Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 13, 1975 · Page 4
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Tr* Idaho KreeFress TheNews-Tribune.Thursday. February 13. IW3 .. 4 Opinion Today's editorial A shot in the arm Every now and Ihen our counlrv's espoused belief in Uie free enterprise . system gets a shol in the arm. .. The most recent occasion came Wed, nesday when Ihe Civil Aeronautics Board wilhdrew its minimum rate schedule for ,, transatlantic charier flights, ll is a step in , Ihe right direction, bul il should be recognized as just (hat - a small slepin an area where a lot of great big ones are ' needed. Approximately two weeks ago ABC television aired a special concerning federal regulalory agencies and what (hey do, how they do it and what they are doing lo Ihe pricing system in (his country. The CAB ruling Wednesday probably came as a resull of that program but the program had much more lo say and oilier CAB policy changes should be forthcoming soon. C h a r t e r flights, which now have unregulated rates as a result of the recent CAB ruling, make up a small portion of Ihe overall air travel picture both home and abroad. Mosl of us simply make a reservation, pay Ihe price requested, climbon the plane and fly for wherever we are headed In other words, not loo many of us will benefit from a change in Ihe charier Nighl rates. What would help us, and is certainly in keeping with the free enterprise ideai, is an across-the-board unregulated flight payment policy. Let (he airlines reestablish competitive rate prices instead of all charging Ihe same thing for the same flight. The evidence is present to suggest that, indeed, rates would go down if the pricing regulations wenl away. Suulhwesl Airlines, a firm operating solely in Ihe slate of Texas and therefore not subject to CAB control, charges ;i5 for a flight from Houston to Dallas. The regulated airlines, those who have occasion lo fly out of the state of Texas, have a CAB minimum rale of S31 thai must be charged. The message is quite clear. The regulating agencies, which have a righlful place in Ihe marketplace in terms of safely standards for example, have no place in the pricing mechanism. They aren't regulating; they are dic- taling. The marketplace, in other words, has no opportunity lo function. This phenomena has become all loo common in our country. The pricing system -- a function of demand and supply -- has been replaced by some governmental agency. The Iv special on the CAB. one of many such groups looked at, interviewed several airline executives who claimed they could still make a reasonable profil if Ihe CAB would remove its rale schedule charts. Currently we have a government enforced monopoly aiding the airlines which must follow CAB regulations. The solution is Ihe removal of such a regulalory body from the marketplace. Unlil Ihis happens the word "competition" may as well be slncken from Ihe vocabulary. From the treosury A word of warning WASHINGTON - t N E A l A s secretary of treasury, William Simon presides over 105,000 federal employes whose task it is to print and issue the people's money, collect the people's taxes and pay some of Ihe people's bills. It is a bureaucracy of unprecedented influence in the lives of every man. woman and child in the Republic, Thus il is lhat when Simon begins worrying aboul (he present enormily and future potenlial of "government's control of its citizens." as he often does when his feet are oi) his desk and his mood turns reflective, it should be remembered by his listeners thai his office and agency are the personifications of his gripe. There is an ironic bit of the pot calling (he kellle black when Ihe money czar, who can help nr hurl Ihe citizenry with a single word, idealizes lhat Americans "are dominated and their inilialives stifled by federal power." Nonetheless, his point is inescapable. The nation that was founded on the premise lhat a government which governs least governs best has evolved into a land where government is the single largesl industry, employer, spender and strength in the society. Simon says one of every six jobs in America is now governmental (IS million employes) and the bureaucratic payroll of SHO billion is the fatlest in Ihe world. More disturbing Ihan this, though, is the incalculable almightiness of Ihe force Government this year is perilously close to spending $1 billion a day. or some 34 per Ily Tohi Tiede Know your lawmakers Senator Frank Church Room 2W Russell Senate Office Building Washington. D.C . 