting the pay of Bush and Wright to $175,000, Cabinet salaries to $160,000 and pay for members of Congress to $135,000.
In addition to the Cabinet officers, annual raises of $1,700 to $9,300 would go to 2,485 other top executives and judges. And another tier of 8,900 Senior Executive Service, Foreign Service and top civil service employees also would get automatic raises under Reagan’s action.
The total annual cost of the increases plus pension benefit boosts tied to them would be $36.9 million this year and $55.5 million in fiscal 1988, which begins Oct. I, said Edwin Dale, spokesman for the Office of Management of Budget.
Reagan also said in his proposed budget for fiscal 1988 that he wants to substitute "hidden” within-grade pay raises of 3 percent for federal employees with a “performance-oriented" merit system next year.
“This will give federal employees stronger incentives to improve service delivery." he said.
Immigration files reveal 200 more suspected Nazis
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An official of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies says he has discovered more than 200 new Nazi war crime suspects by reviewing confidential World War ll immigration files compiled by international relief agencies
Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the center, predicted the documents would yield many more suspected Nazi war criminals, including a large list of people living in the United States.
The documents, some held by the International Red Cross, had been kept secret to protect the privacy of refugees. Hier said Monday.
The files were obtained about three months ago. the rabbi said. Since then, he said, the Wiesenthal Center has notified governments of at least seven nations of suspected war criminals living within their boundaries. He said the files disclosed 17 suspected war criminals living in Britain, 50 in Australia. 44 in West Germany, 26 in Canada. 13 in Sweden, three in Venezuela and one.
a Treblinka death camp guard, living in Brazil.
Hier did not provide a complete breakdown of the 200 figure.
“In about two weeks we expect to produce a large list of those in the United States." Hier said before a news conference Red Cross spokesman Gene Jeffers in Washington said he was seeking comment from the international Red Cross in Geneva. Switzerland West German Justice Ministry spokesman Juergen Schmid confirmed receipt of the list “We received it on Friday afternoon." Schmid said, adding that Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s office also had received a copy.
“We are already checking it. After our check has been completed we will send the names to the appropriate prosecutors’ offices for further investigation," Schmid told The Associated Press in a telephone interview
He said the names on the list also would be furnished to the Nazi Documentation Center in Lud-wigsburg for additional screening
Budget would raise house dosing costs
WASHINGTON (AP) -Americans who buy homes with FHA backed mortgages will have to reach deeper into their pockets at closing time if Congress goes along with Reagan administration proposals.
Although some additional costs are proposed — including higher down payments for families with more than $40,000 annual income — the pinch would anne largely from a plan to eliminate the practice of allowing FRA borrowers to finance much of the closing costs.
Under proposals outlined Monday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, buyers who obtain mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration would pay a 5 percent loan insurance fee instead of the current 3 8 percent.
HUD officials said the combination of higher insurance fees and the inability to finance them and other closing costs might require
an additional $1,200 cash at closing time for a typical FHA purchaser.
The administration technically could bar financing of closing costs without congressional approval, but similar proposals in the past have been blocked by Congress.
Current downpayment requirements are for 3 percent on the first $25,000 of an FHA mortgage and 5 percent on the amount over that.
HUD officials estimated the higher down payment requirement would not deter many buyers because it would apply only to those with an income of more than $40,000
However, the higher down payment. coupled with other up-front charges, could easily add $2,000 to the cash needed for an FHA mortgage on anything other than a very' modest house
Gunman surrenders, releases boy
GRAPEVINE (AP) - A gunman who took a 10-year-old Florida boy from an airline ticket counter and held him hostage while demanding a flight to Egypt surrendered after being told he could leave the country. an airport official said.
Eight hours after taking the child from his parents and younger sister, firing a shot and forcing his way through a security gate at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the gunman gave himself up at 11:39 p m. Monday, airport spokesman Joe Dealey Jr. said
The child. Mike Caruso Jr. of Sunrise. Fla., was not injured during the incident, which snarled Delta Air Lines service at its regional hub, Dealey said.
The boy's parents. Mike and Cindy Caruso, were within loo feist of the gunman and their child as airport Officer Gary Pinkston concluded the negotiations for the surrender at Delta’s Gate IO. Dealey said.
The gunman, identified only as Sol ah Abdou-Kassem, was assured that no harm would come to him “and there would be some amicable way for him to leave the country should he surrender." Dealey said.
The man was being held in Dallas in lieu of $750,000 bond on investigative charges of aggravated kidnapping and terroristic threat.
Dealey said authorities were not sure why the man wanted to go to Egypt.
“We thank the Holy Father for the return of our son. Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.” the Carusos said in a statement released through Dealey's office. “We would like to thank all our family and friends and everyone who prayed with us for the safe return of our son.”
At one point during the negotiations, Delta had a Boeing 737 taken to Gate IO at the request of the airport’s Department of Public Safety, said Henry Conley, district director of marketing for Delta.
