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June 23, 1974

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. 1974 RICHARD LEE STROL'T Sufferin' Folks The administration is putting on a tearjerker morality play here in Washington these days and 1 hope you are all edified by it. If we didn't have this performance you might be thinking about something serious, like inflation and what it's doing to your pocketbook, and the poor, and the old folks, and the chances of putting the kids through college. I will come back to that in a minute. But first a look at the heartthrob drama; a little tremolo music, please. There is this federal chief law enforcer, Atty. Gen. Kleindienst, for example; all · he did was to lie under oath to the senators confirming him and he has been treated with admirable compassion. Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski allowed him to plead to a lesser charge instead of perjury because, after all. he is a member of the legal profession and held a role of supreme trust. So when it came to sentencing him the judge gave him a one-month sentence (suspended) and a $100 fine and his eyes moistened as he told the defendant that he was a man of "highest integrity" betrayed by a "heart that is too loyal." Defendant broke down, too. (Three Jaworski staff members resigned, but there are always these recalcitrants). · » THIS IS only the latest scene in the touching drama. There was also that fine, handsome man Sprio Agnew who was vice president, you remember him. There was only one drawback about him, he was a crook. But, so what? The Justice Department let him off after a behind-the-scenes interval of plea-bargaining, with a nolo contendre (no contest) plea , which the judg;e demurely explained was "the fullest equivalent of a plea of guilty." It is only the Cubans who go to jail. We should not slight Mr. Nixon himself. He has warm sympathy from supporters in his various plights. After all, he is manfully turning back every cent of that half- million dollar income tax over-withhold. ing isn't he? And he got large,"enthusiastic crowds abroad as our first unindicted coconspirator presidential envoy. America is a sentimental nation, always eager to be chimed. This applies to Mr. Nixon's ultimate tough guy, Chuck Colson, who thought up those entertaining dirty tricks on his opponents, like prompting Howard Hunt to doctor State Department documents to make it seem that President Kennedy had planned the murder of President Diem of South Vietnam. Funny things like that. We always feel that there is good in every man: Colson has zest and brio, and now this man who told his staff that he would walk over his own grandmother to elect Mr. Nixon has got religion. It should be in inspiration to us. Sen. Hughes of Iowa, who is leaving the Senate to become an evangelist, says of Colson's new outlook that he is "a baby in Christ." There are few scoffers left today, fortunately, like H.L. Mencken or Francois Rabelais, to jeer at honest emotion. By the way, where did they jail those Cubans? While the Watergate melodrama is played out, and even following President Nixon to Cairo in Kissinger's resignation threat, two quite extraordinary things have happened on the inflation front. Italy all but declared itself insolvent and threatened anew the possibility of a worldwide, trade-war, financial smash. At the same time, in the House, one of the most power. ful men in Congress, Wilbur Mills, chairman of the ways and means committee, unexpectedly came our for a reimposition of wage-price controls. On the international front the situation is shaky with industrial countries all sharing much the same problems and each thinking itself uniquely unfortunate. Oil prices quadrupled after a brief global boom, 1972-73, blew its top. Purchasing power is reduced because $50-$60 billion have gone into higher energy costs and inflation everywhere is frightening. Each nation is thinking about recouping its losses and curing its unfavorable trade balance by exporting more goods, which means putting itself into the black by putting somebody else into the red. Few people realize just how treacherous the world situation is. The temptation is to grab the protectionist bottle and drown your troubles. Washington is no exception. To some it recalls 1929. The United States passed the Hawley-Smoot tariff and the doomed Hoover signed it That brought a world trade war and helped produce Hitler. ON THE DOMESTIC front, meanwhile, conservative Mills' sudden embracing of wage-price controls is quite extraordinary. He knows as well as anyone that this is about the most unpopular course that could be offered. But in a quiet, effective speech he showed that he is frightened -frightened as Chairman Arthur Burns of the Fed, who says that the present 12 per cent inflation puts the country "in jeopardy." Mills says that if we don't control the problem, "our country will suffer terribly." Mills wants an austere federal budget; he is willing to make tax concessions to help the poor meet skyrocketing costs but only if a larger amount is raised by closing tax loopholes. Organized labor will fight Mills' proposal for the average industrial worker's family is about 6 per cent behind where it was a year ago in real spending power, and it doesn't want its catch-up drive frozen by controls. Like the "Cubans" mentioned above, the poor and defenseless always suffer most. Wealth at the rate of $10 billion annually is now flowing from the lowest three-fifths of America's income groups to the richest one- fifth. Taxes are preposterously unfair: fewer than 1 per cent of the people currently own more than 50 per cent of the corporate stock in the country. Corporate profits rose 36 per cent from 1971 to 1973. It is hard to see that Mr. Nixon, beleaguered as he is, has any plan. He assured the country the other day that "the effects of the recent oil shortage have passed." He is the same man who called the doubtful Smithsonian international agreement on fixed rates of exchange in 1971 "the most significant monetary agreement in the-history of the world." (It collapsed). Treasury Secretary Simon seems eager to put the economy through the wringer -- let unemployment rise where it will. Certainly there is no easy solution. But Rep. Mills' approach seems more comprehensive and somewhat more compassionate. Vermont Triumphs on Billboards When you cram all the squirming kids into the back seat and go out on the road, seeking other scenery, you will notice pretty groves of trees along the big highways, except in those states where trees are prohibited. You will notice the oaks, sycamores, pines, birches, elms, poplars, whatever, and sticking up ojit of these groves · you will see signs