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I DAILY CHRONICII Dotb, iilmoii, ltlaf, D, 28, 1 V I Homecoming Daily Chronicle Young Voter Won't Take Over 'System' Editorial Page opinions, columns, letters, features Curb Prices, Profits Harshly The men who developed President Nixon's economic strategy believe Phase II will work only If they hold down prices , more firmly than wages. Only in this way, they think, can labor finally be induced to hold back on inflationary wage demands after unions get what they believe they must have to "catch up" with past inflation. This relaxation in labor's demands, they're certain, is the key to Phase II success. Only with the harshest holddown on prices these men are convinced, will consumers be willing to take their dollars out of savings and buy with sufficient vigor . to get the economy moving briskly. The strategists have a second objective. They intend to put such an intolerable squeeze on profits per item that producers will look for a loophole. One has been conveniently provided. A company's total profits can go up. They can go up greatly, despite the squeeze on profits per item,, if a firm raises sales sufficiently. That puts the heaviest kind of pressure on companies to sell more. Sharply increased sales, it should be noted, are a second essential for Phase II success. Only thus can unemployment be cut to tolerable levels and the Gross National Product boosted enough to bring in 1 sufficient taxes to even come near to balancing the budget. Unless the budget can be balanced, the Don't Write Off There is a school of thought, one of whose spokesman is renewned anthropologist Margaret Mead, that is enamored of the idea that the younger generation is totally unlike any generation before it Parents says Mead, born into a much "simpler" world, cannot begin to understand the rapidly changing, technologically oriented world of their children. - We begin to believe this hogwash, until the death of a v man like David Sarnoff reminds us that it is, after all, just hogwash. if ever a man saw his world change at unbelievable speed, it was the founder of the broadcasting industry - and, of ; course, every person who was his contem-1 porary. When Sarnoff was born 80 years ago, scientists were "proving" that human Now, an Ocean-going Auto By this time, most everyone has heard of the Wankel rotary engine, which promises to revolutionize the automobile industry. . . German inventor Felix Wankel has just unveiled his latest - achievement, which could revolutionize it all over again: An ocean-going motor car. ' s 7 - ? With a plastic-covered cabin Uke a, -fighter plan&and a shape like a pojrppise," his "Zisch 69B" is designed to negotiate calm waters on "glider ins similar to a hydrofoil. At speedboat speed, it could travel hundreds or thousands of miles in this fashion. Barbs Anyone who knows of a good place to eat near the shop is sure keeping it secret " There's nothing quite like that first cup . of coffee in the morning - thankfully. , . ; Alimony is the high cost of leaving. economists believe, there can be no end to Inflation. As is well known, Mr. Nixon now has sweetened the "increase the sales" route by devaluation of the dollar, aimed at making foreign goods more costly here and U.S. goods cheaper overseas. , Thus the plan aims at correcting some long-term causes of our economic difficulties. . -.'.-v.- : For the long run, therefore, the planners want the big manufacturers to find the second loophole in the holddown on profits. That is, there is no restriction on profits at all, even on profits per item, if prices are not raiised, or in most cases if a brand new product is developed. - To reach this happy state, manufacturers must slash overhead sharply and expand their research or their utilization of already-existing research. For unless this nation's major producers can come up with a continuing program for improving products, developing new products and reducing costs at a more rapid pace, inflation cannot be brought permanently under control and devaluation will have been in vain. : In this objective, Mr. Nixon places great hopes in a new White House office of technical applications aimed at speeding the application of new research. We wish him well. ' Old Generation flight was an impossibility. Space travel was the purest fantasy, The telephone was still a novelty, wireless was unknown and television not even dreamed of. Excluding trains, land travel was little different from the time of Julius Caesar. All this was to change, fundamentally, completely - almost magically - in one human lifetime. Is a moon shot really any more amazing than the idea of a man taking off into the air in a clumsy motorized kite? Is atomic energy more awesome than an electric light bulb hit by power from a distant steam generator? Is a computer more im-' pressive than a box that draws voices and : music out of the air? It is the generation now passing from the scene, Sarnoffs generation, which is unlike any generation before it In rough seas, however, the Zisch would plow right through large waves like a submarine. Hence the enclosed cabin. Wankel has tested a scale model on Lake Constance and expects to try out a full-size four-to six-passenger prototype , next spring. In terms of price, size and . interior, a mass-produced Zisch, he be-Sieves, could be taotean travel what the f automobile has been to land travel. " .; v; " ' Considering what the automobile has done to the landscape, the prospect of a seascape covered with Zisches is