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«p| MAfQJ«J*r mm . The Facts KTAWttHfO I9IJ «V FftttKMr c JAMES 1 NABOBS, EDITOR AND PUtUSHIR CHESTERSURBER GLENN HEATH ExKutlvt Etfltw DEPARTMENT MANAOtMtNT GERALDDEW Retail AdvtrtlsingManager _ PEARL GLOVER MANELLEMAUORY Ciassif itd Advertising Manager Orftce Manager JAMES A. BARNETTJR. OARRYHILL Managing Editor Circulation oirtrttr GEORGE W.JOHNSON ^ DIXONKlSSSS Compo»lng Room Forman ^™% Assistant tofh* Publiifwr omment, Upinion A CONSERVATIVE VIEW Consumerism: Congress almost cured? « JAMES J. KILPATRICK w«. i»». rv«.. n__.—.,,_ Published daily MX) Sunday excwi Saturday at 307 E. Par* Av*., Frwpcrt, Texas, by R«vlrw Publisher inc., locatto at »7 E. Par* AV«., Fr««port, Texas,Jame* S. N«bort, PfMWtnt, Subscription rate*: By carrier, daily and Sunday, »110 pw mcnm. Mail subscription rate* ar« available on rwjueit. and art payable in advanc*. Rates above include applicable sal** tax. EDITORIAL POLICY: N«wj reporting In thfs newspaper stall t* accvrat* and talr. Editorial expression shall always be independent, ovtspefcen and corse lent tom MONDAY. NOVEMBER J4. t»/5 VIEWPOINT Catastrophe or progress? p*4*t By JAMES J. KILPATRICK Political movements are like tad summer colds. Some are more serious than others; some linger on and on; but they all go away in time Congress, if I am not mistaken, Is getting down to its last sniffles of consumerism. The virus has almost run its course. This hns been a long one. Those of us who chart congressional chills and fevers can recall few viruses as stubborn Foreign aid hung on like a smoker's cough. After the Russian Sputnik, Congress came down with a terrible case of sclcntlficism; while the affliction persisted, any bill that wore a white coat was sure to pass. After scientificism came egalitarianism-civll rights, equal opportunity, all of that En vironmentalism was next. In each case. Congress recovered slowly If a vote that was taken in the House on Nov. 6 is as significant as I think it is, recovery from the excesses of consumerism b now proceeding apace A few more sne«es and the worst will be over Drop the metaphor. The bill before the House that Thursday afternoon MEKKY-GO-ROUND One black was the Consumer Protection Act of 1975 This was the House version of a measure rlnglngly passed In the Senate some months ago In either version, the purpose was the same-to create a new federal agency with power to act as advocate for whatever the ad- mlnlstrator conceived to be "the Interests of consumers ." The bill was also known as the Ralph Nader Bill, Before the afternoon was over, the House passed the bill If that fact alone were all that cotnr.-d, Nader could claim a victory Hut the vote on passage was only 308 to isa A switch of five votes would have killed the measure then and there No matter The bill is dead anyhow rYesident Ford promised a veto, and proponents could not possibly win on a vote to override Take <t look again at that vote of 2«» to iw A year ago. when a much tougher bill came to the floor. In* House favored it by 2S3 to »4 What a swa change' Thi» time around, only 188 Democrats and 20 Republicans could be found in favor Kighty Democrats and 119 Republicans voted no And among those 80 Democrat* who voted no were to of those famous n freshmen elected to the House in the Republican debacle of November, 1974. What goes on here? The con . sumerlsm movement had been breeding along under full canvas Nader could point to a string of victories: food labeling, cigarette warnings, flammable fabrics, safe toys, all-moat hotdogi, th* Con stumer Product Safety Commlwion The Consumer Protection Act of W5 was to provide IN? ultimate trophy Now the wind ha* leaked out of hU sails and his boat he* dead in the water. What happened. I suspect, t* that Congress w*t its finger to it diffwwt wind. Congress hwrd from In* folk* back hwne The meaiage wa* un mi»lakabtc Get Big Government off our backs' The people are fed to Uwlr w* with bureaucracy in every furtn In small towtu and Urge, ncwvpapw editorials accurately r*f!«t*d Ih* voter*' rebellion. The Coniumer Protection Act u rf*«d twc«u*« consumer* do nat want to to "protected" not in the meddlesome way* thus bill proposed Th* Natter Hill, in my own view at least, was a very bad hill Proponent* struggled dmprrat«)y to make it more palatable in the final hours of debate. Amendment* were added to eliminate duplicated <tf form iwt t»w cmwumer* behalf, tti relieve umatl bu*in«u of rww bur den*, to protect farmer* from haraMiniTii, and to put nuclear licensing tiff limit.