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FRIDAY. AUGUST 21. 1984 ' The Flag By GORDON DEW AS ' of The Joanud AS MEETINGS of the flvi party leaden in the Cora-mom go forward. It has be- come known that only one" of' them is holding back on an arrangement to settle the ' flag issue. . - Even members of the Conservative party admit ' that Opposition Leader Dief en-baker it holding out and ia Um reason why another meeting of. the leaden bad to be called for today. . , The aituaUon is this: At the first meeting of the : leaders two weeks ago, It was tentatively agreed that a .compromise might be sought on the flag question! At the second meeting last Tuesday designs were die t cussed end, again tentatively, ' it was agreed that leaders might tell their caucuses of the one-leaf flag and Red Ensign (representing the Commonwealth) suggestion made at the leaders' meeting, Thie was put aside at yea, terdayt meeting and another compromise sought that of appointing an inter parliamentary committee' to examine the entire question. v Reports Indicate that Prime Minister Pearson was ready to accept this.-. ;vi i : Also ready to accept the compromise were NDP Leader Tommy Douglas, Social Credit Leader Robert Thompson-and Creditiste Leader Real Caouette. :' ' ' ' . , - UNWTLUNQ TO QUIT at this point as Mr. Dief en- I Ha fait, apparently, that he had made gains and he was ready to try for more gains. He aought to bring the government to acceptance of the Red Ensign, perhaps with some changes, aa the national leg,- , - ' , : . ; Today! meeting of the leaders may have settled the question. Ia advance. Conservative members stated their belief that it would not : It ia not simply Mr. Diefen- baker who la holding out for ' the Red Ensign, they aay. -; They (meaning about 49 Western and Maritime Con-'iterative MP's) are doing ' exactly the same thing and It fa because of their backing that Mr. Dief en baker la maintaining his stand with the other party leaders. ,: Some members state that' the Opposition leader is (or , was) ready to concede If he came ubsagalntt solid wall v of agreement on the principle ' of a Parliamentary commit tee. Falling that. thaQpposition wiU continue verbal slashii - the Commons and he h . members solidly behind '.' I CENTRE BLOCK EM ; PLOYEES are wondering whether they will receive pay ; increases in line with those " announced yesterday for civil 'servants at the clerical and secretarial levels. " The raises are 'for' those I employed by the Civil Serv-(ice Cornrrtiislon. Centre i Block (or parliamentary) em- i ployees are not those of the t CSC Their pay is determined : by the Internal Economy ., j Committee of Parliament. " Thus, a clerical employee tuted that his pay would be j boosted promptly, because , ' t Parliament quickly followed ' jj the lead of the CSC. v And thus, a secretary de- -I dared That'll be the day." it when Informed It meant a . praise for her. '.4 ''; a The secretary was closer ; ; I ' According to the Com-j ta the truth. -i .-;. s "tons' expert on such mat I ten, SUnley Knowlea (NDP Winnipeg North Centra), - Commons' . employee must .; wait for their raisea .until t the Internal Economy Com-I mittee approves them. ) That this will be done Is i almost certain. And If It ia ' done. It will be retroactive,. i so they will lose nothing. - But the House may rise at any time soon and. If tt it Musical Thievery ' FORT WORTH (UPD Po-' Ice have arrested a 70-year- ..Oil .1. ld man for . stealing ' 200 ; copies of sheet music from a ' local music store. , ' i' Store manager Woods " Moore complained that the "man stole 180 copies of the ' hyma The Lord's Prayer" ' and then came back the fat- lowint day to steal SO copies - '' " - : f , ' 'of the hymn "f, Walk With God."-' ; "':'; ' i- . .' . -rt-r1-! .'."'.V'-"1'. ':" ' Bearers does, the committee will not meet until the House sits , again. When the pay in- creases will come along be- comes problematical. .-, . - ' A spirit or . fatalism' floats among those-. Centre Block employees, however, and they were not excited by the Thursday announce- ment of pay raises. " - Remaining In the standard attitude of patient resigns-" tion. one of them declared: . .; "It's all rights-well get It s' In the end." : ft "t i ' ','".-? THE OTTAWA JOURN. k I .'