not quite as exciting as it might be. The reason we've had such a mik) autumn is because of all the hot air released by the November election hopefuls. -: ' . Pictures televised from the Mars probe look exactly like the ancient movies on the late-late - only clearer. On The Right... THE CONSERVATIVES AND NEW HAMPSHIRE , When Senator Barry Goldwater was asked to comment on the prospective entry in the New Hampshire primary of a Republican conservative, he 'used the kind of language people used to use when contemplating the entry of Barry Gold-water in the Presidential race of 1964. The idea of opposing Mr. Nixon from the right said Senator Goldwater, is a threat "to the entire party, the entire country, the entire , free world, and freedom itself." . , The statement bears analysis. It is most easily Interpreted as untlcxtremist in Its implication! I.e, it is understood as cold water thrown on an insurgency from the right wing aimed at unsettling the hold Richard Nixon has on the Republican Party. As such, the disavowal is applauded by the Republican establishment and indeed by the establishment in general, which frowns on splinter movements. On the other hand, a close examination of Senator Goldwater's remarks can hardly commend them to Democrats and In-. dependents. What Senator Goldwater said is that unless Mr. Nixon is re-elected, we may see an end to the Republican Party, to the United States of America, to the free world, and to freedom itself. Now if that is true, - I.e, if the fate of . the world hangs on so slender a thread as the re-election of Richard Nixon - we . are entitledjo ask: why? And, more specifically, entitled to ask what has Senator . Goldwater done to prevent such a development? If the assertion of an independent . conservative voice in the New Hampshire primary is a domino which could collapse Nixon's chances for re-election, leaving us at at the mercy of a Democratic President whose election would knock over the succeeding domino, letting us drop into the abyss: then, of course, we would need to know how it is that we got that way, and why Senator Goldwater and other conservatives haven't been warning us with ca-tonic insistence that that is the direction towards which we have been headed. Indeed, Richard Nixon is the principal witness at this great inquest If things have become so dangerous, why did it all happen during a Nixon Presidency? ..-:" Because Congress was dominated by Democrats? Well, why didn't the Republican President warn us about the consequences of Democratic policies? i : " :lo Ihe National Anthem Issue EDITOR: This is an open letter to NIU President Richard Nelson. No doubt by now you are aware that not everyone is in agreement with your decision to exclude the singing of The Star Spangled Banner at athletic events at Northern Illinois University. This editorial, which appeared in the Sunday December 19 edition of The Commercial News" of Danville, Illinois is a follow up " of several prior news articles. As the editorial states, this decision 1 should have nothing to do with spectators whorare black or white; the issue is being American. If I were a guest in Russia or ; Japan, (surely these disorderly people must be guests in our country since they do hot recognize our national anthem as theirsX I would not be disruptive during the singing of their national anthem, nor would I expect The Star Spangled Banner" to be played. By the same token, anyone attending an event in the United States should be respectful of our anthem and ,not expect one of their own to be sung. Woodrow Wilson, who incidently chose The Star Spangled Banner" as the official song for all military ceremonies before if -was legally our National Anthem, ex- ; More On National Anthem EDITOR: As a coerced financial supporter of NIU, I abhor the banning of our National Anthem at any school function. Our National Anthem and our Flag know no color. To ban the playing of the" Star Spangled Banner, is to insult all it stands for. I ask that our legislators more carefully scrutinize the distribution of American taypayers conscripted funds. If America's National Anthem isn't good enough for Iff w And anyway, what did the Democratic control of Congress have to do with the election of AUende In Chile, or Ostpolitik in Germany, or a Canadian Prime Minister who speaks about the American threat being greater than the Russian threat, or a Middle East that has all but been sa-telUzed by the Soviet Union, or an Indian sub-continent that is now a part of the Russian Army, or an Indian Ocean that is becoming a Soviet lake, or a defense capability which in the opinion of Dr. ' Teller is so rapidly deteriorating as to leave us powerless within two or three years to oppose Soviet policy? You cannot blame all of that on the Democratic control of Congress. That is one of the difficulties Senator Goldwater has to confront, in shaping his attitude towards a race by Congressman John Ashbrook in New Hampshire against ' . Richard Nixon. It isnt as though Senator Goldwater abided by the rule that it is wrong under any circumstances to oppose an Incumbent President of his own party. In the late fifties, contemplating the budget of President Eisenhower, Senator Goldwater said on the floor of the Senate. "Mr. President the Republican Party is . pledged by principle to strengthen the basic economy of this nation by the achievement of (certain) aims. To do otherwise constitutes a betrayal of the ' people's trust Yet, here we have this abominably high budget request which is the ' ' epitome of inconsistency, when compared with statements made by me, made by -many of my colleagues, and by the Presidents 195ZV It may be that the projected venture of Congressman Ashbrook will prove to be counter-productive. That is a question of tactics concerning which men of Identical , , political opinions might disagree,' But Mr. , ; Ashbrook's entry into the race is the ex-'" ' pression of an elan vital in the conservative movement which has been strangely muted during the past several years, in v 1 Congress, where the stout bid soldiers of conservatism used to do round-the-clock duty. No American conservative can ever -live long enough to requite the debt he feels to Barry Goldwater. But he taught us so well, we cannot now, agreeing with him that the world threat is apocalyptic, accept with continuing docility the poli-. cies responsible for leading us to the brink. Laitott pressed this goal for our country: "My dream is that America will come into the .full light of day when all shall know that . she puts human rights above all other rights and that her flag is the not only of America but of humanity." A high ideal, yes, but certainly worth , the struggle; a struggle which cannot be won unless we all, black and white, are Americans. "The Star Spangled Banner" should transcend the racial barrier; in no way is racial tolerance served by the elimination of this anthem. Lincoln stated, There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law." Apparently mob law is in control in De-Kalb; however, the people of DeKalb and those of the university community have the power to stage an orderly protest against this "cop-out" decision by boycotting basketball games until these games include, as all American events should, The Star Spangled Banner." ANN LARSEN 1223 Franklin Danville, Illinois - MARIE JAN AS - - -209 Kentucky - - Danville, Illinois NIU neither is America's national currency. If in a particular context, something becomes a symbol of divisiveness and has a potential for doing harm to the overall well-being of thef national community, I believe it serves no purpose to exist and its doors closed SALLY MARTENS Grayslake, Illinois WASHINGTON (NEA) - The anU-es tablishment young are neither going to take over the country in 1972 nor vanish Into the woodwork of the "system." But both notions have had some nurturing. When voting finally became a reality for . 18-20 year-olds, one young militant said to his father. , "Good. Now we'll take control". . Dreams like that are being clutched ur-"gently by aorne of the young people who ' in a month or two may be flooding Into , the Democratic party's precinct caucuses In several states. These events may bulk large In the party's opened-up presidential . nominating processes. Here and there, concentration of effort surely is going to produce results, most likely in the shape of convention delegates for Sen. George McGovern or New York Mayor John Lindsay. Yet the rewards probably are going to be limited. The reasons are already well recited. Many of the young are not going to vote. A good proportion of those who do are unlikely to go all-out for the more strongly liberal candidates. And, it should not be forgotten, there are millions more voters than ever in the middle and upper end or the age spectrum, aouii suDuroia Is enormous today. 7 . Some among the young like to tell us that many things, like the Communist world or the "working class," are not monolithic Well, they arent either. Only a third are In college. That heralded 18-20 age bracket includes not only millions of nonstudents but housewives, members of the armed forces, and workers on factory and farm. The many 1971 samplings of the campus mood suggest, too, that , things are just basically quieter these days. Militancy doesn't have the appeal it once did. Listening to student reactions at candidate rallies, I find many kids laughing scornfully at the "far-outs." None of this, however, means the an-tkulture young folk are about to do a fast fade. As the more perceptive social analysts have been saying for three or four years, their hostility toward present-day society goes well beyond the Vietnam war. Nor do their objections end with the ' charges against the society of corruption and rottenness. : As writer Irving Kirstol noted in a recent Fortune magazine piece, for many of the turned-ofr young todajrs affluent world is at best a huge bore and at worst some kind of nightmare. They don't see challenge and excitement but only a smothering sameness. Neither McGovern nor Lindsay nor the most dashing hero imaginable could quickly change the prospect. Affluence desired seems a romantic cause. Affluence achieved seems strangely empty. So Kristol is probably right. The anticul-ture young are going to be with us for a good while to come. Their deepest con- ' cems do indeed touch the grave flaws of the affluent industrial society. Unable to "take over" because they are too few, their, limited yet not inconsiderable influence upon us will come from the "outside." Until the day when they learn there are , challenges "inside." Almanac Today is Tuesday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 1971 with three to follow. The moon is between its first quarter and full stage. The mornine stars are Mercurv and Ju. piter. The evening stars are Venus. Mars and Saturn. 0 Wt ki HIA, We. "Listen, kid, H you went to iell rtcords, you ting like I tell DON'T BUCK THE ESTABLISHMENT KUTS WORLD Fid Sl J0 Illlry

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