Independent from Long Beach, California on February 24, 1969 · Page 23
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 23

Long Beach, California
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Monday, February 24, 1969
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Nixon wants fighting GOP chairman WASHINGTON - There is much of the new Nixon and a little of the old in the circumstances of Ray Bliss's resignation last week as Republican national chairman. Now that he's President, Nixon doesn't want to find himself cast in his old role of fighting Democrats at the drop of a hat. The President liked the way Democratic National Chairmen John Bailey and Lawrence O'Brien played the role of political pugilist. He decided that his national chairman should be the Republican to catch political abuse and shake his fist in return. This meant that Bliss, an able fellow who avoids limelight and combat, 100, would have to be replaced. TO IMPLEMENT the plan, Nixon reached into his early, controversial years for the help of Murray Chotiner, his first poliiicial mentor, thus causing considerable negative muttering by some Republicans. Chotiner coached Nixon in his successful 1946 run for Congress; was a Hora- tiu-at-lhe bridge during the "fund" crisis in the 1952 campaign; and en- dured the frustrating defeat Nixon experienced in 1962. Chotiner had gotten into a jam in the Eisenhower years, was charged with making improper contacts with White House staffers on behalf of legal clients and was subjected to the withering questioning of a young Senate sub- MCk THIMMKSCH committee counsel named Robert 1-". Kennedy. Chotiner was not an essential part of the remarkable Nixon comeback in 1968, but shortly afier ihe elec- lion, he was a regular visiior 10 (he transition offices on the 39th floor of Manhattan's Pierre Hotel. NEXT, he worked on the inauguration, and took offices on the premises of the Republican National Committee. Soon after, stories broke It's still the poor who pay IT SAYS SOMETHING for the changing climate of realism in this country that so conservative a magazine as U. S. News World Report recently published an economic survey blasting the whole mythology of taxation. It has been widely believed, and disseminated by interested parties. SYDNEY HARRIS that the tax structure in the United States takes it out of the hide of the rich, while favoring the less af- f l u e n t . Not so, reports the magazine's Economic Unit--it is the poor, .'is usual, who gel the dirty end of the stick. When total laxes--federal, state, city. Social Security, sales, property, and all the hidden bites--are taken into consideration, it turns out that poverty-line families making $3,000 a year or less pay 34 per cent of their total earnings. Only slightly better off are the struggling families in the $5,000$7,000 a year bracket, who pay 33 per cent of income, or about SI,890 a year out of their meagre income. Best off are the people in the $15,000 to 525,000 bracket, and those over 525,000, who pay only about 28 per cent in total taxes, which still leaves them a goodly sum for oilier purposes. Moreover, the more affluent are able to invest their money, to buy tax-deductible municipal bonds, to lake advantage of numerous devices for reducing t h e i r taxes and aug- m e n t i n g their income-' none of which is available to the poor or even t h e average f a m i l y . In ihe past, there has been a loi of loose and self-serving talk about the poor rich man ''in the 9! pur cent tax bracket"--which is so much poppycock. Anyone making enough to be in that bracket is also in a position to cut that rate fully in half, through all sorts of fiscal and legal arrangements. Indeed, as we have lately learned, dozens of multimillionaires pay no federal income taxes at all. Our present tax structure is inequitable toward the poor, not toward the rich, who have flourished in the last two decades as never before, while the average family is barely able to save a few hundred dollars a year, and would be wiped out by one medium-sized emergency. In this most: affluent of all societies, about 30 million Americans are still treading water, barely able to keep above the economic surface. When so staunch a spokesman for the Establishment as U. S. News World Report deplores the heavy tax burden of the poor, we are moving into an atmosphere of intellectual honesty and out of the moral miasma that has suffocated public dialog for so long in the past. Capital-gains tax unfair, retards economic growth FOR 35 YEARS American taxpayers have been subjected to a cynically one-sided levy on capital gains. Prior to Ihe stock market collapse, and depression of 1929-33, capital gains were taxed as income, and at t h e same rates. And capital losses were f u l l y deductible against income. Bui one day J. P. 