Rocky Mount Telegram from Rocky Mount, North Carolina on September 21, 1998 · 15
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Monday September 2t, 1998 rocky mount telegram Nation Page 3C Clinton promises to veto $80b tax cut proposed by GOP WASHINGTON (AP) President Clinton ordered Republicans "back to the drawing board" for tax relief Saturday, promising to veto what he said wa an irresponsible $80 billion tax-cuts package. He insisted on narrower cuts that would reserve surplus funds for Social Security. "Fiscal responsibility has created our prosperity, and fiscal irresponsibility would put it at risk," he said in his weekly radio broadcast from the Oval Office. With 12 days to go before fiscal 1998 closes out the books with a federal budget surplus, Clinton k chided Congress' Republican majority for being too eager to squander that surplus on politically popular tax cuts. "The black ink in the budget hasn't even had the chance to dry indeed it hasn't appeared yet and they already want to drain the surplus to fund a tax plan before we make the most of our opportunity our historic, opportunity to save Social Security," Clinton said. Sen. "Triad Cochran, meanwhile, used the Republican Party's weekly radio address to highlight a $4 billion GOP measure to aid America's farmers, who are suffering the effects of economic crises abroad and severe weather conditions at home. "Neither the president nor his secretary of agriculture has proposed any workable program to assist these beleaguered farmers and ranchers," said Cochran, R-Miss. The tax showdown, though, is getting more attention from the White House. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the five-year package of tax cuts Thursday -The full House is expected to COTsjderjfae bill next week. MichigarTKep. David Bonior, the Democrats' chief vote-counter, said he' has "more than enough votes" to sustain Clinton's promised veto. The bill includes tax relief for fanners, married couples, senior citizens who work, small businesses, people with savings accounts and students saving for private colleges, among others. It also extends several expiring tax credits sought by big business. "I believe strongly that this is the wrong way to give American families the tax relief they deserve," Clinton said. He pushed instead for targeted tax cuts, including relief for families with education and child care expenses, and for businesses that develop new environmental technologies. "So today I say again to the Republican leadership: Go back .to the drawing board. Look at the targeted tax cuts for working families I proposed and we all passed last year," the president said. "Send me a plan like that." Though the GOP measure would cjaim for tax relief only - , f . r .L - ill S . 'II' I iu uciixm vi u ic 4i.u uiiiiuu in budget, surpluses projected through 2008, Clinton repeated . what has become his mantra during this election season. "I've already made it clear . that if Congress sends me a bill that squanders the surplus before ' we save Social Security, I will veto it," he said. As the first baby boomers begin retiring in 2011, their' demands for benefits mean the Social Security trust fund will goi bust in 2032 unless Congress' . acts to bolster the fund. Singing buddies Zs . ' Vs. 'f : v w . rat v i AP photo Charlie Robert, of San Francisco, Calif., sings 'Happy Birthday" with his dog Theo during a competiton for 'North America's Best Singing Pet,' Wednesday at South Street Seaport in New York. Theo won second place in the competition benefiting the Humane Society of New York. After first loss in 30 years, Ray Flynn reflects Ex-Boston mayor still charming a week after the bitter defeat BOSTON (AP) Less than 24 hours after he reluctantly conceded the Democratic congres- sional nomination to a man who calls himself "a young Ray Flynn," the old Ray Flynn was back in fine form, charming the blue-collar crowd at the Irish Village motel in Yarmouth. "I got up on stage and sang "Four Green Fields," a folk song about the four provinces of Ireland," said Flynn, describing his family's retreat at the $49-per-night place after Tuesday's primary election defeat. "We had a great time." Back home in South Boston later in the week, Flynn reflected on the 10-candidate battle for the 8th Congressional District nomination that Somerville Mayor Michael Capuano won with 23 percent of the vote, compared to Flynn' s 18 percent. It was Flynn's first loss in a 30-year political career as a state representative and two-term Boston mayor. "The people, the voters, are always right," the 59-year-old Flynn said in a phone interview Thursday. "You accept the vote when you win and you accept it when you lose." But he acknowledged he was disappointed in the second-place finish of his "pro-life and pro-working people" campaign, and said the state's booming economy and changing political times made his message seem parochial and outdated. "I stand for the poor people who have a need for someone to speak for them in government: But when times are good people want to think about things like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Most people could care less. They don't need me and. they don't need government." After returning home last year after nearly four years abroad as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, he entered the governor's race. But his gubernatorial campaign never caught fire, and when U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II announced he would not seek reelection, Flynn saw his chance. "I knew every pothole in Boston in 1993 when I left for the Vatican,' ' said Flynn, a former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. . But then an article in The Boston Globe brought up allegations of heavy drinking and inattention to his diplomatic duties. "It was not true, but people read that and wondered, and it has an effect," Flynn said. Flynn said that he wouldn't necessarily change his man-of-thec people-in-the-pub persona, but knows it left him open to criticism, "With that style you leave your self vulnerable to attacks and manipulation. It's too bad, (be cause the bar) is where working AP photo Ray Flynn, right, leaves the stage with his wife, Cathy men and women go after work, to meet friends ... it's unfair. You can stop at a country club for three dry martinis and nobody says anything." His unwavering anti-abortion stance also made him the target of more liberal Democrats, Flynn said. "I know I was going against the trend on a lot of issues that are politically correct choice, not supporting tax cuts