* Propuntttt* *vwi accepted a "wit deMruct" amrmtinif)! , lo «tx))i«fi (lir new agency tdtutteiher ir» I WO Thr change* unproved the bill, but they didn't improve tt rnmigh Thaw uf uk on lh«r ««*w viitivi* 1 sid*-, tthoiekkMn da»<- tnuch lo writ* home dbuut, are txsynd '• >.<*;• «i. wi»rs* than lh* Nfw Vur*. JHs Hut Uwirws* UilcTMl* will bitttMbf bftdly if they read th* lluww- vtrfe «» an to im tit*) !*• Ul! tike a »««»!Jvrr a:4(t. s! cjfi in ifwr ?,.»r jn Is mankind headed toward one bang-up catastrophe by the end of the century? It is. according to the Club of Rome. A famous study commissioned by this international organization of businessmen a few- years ago warned that a whole host of important trends—population, pollution, depletion of resources, etc.—are all converging on global disaster. Not so, say the scientists and technicians-or at least those included in the third "Survey of Technological Breakthroughs and Widespread Applications." who cite another host of trends expected to improve the quality of life in the 21st Century. The survey is conducted every third year by McGraw-Hill Publications. While some of its predictions smack of the gee-whiz variety that used to be popular in a more naive era, ffiey are realistically based on currftht state-of-the-art and research in a dozen basic fields involving Ml industrial firms and government agencies, from medicine to textiles, electronics to railroads, aerospace to plastics. In health care, for example, a cure for cancer will be found by 1995 and will be generally available in the early 21st Century. Closer to the present, it's felt that within two years doctors should be able to detect most gentic defects before birth and be able to prevent them by the 1990s. A more ominous note: The same timetable applies to changing a baby's sex before birth, if anyone should want to. And a little further along, the first quarter of the coming century will see the chemical control of hereditary characteristics through molecular engineering, chemical control of aging and chemical improvement of intelligence. In transportation, an all plastic car, except for engine and drive train, will be common by 1990. So will the electric car. The service- free, accident-proof automobile is JIM BISHOP: REPORTER expected to be in widespread use by the year 2000. Ditto for automated urban transit, after becoming technologically possible in 1985 and economically- feasible 10 years later Also by 1996, aerospace experts predict an economic alternative to petroleum fuel and full use of it by 2010. Elementary synthesis of plastics, "the ultimate anser" to shortages of primary materials, will be technically possible in 2000 and common procedure in 2100. Edible, nutritious plastics will be developed in the last decade of this centtury. Advances in land mining techniques will increase yields from presently inaccessible or low .grade deposits. Lasers, ultrasonic beams and high-frequency currents to drill, crush and grind rock will be in the works by 1983, economically feasible by 1992 and common by 2000 The mind, to coin a phrase, boggles, and this is only a sampling. The survey does! however, acknowledge current popular doubts about where science may be leading us. "While new and exciting advances lie ahead, the rate of technological progress has slowed," says Douglas Greenwald, McGraw-Hill chief economist. Reasons include the recession, which has cut into research funds, but also, he says, the spreading idea that faster is not necessarily better-the thought "that after a certain point, perhaps, technology does not pay in terms of how it changes life patterns or the general economic and political structure." Yet as certain of the projected advances in medicine alone suggest, science and technology bid fair to continue presenting us both with good things and with choices we may- wish we did not have to make but which, like the gloomy prognostications of the Club of Rome, we had best begin preparing for. INK A) By JACK ANUKKSO.N wllhLraWhJtten WASHINGTON Most Members of Congress who have made their way into this column arc villains m the drama of government Trwy are a minority on Capitol Hill.'but, unfortunately, they often attract more attention than their more conscientious colleagues Few are more conscientious than Sen. Clifford Case. R-N J , who ha* fought tirelessly for reforms for more than » years He has scrupulously kept his own actions above criticism. But there was a small slip. »p have now discovered, in \VT2 Case intervened in a federal criminal case to spare a loyal political confederate It U our duty to report the incident, although we emphasue it is merely a speck on an otherwise clean record. Here are the details Case's political ally and devoted friend, John Dimon. the former Republican chairman in New J<-r BUSINESS MIRROR mark on a clean slate ^^ ^^^ • ^Bl^ M«), i-jirne under investigation ... 