20510 Senator James McClure 2106 Dirksen Building Washington. D.C.. 20510 Rep. Steve Symms Room 1410 Longworth Building Washington. D.C., 20515 Congressman George Hansen 1125 Longworlh House Office Bldg Washington. D.C.. 20515 ·cent ot Ihe gross national product, and by the year 2000, Simon says, the bureaucrats may be spending one of every $2 earned in the country. The influence of this is well known lo most. The government now has a form of cradle-lo-graye domination of ils constituency's exislcnce, most people 1 work at least one day a week (some Iwo) for Washington, and business, says Simon has been largely forced to trade ils "economic freedom to the government in exchangoifor financial security." There may be; certainly, good and plenty reason for some governmental involvement in the lives of the governed, but Simon warns the day is approaching when "government is so big it may take over completely." Il could be argued here lhat William Simon is a lousy spokesman for less in- fluenlia! government, his current policy designed lo put Americans al least $85 billion more in public i governmental I debt in the next 18 months. Yet philosophically al least, he embraces yoke lifting. He opposes gas rationing as a conservation method, for example, not so much for the hardships il would impose on some people, but because of the greater governmental power it would create: "Can you imagine the scope of the bureaucracy gas rationing would bring aboul? We have estimated lhat it would take 20,000 full lime employes. -10,000 local posl offices and 3.000 slate and local hoards to oversee rationing. When we consider the problems of just gelling Ihe mail delivered, arc we really ready to trust an army of civil decide who deserves just what of Ihis basic commodity?" Xo doubt, as Simon knows, some people are ready to trust the civil servants. The bureaucracy, after all, has staged no coup to gain control over Ihe lives of Americans; it has done so peacefully, indeed even at Ihe connivance of many fiiizens no longer confident of their own inilialives. And this is Ihe heart of the matter, as Simon sees il, how lo re educate the people lo the wisdom of Socrates who noted that a society may nol k.iow it is dying until il is loo weak lo care. Simon hopes that government reform, in areas such as lax reform, may reverse (he trend of power in Ihe nation. Bul lhat is over-optimism. The responsibilily instead lies with Ihe cili/cilry. A man who ran inlo Simon recently al an airporl hod Ihe righl idea: "When you return lo Washington," he Inld the secretary, "please don't do anything more for me -I can'l afford it." That man said it for (he majority. Faisal-Yamani is Bullish on America The innocent bystander Henry, we need you The News-Tribune and 2dp fret f rw Publii*-cd everVng* e««pi Sunday ol 316 Tenth A« Sowlh. Wa-npo, Idaho 8W51 by Condon P-jb-'.iK,ng Co Entered a\ second cltm r-tjuer QI it-e Poll Office ot PAimpa. Idof-o. under od of Wonh 8. 1879. AH noti«i required by law or order ol cou'F of (ompttlent |ufiid,iion 10 be pubWKed wttV'.f w II be publnhed in 1ri * Saturday usue ol ihu paper p,r suun* lo lection 60 108 1C 1963 at arfded the^eio by Chapter )A4 IW3 $«(j orilowi of Idaho SUBSCRIPTION RATES Co/fier, per monlh / JJ 25 Carrier, per yeor S3900 BY MAIL: (Paid \n advance) 1 month. . . 