New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVE KRAMER, Editor and Publisher JIM WEBRE, Managing Editor
Dancing with the one who did not bring you
If the Democratic Party survives through the decade, it won’t be because Republicans and conservatives didn t do their utmost to kill it.
Comal County District Attorney Bill Schroeder and County Attorney Bill Reimer changed their political party affiliations recently. Both men said words to the effect that the GOP better represented their beliefs than the Democratic Party to which they belonged when they began their political careers. Congratulations to both of them on their realignments.
No one can fault a man or woman for making such a choice John Connally, for example, reached a point when he finally in effect told Democrats. “By golly, the next time you try to politically damage me, you’ll have a reason.” And he promptly joined the Republican Party.
If it takes joining the Republican Party to get elected in Comal County or any place else, then as a practical matter that’s the right thing to do — call yourself whatever sells on election day.
But when all is said and done, Americans and Texans may look back one day and think Ronald Reagan wasn’t such a great communicator after all; he just knew how to pick people who were even if they weren’t completely honest.
When that day comes and a Democrat or a Libertarian or someone who is not Republican per se earns the nation’s trust, will those people who changed parties for political expediency try to rejoin the Democratic Party and cast away their GOP coats?
It’s true that the Democratic Party hasn’t fielded the most attractive slate of candidates lately, but that could change And the next time we have a popular Democrat in the White House, we should all remember that political philosophy can sometimes change with the wind. Maybe we should more frequently ask our politicians where they stand on the issues After all. a day will have passed since they took a standOther viewsTaking the heat
Harry Truman said it best: “lf you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.” Thus, if Republican presidential hopeful Pat Robertson objects to close press scrutiny of his past, there s one sure way to stop it — drop out
The plain fact is Robertson and all the other candidates of both parties are going to be subjected to microscopic examination because they should be They want to be elevated to the most important job in the world, and the people deserve to know' just what sort of person they are being asked to put in that position
Robertson s whining about the revelation that he and his wife were legally married just IO weeks before their first child was bom, and — more important — about inaccuracies in his personal resume, just doesn t deserve much sympathy He knew or should have known that when he put himself forward as a moral leaader. a man of God. then as a great moral political leader, he was asking to be put to the test .
Austin American-StatesmanRobertson's revelations
At the rate presidential candidates are shooting themselves in the foot, we may be lucky to end up with one surviving Democrat and Republican by the time the national nominating conventions roll around.
... Like his right-wing positions or not. you had to figure Pat Robertson was a squeaky-clean kind of guy Surely this televangelist who has been hectoring the faithful about sexual sins was himself a paragon
Seems this arbiter of national morality has been fudging the date ofHarald-Zcitung
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his marriage to conceal a shotgun'’ wedding Ten weeks after he ex changed vows, his son was bom
While Mr Robertson is hardly the first man to start his family prior to marriage, it does make his pom pous posturing on moral issues seem ungenerous....
Mr Robertson's flock may forgive him his transgressions He is. after all. “bom again.” and apparently he has been a responsible husband and father But we wonder lf any of the presidential candidates can emerge unscathed from this season of the “character question ”
Dallas Times Herald Take Jackson seriously The pros don t give the Rev Jesse Jackson much chance of becoming the 4lst president of the United States, but they have been wrong before
.. Jesse Jackson is a serious, bona fide candidate and should be treated as one He w as not in 11*84. when his campaign was not subjected to the critical attention given other can dldates
It should be different this time and indications are that it will be It was reported last week, for example, that Jackson signed a personal contract to work as a spokesman for a na tional chain of vocational schools ... Jackson discounted rumors that stories were imminent that would portray him as a womanizer A Jackson backer, Mayor Gary Hatcher of Gary, Ind. warned sup porters that "The winds of controversy will swirl around the head of our candidate We must not let anyone tell us who Jesse Jackson is We know who he is ’
But does the country0
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Most people would break into a sweat and start trembling That's the effect the internal Revenue service can have when they send so rneone a grim computerized letter that begins “This is your final notice ”
And they d be in a panic when the> got to the parts that say A notice of federal tax lien mas be filed your property or rights to proper tymay be seized This includes w ages bank ac counts, commissions or other income Real estate and personal property such as automobiles may also be seized and sold to pas your tax ”
But when Allen Kehr who runs an engineering consultant firm in Freeport 111 got such a let ter he didn t do so much as bat an eye Despite the ominous threat, he didn t run to a lawyer, call an accountant or stick his head in the kitchen oven and turn on the gas He sat down and wrote a letter to tin* IRS say ing in effect Go right ahead Seize m> property and make public idiots of yourselves Then he added one more notation to a diary he s been keeping for the past 2U months of the contacts he s had with bureaucrats at the IRS The final threat brought the number of con tacts — by phone or mall to 23 And they all had the same purpose To per suade Fehr to pay the IRS money he has already paid them Plus interest and penalties Fehr’s case is one of the best examples of bureaucratic computerized bungling that I ve seen in a long time
It began in 15*85 when the IRS audited a real estate partnership that Fehr was involved in and ruled that the partnership owed back taxes This wasn’t uncommon The tax rules for real estate partnerships were constantly being revis ed and reinterpreted The IRS decided that Fehr still owed 117.632 in taxes for a four-year span So he signed the proper document, wrote the check and sent It to them The IRS received the money and the