1/77 by a federal grand jury A t- S marshal, acting «.» an In (rrmediiiry fur a voiing machine company, had clipped 13.500 to iJimon The GUI' chairman'looked upon the money <u 4 perfectly legal camp4ign contribution ilut he feared th«- grand jury might K«< A different ttnprwuon Omton. therefore, (<»3ii Senator Caw aside a! a political rally m frincetun. N J . and ft plained {Jvr problem. Tntf prospective prtKuxu'iLjf '#&.% I' S Attorney Herbert Strrn. ('ait- rwd iruUHitJ to cl«-*n up Jersey corruption When Du %p»Ae in Cu.v ;it t'nnvrton. ,St Had jiri'dti) tummoficd tfcmon to appear Wore t)»- grand jury The Senator iis:t*nf<j sympathetically to DIIIUXJ » »i«y but pC'Mtlised rxtthmx I-port hi* rrtum '.!) throws that Ms #ran<I jury »rr A fr-* appearance had btwrt ptMtpMOwl l*»u<rt!ip« f-Nrnon eventually matte 4 brsrf the fr»v<r*!l'r u appearance before th* grand jyry p«l|>" t>> •> The voting machine ' * M'.er v»fvj to Ihmun Hut n«t«*r f hfiv,p. s»r the fUAnfal CajMr toid us \kf W4.H intended to find o«! iitii'jlii pif;»i:-ir:<r<-» a \ -art? f.icj'.rts (.,< wfi »-jlf,<'ti',ift TV J'.Uct. «4 » !Jiit Ju U'if il-,1;- 4 1<- i.rt!»nr trti ;.--.r>.-J ;..-, fii Mfc'Y !>™! r-tt to inlSmwr jh* outcome rrcalU t»dmtxti*tafty( hi* lo t>r cArr/uJ no* !t> the Trn Mfufml in jny g« n mewl 1 i^u- Uid nothing for J<rf«, £>, m «i UXA», ! j.v wuuMn'i do for anyone." *jjrf i^nr- p, : ^.. 'I think 4 pmon t.« «i!i!l«J to *r*-» Jvs-,, •what i.» going on " Vrt ikr .Vruior »,{,-• cuultUt l rtc4ll ever making A cj!i ;..-. si'-i" . . Fran<« Hrnd^rvxt, to .i- Stem in NV* Jct-mey Shortly !h«r»Mf{er. Mmi't o.'f'u-e Some common money management errors Slrrn U r*«» 4 federal ji*d)f Th* telrphwn* call from f aw'* vCxr. 'i» told us, tod nothing to do with <hr jury outcnm^ '(.'AM- nttft nvr to ik» aflythiAg (,:•( . he Mjti (Jn thr centr »r\ tubfurtuwd rn-nrtb arxl l*pt' FBI 4«ml4i bu»> fc r a in an effort to pfcnc 4; •\S By JOHN 1 1 NEW VOHK ,-AP, Why do some people stay afloat '* hen the economy grows turbulent while others sink into financial trouble so iktp it may take them years to get (heir h*ads back above water'' The American Bankers Association sought opinion* from members and financial counselors throughout the country and. after analyzing the replies, reached this generalization: "It's not always how much rnon«y you have or how much you earn that makes the difference, but rather your attitude toward money, 'your spending and borrowing hab'its'and your style uf living." Topping the ABA problem list is up immediately."ii M >V explaining that procr.wtjn.iUw) t.i often the thief of money ,n *r|| .n time i! i>f.'er» Kirit. M* the ban officer j! the lending h,mk. Joan iM-vxruiion or credit union He or *he may suggest refirutrK-irijj your I<xin or mj»y suggest debt consolidation-• com-erting all your deb!., m to ,» Slern iniutrd thjt h« }«<J fow.,1 no CAilvc !o prutrvuir ntan CAM? nor Strm »»» tare •*firthrr hr hasj Uiko.) to Ihr «j<f.<-- ,4it m pnvm abuse in India It *ai 4 wtl *'.«>ry for va to writr . tir*-* »r njd 4dnur*r» of (he g«J.Ur,! Indira if* [j: s ,i;,r.»i H«- ri ., ^-^ %» Ihin«JJV he drnin] hr hit! to tf.ukr IN: cw,tro '-all month »r reported on An inventor for all occasions My old man, among other things, was a great inventor. He never patented anything, but he was always thinking of new devices which would make him a cool million. Big John's head was spinning all the time. The aviation industry had hardly invented the disappearing landing gear when John M. (for motive) Bishop invented the rubber boot for airplane tires. This device was a series of rubber sleeves on the outside of plane tires which, when the wheels were lowered, started the wheels spinning in the right direction. Planes coming in to land often touch concrete runways at 100 miles per hour. This burns a lot of rubber. Big John said that a spinning wheel before landing would cut the cost of tires. No one paid any attention. A long way back he heard the sound of a plane in fog. "Why," be said, "can't they direct a radio beam to the plane from the airport? Dammit, the pilot could fly straight down the beam to the runway. I think I'll do it." ALAKM ING MOMMA He didn't. He was busy with more lucked out on the light bulb. Henry Ford's idea of an assembly line to mass-produce cars was, according to Big John, nothing more