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Editorial Page 4 Garden City Telegram Tuesday, Sept. 14,1976 Price of Overregulation Several years ago when experts in the medical field predicted before long it would cost at least $100 a day to stay in a hospital most of us were shocked. Well, as you know, the day has come, and in many areas gone even higher. This inflation which outstrips increasing costs in most other areas is reflected now in the federal budget. Recently, House-Senate conference committees agreed on a budget figure for the coming year. The spending ceiling for health services will be nearly $39 billion. This ceiling reflects in part the high costs of health services, much of which are in hospitals. So the question is: What causes hospital services to skyrocket? Part of the answer might be found in a recent survey conducted by a hospital association in the state of New York. That study showed hospitals must deal with 164 regulatory bodies, federal, state and local. It takes time, manpower and money to deal with regulations. To employ people to fill out the forms and battle the regulatory red tape is reflected directly in the costs of hospital care. And that won't make anybody feel better. Other Editors Too Much Paper It might sound like an isolated incident, but what happened the other day in a small California town is a symptom of a national problem. The town was eligible for an $8,000 grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, a federal agency. The grant was to be used for burglar alarms. City officials turned down the grant, though, because it was figured it would take several hundred hours to do the paper work to comply with federal rules. So the grant was less than the cost of applying. This happens all the time. Right here, for example, we have public officials who spend too much time, at taxpayer expense, dealing with federal paperwork. The productivity of the individual is of national concern. It's falling each year because so much of what all of us do to comply with regulations actually produces little other than mountains of paper. Then there are those who draw up all the forms, the regulations, shuffle and file millions of pieces of paper. It's sad, but true, we are becoming not a productive society but a counter-productive one. — Ottawa Herald / //<?-7 6taff^iae \\\ (i. ii. SOME THINGS we've read about. . . * * * EXCERPT from an article in the Aug. 30 New Yorker "Talk of the Town" section: ". . . he delivered the psalms and led the hymns with a professional sincerity that resonated through voids of lost faith." * * * , ABOUT A show gal: ". . . after some small success on the stage, she hit bottom and went topless on the tawdry night club circuit." * * *' BEN BRODENSKY in a bicentennial scorecard of American education which he wrote for the Education Press Association of America: "Education has been called America's religion, its bread, and its circus." * * * THE WOMAN who compiles the best seller list for The Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly newspaper that covers the campus beat, reports: "Current college reading lists reflect a dreadful narrowing of vision and the dominant themes are pure escape and personal advancement. . . where once there was a celebration of touching and loving the earth, now there is a celebration and isolation and assertion of self." * * * FROM A new book, "Your Erroneous Zones," by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer: "You are the sum total of your choices. You can choose happy thoughts, seize the day and stop making yourself miserable with guilt, worry, self-recrimination, procrastination and all the other psychological culs-de-sacs which are your erroneous zones." The main message of the book is: "Everybody worries. Nobody has to." Crossword By Eugene Sbeffer "Lei a thousand flowers bloom...lei Iwo thousand hands reach out lo fill ihe void." Jack Anderson Clements the Browbeater ACROSS 1 Famous marionette maker 5 Mountain 8 Nimble 12 Roman road 13 The ' turmeric 14 Indian '15 Sight in Sicily 16 French river 17 Deep grooves 18 Showered 20 Islands in Galway Bay 22 Feature of La Scala 26 Silver in ingots 29 Cereal grain 30 Ship's record 31 Lachrymal drop 32 Bitter vetch 33 Wild plum 34 Swiss river 35 Fortify 36 Deeds 37 Island in Bay of Fundy 40 Southern France 41 Kettledrum 45 Imitated 47 Pen point 49 Flooring material 50 Jetty 51 WWII area 52 Man in Genesis 53 News agency 54 Weep convulsively 55 Payable each month DOWN 1 Pintado, the fish 2 Unsorted wheaten flour 3 Kidney: comb, form 4 Stewart or • Farley 5 Plowed land 6 Hawaiian garland 7 Dishes containing soaked bread crumbs 8 Fragment 9 A twilled dress fabric Avg. solution time: 24 min. BBS DHES [sJ HSH