Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on September 28, 1963 · Page 12
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12 (fotesburg.R^^ Saturday, Sept 28, 1963 JFKWantsto Get Tax Cut Before 1964 By LYLE C. WILSON United Press International One solid reason for pressing (lie administration tax bill through Congress with first priority at the expense of civil rights and all else is this: The bill would be beyond the reach of congressional economizers before President Kennedy reveals his 1965 fiscal year spending plans. If the tax bill could be held over until the next session of Congress, a big new spending figure might recruit enough opposition to defeat the project. There is another urgency to the tax program. It is this: President Kennedy evidently expects the proposed tax reduction program to help redeem some of his 1960 campaign promises about getting the country to moving again. He believes the tax bill would provide considerable protection against a recession; that it would tend to reduce unemployment by a substantial margin; that the nation's economic ills he discovered and promised to remedy in 1960 would, indeed, be substantially remedied by his tax program. Every week of delay diminishes the political advantages the President can expect from enactment of his tax bill. In terms of politics, Kennedy needs the tax bill now. The sooner the tax bill is enacted, the sooner will Democrats expect the political climate to clear for them. Election Coining Next year comes a presidential election. Kennedy promised in 1960 to deal effectively with many problems, including unemployment and an economic stagnation he detected in the growth rate of the Gross National Product. Promise and performance have not kept perfectly abreast. Democrats expect the tax program to correct that situation. With so little accomplished in the first nine months of this session of Congress, the administration now must press for much vital legislation before Christmas. If civil rights js put aside for the tax bill and finally goes over until the next session, much time will have been saved in the Senate which otherwise might be stymied by filibuster. The filibuster would come next year, of course, because the a& ministration is committed to a civil rights program and might lose much presidential election year support from Negroes if none were enacted. The disadvantage to Kennedy of postponing civil rights until next year is that the Senate contest will precede the presidential election by a few months, instead of by many. That would be a factor favorable to the Republicans in their effort to win electoral votes in southern states. Likely To Protest Negroes would 1 protest, of course, any postponement of civil rights legislation. But they would be expected to get their bill before election day, 1964, and that is the important thing in terms of presidential politics. The Negroes have been patient. The 1960 Democratic platform and Kennedy's campaign promises added up to a program of instant civil rights. The President did name Negroes to high and unaccustomed office. He indicated in many other ways his interest in Negro welfare. But Kennedy could not bring himself until this year to challenge white southern voters with the civil rights program he promised the Negro voters three years ago. All things considered, the Negroes probably will be willing lo wait another year. They are on top. Against Ulterior Motives PHILADELPHIA (AP)-Churches should not use service to people as a means of building up the church, the Rev. Cedric W. Tilberg, a social-ministry officer of the Lutheran Church in America, says. He told a meeting here the proper motivation should be simply to act as servants to Christ in helping people. 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