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Friday, September 23, 1983
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piMlnl 4 La Crosse Tribune, Friday, September 23, 1983 Ubecfaricms: By RHODES COOK Congressional Quarterly While Democrats and Republicans will not begin selecting their national convention delegates for several lhonths, Americas largest third party the Libertarians has already ihosen its national ticket, adopted a platform and launched its 1984 campaign. The partys presidential nominee is attorney David P. Bergland, 48, of Costa Mesa, Calif. The nominee for vice president is Jim Lewis, 50, of Old Saybrook, Conn. He is a sales representative for a bookbinding company. . The Libertarians can be forgiven, however, if they feel like the Rodney Dangefield of the American political system. In 1980 the Libertarian presidential ticket appeared on all 50 state ballots, raised more than 83 million and drew nearly one million votes. Yet it operated throughout the campaign in the shadow of independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson. That could happen again next year. Even in the New York City hotel where their national convention was held Aug. 29-Sept.-5, the Libertarians did not enjoy top billing. The hotel S3 TfiJsiyircs An Independent Newspaper ' KENNETH 0. BLANCHARD, Publisher ' . KENNETH F. TEACHOUT, Editor ' GREG R. VEON, General Manager - RICHARD MIAL, Opinion Page Editor DAVID B. OFFER, Managing Editor W.T. BURGESS, Publisher Emeritus SANFORD G0LTZ, Editor Emeritus Founded in 1904 i Economic forum i a practical effort ; It seems evident, from Thursday's opening session, that the GO Coulee Region economic forum is deeply rooted in reality and not likely to produce simply blue sky proposals. The forum's name is a shortened way of saying, Goals and Opportunities in the Coulee Region. At the Ramada Inn Thursday, the kickoff session included remarks by Lt. Gov. James Flynn, who also heads the Department of Development, and Stanley York, a Wisconsin Public Service Commission member. While the initial session was a highly visible public event, the work of the group will be more low-key for a while. Individual subcommittees will be doing the less flashy but much more impor-I tant work of assessing the eco-. nomic resources of this area ; and determining the course of the future. A few observations that came out of the session were: The need to concentrate on smal' enterprises, rather than go for the splashier but far less realistic goal of trying to attract major industries. As York pointed out, landing an extremely large Public financing is losing support By MATT POMMER MADISON - The decline of interest in the public fuuncinf of political campaigns ought to worry every ciU-sen. State Revenue Secretary Michael Ley recently reported a 4 percent decline in the number of people who direct that 81 of their income tax pay-menu go into the Clean Elections Fund That fund was created in the late 19701 to reduce the influence of special interest groups and to put limits on campaign finance spending. Those candidates who accept the public financing are required to limit their spending Both major candidates for governor as Wtsccmsui spent just Oder 81 million a 1982. By corr.par-noa a statewide campaign a SLnne-aota can cost as much as SS nu&ioa to fli truZKA Neither Democrat Tony Earl or Re-pubficao Terry Kofcier wa unable to get bn message to the pubSc because of the campMn spending forms And the eaters dda l have to put up wish a sever drg earrpaigs ad barrage The real impart of the public bang of cuspigai has tees a redurtua a the power of gecid interest gmups The leg fchbtea wsh It's of money toed to huy jeHaeace Is boi ps&xaf jesrtm wh ttew coatri- Lobbyists, of come. do toy of fegaiaaen But no marquee instead advertised a nightclub act: La Ronde presents Paradise on Ice. The Libertarians are following an untested route to prominence. They have not tied themselves to a famous personality or a single issue. Even the most ardent Libertarians are not sure whether the ambitious young party is on the verge of a breakthrough or is on the road to oblivion. The party begins the 1984 campaign with some obvious assets. It has a larger base of contributors (more than 20,000 names) than ever before and ballot status in 16 states, including California. The party was on the ballot in just six states at a similar stage of the 1980 campaign. But, unlike 1980, the Libertarians do not have anyone on the ticket who can bankroll the campaign. In 1980 one of the partys wealthiest supporters, New York chemical engineer David Koch, ran for vice president and pumped more than $2 million into the presidential campaign. Money is not the only problem for the Libertarians as they approach 1984. They are still searching for the breakthrough that would place them in the public consciousness. In their 11 years of existence, the Libertarians firm does not generally happen. And if a large company is that footloose, there is no guarantee that it will remain in an area. The importance of intergovernmental cooperation. Everyone says this is necessary, but it is much harder to bring about in real life, particularly if there are competing interests with different views about utilities such as sewer services or taxation levels. Local initiative can be encouraged by setting up a venture capital fund, with money invested by local financial institutions and businesses. If the group could pull that one off and do nothing else, the GO Coulee Region Forum will have more than justified its existence. Some combination of realism and imagination is needed to make this something other than just another conference. And followup is vital. There have been too many instances of good ideas left without anyone interested enough to carry them through. So far, so good. But the real planning and ultimately the real work is yet to come. longer do legislators jump every time the well-heeled lobbyists call on them. Those Republican businessmen who would