53-50 AmonJhs . J20.0C 3 monthi. . $10.25 I-yeor . . $39,00 Tfm rt«vipap«r re Mr vet the right io O lrer the tJLpiration doff of any paid rt od«oice n/b Kriplion thould itiere b« an ad|jtiT.en m n rote* -ADAM J. KAIB- Presideni-Publiiher THE NEWS-TRIBUNE J t n e p K R Porker, 8uu"tu Mo-oger - Arf« Direcio' ff.criord Colfmo\ Ed.lor IDAHO FREE PRESS Jeanne Bruntr, uiin«u Manager lorry 6 Gardnt', Erfitor C. Robtir Bull. Adv. Diredar I C.lindho'rr., C,r. Dir Keith Briggt, Cowpoihg Fortmo 1 ) Chorlei McCoy, PKH Foferoon OpM«n«|»rHMd«fll|rifl "Todo/i Editorial" ( al um ni ttfiwnt rh« vi«wi of iMt r»«wip«p«r. All ttlwr cwnmcnlt on Ihit pogi art lh« opinion* of iht wriUri, wlMnW m«mk«n »f ffc* n«wifap«r't editorial board or not. Wo wokom* Itfftn lo HM Wtor, but mut "-nit lh«m to 300 wordi AH letter* muit bt tignod, contain Iht it* twbfKI o approval by tho odiloriat board. Avenue from the While House to Capital Somebody had to clo it after Dr. Kissinger turned the mission down. "Hanoi and Saigon, yes; Arabs and Israelis, yes," he said. "The White House and Capilol Hill? Never!" The President had jusl lobbed his ultimate weapon on Ihe strategic hill-a Would they move that fast on lhe i- - -- --.,.-,,._ -~ D . ,,.,,.. u ..,,,,.., IH,J JILLTI i- ujeu lasi uii uic huge red, while and blue budget. Mostly . President's requesls lo cul services lo the red. Even from a distance 1 could see poor and increase oil prices? "You bet panicky figures scurrying this way and that. I bultonholed Congressman Bagley Boodle. "I have come in a spirit of cooperalion, compromise and conciliation," I said, "to arrange a cease fire and Peace with Honor." "Son, there's nothing I'm more in favor of in Ihis hour of crisis," he said. "Jusl hold on while 1 get these off." And he fired al the White House Iwo "hare-braineds," three "idiolics,".. and ..a fusillade , of "recessionary-inflationary.drivels!" · -. t said a spirit of unity was required for a cease fire. son," he said. "We tuighl to knock 'em off in a week." But compromise is essential. I said, if Ihe country is to have an overall economic plan. He frowned. "We men of integrity hate to compromise," he said. With the President? "No," he said, "with eaclrothcr. Bul don'l worry, son. we got him ou I numbered." Outnumbered? "In times of peril, son. you can always count on Congress." said Mr. Boodle t r i u m p h a n t l y . 1 '-'The President's just got one measly economic plan. We go! more than five hundred " + +T- Aflcr reviewing my noles, I feel our only "Don'l worry, son. We Congressmen are choice is to emulate Dr. .Kissinger's nileri " hps.-nH "Wo 3TM ,,nii»^ ,,,, iw brilliant ladies in Vietnam, which won uniled," he said. "We are united on Ihe fad that's Ihe ugliest budget we ever die! sec." But cooperation was needed..."Oh, him the Nobel Peace Prize. What we do is withdraw completely from Washington, announce we have achieved Peace with Honor, go about our business. we re cooperating all the way," he said. Peace with Honor, go aboul our business "Listen lo this: $15 billion!" A passing and let them continue fighting itout among figure shouted. "J16 billion!" And another themselves for years-happily ignored cried, "$17.5!" '{'opyrighK'hrotiiclel'iiWislimL'CQ. 19751 Paul Horvey comments Sabotage of big ships Hv I'a Aboard Ihe luxury ocean liner SS France, there was mutiny. Communist crewmen seized control of Ihe ship. The only reason you did nol hear it called a "mutiny al sea" is that the 2,500 rebellious crewmen were members of a union. Thai somehow made it different. Though Ihe effect was Ihe same it was called "a strike." N'or is it just one luxury liner -- all of them are being swept from the se.i, "scullleri" hy the maritime unions In Lcllavre, France, the world's largest passenger ship, Ihe SS France, has been ordered retired from sea duly. The operators cannol afford lo keep il operating. Krance cannol afford to con- linue subsidizing a passenger service which has been going backward millions of dollars per year. The maritime unions--in France il is Ihe Communist-led General Latior Federation--demand (hat Ihe ship be kepi running regardless. They demand thai French taxpayers make up Ihe difference, subsidize their ever-increasing wages and fringes -regardless. On the last transatlantic run the 2.500- member crew mutinied, refused In allow Ihe ship lo put into port unlil the French government agreed to their blackmail. The passengers were allowed off. but the ship remained in control of the mutinous merchant sailors. Al the same