WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round h BREW PEARSOM Tuesday, July 2S, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper Dei Moine*-5 St. Ann Bridge Winners CONGRESSMEN ARE SCARED STIFF BY FARM BUREAU WASHINGTON - The 27 to 1 vote inside the House Agricultural Committee rebuking Rep. Joe Resnick, D-N.Y., for his stand against the Farm Bureau will have far more repercussions than an ordinary Congressional feud. It may well do the following: 1. Put Resnick in the race for the Senate against Republican Jacob Javits, hitherto considered unbeatable. 2. Raise the issue of Congressional ethics once again. 3. Force a showdown regarding the big farm organizations masquerading as nonprofit co-ops but which make tax-free inroads on private business which must pay taxes. Regarding the first, Democrats have long been looking for a Jewish candidate who could take on Jake Javits. Javits has been a good Senator and aspires to be Vice President. Part of his political strength lies in his religion which nets him a preponderance of Jewish- Democratic voters in New York City who cross over to the Republican ticket where Javits is concerned. They even voted for him against Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., for attorney general. Resnick, a Jew, is a wealthy electronics manufacturer from Poughkeepsie who has been reelected in an overwhelmingly Republican district. He is one of the bright stars among New York Democrats, and the unfair vote against him in the House Agriculture Committee should boost him as a candidate against Javits. - o - - TAX-FREE FARM LOBBY - Reason for this unfair rebuke was the fact that Resnick had dared expose the giant American Farm Bureau Federation as a $2 billion lobbying group which paid no taxes. For a long time business leaders have been griping over the privileged position of farm co-ops which get by without paying taxes. The Farm Bureau is the No. 1 example. Resnick had pointed out that it operates several insurance companies, gasoline filling stations, automobile accessory stores. When Resnick first began his campaign, he received commendation from his fellow members on the House Agriculture Committee. "Great stuff, Joe," commented Chairman Bob Poage of Texas. "You're doing fine. Keep it up." However, this was before the Farm Bureau threw its tremendous lobbying power into play. For years it has dominated the farm bloc on Capitol Hill. Furthermore it has several of its members on the House Agriculture Committee. Under the rules of Congress they are not supposed to vote on an issue where they have a direct personal or pocketbook interest. Nevertheless, several Congressional members of the Farm Bureau led the fight to disassociate Congress from Resnick because he dared take on the Farm Bureau. They were: Chairman Poage; Bill Nichols, D-Ala.; G. V. Montgomery, D-Miss.; with George Hansen, Idaho; Robert Price, Texas; George Goodling, Pa.; and John Zwach, Minn., all Republicans. The conflict of Rep. Zwach was especially glaring because his administrative assistant, Verlon Welch, served as legislative director of the Minnesota Farm Bureau from 1961-66. All of the above Congressmen voted to censure Adam Clayton Powell. But they, saw nothing wrong in leading the fight to rebuke a Congressman who dared criticize their own $2 billion Farm Bureau and its tax-free privileges. - o - -SUPER SECRECY - Significantly, the House Agriculture Committee meeting to defend the Farm Bureau was held behind closed doors. No security matters were involved; no military secrets; only the question of whether a lobbying group should continue to have tax-free privileges. Yet the public, which lias to make up the tax deficit, was barred. Significantly also, the meeting was called just 24 hours after the Farm Bureau executives met in Chicago to plan strategy against Resnick's attack. The secret committee meeting was held at 9 : 30 a.m., and was supposed to last until ten. But the battle inside the committee continued so long that White House assistant Walt Rostow was kept an hour and a half waiting to testify. At the start of the closed-door session, Resnick made a parliamentary inquiry asking that the debate regarding him be open to the press and public. Chairman Poage remarked that Resnick's criticism of the Farm Bureau already had received "too much publicity." Resnick was voted down. He then asked Poage to yield. The chairman refused. "You want us to make a martyr of you, and I'm going to do it," remarked the Congressman from Texas. In the showdown vote disassociating the committee from Resnick's investigation of the Farm Bureau, every Democrat voted against his Democratic colleague from New York except three: Rep. Eligio de la Garza, the Spanish-American from Texas, who supported Resnick; and Tom Foley of Washington and Frank Brasco of Brooklyn, who sat on their hands. They voted "present." Remarked Rep. de la Garza afterward: "If Resnick was impolite to the Farm Bureau, we should talk to him about it. We don't have to pass a resolution to disassociate ourselves from what another Congressman says. That's his business. "If a Congressman has to disassociate himself every day from what another Congressman says, we couldn't pass any legislation at all. We'd be too busy disassociating," The women played in pairs and met once a month throughout the year In all 40 nlavers participated, with each team donating a dollar per game to St. Ann y last Friday after- SOCIETY NEWS hostess at the bridge party at Algona Country Club July 19. Winners were Mrs. Wendell French, Mrs. Norbert Kelley and Mrs. Elmer Dole. - o - 1 PLAN COOKOUT NEWCOMERS CLUB The Algona Newcomers Club met Tuesday night, July 18. Hostesses for the meeting were Bonnie Ross and Beverly Wagner. In bridge, high score went to Marcia Slater and Theresa Mueller, low. Delores Black won high in 500 and Rutli Davis, low. The door prize went to Jeanne Clapsaddle. Call State Park custodian Bill Wyatt gave the program for the evening on his large rock collection. Newcomers attending included Elida Goerndt, Mary Ellen Cagwin, DeEtta Twedt, Jo Johnson, Slieryl Walsh, Rita Denier, Vivian Nord and Ethel Daman. Union Township Homemakers will hold a cook-out at the civic center Wednesday, July 26, instead of Thursday, at 12:30. Each member is asked to bring her own table service. The program will be by the 4-H club. - o - ONE YEAR OLD A family dinner was held Sunday at Mr. and Mrs. Archie Um- brel's at Spencer honoring the first birthday of their daughter, Mariann. Present were the great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Muckey, Mrs. Mary Daldhauser, Algona, and Mrs. Annie Umbrel, Ruthven; the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Umbrel, Sr., Ayrshire; Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Dahlhauser, Algona; and Mr. and Mrs. John Dahlhauser, Des Moines; Mrs. John Thompson and granddaughter, Laurl, Spencer; and the honoree's four-year-old brother Scott. - o BRIDGE HOSTESS Mrs. Clayton Percival was hostess to her bridge club Thursday evening. - o IDLE HOUR CLUB Mrs. Pearl Potter is entertaining the Idle Hour bridge club Wednesday. COUNTRY CLUB BRIDGE Mrs. Virgil Guilder was ENDS TUESDAY JULY 25th FISTFUL OF DOLLARS AND FORTUNE COOKIE STARTS WEDNESDAY WALT DISNEY'S "SHAGGY DOG" AND "ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR" On This Program Only Children •• 5Qc ENDS WEDNESDAY DORIS DAY IN "CAPRICE" STARTS THURSDAY JULY 27th PETER FONDA IN limes H Nitliolion 1 Sjmutl I Aikotf CORD SETS REPLACED PROMPT SERVICE WHY TAKE CHANCES? BRING YOUR APPLIANCE IN TODAY! 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