prefer returning to an earlier era should ponder what might have happened to the unemployment compensation problem without public financing of elections. Not many yean ago organized labor was the chief funding arm of the Democratic legislative campaign- But Democratic legislators no longer are beholden to labor's fund raising ability Organized labor was ruddy reminded of its lessened power during the debate on the anemployment conpeo-satioa bilL The State AFL-CIO was stunned when the DeroocraUc-coo-troSed Legislature adopted an unemployment compensation "reform measure which it opposed. Bg business also ought to remember how successful it has been in the State Caprtol is the last few yean. Would it have been that successful with Democrat legislators under the u4 campsga finance arrangement' Ley has abdicated that he wd be aoeeteg w.ti members of the League of Vam Veters aad Common Came to fins ways in which these pubic noerest groups can eacoeage the taxpayers to remember Ac Gem Eec-taoua Fuad when they file then tax re- have never won a governorship or federal office. In 1982 they lost the only two legislative seats they had held, in Alaska. ' 1 , . ; A growing body count of candidates 150 for the U.S. House in 1982 has given the Libertarians increased visibility. But in the partys most significant race last year, for the Alaska governorship, the Libertarian candidate drew only 15 percent of the vote in spite of a 8650,000 campaign chest. Libertarians are still looking for evidence that their unconventional political philosophy will sell in a society used to the ambiguities and pragmatism of the two major parties. The keystone of libertarianism is individual liberty, but the movement encompasses a wide range of beliefs that defy easy labeling.; The libertarian hostility to taxes and devotion to a free market economy matches the most conservative Republican; their call for a sharply scaled-back military and an end to the draft echoes the most liberal Democrat. Distrust of the federal government is a hallmark of libertarianism. "Regarding government, a condensed version of the party platform reads: We favor the abolition of damn near everything, we call for drastic reduc ...SO W Gm GETOUTA DA CAB- I AIN'T PRMN' YA TO NO UN,! W4 YA WWPDAUERKSMIIED. Sb I GOES HOME AN' KXJRS All TA STDLICH NAY A TOWN PA SNK. US NOO YOIKEKS KNOWS HOWTO HANDLE DEM BUMS... The governors' foolish game NEW YORK - Mario Cuomo and Thomas Kean, the governors of New York and New Jersey, are two of the nicest guys Ive met in politics over the years. Theyre both smart, too although youd never know it by the Mickey Mouse stuff theyve been pulling over the last few days. Cuomo and Kean, a Democrat and Republican, got together last week and discovered that through their joint control of the New York area's two international airports Kennedy in New York and Newark in New Jersey they bad the power to tweak the tail of the Russian bear. They could stop Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko from landing on their asphalt playpens when he came to the United Nations. Tough guys! They really showed those commies that if they shoot down planeloads of innocent people they're not going to get window views of our airports. The official gubernatorial response was that the port authority couldnt guarantee Gromykos safety. The Soviets, with a tittle more experience at these games than our vjhafc Tribune pdqeSqpd any Bartender's license This is in response to the La CYosse city eomdTt reluctance to grant a bartender's license to a penoa who haa several drvek driving eiutwns. It b ny opsoaon from the aewt broadcast that this person had mdergone treatment lor chemical dependency tact be sras labeled an akobofie. The ratxxuie behind the reluctance was Out this person would have excellent access to aksfcoL therefore baring good opportunity to start dnefoxg That rsbotait Is exemplary ti the M&qaated. narrew-Bsaded aad tinted trwype tt exalts for never-Bag aWAcq &des Lae show that mlf I perreat ad aksfeia are tions in everything else. And we refuse to pay for whats left! Clearly, the Libertarians are on a wavelength of their own. In no other party would Alaska have the third largest convention delegation. In no other party would presidential contender distribute a Progressive bibliography of Austrian neo-classical free market economics. The party is overwhelmingly white, young and middle-to upper-class. A large minority is gay, drawn by the Libertarians accent on individual freedom and opposition to laws against victimless crimes. Party members are well educated. According to a random sample of Lib-etarian activists by two Furman University political scientists, nearly half the respondents had done graduate school work. Almost one-quarter had earned doctoral degrees. The internal consistency of the Libertarian philosophy has drawn a wide number of adherents with backgrounds in science, mathematics and engineering. Libertarian officals boast of the intellectual prowess of party members. Libertarians are by far the highest brain power group, probably in the world, said presidential nominee Bergland. Richard Reeves y - n j governors, immediately took advantage of our foolishness by saying not without a certain logic that if the United States can't guarantee the security of foreign diplomats, the United Nations should be moved to a country that can. Then, in an almost unbelievably stupid effort to compound our foolishness, one of our U.N. delegates, Charles Lichenstein, announced that the United States would welcome the departure of the United Nations. It is hard to tell these days that the United States k a "superpower. We are certainly not willing to do anything super in response to Soviet outrages in Afghan mountains or Pacific skies. And perhaps restraint in letting the Soviet Union demonstrate the true nature of communism is the best policy It s at the dud row type of person Only a child of S would be enable to asrer-Uin that the remaining 17 percent of the alcohol