'Morgan revealed before a congressional com- HENRY HAZLITT mittee that he had paid no income tax for the preceding year, because his capital losses exceeded his ordinary income. The statement caused great moral indignation. Yet if capital gains are equivalent to and should be fully taxable as income, then by the same logic capital losses should be fully deductible against income. But Congress preferred indignation (and more revenues) to the logic (and fairness) and one-sidedly "rectified" matters by refusing to allow anybody lo deduct more than $1,000 a year in short-term capital losses against income, though it continued to tax short-term capital gains in full as if they were income. CONGRESS and successive administrations then launched upon a career of inflation. This has paid the government handsomely at the expense of the taxpayer. The inflationary rise in prices has made nominal money incomes rise. The rise in money incomes has kept putting people all along the line in higher tax brackets where they are automatically subject to higher and higher rates, whether or not their real THOUGHTS Do not wish to he anything hut what you are, and try to be that perfectly. -- Saint Francis DeSales. "There is hope for your future, xays (he Lord, and your thildrcn Khali come back to their own country." -- Jeremiah 31:17. that the President-elect wanted to dump Bliss, and some Republicans claim Chotiner was there to remind Bliss he no longer held power. For a while Bliss appeared saved. After meeting with the President- elect in December. Bliss said he had been asked to stay on. In January, ihe Republican National Committee gave rousing cheers of support for their chairman. But Nixon's political operatives let it be known that C'ho- tiner must be Bliss's deputy, a silua- tion Bliss would not accept. The President and Bliss knew there would be a new chairman. White House staffers are only surprised wilh ihe liming of Bliss's resigna- lion. "Ray caved in," said one state GOP comniiiH'eman. "We hoped he would hang on. Now we've got Chotiner to contend with. It's a damned fool thing for the Administration to do." Bliss took custody of the elephant when the poor creature was lying on its side, battered, senseless and pathetic after 196-1. Republicans from Barry Goldwater lo Nelson Rockefeller agreed Bliss was a wise choice. "I'm a desk chairman," said Bliss in 19G5, and llv. public saw l i t - tle of him a f t e r that as be worked hard to revive his beloved elephant. The e x c h a n g e of letters be- incomes in purchasing power are any higher. I n f l a t i o n has had the further result that people since lf)3.'i have often been paying taxes on capital "gains" that have no real existence. Suppose you bought stock or real estate for $10,000 in 1939 and sold it for $25,600 today. You would be taxed on a capital gain of $15,600. Actually, as the cost of living has also risen 156 per cent in this period, you would have achieved no real capital gain at all. Your $25,600 would buy no more than $10,000 bought in 1939. If you sold your real estate or stock for $21,000, you would be taxed on a capital gain of $11,000, though you would have suffered an actual loss in real terms. Under past and prospective inflation, the present capital-gains tax amounts to a large extent to capital confiscation. ITS HARMFULNESS does not end there. By taxing net money gains in full, and short-term gains at rates up to 77 per cent, with loss deductions only against gains (except for a token deduction against income) the present system of capital-gains taxation discourages investment, particularly of risk capital. It "locks in" capital. It penalizes investors heavily for transferring investments i n t o new ventures and so retards economic growth. There are at least a dozen different possible reforms of the capital- gains tax, any one of which would make it less one-sided. 