lime the once-proud flagship of Ihe U.S.'s passenger fleet, the SS United Slates, is harbored in Norfolk, empty, rusting. Those of us who crossed oceans aboard her. enjoyed her incomparable cuisine, ul Harvey super service, luxurious accommodations - - we musl look Ihe other way or weep. In Ihe earliest years of her 18-year life, with federal government subsidies of more Ihan $100 million, Ihe SS United Slates could keep going. Bul costs of operation escalated so fast lhat. despite subsidies, she lost $28 million in her last eight years. She was a floating city -- wilh shops, movie theaters, gymnasiums and swimming pools. Yel Ihe ship which cosl $80 million lo build was sold for scrap. And so she joins (he Queen Mary, now a hotel in Ixing Reach; Ihe Queen Elizabeth, which, gutted by fire; lies on her side in Hong Kong harbor, and Ihe lie de Fiance, sold for scrap. Perhaps Ihe l u x u r y linpr.s were dinosaurs anyway. Perhaps transocean traffic by air is quicker and less cosily. But there is a lesson for all of us in the manner in which Ihe unions, wilh (heir overload of restrictive rules, sank the big ships. Quirks.,. in the news ih« wrii« ROME (UPIi - The pilot of an Italian airliner radioed Ihe control lower as he approached Leonardo da Vinci Airport for landing Ihal a bloodstained suitcase hail been spoiled in Ihe baggage hold. Police lurncd oul in force. Inside Ihe suitcase Ihey found a newly slaughtered lambent intn pieces for someone's dinner. fhe economy crisis Mobilize for survival By Louis Mier . If we were faced will] military invasion, -Fining bperalors'of offipe buildings our government would call upon us to which are totally lit at night; tty Arthur Hoppe WASHINGTON - Nervously waving a "S«e?" said Mr. Boodle proudly "We're *'!".!: ? e ., cre RL down Pennsylvania out -cooperating the President in this pew fun game. It's called, 'Tax Cul!' " 1 said it was hearlwarming they were giving (he President even more Ihan he bargained for. But how long would it take them to pass a lax cut? "Whal lime is it?" lie said, glancing at his watch. I said I was amazed how swiftly Congress could acl in (his emergency. make all necessary sacrifices, even if it meant the dismantling of our homes, the surrender of our possessions and the risk of our lives. The fact is thai we face unprecedented peri! economically, which may actually destroy our democracy, our freedom and perhaps our lives. Few democracies can survive inflation in excess of 20 per cent. But our government refuses lo face this crisis. While people are suffering, we are told that the "inconvenience" is temporary. Consequently the remedies announced are trivial and unrealistic, culminaling in propaganda buttons. We turn lo economists for the trulh They are divided and contradictory in theirnoslrums, which implies that no one knows how lo slop inflation or deal with the oil crisis. The reason that economists are confused is thai (he remedies which always worked, fail now. The "old religion" of fiscal responsibilily and lighl money is ineffectual because there is no longer an unqualified free market. There is a new economic structure. Despite our antitrust laws, Ihere is no unqualified compelilion in (he large industries. Through tariff and other devices, we often protect our industries againsl foreign "invasion", thus preventing competitive pricing. Without judging Ihis phenomenon, the fad is (hat we do tiot any longer have a truly free market. That is why leading economists are astonished. They find inflation and recession at the same time -- something which violates all orthodox economic postulates. Just as war is too important to leave to generals, so economic crisis is loo important to leave to economists. President Truman once complained about trained economists: "Whenever I ask t h e i r opinion, they say on the one hand, so-andso: but on Ihe other hand, so-and-so. On Ihe one hand, -but on the other hand 1 would like to meet an economist vjjh one hand!" Well, professionally speaking. I am a one-handed economist, and I dare lo make a proposal. No one item of my suggested program may be foolproof, but collectively