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Idaho Free Press Si Caldwell News-Tribune, Monday, July 17, 19G1 -- 4 PAGE OF OPINION HENRY TAYLOR COMMENTS BITTER TEA Tax Boosf Won't Halt Abuses ·th t riostrnviM O n ^ sarn ^ "fry ( June ies have passed $70 billion with composing any differences country, wiuiom 0 !~TM.° m y that he previously asicea year tor the first time since among Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sec- more than 1,000 or so.01 u.? C()ngress (o j en) p 0rar a y raise DTld War II, also surpassing retary McNamara's usurpation enemy in being. Ana « * ' ^ debt ceilln g i 0 $ 328 Mllion By HENRY J. TAYLOR It Is utterly ridiculous for President Johnson to talk about a tax increase to help balance the budget. There will never be enough taxes in the world to pay for all he's doing, Mr. Johnson docs not seem to know the meaning of the woid priorities, or apparently when he hears it he guts stone- deaf. Here we are fighting another horrible, ghastly ground war in Southeast Asia. On Oct. 6,1966, with the landing of a brigade hues have passed $70 billion a World Korea. Yet Mr. Johuson flies planes and men off to the fiery Congo, as if America's destiny is to jump headlong into (he bottom. is absolutely unprecedented -and illegal. The first rule of combat strategy is not to meet the enemy on the groundof the enemy's all these less morass of worldwide inter- choice and at the times deter- the Joint Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Expend!, tures reports'! that civilian em. ployment in the bureaus leaped to another high. Then on Feb. 1961, Mr. Johnson asked the next thing we know he'll be intervening in the overthrow of the Inca Empire by Pizarro. Where does Mr. Johnson get all this authority and what's from the 4lh Infantry Division, to be the end of it? Vietnam became the third larg- And Defense Secretary Robest war we have ever fought, ei'ts. McNamara's strategicau. Our American casualties are thority, too? Under the law lhat at the terrible rate of morelhan set up the Defense Department 30,000 ayear, surpassing Korea, the Secretary has no strategic Defense Department expend!- authority and is charged solely ARE WE TOO GULLIBLE? ueici" JCQJ.WI "v ..-· vention, any place, anytime- mined by the enemy. Yet, if an effective front and are am . - temporary on Mr. Johnson's say-so. The our enemy in Vietnam does not not secure on our flanks or in noa^c i~ , want to be found, we tog ourselves down in impossible terrain looking for him -- and cannot find him. If the enemy wants to be found, he chooses when and where to attack, attacks fast and hard and disappears. In tl.c T.VG years since it landed, our powerful 101st Brigade, for example, has been moved, installed and been moved again 24 times, all over the our rear. "We need utilization of our manpower in Vietnam," said Mr. McNamara on his return July 13, getting ready to pass the buck to the generals. Yet Vietnam or no Vietnam, Mr. Johnson keeps on waving his magic candy cane and increases the nondefense spending and payroll padding just the same. 'Scrag 7 Is Threat to U.S. TODAY'S EDITORIAL Ho Hum; Peace Ahead Walter Reuther of the huge United Auto Workers Union has presented the industry with his idea of a good contract for his workers -- profll sharing, guaranteed annual Income, pay raise and other benefits too numerous (o mention. The chances are excellent, if the previous pattern is followed, that much haggling will take place, much name calling will occur and many cries of anguish will fill the air. Finally, the thing will be concluded and joint statements will be made by both parties, " something'IJk^: 1 . '"We have .'.reached agreement mutually beneficial to both labor and Industry." We feel confident In our prediction lhat the above will come abut in much the fashion we've mentioned. Bolstering this confidence Is a news release from West Coast Airlines, itself the recent object of a strike for a bettor contract. The news release slates lhat a settlement of labor negotiations has been reached and that airline service has resumed. It further states, and (his Is the part that typifies what we are talking about, "The agreement will permit the company to continue its substantial growth pattern, while allowing its customer service personnel an opportunity to enjoy the material benefits of FOREIGN COMMENTARY that growth." Thai's wonderful. But why didn't the company have such an ideal agreement in effect all I he lime if such great joint benefits would accrue to firm and employee alike? The concluding statement from West Coast prompts a question. But first, the statement: "Both parties believe that the settlement forms a basis for greater underslandingand respect, as well as mutual benefit in the years ahead." The question: Then why the strike in the first place? Just once we'd like to see post-settlement statements from labor and management similar to the following: Labor: "We've signed the contract. But we don't like II. The company was light- fisted, inconsiderate of its loyal employes and is still hogging the profits of ourlabors." Management: "The settlement is legal extortion. What the employes of this company need is not more pay but more ambition. We signed the contract because we're not going to have to pay the Increase anyhow. The public is." It won't happen, so we shall yawning'y await the inevitable statement of peace and harmony which shall follow ;he settlement of the UAW-Aulo Industry dogfight. Big Withdrawal Expected By PHILNEWSOM UPI Foreign News Analyst Notes from Ihe foreign news cables: TROOP REDUCTION: West Germany's decision to cut Us troop strength to save money and President Johnson's disclosure that additional soldiers will be sent to Vietnam means lhat more troops will be pulled out of Germany. High ranking Army officials say privately that troop cuts will be greater than the 30,000 announced recently. Officials believe that as many as 50,000 out of the 225,000 man force will be withdrawn. NEW STRAINS: Soviet cancellation of the scheduled appearance in America this month of 200 Soviet singers and dancers Is expected to be only the first of new strains on the American-Soviet cultural exchange agreement. The entertainers were to have performed undor a contract negotiated last year. Despite the (act the Russians will have to pay substantial damages, they broke the contract ostensibly because of Ihe strained political situation. DEAD ANYWAY: Until recently most China watchers in Tokyo and Hong FACT and OPIH10H Senator Gordon Allott of Colorado noted recently that Interest on the national debt will Increase to $14.2 billion In the cowing fiscal year. This, he points out, is more than the com- blntd total spent by Ihe Department of Slate, Labor, Commerce, Agriculture, Interior nnd Justice, plus the Atomic Energy Commission and the District of Cohimbi* fovemmenr. Kong were reasonably certain that China's so-called cultural revolution was proceeding In fairly bloodless manner. But in the last few weeks, intelligence agencies have been receiving reports of fighting all over the country with heavy casualties. Most of the casualties come In Pier SMype brawling between bureaucratic factions, BRAIN WASH: Japan's leftists, particularly the socialists, are angry over THE LIGHTER SIDE Prime Minister Eisaku Sato's planned visits to the United States and a dozen Asian nations, including South Vietnam. They fear the visits could result in Japan's being budged from its firm position of neutrality. And they apparently fear that might happen if Sato sits down to parley with President Johnson, a recognized master of political persuasion. In Japan, the political forecast is stormy weather ahead. (Reprinted from American Security Council Washington Report) By Dfi. STEFAN T. POSSONY Director of InternationalShidius Hoover Institution, Stanford University FOR SEVERAL YEARS now, American strategists have been debating the question of whether it would be useful to develop or deploy nuclear space weapons. Space weapons, notablybombs or radiation weapons, could be built but need not be orbited before the onset of a crisis; or they could be deployed in orbit to win cold or hot conflicts through space mastery, just as during the 19th century Britain was able to prevail through its dominion of the high seas. The dominant Washington attitude has been that space weapons offer no advantages over conventional ICBMs. Some scientists have even argued that a space weapon is a "stupid weapon" because it is more expensive, less accurate, and less usable than the weapon which, according to their uncritical assumption, it replaces -- namely the long-range missile. . ,.,. As usual, when the American strategic community indulges in flights of fancy and tries to prove that a plausible weapon is neither feasible nor advisable, or in any event is too expensive, the Soviets just move forward and produce the weapon which our conformist chorus denigrates. In the present instance, the Soviets did something which no one expected: they came up with a weapon which can be used as a normal ICBM or as a space bonb or, for good measure, as a fiactionalorbltalweapon. This three-stage triple-in-one Soviet weapon, code-named "Scrag," was announced by Brezhnev on July 4, 1065, and first exhibited on Nov. 1,1965. By the end of 1966, some characteristics of this remarkable instrument had become known. According to the best presently available information, Scrag, used as an ICBM, could carry a 50 megaton warhead; in its orbital configuration, the warhead would have a yield of 30 megaton. The yield of the sub-orbital assembly is unknown, but it may be estimated at about 40 megaton. It is probable that with some reduction of overall yield, all Scrag configurations, including the orbital assemble, can be fitted for the delivery of multiple warheads.... In terms of firepower, one orbital Scrag is the equivalent of 2040 of our Minuteman missiles. One ICBM-Scrag equals more than five Titan H or 50 Minutemen. A major technological surprise, therefore, has been achieved by the Soviets, contrary to the often-voiced Pentagon conviction (hat significant surprises no longer are likely Additional capabilities which Scrag gives (o the Soviet Union: -- Though it is not too difficult to extend the range of missiles, each ICBM Is essentially targetted againstafew locations. By contrast, Scrag provided the Soviets with a genuine capability to hit every spot on earth, at very shorl notice. , .. -- Through simultaneous launch, the missiles and the sub- orbital configurations could be used to destroy American strategic power, whereas the orbital bombs would terminate and win the war, In a staggered-firing series, the Soviets could launch the orbital Scrags hours or days before the rest of their force is released. Whenever the Soviets estimate that a credible and