1 suggest we begin with this one: When a taxpayer sells shares or a piece of property held over a long period, he should be permitted to calculate his real gain (or loss) by deflating his nominal money gain against the increase in the official consumer price index since the year in which he originally acquired the property. The justice of this way of calculating real capital gains should be obvious. At least the advocacy of such a reform would help to make clear the injustice of the present heavy taxes on grossly inflated or nonexistent capital gains. The government might no longer be able lo profiteer so flagrantly, either in capital-gains revenues or in higher income tax rates, from its own inflationary policies. tween the President and Bliss on his resignation was routinely pleasant. Bliss said that the President "may find it desirable to appoint a representative of your administration to work closely with me until the new chairman is elected." Most Republicans think this means Chotiner. although a few mark John Sears. ;he young, but politically precocious White House deputy counsel. It might be a mistake for ihe Nixon administration to have Chot.ner in national Republican politics. Whether ihe old charges against him were fair is not as important as the reality of his public blemishes. The President now enjoys remarkable and deserved popularity after many years of being pounded around by political opponents. Chotiner's association with the Republican National Committee could cause dissension and embarrassment. The President would be wise to choose a chairman of his own. say, a Rogers Morton, the hearty, outgoing Maryland congressman widely mentioned for the job. Who can blame the President for warning to serve as President'. 1 As one former Republican national chairman said; "Nixon is t r y i n g lo he the niccsi guy in ihe world, and the best President as well." INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)--B-3 Long Beach/ Calif., Monday. I-PD. 7*. 1949 GEORCE ROBESON Why can't I excerpt? Just once, please? Wike I publish t h e whole ".nul ri'fram pun ion or © im tr NEA. lot/""" I* "Just remember--Vines Lombard! and Ted William! come to Washington under the NIXON administration!" 1 WISH 1 OOl'U) show you this letter from l.loyd Wike. president »f '.he !!e!:y.o!:'. Sly.: re !:v.;irovc::icr.! A s s o i i :i i !.' n. because it's p r e t t y good li's ,d.-o p i v t t y iinig -- more .1 p.t:;e and a half, t y p e w r i t t e n , single-space,! - -- a"d insists t h a t thing if ! list- it at all trom quotations po:lions thereof. Well, t h a t takes care of t h a i . 1 guess 1 can't even tell you what it was about, except to s.iy that 1 am taken to lask in no uncertain terms, like where he says. "Please feel free not to contact us once again, the next lime you are preparing one of your p e n e t r a t i n g , in-depth analyses of t h e social conditions in I'elniom Shore." (loops, now I've gone and done i i . 1 have excerpted. Kxcusc me. Bui I t h o u g h t it was a p r e t t y good line. I can't briti: 1 , myself to dump ;hc lent 1 !', so perhaps if M i . Wike would allow me to cut it down 10 a handier size -- say. t h e amount of space taken here describing t h e problem -- I'll he happy to run i t . ALBERT CAUTWKICHT. P r i n c i p a l nf Stephen M. White J u n i o r High School in Torrance. a part of ;he l.os Angeles C i t y School O i s t n o l s . raked me over t h e coals for \vhai he considers slipshod reporting in comparison of the l.os Angeles and Long Beach School D i s t t i c t s . Tin 1 problem, he said, is not [he great si/.e of the l.os Angeles D i s t r i c t , but the amount of money available lor education in Hie two d i s t r i c t s . Kor example, he poinl.s otit t h a t tin; assessed v a l u a t i o n per "average daily a t t e n d a n c e " ( i n oversimplified terms, we could say "per schoolkid") is only SI 1,90-1 in Los Angeles, but 51-1.507 in Long Beach. The tax rale for education is ?.'i.75.'r.i in Long Beach, hut li. r cents lower l$:!.f0]l) in Los Anacles. And t h e "cost per A.D.A" -- !he Wluil Others Savj If peace came tomorrow, the domestic danger would continue. The next president of the United States will either deal creatively and energetically with our troubled cities or he will preside over four years of unprecedented violence and confusion. -.Sen. George S. Mo(7(nvni. 11-K.D. money spent by a district to educate a child -- is S701.00 in Long Beach, ( " a r i « : m h t hopes fur the passage of Proposition 15. in April, making available revenue which would "make it possible for l.os Angeles children to compete on an equal educational basis with children of surrounding suburban communities." "The important reason being that our schools w i l l be strengthened because money w i l l be provided to a t t r a c t and keep outstanding teachers." he said. Well, t h a t ' s another problem entirely. If 1 weie to bring up too many problems in one column, 1 fear ihe l.os Angeles School Board niii:hi f a l l i n t o a s t a t e of depression or f i t of despair, and close up all the schools I. loo. hope Pro|xisition R passes. TII he f r a n k . I d i d n ' t know things were q u i t e t h a t tough in I..A. A PASSKNGI-IR on a northbound f l i g h t from Long Beach was having a drop of Old Seat Belt in the ( louds R e s t a u r a n t bar Sunday while w a t t i n g for his plane to leave, and complained to M a r r y the bartender. "I h.iM 1 to go to San Francisco on nii-mess tod.ty. and 1 really dread it. "Von know where I wish 1 was going 1 . 