they would create a winning momentum. To overcome the paralysis on the energy front, we should mobilize Ihe leading scientists of the nation in a new Manhattan 1'roject lo discover and create new sources of energy. The venture should be financed by up IB J5 billion dollars from the defense budget. There can he no heller use for defense. -This army of scientists would be instructed lo develop n 1975 (not 19801: H i A technological "brush" lo remove pollutants from coal so that ive can use our enormous reserves -- which could supply us (or 500 years -- without ecologica'l sacrifice; , ir _, _ i . -- Reducing healing and airconditioning levels and fining violators; -- Prohibiting night sports events and all aulo races; -- Eliminating duplicate airline schedules, not only lo conserve fuel, bul also to aid the financially ailing airlines. The enormous savings of oil from this program should provide a source of help to (hose nations who will cooperate wild us in resisting Arab gouging. . ' V... What better way lo induce Ihe Arabs lo cul prices Ihan a dual program of tapping new sources of energy and conserving old ones? Such a delermined effort would be more effective Ihan entreaty qr empty threat. The cost of energy is only one of the contributions lo inflation which is an in- lernatibna) problem. Nevertheless, there are domestic remedies. We must utilize Ihe unique genius of American productivity to increase supplies until the price comes down. Therefore we ought to reverse the tight money policy, by providing funds at low iniercsl rales for manufacturing or building. This policy should be selective.,If huge sums are sought for nonproductive mergers or acquisitions, the present high interest rales should be charged. We should replenish depleted bank funds by giving tax exemptions for deposits up lo a specified amount, simultaneously requiring the banks lo allocate a certain proportion of their funds for loans to manufacturers and builders. Tax advantages for manufacturers who install new equipment or build new planls should be increased. ! There is no alternative to restoring wag'e and price controls. I am aware of the many objections ( some cogent) to controls. But they do provide a temporary brake, which prevents stores from pasting new price labels orcr old ones several timesa day, 3r increasing wages which ore simply passe'd on in higher prices, thus benefiting no one. Inordinate inventories should be taxed lo prevent artificial buying in anticipation of a price rise. Substantial lax increases should be levied on high incomes and extraordinary corporate profits, with specific exemptions for (he reinvestment of profits into production. The greatest gain from such a program would be the response of Ihe American people. In a crisis, Ihe people are magnific'enf. Bul they must be called upon lo make sacrifices for a definite goal. When Ihere is ; blackout, a flood, an earthquake, or war emergency, the people do not mind sul- fering hardship lo aid the victims or cause. They do so almosl joyfully. If Ihe target is clear. Ihere is a release of syncrgistic energy which leadership'.can ' · · · · " 21 Solar 'energy -'thY'lecrmoiogv 'is ,., c ?" {orlh Tht ' Pre f. d .?Pj-J h Mi|j unavailable nnv. according-lo gcifiilisl's in. .. * rslanl1 lh ? 1 politically: 4ilffi'W«fong the field, lo Iransporl this clean, free""""''"' '"program of sacrificu''Vvi p ould-*-be ad- energy lo earth: 13) Shale oil in situ - a process for extracting shale oil underground has already ocen patented. Ihree stales have enough shale oil lo solve our energy shortage; U Transformation of garbage into oil and gas, which is already being done on a small scale, thus ridding ourselves of excess waste: iS) Economic nuclear power, with safeguards to eliminate public fear: 161 Hydro power, wind power or other devices which a new Manhattan Project can develop as, once before, we developed artificial rubber and Ihe atomic bomb on shorl notice. .Meanwhile, we should reduce energy consumption by a wartime-like program which includes: --Blacking out all cilies. except for ordinary street lights as a hedge againsl