than efficiency. The internal combustion engine, he said, was a disaster. It burned energy to induce a vertical stroke of power, had to transmit it through gears to a universal gear in the rear, which strained lo make the back wheels move. "Steam! Steam!" he bellowed. "That's the way to make an automobile move. Look what it does for a locomotive." Sometimes he read about inventions. He had a snort of disgust for Patent 2,751,592, which was a series of little plastic txjuares to cover the thumb, index and middle fingers of diners who eat fried chicken, lobster and leaky sandwiches with hands. "Better," he said, "to have a circular cuff for the wrist so it can leak off onto the plate." He devised a wire mesh which fits into a cocktail glass and keeps ice and olives from running up the nose --— "- -— ---* «- into the eye. Then there is the hand important notions. Like the shot grenade shaped like a baseball Pon glass which couldn't b* emptied/ Seve7«HtwKK rnvSS* wS to do when an enemy fields it cleanly and tosses it back. Off and on, he worked on a double mirror which would help ladies to back a car into a small parking space. He gave U up in time on the grounds tfiat the mirrors would And a Klaxon burglar alarm which he set oil when momma was cleaning up. She almost hopped into the sink with the dishes. He never thought much of the inventions of others. Until the day be died he claimed Thomas Edison work, but the ladies wouldn't HARDTUBKUKVK Big John loved television He could hardly believe that a picture in motion could be sent out into the sky from an antenna, and that his TV could pick it up, reassemble it, and also pick up the sound He was expiating on this to Herb Shriner one day. Shriner said that the first man in his town to buy a TV set sat looking at it for a month without seeing anything Then he died His friends packed him inside the set and marveled that he looked better looking out than in. Big John said Herb Shriner wasn't funny. Shriner said my old man should forgive him because he came from a town which had beauty contests but never had a winner "Why," my father asked later, "U he at large?" Big John's favorite word was intelligence. Either you had it or you didn't. He had it. Most other people didn't. He never called me stupid. "Stupidity." he said, "implies an inability to learn. You are ignorant." He was a hero to everyone except his wife. One Sunday evening he was sitting in the living room trying to invent a way of getting out of the house. No excuse seemed valid. Momma cut in on his reverie: "John," she said sweetly, "I wish you would come out in the kitchen and invent a way of carving this ham.".. . On mortgage*, some lenders may allow VIAI to space out pay merit* for a year or two or {M.-rrr.it ;.IAI to pay only th« interest on ihv loan until >ou «et back on your (eft If your financial situation u almost out of control, a lender might suggest a family financial counseling agency to provide frw assistance in working out money problems In extreme cases. Chapter 13 of the Federal Bankruptcy Act might be of assistance (.'ailed the Wage- Kaniers Plan, it provide* court protection while you work your way out of debt. Among other money management errors, and (he AHA's comment* -KOHBIM; HKTKR TO I»AV PAl'l,. When you pay off excessive debls by incurring new debts, you're aggravating the problem -SPKNDING MONKV VUU'KK GOING TO KAH.V Don't count on it Many people got into trouble during the past two years after losing overtime pay they had come to consider a» regular income -UIV'OIUK: TIIK HIGH COST OK i.KAVI.S'G. If your marriage goes on th« rocks there's a good chance yw financial structure will land there too In some areas divorce ranks as the most common reason for financial problems Warning: The tremendous financial penalties involved in divorce can be more binding than marriage vows -LACK OF KMKHGKNCV FUNDS. Families should have a reserve, especially when the future is so uncertain, Some money management advisers say the equivalent of several month's income U desirable Many families sense the approach of poor economic conditions and tend to build their savings at the correct time. Others, the record shows, continue to spend as if tomorrow's income was certain It isn't. (Next: More of the common reasons for financial problems). Hut »4nc«? <tfc powrr* in Indu, she traditional freedoms havr bttn gradually rx(inKui»hrd Thou- vtho »!ill »irui(Xle for frMtSom fwve imugglrd "Ut more »turie», carefully <torum«?nlrd. about what u going on Indira Gandhi'* India Hrr*

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