Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 23, 1976 · Page 5
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Candidates Curiously Silent on Cashing Out the Welfare System By Leonard M. Greene (Prtildtnt of tht Institute for Seelotconomlc Studies) The issue making the hottest headlines in 1975 is virtually ignored in the election campaigning of 1976. Although a principal cause of the financial crisis that hit New York City and State, as well as other urbanized centers, the issue of welfare reform is largely submerged in the current presidential campaign. Despite obvious efforts of candidates to avoid what they apparently consider a "no win" issue, many Americans apparently feel a solution . can't wait until after the elections. Governors BrerMan Byrne of New Jersey, Hugh Carey of New York, Patrick Lucey of Wisconsin and Milton Schapp of Pennsylvania recently sent a telegram to President Ford warning: "The harm done by • the (welfare) system has been well documented. It tolerates unacceptable variations between different parts of the country which cannot be explained by regional differences in the cost of living. "It encourages family instability and disintegration. It does too. little to help the working poor. It permits excessive levels of ineligibility and fraud. It is unworkable for the family in need and is fast becoming too costly for the taxpayer." Former H.E.W. secretary Caspar .W. Weinberger has warned that, at current growth rates, government •• welfare will consume more than half our gross national product by the year 2000, with half the American people working to support the other ' half. Think of the impact of such government spending on monetary values, capital formation, scientific and technological progress, our overall living'standards, and our international political and, military posture. There is little hope our intellectual, religious and economic liberties could be maintained. The economic and social disutility of this system' already is staggering. A. ' vanguard of 160,000 unproductive welfare . bureaucrats, administers^ billions of unearned dollars to" giro wing' million's o'f Americans. Add the inflationary impact of deficit financing, the expansion of bureaucratic power and the way in which welfare red tape, inequities, and restrictions • encourage abuse and corruption and one sees the grave risks to our economic and social fabric. For years, welfare critics were ignored. Increasingly, however, distinguished liberals and conservatives alike are advocating some form of income maintenance or supplement. Its purpose would be to stimulate individual initiative and 'encourage millions to assume creative roles in our economy. The Institute for Socioeconomic Studies has been studying the feasibility of "cashing out" the welfare system as we know it. All present programs would be consolidated in favor of a federal income maintenance • policy. The idea is to provide subsistence income as a foundation on which a family can build. Today, a job or a rajse for a poor welfare family often imposes economic pehalitie's. Too often earned increases in income cancel out such benefits as Food Stamps, Medicaid and housing and cut cash assistance such as Aid For Dependent Children. ,Urider such pressure, poor families avoid earned income in favor of government largesse. .The work ethic would be strengthened by positive hejp to the near-poor. The income supplement would substantially increase ^heir standard of living and put a distinct margin between them and families that do not work. Today there often is no difference in income between non-workers on welfare and unassisted, working families. Of course, the income supplement, subject to the progressive income tax', will be recouped from topmost income strata, Economist Milton Friedman has long urged replacing the dole with taxable income maintenance as the basis of our welfare system. Editorials sympathetic to the concept have appeared in publications ranging from Forbes Magazine to the New York Times. . Former Rep. Martha W. Griffiths, the Michigan Democrat who was long Congress 1 resident expert on- welfare reform, pioneered legislation that would cash out the present welter of benefits programs. In recent weeks, Republican Sen. Jacob K. Javits has brought the Griffiths proposal to the Senate as the "Tax Credits and Allowances Act of 1976." According to the Senator, "This bill is designed to provide a system of rebatable tax credits and cash grants so that a family of four, forxexample, would be guaranteed minimum annual income of $4,300 . . . Other 'federal assistance levels would be uniform throughout the country." Apparently this exciting and far-reaching proposal has escaped the attention of our major candidates for national office.' Actually,-the welfare mess Times Herald, Carroll, la. c Friday, April 23, 1976 3 of today has long been forecast. It was no reactionary, but Frankin Delano. Roosevelt who cautioned that "continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief... is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit." How depressingly ironic this crisis is on the eve of the 200th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. Our cities and millions of our citizens are threatened with economic and moral subjugation. Yet the cause lies not with tyrants across the oceans but with our refusal to grapple with the need for change. Walt Kelly's Pogo was ail-too accurate: "We have met the enemy and he is us." The elections of 1976, like the events of 1776, will have far-reaching effect. To choose our leaders wisely for the critical years ahead, we must know where they stand on the crucial issue of welfare reform. SALE In the past year there have been many furniture stores in the Carroll area going out of business. We at Bierl's are staying in business! Our success is a result of a sincere effort to live up to our motto: "BEST PRICE - BEST SERVICE." 