crime: -- Taxing large aulos which are not used in car pools: - Imposing a high gasoline tax as well as aKernale-day gas rationing: - Providing rush-hour buses lo augment mass transit. --Enacting stiicl highwav speed limits: vantageous lo him. The people resent Ihe paralysis of inaction or the prescription of an aspirin pill for a cancer. There is a principle of action which is insufficiently observed. Whenever a problem is so difficult that the available choices are full of defects, the tendency is lo procrastinate, and ultimately evade by non-action. Bui if a choice is made and one^ nt the unpleasant alternatives is put 'into,; action, a momentum is created for it, likf?-', the draft of a race car which gives addej speed lo the car behind. ' -[ The only caulion is nol to stop midway, i when some of the predicted difficulties aroj encountered. See it through. Will if- throtigh. Be firm. Then great results mil', be achieved, despite some of the un"-* pleasantness of the' program. This 1 . is.lhifij miracle of leadership! .S A slogan isnot a remedy. It is useful as an symbol of a program fully energized.-We? are mired in pessimism on all sides' Nd problem is hopeless. Only individuals'ar* hopeless about problems. Instead oNhs WIN bullons. il mighl be well to remember] thai Ihe word American ends with I can'' . (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.] . Washington window Ford: Mr. nice guy WASHINGTON' (UP11 - Lyndon B. Johnson yelled at aides. Richard M. Nixon shoved his press secretary in public. The White House now has a Mr. Nice Guy- As Ihey count their blessings in planning his 1976 campaign for election, President Ford's aides list high his human kindness. Nol even hispolilical enemies accuse the President of being anything bul one of the mcesl fellows around Washington. The examples are many: -Aides loir! Ford he musl make his national television speech outlining his economic-energy program al 8 p m EST It was so ordered. Then Ford learned Ihe Smothers Brothers, whose comedy could nol be counted on lo deal gently wilh him hart planned their |p| f vision comeback (he ^ m . c , m 'e'''-;l»P.m. Ford, s o n s n o l t o smother Ihe brothers' program, moved his nacK to 9 p.m. -Aboard Air Force One, minutes before landing and a presidcniial speech a steward accidentally dumped a cup of coffee mto Ford's lap. Aides pulled hair The steward almosl crumpled. Bul Ihe Ves,dcnl laughed it off, changed domes m record lime and said nol a cross word n f~Mh , SIK f hes aro '5'P cd ' lik(l 'hose ol other leaders, in large print with paragraphs completed on each page and not continued, lo insure smooth reading A new secretary lyping a Ford speech on his plane, nol only broke up paragraphs between pages bul sentencesnnd vVn words. Noticing this jusl before landing when nothing could be done a Fart speechwritcr said. "My hcarl sank We had In loll Ford the awful news |f c made sure nn one would blame the younz woman, who had nol been lold how In type the speech and he said only, 'Forget it fnj H.v Richard II. ftr I'l'l Senior Kdilor ^aimghl.'" The speech went off wilhoii -On perhaps his toughest day Aua i J74, lhe day he was told he would bccomi president. Ford slopped from the Whit! I OUSD next door to his vice president. °fficc in the Old Executive r-~ I Mary of Slate Henry A. kissingcr A Trr^TT 1111 a sa « °! iray for him. ford, noticing she wai »v.m difficulty maneuvering ,he ,ra| h the doorway, interrupted hij nts and sped around his desk and '"-·'" [he IDTM for her. "U took something even more than a gentleman to do lhat at I h a l m o m e n l . - s a i d a m a n w h o w a s t h e r a 5 rlirTnn? TMt" S Way '° 3 f00lba1 ' TMach3 *nncr. asked speechwritcr Bob Orben (3 come along, continuing en route a con version they had been having. wSt Ford s limousme reached the dinner site- Orben slipped out and joined nrSrv a" ^^.^·B-lthePrffi.X ^·W.^^S'Sr; 0 * 1 ' Ford is that kind of president who ri ?r'lions rti nr\ SU T ing "f his i m ^,- P u briCf meetln « wi "C . rranccs President " ' guy." ' guy. Formidable. A Hie

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