..' .s -j - ' -V ' .sr -'y?'V I OPTICAL ILLUSION f An optical illusion ia created In this picture of Republican Goldwater aa ha spoke to a packed grandatand at the Illinois State FaicTnureday. The .rope is actually a supporting apparatus that held up the tent over the platform from vntcn ne waa speaxing. .1. " By MAX FREED! Special Journal idal Journal Corretpoodeoce WASHINGTON In this. smIIan MKntaimi atM Iu election campaign not least among the obstacles facing Senator Barry Goldwater' is ; the general level of national atoaparily. , He wil) have to meet the argument that, this ia hardly the time for change, when Jobs are plentiful, prices j auoie, pronta ntgn. ana wnen the direction of economic ' policy in Washington, has a-: large measure of confidence. . The U.S. is now in the long-i' est 'period of peace-time exy pension without any recession'' and without inflation since j 1857.' .v ... , .. ' t ") Of course, most of thef credit for this . achievement; belongs not to the politicians and officials in Washington but to the American people themselves. Nevertheless, the policies of the govern-ment do have a profound Influence on the economy; and . if things had gone wrong, the government would certainly be blamed for the recession. . It therefore deserves soma credit when business conditions are prosperous and expanding. - ' 1 NOT COMPLACENT ' ' The Johns Adminlttra-Hon can take this credit with propriety because It has re-. fused to be complacent about prosperity. . It hat taken measures to safeguard It, and hat at the tame time begun the biggest campaign against' poverty in U.S. history. This Issue of poverty pro- vldes a teat case.betwen the two candidatea. . , Sen. Goldwater Is not Insensitive to suffering,' not' 'he Vr;. IAN i The Pursuit of Happiness A Chase M By BRUCE HUTCHISON Special Jeuma! Correspondents Perhtpt the largest statement uttered ' up to now in the "United . Sutes political campaign comes from President Johnson but has little to do with politics. Ha says: "Tha most prosperous, the best housed, the best fed, the best read, the most intelligent and the most secure generation In our history, or all history, is discontented." - Allowing for a small difference In living standards, the same dictum applies exactly to Canada. " Somehow North ; America, for ..all its wealth; and apparent success, has fail- Issue ' ':,.,:;,-....vf: blind to the misery and d gradation caused by nd unemployment. ,,. .sji-.a ft.- U.lf 1 . But he believes in an eco nomic, philosophy w k i c h exalts the virtues of competition .and rewards the strong and resourceful., ' He thinks the best way to deal with poverty la to give business more freedom, to reduce its taxes, and to give h incemivcs ror expansion. -. COMPASSION .V. X All this wiU provide more Joba, and the submerged " : erty, V , ; minority too unskilled to find "These are aU parts of a work will be token care of comprehensive and consistent from the American people's program which stands in vivid sense of compassion. But the . contrast -to the. meagre aa-vital point for Sen. Goldwater '. sumptions of. Senator Gold-is that the government should water that all will be well if prate less about poverty and work harder for prosperity, .: . The - record shows , that President Johnson "ia 'fully aware of the strong points in this argument. The cordial relations which be has established with many . buainesi .-, leaders show that he is the friend and supporter of the-competitive' system. But he has -a more sensitive and Instructed awareness of the bn- : perfections of that system' then Sen. Goldwater bat ever ' allowed tp cross hit mind. - It ia important to, reallts that the President It moving against poverty not only be- cause he hates unneceasary suffering but also because be 1 wishes to end the waste of human resources, perhaps the greatest of alt economic evils. At present the unemployed live on charity and are a drag and burden on the economy. ' If 'a reasonable percentage could be trained for Jobe on- ed so far in the only ambition worth a sensible man's time. It has failed in what the Declaration of Independencce calls "the pursuit of happiness" because happiness cannot be captured by pursuit and must be found otherwise. MAKING PROGRESS Still, this continent may be making a little progress when the man at the apex of authority! sees and admits that failure. . Mrs. Johnson sees, in short, that all the power and the . glory of the state, all the production of the machines and all the glossy comforts of the average family cannot cpm- presidential candidate Barry tA'-Javraal WtrestMto) der modern conditions, they would add more than 118.000,-MO.OM to the economy, would provide a new market for goods and services, and would stimulate business expansion. NO CONTRADICTION , Thus President Johnson sees no .contradiction at all between working for business growth by tax Incentives and ample ' credit, working for stability . In. labor manage ment Tt'atione .and working to ease Oha burden of pov- only business Is given a free band, . .; . ' " , 1 Moreover, President Johnson can point to the wrong decisions which ke has s voided. - - .