overwhelming nuclear threat is enough to force us to our knees, they may be satisfied just to orbit the space bombs and rely on purely psychological effectiveness. .. . -- Except perhaps for SLM (Space Launched Missile) systems, Scrag represents the first genuine global weapon innistory. Once the U.S. has been neutralized or destroyed and provided a sufficient number of orbital warheads is left over, Scrag could force each heretofore free country to establish a Communist government and would ensure that this government remains obedient to Moscow. Scrag, therefore, is the optimal weapon for the completion of the world revolution and for the preservation of Communist world rule.. .. Thn United States is confronted by an entirely new and dramatically augmented threat. The ominous development of Scrag was not predicted by U.S. intelligence nor by U.S. computers, let alone by Mssrs. Me-Namara and Brown. Since our country continuesto see no evil and hear no evil, time is beginning to run very short. It just may be that we are too gullible, too bemused, and loo disinterested to survive. debt ceiling to $336 billion and "make it permanent." Yet it takes all the taxes of everybody earning$6,000ayear, or less, just to pay the interest on the money already borrowed - more tlian $1 billion a month, every month, night and day. A top V.'liite House aide, however, agreeing that Mr. Johnson is restless by nature, has staled: "The President is groping for more proposals and programs," Meanwhile, with Mr. John, son's War on Poverty a local and national shambles and the Social Security and welfare programs loaded with abuse, he fails to restore these programs to decency and solvency. How long can this prostitution of the taxpayers' substance continue without wrecking every decent concept of our democracy, and will a tax increase correct it? Five stones were needed to knock over the giant Goliath. The first stone needed to knock over Mr. Johnson's nonsense is to toss the idea of ataxincrease right back at this spending giant who is on the loose until he takes at least Die first steps to put our house in order. Grassroots CRESWELL, ORE., CHRONICLE: "The only question remaining in our minds is: will there be a Svar on poverty 1 to support the taxpayers after they support the rest of federal government's poverty fiascos?" What Parents Should Know By DICK WEST WASHINGTON (UPI) - The magazine article l h a t Lynda Bird Johnson recently w r o t e aboil! Ihe "generation gap" between college students and their parents contained o n e particularly disturbing passage. In Interviews with a group of coeds and Iheir molhers, Miss Johnson found the widest gaps were caused by drugs and sex. She reported that many girls felt Ihe necessity ot "bringing up" and "protecting their parents f r o m uncomfortable truths." Well, it's nice lo be protected and I'm sure these girls sincerely believe they are doing the right thing. But I'm wondering Is they aren't making a mistake. In these days of mass communication, with Playboy on every drugstore magazine rack and Peyton Place on television every week, It is almost impossible to keep a parent from stumbling across in uncomfortable Iruth every now and then. And how much better it Is for parents to learn about such things from their children, rather than getting it out of Playboy or "Peyton Place." Granted that college students may feel embarrassed and ill at ease when Iheyfirsl discuss such subjects with their parents. But when parents reach the age where they begin to ask questions, students will flndthal giving (rank, truthful answers is the wisest course for all concerned. A typical conversation might go something like this: "I read In the paper the other day that a lot of college slu- denls nowadays are 'smoking pot. 1 What does that mean, Betty Sue?" "Well, poppy, (I means that when there is a late frost the students set out smoke pols on the campus lo keep the shrubs Md flowers from freezing." "This same article also said thai many of the boys are taking LSD. What is LSD? "Those are the Initials of a p'rl named Lilly Sue Dans. She is very popular and a lo! of the boys have been taking LSD to dances, football games and places like that." "One more question. What is this stuff about coeds taking 'the pill. 1 " "That Is our name for a difficult course, Daddums. If we have a lough professor who demands a lot of homework, we say the course is a 'pill,'" With honesty and candor like t h a t , the "generation gap" would disappear overnight. Today's Though! By H.B. DEAN "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go Into the house of the Lord." Psalms 122:1 What Is your attitude toward God's house on His day? Are you looking for an excuse or an experience? Go toChurch on Sunday fee) better all week. Every litter bit hurts Trash? Litter? Empties? Don't heave them overboard! Carry a lillerbag in your boat. Hold everything lor the first trash container on shore or lake it home for proper disposal. Remember-our waterways belong to all of us. Litter pollutes Ihe waters... fouls propellers... spoils fishing fun. ..costs tax dollars! Every litter bit hurls... YOU. America's beauty is your duly. Please help K E E P A M E R I C A B E A U T I F U L Published as n pui'C s e r v i c e in cooporniicn \viih Tfie A0vp/lis ng Couacil (Louis Nye-The Cleanup Man) The IDAHO FREE PRESS The Caldwell NEWS-TRIBUNE

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