1 " he a.sked. "I wish I was going to some Caribbean island, or some place like t h a t , for a long vacation " "l-'or f i f t v bucks." said Harry in a conspiratorial t o n e . " I ' l l put an armed Cuban on your flight." IT MAY BE t h a t the Nixon Administration has not yet found it's way around the White House, or it may be t h a t nobody has supplied s t a f f e r s w i t h a list of the various Presidential commissions. But whalevei t h e reason. Hie Long Beach Fair Housing Foundation was more t h a n a l i t t l e apprehensive when a l e t t e r it had mailed to Ihe President's Commission on .Equal O p p o r t u n i t i e s in Housing. The While House. Washington. D.C., was returned unopened. It was stamped. "Not At White House -- R e t u r n to Sender." Nohodv's home? Columnists on the nplnion oarjw irf chostn to represent dlvci-,e *icwrjoints and do not "ecesSiirllv rolled the editorial coslllan *t Ihr. .'.ewsprioor ;ii\E AND YOU By BEN ZINSER Medical-Science Editor A RELATIVELY new type of surgery for prostate cancer appears to offer a promising bonus. The surgical lechnique is cryosur- j gery -- application of a supercold | probe lo the t u m o r lo freeze it i n l o j a sludge. | The bonus is that it appears that this surgical technique can also control the distant spread of such cancer. Such distant spread is known as metastases -- and it is this phenomenon that usually kills the cancer victim. At least there is tentative evidence that the cold probe can also have a beneficial effect on metastases. Three patients with cancer spread to the lungs and one with cancer spread to bones in the spine underwent complete remissions after a cold probe was used to deal with the primary tumor of the prostate gland. In one of the patients with pulmonary metaslases, remission (disappearance) took place after a single freeze procedure. In the other three patients, remissions came after a double-freeze procedure performed at 30-day intervals. Medical investigators say that this experience, plus research with laboratory animals, suggests that freezing procedures 10 treat prostatic cancer result in formation of antibodies -- tiny disease-fighting substances in the body. The researchers are Drs. R. .1. Ablin, Ward A. Soanes and Maurice J. Gonder of Buffalo, N.Y. The double-freeze approach appears to be preferable, the researchers say, because it seems to induce a "booster" phenomenon of antibodies against cancer cells. The report is in Medical Tribune, newspaper for physicians. Questions, Answers Q -- What planet in noted for its multicolored belts? A -- Jupiter. Q -- What wan lha of the mercy sent, rie.s-cri/jcrl as a part oj the Ark of the Covenant.-' A -- The mercy seat was a golden plate on top of the Ark, on which was sprinkled the blood of sacrificial animals. Meet another professional from Patterson Snively OTTO L. ASHFORD We take pleasure, in introducing another member of our Staff ti'/io has contributed importantly to this area. IF it is true that then 1 is no s t i l i s t i t u t e for experience, t h e n O l i o 1,. Ashl'onl q u a l i f i e s as a true profession;)!. He lias been a licensed M o r t i c i a n and K i i M c r a l D i r e e l o r M i i e r J'Jo'o; IK; has j-pent 20 years as a m o r t u a r y i i w n c r as w e l l as in m a n a g e m e n t . A r e s i l i e n t of t l i o Complon-Long J t e a e l i area finer, J 9 2 3 , In 1 is a past I ' r o i i l e n t of ( l o m p t o i i Kotary and compiled a petTeet attendance, record of 25 years. l i e ; lias Jn:i:u a n i e i i i l i c r of the Klks Lodge for 2ft years. Over the yrars, Olio lias provided vital leader- s-Iiip in tlie foIIoMinx organizations: American KcxI Cross. Jtoy Scouts ol' . America, C o m m u n i t y Chest, ^..M.d.A., Chamber of (lominerre. and m a i n t a i n . - , m e m l i o r . - l l i p i n l l i e l i n i n . i i n n - 1 l ! . i | l i M C.hureli of ( I n n i j i t o n . He is aNo on the. Hoard of D i r e c t o r s nl the I.o A n g e l e s ( i o n n t y j ' l i n e r a l Directors A s s o c i a t i o n . Ill the many years Olio Athfurd IKIX l»-cn with Patterson Snively, he lias offered sympathetic, kindlr service bucked by years oj' practical experience in. every phase of the funeral profession. MDRTI1.1KY LOCI.'.ST AM-:., I.ON*; HKACH

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