canceled check came back with Fehr s next bank statement About three months later he got a letter from the IRS telling him that he owed the *17 632 and asking him when he would pay
He phoned someone at the IRS and told him that the check had been sent and cashed The lax man said he would look into It “But I got another letter from him a month later, saying that the tax was still due and the interest was accumulating I phoned him and told him the same thing and again he said he d follow through A few weeks later a computer spit out another menacing letter saying that he owed the money and that he d better pay up But the letter had someone else s name on it So he called this other tax man and explained the situation
He told me that he d need a copy of the canceled chec k and the consent forms I had sign ed showing that the IRS and I had agreed on the amount So I sent copies of the canceled check and the consent forms '
You would think that would be the end of it But it waul t ’ He called me back There was some pro bloem on his end locating the chec k and the original consent forms because the check was now in Kansas ('tty and he was in Chicago “I told him that was his problem since I had sent them He said he wanted me to make out new forms
“I told him there was no way I was going to do that I had already given them the original forms So he got huffy Here I ve paid them what they wanted followed their instructions and they re getting huffy “A few weeks later the IRS guy called again and said that he had finally located the chee k but he couldn t find the consent forms and wanted me to send some new ones I told him that if their system couldn’t cope with this that
was their problem So hr said Oh he d take care of it ’*
But the next month he got another letter demanding payment and telling him what the latest interest was 5nd again he sent a copy of the canceled check And It went on and on Back would come another letter saying that the check couldn t be found and asking him to send another one He would send a copy of the chee k Then he d get a letter demanding payment and telling him what the interest was By the beginning of this vrar hr not only owed the *17 632 that he already paid but be owed in terest of *v 1(15
That comes to an extra l'2t TTI Fern iTiicagt loan sharks don t charge that kind of juice And most recently came the warning that the 1R> was going to seize everything he owned So he wrote what he says is his final letter to the chief of the Taxpayer Assistance section of the IRS in Kansas City After the thinning of the letter l>ear (.Turf he reviewed the bureaucratic madness in great detail the mended it by say ing
VAe are proud loyal law abiding Americans However we are quite frankly very tired of spending time and money in an effort to prove that you received and cashed our check ’ After thoughtful delitarration we have con eluded that It is now up to you to prove that you did not receive and cash our check
‘ We now will no! quit until a complete apology is issued from somebody other than a computer and we are compensated for our very frustrating time ”
No now it is up to the IK> VA ill the computer attack again VA ill the computer send agents to seize home car arui everything else Fehr owns and leave him and his wife huddling in the cold0 Or will a human finally intercede0 But maybe there are no humans left in that of flee Maybe the computer ate them all VA«* Il wait and seeAnalysis
Reagan’s memory lapses show up in public
By W DALE NELSON Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON AF) Like many Americans, particularly as they get older President Reagan sometimes has trouble remembering what he wants to say.
Some say it s getting worse and that the president. 76. is increasingly showing his age “He does grope more for words,” says Stephen J Wayne, professor of political science at George Washington University and a student of the American presidency “Clearly, there has been an aging of this president as there has been of other presidents ”
This one, however is older than the others Dwight Eisenhower, the oldest previous president. was just a few months over TO when he left office
Reagan himself said in a recent interview he felt “desperate” because he couldn't remember a senator's name.
On his speaking trip to New Jersey this week, Reagan said "1948” when his script read ”1984” and, in some ad-libbed remarks in the same speech, failed to come up with the word "humidity" when he needed it.
In an interview last Friday with Cable News Network, he had trouble remembering the name
of Sen Howard Melzenbaum IFOhio. one of a trio of senators he had described as “principal leaders of the lynch mob” attacking his Supreme Court nominee, Robert H Bork Reagan was making the point that the same three also had opposed Chief Justice William H Kehnquist when he was up for confirmation last year
“If you look back at the leaders in the opposl lion. those against Rehnqulst were three senators Senator Blden, Senator Kennedy and — why does the third name slip my mind0" the president said Following an awkward pause, he added "I'm still sitting here desperate because I missed the third — oh, Metzenbaum — the third senator ” Speaking to employees at the Somerset Technologies plant In Somerset, N J . on Tues day, Reagan never did come up with the word he was looking for, although he did find a substitute
interpolating a story about a hot day in Washington, he described it as “in excess of IUD degrees and about IOO percent .. < pause » moisture in the air ”
This was also the speech in which the prest dent said the company’s sales had increased by more than SIO million in 1948. instead of 1984
Irater, in a speech to the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce at a Somerset hotel Reagan said he wanted Congress to raise taxes instead of the other way around although he quickly corrected himself Reagan a spokesman. Marlin Fitzwater dismissed the flubs saying he himself has trou ble from time to time remembering what he wants to say Presidential scholar Wayne however, said in an interview , “It seems to me to be a sign of ag mg We saw some of this with Eisenhower He had three major illnesses during his presidency and he was a much older, less energetic man at the end of his term I think Carter lost a little of his spirit by 15*8u, so some of this is a natural ag mg in a presidency, in a tough job ”
Dr Lila McConnell, associate director of the division of geriatric medicine at GWX' Medical Center, said that while “any problem with memory in someone who is older should be in vestigated.” such lapses can occur "for a lot of different reasons that are not necessarily pathological ” In other words, if you forget things, it doesn't necessarily mean you’re senile
EDITOR S NOTE W Dale Nelson coven Ute White House for The Associated Press