HSaHBEl GDHIUSH HUH HHIS I I I M'M 1 'I M I 'M Bans Brass Han Answer to yesterday's puzzle. WASHINGTON — Shouting profanities, Deputy Defense Secretary William Clements browbeat the highest naval procurement officials this summer into supporting the disputed claim of a gigantic oil conglomerate. His voluble assault on the officials took place behind closed Pentagon doors. He never expected the public to find out about it. We have obtained a copy, however, of the detailed, confidential minutes. Clements accused an assistant navy secretary and an admiral of dragging their feet on a deal, which could cost the taxpayers as much as $1'billion. "Why in the hell haven't you done it?" he demanded fiercely. Clements took the side of the. Newport News Shipbuilding Co. against his own Navy lawyers. The company is a subsidiary of the huge Tenneco oil and gas combine. It may be merely a coincidence that Clements made his own millions in the oil industry. The Tenneco subsidiary has been building cruisers, carriers and nuclear submarines for the Navy. The company claims the Navy owes it almost $900 million for construction changes and other cost escalations. A Tenneco settlement could set a precedent for payouts to other companies. The claims come to a grand total of $1.8 billion. In an hour-long talk with us, Clements denied his past oil industry ties had anything to do with his pressure for a settlement. "Absolutely not! Hell no!" he spluttered. His only interest, he said, was in getting Navy ships built. The confidential minutes show that he tried to rush through a settlement on terms favorable to Tenneco. He summoned a dozen admirals anrt •. ivilian officials into his o f fice on the afternoon of July i3. With fiscal abandon, he opened up on Adm. Hyman Rickover, who has tried to hold shipyards to their contracts without excessive cost adjustments. Then Clements confided that he had met with Newport News Co. president John Diesel. They discussed a settlement, which happens to be the subject of a legal battle between the company and the Navy. Yet the Navy and Justice Dept. lawyers responsible for the litigation weren't invited to the tete-a- tete. Glaring at the procurement people in his office, Clements declared: "Diesel wants to settle the overall problems he has with the Navy and get on with the business of building ships." As a first step, Clements directed that "a provisional payment can be made" to Tenneco • on a submarine claim. If the Navy refused to settle the claims, he warned, then he would do it. He cited as a precedent the Pentagon's celebrated multimillion-dollar bailout of Lockheed. Asst. Navy Secy. Jack Bowers and Adm. Fredrick Michaelis appeared to be cowed by Clements. "We are going to do it," they told him, meaning they would begin payments to Tenneco. "Why in the hell haven't you done it?" growled Clements. Michaelis responded plaintively: "I don't think we will ever get them done as fast as Diesel wants." Bowers volunteered that he had spoken to Diesel on the telephone. Telephone conversations, grumped Clements, weren't enough. "You have to talk with him directly — eyeball to eyeball," he said. He invoked the names of Senate Armed Services Chairman John Stennis, D.- Miss., and House Armed Services Chairman Melvin Price, D.-I11. "They have lost absolute confidence in what the Navy is doing and they are not going to approve any Navy new shipbuilding programs unless they get this claims mess cleaned up," said Clements. If the Navy would just move faster to oblige Tenneco, Clements promised, "I'll support you; Stennis will support you; Price will support you. I want you to clean up this mess." Clements said he was "convinced that Newport News is serious in their threat to stop building ships for the Navy if things do not im-' prove." Siding outrageously with the company in its court battle against his own department, he said he also "agrees with Newport News that the Navy has not negotiated in good faith." At the close of the meeting, the irascible Clements noted almost as an afterthought that he "wants the government's interest fully protected." But" he immediately added: "The President and the. Congress are losing confidence in the Navy." The minutes summed up Clements' comments tersely: "If the Navy won't settle these claims, he will." Meanwhile, Sen. William Proxmire, D.