- .',.! v Senator Goldwater will dls-cover. If . he ever hu the chance to look at thev nation from the White House, ,th it is a tout myth that economy runs Itself without making any demands oa the government. , He will Rare that the Preti-dent is constantly being given advice based on the limited views of the business and labor communities, .' and he must, balance and correct these views by themore accurate information, available to the government; v. ADVICE REJECTED ': . For example, the Presiden. waa urged to seek an even bigger tax cut, or a combination of reduced taxes-and larger government spending. of Poverty 'ithout mand contentment. The whole theory of economic determinism, aa announced by Marx, and that nineteenth century invention, the Economic Man, collapses as soon as they encounter the ordinary human being.. He demands all the advantages of economic Ingenuity, ha insists on all the benefits of social security, but ia the essentiale of his life .be simply refutes to be economic. Given the most opulent material environment ever known he remains stubbornly dissatisfied. Indeed, as. any foreign traveller will agree, he Is less satisfied in America, on average, than many peoples who never owned an automobile, a bath tub or a second pair of sheets Somehow. like-King Midas, he finds everything turned Into gold, or at least into mass- Hope produced luxuries unknown to his grandfather, but the ultimate treasure slips through his fingers. LOOK TO STATE In this problem, as in all others, men look hopefully to the all wis state and find it impotent. The state can 'do many extraordinary and valuable, things. It can manage or mismanage the economy, redistribute the' people's wealth, succor the unfortunate, clear the alums, finance the arts and construct all the physical apparatus of the good society. - With iu other hand tt can make weapons to destroy all this work and the earth's inhabitants as well. It cannot guarantee the happiness of a single person; rich or poor. Yet the statesmen believe, or pretend to believe, that by some magio formula. If they U ((Tories Open Election Ad Campaign By RICHARD PURSER1; '. (Journal London Bureau) . LONDON The election season will start in earnest here Sept. 12, when the Conservative and Labor parties will hold their opening rallies . of what looks like a close ' and tough campaign.. . " Prime Minister Douglass Home's speech to the Tory . rally will be broadcast to simultaneous rallies in " 12 , other cities, each alto to be addressed by a cabinet min- r later on the. spot Labor wiH. concentrate on a single event at the Empire Pool in suburban Wembley, billed by the deputy party leader. George Brown, aa a great theatrical spectacular" to be preaented by a pro-Labor television producer. '.".'- The Conservatives' this week started a costly advertising campaign to set the. stage for their own election battle. , , . Their theme was clearly stated in Urge newspaper ads filled with pictures of happy Britona: t "The outlook's bright The Job' good. The choice ia your. It'a your standard of ' living keep it with the Con-servstives." TORY VOTER ' J An economically contented voter la a Tory voter, or so it is believed. But there are large Islands of discontent in the calm sea of affluence the ads portray. Biggest is the cost of living Incomes have risen nearly four per cent this year, but the gain has been nearly wiped out by a three per cent rise in prices in the flrst half alone. Unemployment is another. The national average figure ia low by International standards, but m practice there la He rejected this advice became it would have strained the economy and produced a serious rise ia prices. He waa also urged by industry to work for a wage freeze to cut cost and to give American exports aa advantage in foreign trade. " He refused - to follow this advice because it would penalize the worker, reduce purchasing