The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 6, 1968 · Page 16
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 16

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 6, 1968
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16-Algona, (la.) Upper Des Moines Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1963 WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON- Big Jim Eastland of Mississippi, the cigar- chomping chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been drawing down a bigger cotton subsidy bonanza from Uncle Sam than his neighbors realized $129,977 a year. Big Jim is not only the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, but is the No. 2 man of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which writes the law for American farmers. True, this principal was enacted long before Sen. Eastland became a power on the Agriculture Committee. In recent years, however, payments to big farmers and plantation owners have got bigger, while payments to small farmers have tended to get smaller. At any rate the Eastland plantation at Doddsville received in 1965 - the last year for which figures are available - the nice little subsidy of $129,977. The payment is listed as having been made to "Mrs. E. C. Eastland"obviously referring to Mrs. Elizabeth Coleman Eastland, the Senator's wife. It is estimated that to secure this payment Eastland withheld 1,700 acres of cotton. Sen. Eastland is one of the biggest recipients of the federal cotton subsidy in the state of Mississippi through cotton and wheat subsidies to big land owners in the central valley of California put even Sen. Eastland in the shade. - o - - PRIVATE-PAID JUNKET - Despite the rash of Congressional junkets over the Christmas holiday, there were some trips which didn't cost the taxpayers a cent. Young Rep. Richard "Max" McCarthy, D-N. Y., paid his own expenses for a look-see at conditions in Europe, and came back convinced that it is slowly headed for unity, despite DeGaulle. "Economic and political dark spots abound in Britain, France and other countries, but the overall picture is bright," he reported. "The prosperity, the progress in business, science and technology and the growth of the middle class are visible in much of the continent. "Even at the tail end, on the Iberian Peninsula - in Spain the new age is beginning to manifest itself." The De Gaulle influence and the resurfacing of old nationalistic tendencies to "go it alone" with Eastern Europe in trade, are two factors pulling the old world back toward the past, McCarthy declared. However, other forces are pulling toward eventual unity, such as; 1. The success of the Common Market; 2. The feeling of impotence afflicting small nations caught between the American and Soviet power spheres; 3. A fear that the United States, preoccupied in Asia, might turn Its back on Europe and leave it to shift alone. "If, over the next decade or so, a unified Europe does emerge, it will have a profound effect on DREW PEARSON U. S. policy," added McCarthy. "For a United States of Europe, comparable in size and influence to the USA, would be a competitor as much as a partner." - o - - FORMULA FOR PEACE - President Johnson soon will receive a report on a "junket for peace," which also cost the taxpayers nothing and which was aimed at finding an honorable end to the war in Vietnam. The junket was led by two formerly hawkish Republican House members, Reps. FredSch- wengel of Iowa and William Cowger of Kentucky. They were accompanied by John Bacarini, former director of the "Self Help" program (donor of farm tools and other aids to underprivileged foreigners), and by seven other private citizens. Based on their self-financed tour of Vietnam, they will make a number of suggestions to the President, including a recommendation that the pacification program be taken out of military hands and put under a civilian administrator. Another recommendation will be that the United States shift from a "search and destroy" policy to a "seize and hold" strategy. Rep. Schwengel points out that these two proposals are aimed at winning the "hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people, as well as relieving refugee problems in the battle area. Schwengel and his group also favor cessation of bombing in North Vietnam. "We don't want to be classified under either the hawk or the dove label," says the Iowa Congressman. "Actually, we are realists. We seek an effective and honorable way out of the fighting in Vietnam, as quickly as possible." - o - - LAWYER FOR UNCLE SAM- As Secretary of Defense, Clifford will be in the position of switching his very considerable talents for Uncle Sam. The only question is whether he has been so long steeped in the atmosphere of his industrial clients that he can make the switch. His friends, including Lyndon B. Johnson, are convinced he can. He understands the language of the defense giants and could be just as tough on them as he was with the U. S. government when he represented the giants against the government. Another asset will be his ability to speak the language of Capitol Hill. Clifford is an old poker- playing Truman Democrat who has taken money away from the toughest hawks in the House and Senate. Unlike Bob McNamara, who talked with graphs and computers, Clark Clifford can talk the language of the bourbon highball. Unfortunately this is almost essential when it comes to dealing with headstrong Congressmen such as Mendel Rivers who are convinced they know more about missiles and carriers than any Secretary of Defense. Making the transition from a tough corporation lawyer to a tough lawyer for Uncle Sam will not be easy. Some lawyers, when they join the government, never get it done. But we believe Clifford will do. He is an honest and extremely able man. To Vietnam WESLEY - Marine Pfc. Robert Wingert has reported for duty with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, First Div., in Vietnam. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Clare Wingert. Legion Auxiliary The Kossuth County Units of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold their quarterly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 2 p. m. in the Legion hall in Whittemore. ; BIG WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR FARM | PRODUCTION : - WITH BETTER FARM EQUIPMENT - I 11. Oliver Tractors & \ Machinery ! 2. CMC Trucks 13. Firestone Tires ! 4. Gehl Machinery i 5. Stanhoist Equipment i i Joe Bradley Equipment So. of Algona Hotel 295-2421

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