-Wis., chairman of the Joint Economy in Government subcommittee, has asked Atty. Gen. Edward Levi to investigate possible fraud in the Tenneco claims. A Tenneco settlement, Proxmire •> warned, could "compromise the government's ability to enforce (all) contracts." CAHMKN CITY TKl.KCHAM ~ Published daily except Sundays and New Year's day. Memorial day, Independence day, Thanksgiving day, Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 275-7105 310 Norlh 7th Street Garden City, Kansas 67B46 Fred Brooks John Prazler Le Roy Allman Manager Editor Managing Editor Ad and Business TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City $2.43 plus applicable sales lax. Payable to the carrier in advance. Jim Bishop: Reporter Loser Needs Some Reward (This is the first of a two- part series. —Ed.) The first time I met Richard M. Nixon was at the villas behind the Key Biscayne Hotel in Florida. The time was January, 1961. He had been defeated for the highest office in the land by John F. Kennedy. "You're the first politician I've met who is unemployed," I said. It wasn't funny. It was tactless. The vice president chuckled his spurious chortle. "I'll be back," he said. "I may try law for awhile." In a two-party system, it must be assumed that both nominees are qualified to be president. America makes no provision to use the talents of the loser. The system is archaic and costly. More than 68,335,000 votes were cast in 1960. Senator Kennedy won by 118,550 votes, hardly a mandate from the people. Kennedy had a new and august job. The loser, barely a hot breath behind him, was out of work. Nor is our system of electoral votes completely democratic. In 1888, Grover Cleveland had more votes, 5,540,050 than Benjamin Harrison's 5,444,337, but Harrison had 233 electoral votes to Cleveland's 168. Harrison lost the popular vote by 105,713 votes, almost as much as Nixon, but he became president. America will not attract the cynical youngsters now eligible to vote unless constitutional provisions are revised to become more equitable. We lost thevyouth vote in 1972 — they stayed home — and we will lose it again unless we alter our winner-take-all policy. The losing nominee could be vice president of the United States. Everyone has renounced the office as fangless, powerless, but the v.p. still runs tne u - s - Senate. He would be a powerful watchdog for the opposition party, and he would be eligible to attend all Cabinet sessions. The least America could do would be to name him as a Senator-at-Large. He could serve four years instead of six so that, if his party wished to propose him for president again, he would be available. Two years ago, Barry Goldwater of Arizona was elected to the U.S. Senate by 90,873 votes over the Democratic Party choice, Jonathan Marshall. In sum, Goldwater won a good job by a smaller plurality than Nixon lost with in 1960. Politics in this count high office for scientists, philosophers, physicians, authors, accountants. The problem is that those who nominate are lawyers. Lawyers trust no one, not even lawyers. The House of Representatives, up for re-election every two years, is eternally running for office. A member, barely elected, must keep his home fences mended and his district politicians pleased or he will go down in history as a one-termer. It would be better for the voter, as well as the Congressman, if he served four years. This would give him at least two years of working for his people, before working for himself again. It is illogical for us, the voters, to expect Congressmen to think of their welfare second. This leads to the same problem in the presidency. Four years is not enough. Eight years is often too much. It has been said that most chief executives try to please the people in their first term; please themselves in the second. Why not limit presidents to one term of six years? Even in peaceful times it is a brain- has been o^onstrated'that ^the-bHYik'or Insanity. Some they have no monopoly on are willing to destroy them- character, integrity or ef- selves in the exercise of ficiency. We have room in awesome power, but exhaustion brings a decline in efficiency. If there was a one-term limit of six years no president would campaign for a second term beginning at the third year. He could confine himself to his domestic and foreign duties and leave the campaigning to the younger aspirants. Nor is there any reason why 222,000,000 Americans cannot be reassured by competent medical and psychological scientists regarding the physical and emotional health of our members of Congress, our President and Vice President, and our Supreme Court. Can anyone deny that Justice William 0. Douglas remained on the bench beyond his competence? Could the other eight Justices remove him? Would they? Once he had been a towering liberal. In the last year, he was a doddering wreck. Great Britain was so proud of its ancient traditions that it refused to revise them to meet today's needs. It is now a haughty slum. America is different. The greatest of all democracies must be willing to bring its servants up to date. . . 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