New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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1980s were forced on Ronald Reagan and George Bush by a group of liberal Democrats is absurd I can understand a President and his supporters wtw blame a Con-gress which does not support the President's programs or which overrides Presidential vetoes (and if anyone can name one major piece of social-spending legislation thai was passed over a Reagan or Bush veto, please do so). 4 But for those same people to blame Congress for the j results of enacting the President's programs strikes me ai being like a burglar who sues a homeowner because he j tripped on the back steps in the act of committing the burglary!
Leodon E. Gilphi New Braunfels
In his letter of June 29, William M. Abbott Jr. would have us believe that the economic policies of the 1980s were not Reagan/Bush policies at all, but rather the policies of a Congress controlled by the Democrats. Let’s look at the facts.
The President is required, by law, to submit an annual budget to Congress. Congress then appropriates or refuses to appropriate money for that budget, or Congress can pass an alternate budget During the 1980s, Congress appropriated approximately $20 billion less than the President requested in his budget proposals.
Letme repeat—Congress spent less than Reagw and Bush requested.
During the 1970s average annual budget deficits were around $35 billion. During the 1980s average annual budget deficits were around $170 billion. The reason for these huge deficits was Reaganomics, nota spendthrift Congress.
One of the pillars of Ronald Reagan’s economic policy was tax cuts, especially rax cuts for the wealthy. These tax cuts were written into law by the Kemp-Roth Tax Bill which was part of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981. The Kemp-Roth Bill was named for its authors. Jack Kemp and William Roth, both Republicans. It was legislation that the Administration worked hard to get passed
These tax cuts resulted in massive losses of revenue to the Federal Treasury. In 1981 Reagan had predicted that the U.S. would enjoy a $28 billion budget surplus in 1986 due to the wonders of “trickle down economics.” Instead, we had a budget deficit of $221 billion.
Two-thirds of the short Bdl was due to an overestimation of the tax receipts expected for the year. Reagan had predicted tax receipts of $940.2 billion. They actually were $769.1 billion. In fact, the Administration underestimated tax receipts in five out of seven years between 1982 and 1988.
These results are not surprising if you remember that David Stockman (the White House Budget Director) admitted that the Reagan/Bush Administration made up the figures which they presented to Congress in an attempt to get the tax cuts passed.
Trickle down economics did not work. As a result a national debt which had been a little less than $1 billion in 1980 rose to $2.8 billion in IO yews. Reagan and Bush bear the ultimate responsibility for this, not because they had dictatorial powers, but because they were behind the policies.
Does Congress bear part of the responsibility? Sure. They did, after all, give Reagan and Bush what they wanted. Congress could have said, “No.” Unfortunately, the Republicans (who made up 44 percent of the House and S3 percent of the Senate) voted as a bloc and were able to generate enough support from conservative Democrats (the “Boll Weevils”) to pass the Reagan/Bush agenda.
The idea that the “borrow and spend” policies of the
■ Historic downtown New Braunfels J remains a great place to do business!
Downtown New Braunfels is a ........ I owner is in the store every day and our mission is the
great place to do business! I please the customer — we will probably see you at the
I was recently reported that grocery store. We are your neighbors and friends.
three businesses were moving Living in New Braunfels, one must be proud of the
Bom Historic Downtown New picturesque Plaza with its distinctive bandstand,
Braunfels. The reason for these memorials to war heroes and the newly restored Plaza
moves was different in each case, Fountain. From the spring’s Kindermasken Parade to
but each a part of natural business the July 4th and County Fair Parades to the Lighting of
evolution. We will miss them. the Christmas Tree and Plaza celebrating the holidays,
Bach has contributed in their IHBIIIHH Downtown New Braunfels is the focal point It’s the
own way to the health of the his- gathering place of our town. We are your neighbors
lock downtown area. However, WOiliil® and friends.
growth, new business scope, more WOflSV The prospect of empty store-fronts in Downtown is
visibility are positive signs of our not one any of us relishes, but the economy and busi-
economy and signs that New Braunfels is a great place ness climate arete improved from ten yean aga With
to gtow a business. a viable and active Downtown Association and the
Left in Historic Downtown New Braunfels are nutty continuation of the Main Street Project, new business-
viable retail businesses, a museum of worid renown, an es cain be attracted to the area. If our approach is cus-
aichives and museum of our area history, the seat of tomer-oriented
the county government, a large full-service bank, a and we meet the ..