community As sitting Best to yoa ia your office, working next to yon at yow job or sitting next to yoa a a classroom. Alcoholisa is a disease, a wisest that happens to same people through as but of the owns ft kagpenrd to me The iksbbc does not choose to become cbemaesZy dependent ary we flsua the &abet chooses dufce-tea or the cancer sfetm chooses oarer. Research ha dan that (he mod-era akohohe character prafJe is a person with above avenge idr-j-fxre, aad a , canrg. suer ere I mratM of for asi hcwhrg down food Jca For convention delegates who wanted more than campaign clinics on public speaking and answering tough questions, there were workshops scheduled on a potpourri of topics ranging from an introduction to microcomputers to an exploration of the question: Is Reagan a Keynesian? For those party members wanting very practical information, a series of lectures were held .on How to Cut Your Taxes. Libertarians probably have their sharpest debates on political tactics, including which issues to emphasize in an effort to expand the partys base. In his quest for the nomination, Bergland accented the conservative side of the Libertarian equation. Government is big, ugly and powerful, he told the delegates and promised to campaign throughout Middle America to woo disgruntled Reagan supporters. His principal rival, Georgetown University international relations Professor Earl Ravenal, stressed the partys non-interventionist foreign policy and support of mutual nuclear disarmament. He saw a chance for the Libertarians to grab the peace issue and build bridges to the anti-war movement. least as effective and a lot more dignified than free-lance harassment by local politicians. Glen Cove disease" was the New York Times' editorial description of the joint problem of Cuomo and Kean a hallucinatory disorder that causes local politicians to imagine themselves president or secretary of sUte . first detected in the (Glen Cove) Long Island mayor who bars Russians from his beaches." (The Soviet Mission to the United Nations has a weekend retreat in an old mansion in Glen Cove.) , That is not the way Kean saw it We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish, the New Jersey governor said. We demonstrated the total indignation of the people of this country over the Soviet action, Obviously Mr. Gromyko received the message. But the outrage not only of the United States but of the whole world was already being demonstrated without tus help. This whole thing wasn't necessary lor anyone except the two governors. "Yon can tell you're right when the guy running the elevator or dnv- Admitting and accepting Out we are powerless aver alcohol as the first nd foremost step ia w ongoing recovery. We are the only persoa who can keep as sober. Nothing, outside of andentantegL you ca do far the ah cobobc wj keep haa sober. Your cancers to beep tfcu person sober k event temg. Tta cancers and tew-tomty of yowi is accepted afecg with yam appba&oa for lasai Perhaps d poor costers tor jeat see aeth-svdaaTs problem a genaase. thee with ywr newfpurtoid Brnury yon wd propose hguaitwn to mche aJ hqusr kcemes in La Owe But wty slop (here? Bep t3 of the recovering eem-toucy asd tetany abx&h tqmr. May f farther awgpest, d ymr concern is (hat you prspeae Css kgafe- But there were other overtones that influenced the outcome. The 48-year-old Bergland, who was the Libertarian vice presidential candidate in 1976, epitomized what may be called the partys Old Guard. A veteran party activist, he promised strict adherence to the platform and an emphasis on grass-roots party-building activities. A more recent convert to the party, Ravenal argued for a bolder national campaign that would exploit his ties to major media outlets ill the East. The only issue now at stake, he told the delegates, is the stature of our party in the American scene. Are we going to shrink to a mere parody of a political party or are we going to carry the libertarian message to a broad sweep of the American people? The two sides were nearly evenly divided. Boosted by a strong vote in the delegations from the Sun Belt states, Bergland won with a bare majority on the fourth ballot. His nomination capped a hectic week of politicking. Florida radio talk show host Gene Bums had been viewed as the consensus choice for the nomination, but dropped out of the race on the eve of the convention, citing inadequate financial support from party officals. ing the cab stops you and says, Right on, governor,' was Cuomo's contribution to the debate. What you could tell from that, I think, is that talk of Mario Cuomo as a Democratic presidential candidate in 1984 is at least four years premature. Despite the tendencies of the incumbent, presidents are supposed to know the difference between muscle and Mickey Mouse. I'm no fan of the way Ronald Reagan has talked about the shooting down of the Korean airliner, but he has been presidential enough not to act on the comments of passing driven even if they're telling him exactly what he wants to hear. Presidents should know the difference between foreign policies based on feelings and foreign policies based on interests and verified information. If Reagan followed his own feelings, he probably would have bombed Moscow yean ago. but despite his bluster this president has acted with relative restraint Thank goodness be is not a governor with the power to close down airport ticket counters. to nsa vmmi Sewn txn before an ejection. Prohflxi has bees tned tod proven impracti Granted, bartending may not be hea&laest envsonmcsd for a itev tog person, but denying this perse hcense would be synonymous with Jf the diabetic access to a ca store or a penoa wha seems gLam drivers hcense. We shbAci has hard feme enduring (he kfefcng sn fie of aobnrty wchout tryug to : down your stigma as an insax acrid deviate. friadee or ike krpcrtaace of am oar atnrg that before you pcAtses wsh a perwi s Me you better ednse yourttl Crag ; i f

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