until the poor get some help," said Flynn. "At the (candidate) forums, I'd only get to answer two or three questions and one was always about choice and one was about capital punishment." A . . , fal l . Alter me sung or me election fades, Flynn says he'll start making plans for the future. So far, there have been no job offers and he's uncertain about any further run for office. Until something develops, Flynn said, he'll be spending time in the South Boston home he bought three decades ago for $ 1 1 ,000 and taking daily jogs' around Castle Island in South Boston. After the primary, Flynn gof. VVllUVtVUVV VU11U KltM ' Hl A away as the Vatican and as close as Cardinal Bernard Law's residence in Boston. V He also heard from Capuano)' 46, who worked on Flynn's win-' ning 1983 mayoral campaign. " "He called me up today to tell' me he thought I ran well and fair, with a lot of integrity. I appreciated that."' Study reveals that most assassins not necessarily motivated by politics By Michael Dorman Newsday 1 Contrary to popular belief, most American assassins and would-be assassins are not necessarily motivated by deep political convictions.- Nor do most of them suffer from serious mental ail-: ments, a new study reports. Instead, says the study by the U.S. Secret Service, they embark on assassination schemes "to achieve notoriety or fame, to bring attention to a personal or public problem, to avenge a perceived wrong, to end personal pain, to save the country or the world, to develop a special relationship with the target or to make money." The five-year study, intended to help Secret Service agents and state and local police ferret out potential political assassins, examined the lives of all 83 people who attempted lethal attacks on U.S. political figures or celebrities over the past half-century. 6rp 1 raumatic events in the . life of the individual often trigger assassination attempts." ' U.S. Secret Service study A public report on the study, distributed recently to law enforce-, ment agencies, was written by Robert Fein, a Secret Service psychologist, and Bryan Vossekuil, deputy agent-in-charge of the Secret Service Intelligence Division. Twenty-three imprisoned assassins cooperated in the study, submitting to intensive interviews by the Secret Service. The study is producing changes in strategies used by the Secret Service to prevent assassinations, agents said. All told, one-third of the assassins examined in the Secret Service study considered taking the life of someone other than the person they eventually attacked. "Traumatic events in the life of the individual often trigger assassination attempts, " the study said. "These might include major changes such as losses of significant relationships (the end of an-intimate relationship, death of a parent or loss, of a child); changes' in financial status; changes in living arrangements; feeling ' humiliated or being rejected, especially in public." There is a myth, the study said, that a profile exists for a typical American assassin. "In reality, there are no accurate descriptive or demographic profiles," it reported. Almost all the assassins studied had histories of grievances often specious. The study emphasized that assassination is not a spur-of-the-moment crime. "The notion of attacking the president does not leap fully formed into the mind of a person standing at a political rally attended by the president," it said. Ideas of assassination develop over weeks, months, even years. Environmentalists warn against haste on reactors SENECA, S.C. (AP) Federal regulators should, not be in siich a hurry to extend the life of the three reactors at the Oconee Nuclear Station here, a Washington-based environmental group says. '. "Nuclear power plants are aging more quickly and deteriorating with age much more quickly than people expected," said Anna Aurilio with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The' Public Interest Research Group's comments Friday came a day after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission instructed one of its divisions to expedite consideration of a request by Duke Energy Corp. to extend the ' license of the Oconee reactors by 20 years. Their 40-year licenses expire in 2013 and 2014. " " Thoroughness should be the NRC's chief concern when considering extending the license, Aurilio said. "Regulators should be much more cautious and much more skeptical about attempts to keep them running longer, in order to protect public safety," she said. The NRC last week ordered its Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to decide within 90 days on whether to grant the Charlotte-based utility a hearing on the renewal. If a hearing is granted, a decision could come in as little as Vh years. Duke originally expected it could take as long as five years to get a decision. The commission order includes shorter public response times for filings and pleadings regarding he renewal. The commission decided in July to shorten the renewal process, on orders from Congress, NRC spokesman Joe Gilliland said. "This is in response, in part, to -concerns raised in Congress about the whole regulatory program being too complex, taking too long and as a result, costing too much money," Gilliland said. "The commission wants to ensure that the hearings proceed efficiently and at the same time, not sacrifice fairness and sound decision-making." Several public hearings will be held in the Upstate, during the process, he said. A hearing is planned - next month near the station in preparation for an environmental impact statement on the project, Gilliland said. ' The aging issue will Jbe an important consideration, he said. "We know these plants are aging, but whether you're going to renew the licenses or not, all nuclear plants have to check these systems periodically to see what kind of shape they're in," Gilliland said. , A Public Invitation: Free Concert, Reception, Tours NORTH CAROLINA f 1 0 . i IS 40 ESLEYAN COLLEGE To Thank You All for Your Support on thel7th Annual Day for Wesleyan Campus Tours start at the Dunn Center at 5 & 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a 6:00 p.m. Dunn Center reception, featuring free food samples from the Sodexho Marriott catering menu as their gift to the 17th Annual Day for Wesleyan Attend a free concert by the Gregg Gelb Swing Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, 1998 Dunn Center for the Performing Arts aw. f .' 1 The Minges Auditorium seats 1200. Seating will be available on afirsteome basis.

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