power, and increase the threat of strikes. ' Similarly, he misted de mands from trade union for. the encouragement wage increases' and ublishment of a tt-aour because these measui have raised costs. ports, and threatened , a cycle of inflation. Tie lesson Jor Senator Gold--water hi that the. men who run America' free economy never a)ant to run It in con ditions of perfect freedom. warn to run it unoer ditiona favorable to them selves and , their own eco-. nomle Interests. Senator Gold-water's economic beliefs, with their fear of the federal government,-leave him virtually defenceiees m resisting the predatory demands of powerful groups in the economy. (Copyright) ist ckict ron m stowir bssh ran (US022 of large" the at week -r would Jwn ex- new . 1 3 4 - f 3 O 3 Yull employment jn some regions and heavy unemploy- -ment in others. Also, while it is true that more people are working than ever before, the decrease in -unemployment has not maintained the good rate set in the first quarter of the year. . , More important, if weighv'1 ing less unmeuMiciy on uie consciousness of voters, ia this year's stagnation of production and to some extent of export levels, accompanied ' by rising imports and alack Investment in soma key ex-pott Industries. SOME CREDITS On the credit 'side, the number of owner-occupied houses, has doubled during, the Tory years. But there is "a vaat amount still to be done and profiteering ia rife, especially on land being developed for building. All eyes win be on the land, prices section of the , Tory election manifesto. It ia still being hotly debited in Conserve tlva policy-making 'circlet, but must be published by mid-September., ' The Tories will stress the theme of continual national economic growth without Inflation. They believe this . caa be maintained at four par cent They wU have to play down their, ruined incomes policy on which their growth policy depends. This tbey may do by switching to the offensive, claiming that Labor's plans to push growth will inflate the cost of liv- Fine China Crystal-Sili GET TMErvl ;MOW ! ! SK(0).lL THE BIGGEST STOCK HI OTTAWA A COMPLETE RANGE OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES SPECIAL 3 Jling, Vinyl Covered Bindir Ut of 5 Hilroy Exercise Books 100 Sheet fAS3a3gjCi better they can be in tha future if the, nation plot a steady course. They- will stress the dangers of Labor experimenul-ism in domestic economics. Just at they will stress the same dangers in defence and foreign affairs. The idea will . be to force Labor from the offensive to the defensive r- Refill ; Set of Subject DMders . Regular Value ... NOW - 61 SHARKS .'. shall build 'the ultimately affluent society all right. We shall solve the problem of poverty. Wa shaU.get three cars into every garage, two days of work into every week and a. nervous breakdown into every household. A century hence all these difficulties that so vex us today will look absurdly simple in retrospect: also rather Irrelevant. The vsbprema prob-lemt If soluble, must be solved by strictly private' methods, not by any collective force, certainly not by politicians or economists, but by philosophers and by the solitary individual. The largest of all questions in affluent societies like ours Is whether , the individual can survive his affluence and retain his individuality long' enough to discover an answer for himself. - WSm-SMETriHI '' of Capture ever hit on It.the great myel tery can be unravelled. Thoughtful readers of newspapers must wonder, why their editorial columns are filled with politcal and economic arguments when the central concerns of Ufa lie far outside politics and economical Nothing, in fact, baa turned out- as the ardent reformers of an earlier time expected. ASSUMED TOO MUCH A few days ago Walter Lippmann, one of our century's best minds, admitted in print that the reforming American liberalism of his youth had assumed loo much and fallen between two stools while, on the other hand, conservatism bad stumbled' Into' a mere parody of itself, now carrying the signature of Senator Goldwater. BUILD FROM RUBBLE . From the rubble of ! this disillusioning experience we They will also raise the old nationalization bogey. Deliberately increased use of ' government funds in industry will be called a spur to inefficiency rsther than to efficiency. Tory tactics, then, will be to point out bow much better things are now than they to be. and how much BIRKS J' :.'