800,000 Inventory to Choose From THE GENUINE SAVINGS THE GENUINE SAVINGS represent unique value on beautiful, factory- fresh merchandise from America's leading manufacturers. Furnishings we're proud to sell. Furnishings you'll be proud to show off and live with for -years to come and REMEMBER WE WILL BE HERE TOMORROW TO BACK UP-THOSE LEADING MANUFACTURERS' GUARANTEES: Get exactly what you have in mind to add beauty, convenience or comfort to your home or office from selections of the LARGEST FURr NITURE STORE IN THE CITY WITH $800,000 OF INVENTORY TO SELECT FROM. Get it at a price that-saves you real cash. Get the drop on the PRICE DROP starting SUNDAY! Be here when the door opens. MISCELLANEOUS EXAMPLES Ha|l Consoles 3 styles to chogse from Reg. ' 89.00 Vt » 58.00 Wall Units Book Case ..'....' Reg. M 50.00 '/ 2 » 75.00 Curio Glass Door Cabinet Reg. '330.00 Vi '165.00 Many More Too Numerous To Mention SOFA SLEEPERS (All Brands) We've got the selection. 40 Sofa Sleepers on the floor to choose from. As Low As *189.00 ' ••••' RECLINER EXAMPLES 100 styles in stock to choose from. You will save no less than 18% in this department and ufi to 55% off. Recliners as low as $79.00 and these are all brand names — Berkline — Wall-a-way — Stratolounger — La-Z-Boy and we wi|l be here TOMORROW to back up the GUARANTEE. CHAIR EXAMPLES KROEHLER 1 Group 25 Chairs Reg. Price'150.00 to'200.00 Your Choice ' 98.00 MASTERCRAFT CHAIRS Reg. Price '230.00 to '330.00 Your Choice '149.00 Many More Too Numerous To Mention DINING ROOM EXAMPLES Formal Stanley Dining Rooms Save Vb off all pieces , Keller walnut drop leaf table Reg. ?330,00 Vi Price '165.00 Keller Med. Table & 4 Chairs Reg. »365.00 Vi Price '172.50 Chromcraft Modern Glass Table & Four Chairs Reg. '890.00 Vi Price '445.00 Many More too Numerous to List . . SERTA BEDDING All At Sale Price Twin Size Full Size ' Wedgewood '39.95 Each Piece '49.00 Slumber Comfort '49.00 Each piece '59.00 Quilt Air '59.00 Each Piece '69.00 Ortho Pedic '69.00 Each Piece '79.00 QUEEN Size As Low As'129.00 All with Serta guarantee and we'll be here to back that up ... OCCASIONAL TABLE EXAMPLES Singer Sq. Cocktail Italian '1.65.00 '/ 2 Price '82.50 Riverside Pecan Sq. Commode Traditional .'175.00 Vi Price '87.50 Riverside Pecan End Table Traditional '115.00 Vi Price, '57.50 Jackson of Danville Italian Glass Table Group '/z Price As Low As '48.00 Lane Glass & Chrome Tables Vi Price As Low As '42.50 Mersman End Tables E.A. Maple Formica Tops Hex, End, Cocktail, Square Vi Price Your Choice '59.00 Singer Poe Table Pecan Finish ..Was'89.95 Now'48.00 Many More too Numerous to List SOFA & LOVESEAT EXAMPLES Kroehler Sofa' E.A. Gold Nylon Tweed .. .'479.85 Vz Price '239.95 Livon Sofa Formal White Tone with Orange Overlay Print '620.00 Vi Price '310.00 Stratford Sofa Traditional Style 4 Colors to Choose from 100% Nylon Cover .. .'399.99 Vi Price '199.00 Mastercraft Sofa Green & Gold Velvet.. .'670.00 Vi Price '335.00 Livon Sofa All Nylon Orange Flower '480.00 Vi Price '239.95 Craft Sofa Tan Suede Cover with Walnut . Wood Trim OUTSTANDING BUY '830.00 Now '299.95 Loveseat Plaid White & Black Herculon Cover '199.95 Vi Price ' 99.95 Craft Sofa Brown Tones Stripe Nylon Cover with oak attached end tables .. .'749.00 Vi Price '375.00 Stratford Loveseat Choose Velvet or Nylon Covers • Reg. '299.95 Now '179.00 • Many More too Numerous to List BEDROOM EXAMPLES Boy & Girl Suites with Wall Pieces All Cut 40% Five Styles to Choose From Heywood Wakefield 4 Pieces Pine Suite HURRY ON THIS ONEI Regular'1,299.00 Now'699.95 E.A. Maple 4 Piece Suite »$ 499.00 Now '399.95 Hooker Italian Triple Dresser & Mirror Only Reg. « 390.00 'A Price '195.00 Riverside Lingerie Chest Maple '220.00 Vi Price '110.00 Riverside Nite Stand Maple ' 85.00 Vt Price ' 49.00 Stanley Nite Stand Oak '140.00 Vi Price ' 69.95 Kimbal Nite Stand Cherry '110.00 Vi Price ' 55.00 Hooker 5 Drawer Chest '230.00 Vz Price '115.00 Stanley Door Chest Oak '399.95 Vi Price '199.95 Many More too Numerous to List WE DON'T QUIT Our "BEST PRICE" will be as low as any store quitting business. And we will be here to give our "BEST SERVICE" after the sale. (Any item purchased is on approval for 30 days.) Terms up to 36 months to pay. Open SUNDAY 1 to 5 p.m. Sale Starts Easy Terms UP TO 36 MONTHS TO PAY Phone 792-4318 A ® I p*v*i I pi i I 'Serving Western lows it's the living end! BIERL's / FURNITURE East Edge of CARROLL, Hwy. 30

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