city-owned utility, literally dozens of service-oriented special needs of It 8 til® 0flilHll1n9
and professional businesses, several second floor resi- our customers, we pilot OI OUT tOWII*
(fences, great and varied restaurants, inns, hotels, and will become the y|A UAIIV
bhd rod breakfasts, lots of antique stores (creating a Henne’sor . " * .
large part of “the Antique Capital of Texas”), four of Naegelin’s of the nolQflDOni Slid
the city largest churches^our widely used Civic Center, twenty-fust cen- friends,
and more. fury.
We, natives and transplants alike, enjoy the unique- There is always
ness of the downtown area. For almost 150 years it has room for improvement. People are drawn to unique
been the cultural center, the historic center rod for at shops which magnify our cultural flavor and uphold
least moat of those years the economic center. The quality and good taste. Doing this requires investors
businesses who call downtown home have, and will with vision and optimism for what Downtown New
continue, to meet the needs of the local community as Braunfels can be. There is a very real opportunity here
well as shoppers from the surrounding areas and the for interested individuals to invest in their dreams,
many summer and winter visitors. Establishing businesses of quaint, cultural interests in
htety of our regular shoppers are from outside the well-renovated surrounds will attract customers and
city limits. They seem to like the personal touch of the additional businesses,
many locaOy-owned-and-operated businesses where Honest, quality-minded individuals with a good
they find selection, reasonable prices on first-quality idea, a positive approach and, of course some capital,
products, and a safe shopping environment. would fuid Downtown New Braunfels a great place to
We try to cater to individuals with unique tastes, do business. We are your friends and wo*ild love to be
those who enjoy the shopping experience and personal your business neighbor,
attention. Msny tell us they like driving directly to This is just one business-person’s thoughts,
their shopping destination, rather than parking in a Although I have the honor of serving as die Downtown
parking lot outside a mall and walking, in many cases, Association's president for this year, I speak for myself
quite a distance to the store they wish to visit. and hope that you will consider Downtown your town.
Each of our small businesses desires to provide a (Connie Worley is president of the Downtown Asso-
valued service lo each customer. In moat cases the ciation and is a resident of New Brauitfels.)
Again we hear from people who have been insulted or assaulted by river thugs. Two weeks ago Mr. Haag and his friends were not able to enjoy the river because of the abuse of river thugs. This past weekend a neighbor, JerW Welch, was thrown from his deck and his wife Peggy wfs threatened. Will we have another Wurstfest type tragedy before something is done?
Because of the terrible conditions on the river, many c us no longer use our river parks on summer weekends; we know drunken river thugs will be there.
Several things need to be done to return the river to family tourism
1. There should be a large and permanent police pres-1 ence on the river every summer weekend. This would bet financed by the WORD user fees collected from river I tourists. |
2. To solve the litter problem, WORD should place a J strict ban on disposable drink containers, cigarettes and ; food. Any refreshment taken should be carried onto the j river in a non-disposable container. I
3. The WORD legislation should be revised to ban all J alcohol on the river as state and national parks do. Sheriff Bremer has stated repeatedly that most of his problems J on the river would be solved if alcohol were banned. If * enough irate citizens demand an alcohol ban on the Guadalupe our legislature should respond to the wishesi of the voters. J
Galveston banned alcohol on their beaches. Houston, ; Austin and New Braunfels have banned alcohol in their « city parks. If alcohol is banned the desirable family ! tourists will no longer be afraid to dane to the river. !
Galveston has seen a resurgence of tenily tourism I since the ban and had twice as many tourists as expected; for the recent Memorial Day holiday. Galveston mer- J chants are delighted with the results.
Until now the owners of private property on the ! Guadalupe have not been organized. If you are tired of J being a prisoner in your home on weekends and would | like to help in the effort to save the Guadalupe, call the J Guadalupe River Neighborhood Coalition at 606-0627. • Guadalupe River Neighborhood Coalition
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