that say Exxon or Gulf.or.Tsx.aco, something like that. ·These are sighs that have: been fed a special fertilizer by the.oil companies : so they will grow taller than the pretty trees. ; · v . " - , · ' ' ' , ' . . " · ·''··.'' '· \. ,This; enables you to see these signs a couple counties away, giving your gas gauge some comfort. · · . . ' " . · *·· BUT if you happen to be driving through Vermont, you will see these magnificent groves of trees and you will strain your eyes studying them, and you will riot see Exxon or Gulf or Texaco or any other of the tall, skinny oil trees. Vermont said nix. Take them down, Vermont said. Vermont said people come here to look at the scenery, hot* sighs, and if the tourists want to see billboards and Exxons sticking up out of the woods, let them be off to New York or New Hampshire or some money-is-everything state. All the signs are down in Vermont. The billboards are gone. Colonel Sanders, Holiday, .Ramada, Howard, Mc- Tom Fesperman Donald, all the others: are ; not allowed to warn you by the roadside that you're nearing one of these establishments, no matter how hungry or sleepy you are. Vermont passed its down-with-billboards law in 1968 but gave the sign sponsors five years to get them down. The days of grace are over. H. T. Swain, who writes editorials for the Rutland Herald, tells me there has been a tordo.in Vermont over a technicality. There was a bit of conflict between the tough Vermont law and the federal, or Lady Bird, highway beautification act. »· UNDER the federal law, there's a provision for compensating a farmer who leased space in his corn patch for a grand motel billboard, at the time the billboard comes down. But Vermont said to heck with that, and somebody else says well, you may not get federal nighway funds if you don't abide by the Lady Bird act, and so the to-do goes on, . but the big signs are down anyway. Now, if you're traveling through Vermont, here and there you'll come to what Vermonters call a Maplaza. It's like a fancy bulletin board, and it's just off the road, and there's room for you to pull off and read these foot-square plaques on the board. These plaques tell you about motels and restaurants in the immediate area, give you their addresses, in case you're sleepy or.hun- gry- · It's sort of like roadside yellow pages. And the Maplaza is so modest in size it doesn't hide even half a birch. If all the states got as tough about unblemished Grandma Moses scenery as Vermont, we'd have ourselves one beautiful picture postcard of a country, whether those squirming kids in the back seat care or not. Summit 3: What Do Nixon, Brezhnev Do for an Encore? MOSCOW -- As meetings between the leaders of the Soviet Union and United States become routine, the two participants find it moredifficult to maintain the momentum of the new relationship that has developed between their countries. The first conference between President Nixon and Soviet Communist party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev in May, 1972, set a high standard with a series of agreements including those to expand trade relations, to create cooperate scientific and technical exchanges, to limit deployment of strategic nuclear weapons and to set a general pattern of relations between the worlds two superpowers. *· AT THAT POINT, the Soviet Union had already established regular summit contacts with Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany and President Georges Pompidou of France. Internally, in the spring of 1972. Brezhnev was consolidating his hold on the Soviet leadership in order to gain a freer hand for pushing forward his policy for detente with the major capitalist powers. The second Nixon-Brezhnev summit in June. !Sf73. is remembered primarily as the first visit of the Soviet leader to the United States. While the agreements reached were of less importance than those of the year before, the sessions prod- .uced a wave of publicity as the United States got its first ctoseup took at the relatively unknown Mr. B. From the Soviet side, the visit was a success becaise Brezhnev was abte to ap- By Murray Seeger (C) The Los Angeles Times sincere. One Soviet source pointed out that the boss was able through television to reach the people who do not read the major American newspapers. Now comes the third summit, Nixon's second visit to Moscow as President, and the question: What'do he and Brezhnev do for an encore? Perhaps the most important answer is that they meet as scheduled and reaffirm their mutual commitment to continuing the process they started of building a closer relationship between the two most potent military forces in the world. While sounds mundane, it takes on importance when compared with the alternative. If either side called off the third summit meeting, the message would quickly circle the globe that detente was off the tracks and it was time to start digging the fallout shelters again. NIXON'S NEEDS, in the light of the Wa- tergate'scandal and impeachment campaign, to establish himself as indispensable to the process of building world peace are self-evident It is less clear, given the Soviets' cult of secrecy, what produces the impulse behind Brezhnev's drive to the summit "He needs the meeting for internal reasons." a neutral diplomat said a few weeks ago. The observation is almost a ' cliche in Moscow with only the scantiest evidence to back it up. As close as foreign observers can guess, the Kremlin debates revolve around the central fact that the Soviet economy has fostrfnuch of the strong forward thrust whiQf marked its post-World War H devel- GALPEMN MUSIC 0. PRE-HVENTORY SALE STILL IN PROGRESS! 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Over Nixon's shoulders there are also critics watching to see if he can bring anything home from Moscow besides a new joint pledge to avoid the kind of nuclear conflict most experts have considered unlikely for many years. In any case, Summit 3 is likely to be more ceremonial and cosmetic than its predecessors. The tentative plan calls for Nixon to spend three days or less in Moscow and then travel to the Black Sea re- of Yalta and another city, possibly Minsk where the politburo has a shooting lodge, or Volgogard, better known as the World War II hero city of Stalingrad. One neutral diplomat, looking at this tentative program, commented sarcasti- "" : "IsnH show business wonderful?" MANY UNBELIEVABLE REDUCTIONS STILL AVAILABLE ITEMS IN EVERY DEPARTMENT REDUCED ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE ONCE A YEAR SAVINGS! Partial Listing Of Some Items In Each Department! ORGAN DEPT. KMIAUL SKIES 500 SMKTS WITH CHOICE OF IP. WALNUT, SPANISH PECAN, E.A. 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