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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 35

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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6, 1972 "Nobody heard from the missing miners again." t _ Blacksville: King Consol Scores Again (Continued from Page 1C.) country. They are converting the United States of America from a nation that once ·re- spected initiative and economic achievement nation that businessmen to a imputes to its the most venal motives and despicable conduct." Howard Hardest!/, for one, has no patience with antipreneurs. It's understandable. When it comes to respecting "initiative and economic achievement," H o w a r d Hardest!/ takes a back seat to no one. He twos just another lawyer once, practicing in Fairmont ago) v. was not only a power to find out who was offering the Cnot ^ar fram Blacfcswillej and mowing easily in the political siuim of Northern West Virginia, but not much noticed elsewhere. Then, in 1961, he was appointed state tax commissioner in the administration of Got). W. W. Barren. During his 18 months in office, Hardest!/ set up a revised system of property appraisal. The most valuable property in West Virginia is coal, and the largest owner of coal is Consol. When Har- in the nation's most aggressive lobby -- the American Petroleum Institute -- but twos also a warm admirer o] Richard Nixon. In 1968 he worked closely with Republican party chairman Rogers C .B. Morton, raising millions of campaign dollars from friendly oilmen. Last winter he was one of a handful of millionaires delegated by the White House to hold simultaneous fund ·- raising parties which President Nixon addressed by closed-circuit television. In a single desty left office he wtnt directly to work for Consol, first as its general counsel, quickly becoming a vice president and then executive vice president in 2966. That was the year that Consol merged with Continental Oil Co. (Conoco) to become the largest energy combine in the U. S. Hardesty was the only Consol executive who went directly into the upper echelons of Continental, becoming senior vice president in 1968, with responsibility for "government relations and public affairs." Continental's "government relations" can be pretty close, as.' H a r d e s t ^ discovered. Leonard McCollum, Conoco's long-time chairman (until his retirement a-few weeks The Issue night McCollum raised $5,000,000 for the President's re-election campaign. That kind of loyalty isn't likely to go unrewarded--especial- ly now that GOP fund-raiser Morton is secretary of the Interior, with direct control of the Bureau of Mines. »»· "GOVERNMENT relations,' however, operate at many lev els. Down a couple of rungs from Rogers Morton is Dr. El hurt Osborn, the Bureau's direc tor.' Bureau directors are politi job. It was none other than Howard Hardesty, holding open an office for Underwood with Consolidation Coal. Hardesty's man won without Underwood's support, but that's not the point. The point is that it is Moore who roadblocks Buffalo Creek and Blacksville, Moore who somehow comes down on industry's side after each fresh disaster, Moore who stands aside while the mines go on killing and maiming West Virginians. The "initiatige and economic achievement" that Howard Hardesty so deeply admires have their dark sides. You may not hear about them in Washington or Charleston, but you can see them at Blacksville. You would like not to be an "antipreneur," but some- timM it ftts very, very hard. Finally, on Monday afternoon, methane ignites in the mine and there is an explosion; then a second explosion. The rescue crews are ordered out, and John Corcoran goes to tell the press that the mtneji will be sealed shut, with it* F victims still inside. "We dare I not continue," he say*, and I there is no one to argue the F point. By nou it is much too I late to save anyone in Blacksville No. 1. FAD'S VXO. 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I Pltn Seles Tex I McCRORY'S Men's Ring, 2-Ct. 6.99 218 CAPITOL ST. · ····· ·················^·························.·eeieeeiaaoaaaei cal appointees habit has been whose recen to go nonstop into industry jobs whenever the government c h a n g e s hands There may be many reasons but money's as good as any Consol's John Corcoran, for example, at a salary of $150,000 (plue stock options and other fringe benefits that have made him a near-millionaire) makes more than four times as much (Continued from Page 3C) ·that we have seen in a long , while commanding it to set ceiling of $250 million or expenditures and adding "let there be no misunderstanding,", if bills came to him over" this ceiling, "I will veto them." This sounds well enough until you look at the real situation. Mr. Nixon cut taxes about $13 billion, the chief benefit going to corporations, and he imposed wage-price controls so uneven that corporate profits are now reaching records white workers' wages, particularly non-union workers, are marking time. It Is true that Mr. Nixon's New Deal deficit financing is bringing recovery, and that inflation under his controls has been cut to 3 per cent. Splendid. But there is a long way yet to go. If you want statistics--unemployment is still 5% percent, factories are operating at only 77 per cent of capacity, and the gap between the nation's actual and potential output is a staggering $60 billion. Mr. Nixon boasted to Congress that he had cut taxes, and as Dr. Osborn, at $36,000. Possibly that's one reason why Dr Osborn's door is always open to John Corcoran, and .why they've been seen dining, out together in Washington sometimes accompanied by men like Joe Moody bead of the Bituminous Coa Operators Assoc., of which Consol is the most influential member. After persistent questioning, the Bureau of Mines information office will say' only that Dr. Osborn has met John Corcoran and other key industry men socially "a few times." The Bu reau adds that "although they were dinner meetings, they were not social affairs," and claims that Dr. Osborn is only interested in learning first-hand about industry's difficulties with the new federal coal law--a subject that presumably could be discussed just as well in his office. "Some of the meetings were held at the Metropolitan Club in Washington," the Bureau says, and "one meeting was hosted by. Dr. Osborn at the Cosmos Club." Perhaps there's nothing there that smacks of favoritism. But for the record it might be worth noting.that Dr. Osborn has never invited Ronnie Statler to the Cosmos Club. Or Arnold Miller; or Mike Trbovich; or Harry Patrick. Although any of them might have had quite a bit to tell him about industry's difficulties with the law. Pointing out this land of thing marks you as an "antipreneur" in Howard Hardesty's world. Most reporters today, he says, are "products of a very liberal- l y - o r i e n t e d undergraduate school" who are "totally inexpe- four times warned against expenditures that /would bring "higher taxes." This is demagoguery. Surely the public is aware that in a down phase of a business cycle it is wise to cut taxes to stimulate the economy (as the President did a year ago) while sooner or later Federal revenues have to be restored to meet social requirements. A recent Brookings study showed taxes have been so reduced that by 1974-75, even with full prosperity, there is a built-in $17 billion annual deficit in the absence of tax increases. If we don't restore taxes by then we shall have rating infla lion. Federal expenditures could be cut, of course. It takes audacir, for Mr. Nixon to talk about higl expenditures. The Nixon war ii Vietnam adds $7 to $8 billiion to the budget annually. Secretary Laird wants $4 billion more for defense this year, which Senator McGovern fried to eliminate on the Senate floor. And conserva- rienced in business affairs. "It's our job," he told the American Mining Congress not long ago, "to give them a true insight into what' goes on." Not long after that speech was delivered, a Charleston Gazette r e p o r t e r , Jim Haught, unearthed a into what fascinating insight goes on. Poking live Mr. Nixon who was pushed uously withholding his support. into his activist economic role now makes motions of pulling out prematurely. "We are in danger of repeating the Eisenhower mistakes," cries Paul Samuelson, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics. Mr. McGovern has lots of material if he can use it. iround in the business affairs of Howard Hardesty's former employer, ex-Gov. Barton (who has since gone to jail for bribing the foreman of a jury which was hearing evidence about several dummy corporations Bar ron had set up), Haught discovered that in 1968 Barron had secretly worked for the election of Republican candidate Arch Moore--even though Barron is a Democrat. As the story developed, it appeared that Barron was hoping for immunity from prosecution. 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