After the gunman took the boy, he fired a pistol into the ceiling as Caruso ran after them and raced to the security clearance area as bystanders ran or dove for cover. Dealey said
Terminal 4E was immediately shut down, but the rest of the airport continued normal operations. Dealey said.,
Conley said 85 flights were due out of the terminal, a secondary hub for Atlanta-based Delta. Of those, he said 52 were canceled. The remaining 32 were diverted or delayed. The incident affected 8.000 passengers, he
“We weren’t concerned with money tonight.” Conley said Airport officials said Caruso. 32. and his wife. 30, are employees of American Express and were being transferred from Florida to Phoenix. They were en route to Airzona with their son and daughter. Bosey. 6, and were at the ticket counter for a switch in flights at the time of the incident.
Dealey said the man had demanded a plane to fly him to Egypt and was threatening to kill the boy unless he got his wish. He appeared to be “very excited, very agitated.” Dealey said_^^_ '
FBI and|MrtBR»d contact with the gunman and could see him moving around inside the Gate IO area of Terminal 4E in the vicinity of a variety of concession stands, he said.
A group of about five people emerged from the terminal about 9 p.m., five hours after the incident began.
“We were stuck in a little cubbyhole right next to where he was,” saki one of them. Don Frerking of Richardson, Texas. “We were about IO feet away from him.”
Cliff Mailer of Oklahoma City said he was standing in the Delta ticket line when the gunman “grabbed the little boy whose parents were standing in line.”
"When he took off with the little boy. the father took off running after the guy with the gun. When (the gunman) saw the father running after his kid. he fired up into the ceiling," Marlersaid.
“I saw him grab the boy. put a gun to his head, raise it up in the air. shot it. then they went off to the right of tile counter." said Dave Helmke of Euless. Texas. “I went away from the ticket counter and went behind a seat and hid."
Casey not expected to return to job
NEW YORK (AP) - CIA Director William Casey, who underwent surgery last month for removal of a
brain tumor, is unable to speak, walk or control the right side of his body, according to ABC News.
The network, quoting unidentified sources, reported Monday that Casey Ie clear-minded and conscious, but said his condition makes it unlikely
that he ever will retun to his job.
CIA spokeswoman Kathy Pherson and White House spokesman Danny Brtsley, reached by The Associated Pram on Monday night, said they woukl not comment on the report.
Tracy PrUmeee, gmhoaman at Georgetown University hospital, said Cooey remained In stable condition.
The White House w«o» informed at least two weeks ago that it was unlikely Casey would return to work, and since then a search for a possible successor has been under way, ABC
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Deputy Director Robert Gates has been running the CIA in Casey's absence, but kl not considered a leading candidate to replace Mm, ABC said
Several reports have said that those being considered for the job include U.N. Ambassador Vernon Walters and former senators John Tower and Howard Baker.
One administration official, speaking on aartttfon he not be identified, told the AP it has been apparent from the outset that Casey probably could not resume his duties, but top White House officials, including White House chief of staff Donald T. Regan, have been reluctant to begin a search for a successor •
He said there is no sense of urgency, partly in deference to Casey's family, long-time friends of President and Nancy Reagan, and partly in the belief that Gates is wellequipped to handle the job of acting director.
The source insisted that no search for a replacement has begun within the White House and talk of possible candidates Is speculation. However, Sci. Malcolm Wallop. R-Wyo, said Monday he has received "feelers’' from the White House about succeeding Casey.
In a copyright story published today. Wallop told the Casper Star-Trtbune that White House officials, whom he would not UfontUy, express ad "their interest in having me take over if they were going to replace Oeeey,"
"I haven't been asked, and I'm not running around pursuing It," he said.Hernld-Zfitun*
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Melissa Carl takes advantage of sunny skies and beautiful weather late last week to get the hang of a hooia hoop in front of her family's home on West Coll. Obviously, this Christmas present is one that won't be left out in the rain that is a 30 percent possibility tomorrow.Homeport funding tops state's budget
WASHINGTON (AF- - Both U.S. senators from Texas applauded funding for Navy homeports in Galveston and Corpus Christi contained in President Reagan's $1 trillion plus budget, but offered differing opinions on the plan's total worth
The Texas homeports were allocated $67 8 million in the president's 1988 budget, submitted to Con gress on Monday Sens. Lloyd Remsen. a Democrat, and Phil Gramm. a Republican, both said they would fight for retention of homeport funding during congressional debate
“These are the first requests the Defense Department has made for funds to begin actual building of the new- homeports in Galveston and Corpus Christi. Now we’re going to have to fight to make sure they stay in the budget as it moves through Congress.” Bentsen said
Figures released by Bentsen s office show- the president's plan allocates $29 million for construction of a homeport for two guided missile frigates and three minesweepers at the Port of Galveston in 1988 and an additional $1.7 million in 1989
Corpus Christi would get $38 8 million to begin building facilities needed to support a recommissioned World War II battleship and a variety
of support vessels, according to Bent-sen's office Another $319 million would be allocated in 1989 under the Reagan proposal
The homeport plan, w hich was supported by both Texas senators in Congress last year, is part of a strategy aimed at disbursing the I S fleet in order to protect it against a Pearl Harbor-type attack
Gramm said construction of the homeports on the Gulf Coast would produce 15.0U) jobs and draw an additional $250 billion in revenue into the state
“From Texas's point of view is a good budget." Gramm said “It provides full funding for homeport in Corpus and Galveston and a total military construction budget of $252 million That s just buildings
Also contained in the president's budget were allocations for construction of several new water resources projects in Texas totaling $30.7 million as well as continuing projects worth $91.3 million
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