The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 3, 1966 · Page 4
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 4

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 3, 1966
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Let wing agitators who would relisbeQ the chance to demonstrate against President JotasoD in Mexico CIrj were caught catnuletelr ofl base by the government strategy of de^ lining anj announcement of hie trip. Here are some of the backstage details on how the trip was organised and executed: Real iact is that Jdmsoc's "surprise" visit was setup more than a week before the public knew it. fi was on April 6 font Johnson accepted President Diaz Order's invitation, but it was agreed to bald any public announcement until April 1£, just before John- son'E arrival. A certain amount oi tirrifc was needed lor telephone workers to install the direct lines to Washington that the President would require, lor city employees to put up the banners, posters, signs and flags, and to wort out details between the American and Mexican secret services. So a 4fc-hour advance notice time was agreed on. Air Force One, bringing the first family and the rest oi the official party, was due to land in Merico City at D:30 p. m. on April 14. On April 12, the Tei^s White House put out a press release disclosing the President's "sudden" decision to accompany Lady Bird and the others. - o - — LEFTISTS SURPRISED-- The timing was perfect. Mexican leftist leaders held a hasty meeting that evening, with Vicente LombardoToledanopre- sideing, at the headquarter of Ms Red - lining Popular Socialist Party (PPS). Discussion about the possibility of mounting a Viet Nam war protest parade during Johnson's stay was heated. Representatives of Mexico's minuscule Communist party were all for it. Bat Lombardo, a wily realist with hall a century of experience as a political agitator, argued that anything less tfran a massive demonstration - widely couldn't be put together in a day and a half - would be broken up before it could even attract attention. There -would be nothing but cracked heads and unpublicized arrests to show for it. His counsel prevailed, and the Socialist party issued a bland statement commending the visit as "an opportunity for useful contact between beads of state" and calling on its followers to refrain from any show of hostility. Meanwhile, Mexican authorities did a terrific job of organization. By the time the U. S. delegation arrived, all Mexico City - now, with more than 6,000,000 inhabitants, the second largest metropolis la the Western Hemisphere - was decked in gala garb. So smoothly efficient were all the arrangements that not a single snafu or untoward incident developed during the President's stay. He and Diaz Ordaz took two hours and 30 minutes to drive the seven and a half miles from the airport to Los Pinos, Mexico's White Boose, chiefly because they t^Ht^tf frequently to shake famflc with part of the 2,000,000 cheering people litri?^ the route. - o - - BAEBT GOLDWATER WELCOMES— Barry Goldwater bad been in Mexico City & day and a half when Johnson's visit was announced. A few boors before be arrived, Goldwater addressed students at the International Uni- versilT a! the Americas just outside the capital and was asked: "H yon were President, what would yon be doing now in Viet Nam?" "Isn't that what President Johnson is coining down here to ask me ?' shot back Goldwater. The GOP leader was present at both the Lincoln statue unveiling ceremony in a Mexico City park and at Lady Bird's formal reception in the American embassy. He and LBJ did not, however, meet. When the President went down the line of the diplomatic corps at the airport on his arrival, the only man he stopped to chat with was Shimshon Arad, Israel's envoy, whom he had known when Arad was Israeli minister counselor in Washington. Later, Arad told friends that shortly before Johnson's jet landed he had been approached by an ambassador from"aSoviet bloc country" who inquired conspiratorially : "Just what do you make of this? Must be a crisis in the Organization of American States, no?" "For Heaven's sake, man!" Arad replied. "Stop being a Marxist for one day. Johnson just likes to do these things." The diplomats plus some 50, 000 spectators were .kept waiting an hour and a half at the airport next day while LBJ and Diaz Ordaz had a convivial time at the luxurious mansion of the famed Mexican film comic, Cantinflas. - o - —SECRET WEAPON?- Biggest secret weapon the United States has in four key countries is a large pile of surplus tin. Unfortunately we haven't been using this weapon effectively. The administration hac been using the tin stockpile to depress prices, which fits into LBJ*s anti- inflation program. Bat a few cents on the price of tin means the difference between prosperity and depression in such important countries where the United States is fighting communism as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bolivia. Recently, riots flared in La Paz when ex- President Paz Estenssoro tried to stage a comeback. There have also been disastrous strikes by the left wing tin miners of Bolivia, all of which led to a takeover by pro* American General Rene Barrientos Ortuno, trained at various Air Force schools in the United States. Bolivia is holding new IB toe foiij and agaiast MB is ex-Ambassador Victor Aodnde, rooter good friend of the USA. Brit, if Gbe price of tin is too low, ttere villbecaatianedrevo- fctiflB instead of stability and regular elections. - o - —TDf PHKES VS. AID- IB tadooesu, likewise, a coootry which has just ousted pro - comnmist leaders, a reasonable price tor tin can bring stability, to fact, the United States probably could replace its foreign aid program in some of these countries merely by tin prices and creasing them a few cents on the pound. instead, the United States has proposed selling 28,000 tons of surplus tin this year. The calculated world shortage Is about 14,000 tons, so that toe sale of 28,000 tons - double the shortage - is bound to depress prices. If, on the other hand, the United States sold only 14,000 tons from its stockpile just enough to meet the world shortage - prices would stabilize at around $1.80 per pound. This is a price which can bring prosperity to Bolivia, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. A low price for tin helps U. S. Steel and the big steel users here at home ; also helps Johnson's balance of payments. On the other hand, Indonesia buys 25 percent of all its foreign goods from the United States while Bolivia buys 75 percent. Since 1952 the United States has given $500 million to Bolivia in foreign aid. Part of this would not have been necessary had ire stabilized the price of tin at a reasonable level. - o - —MERHY-GO-ROUND— Political miracle in the South: "When the Democratic ladies from Georgia came to Washington last week, they called on Sen. Bobby Kennedy with a photographer to have their pictures taken, ft was only a short time ago mat Bobby's name was anathema in Dixie . . . Said Mrs. Katharine Graham, Newsweek publisher, in paving tribute to me new Secretary of HEW, John Gardner: "He has pepped things up so much around here that the drinking fountains in the tired old State Department are now spouting GeritoL - o- —FAST TIME IN INDIANA— "Indiana is about the worst state in the union," said Springer. Then, be added quickly, "I mean with regard to uniform timing." "I'm glad you made that qualification," said Rep. Ray Madden, D-Ind. "We still tell a story about a bus passenger who drove to Indianapolis from your part of Illinois. When he got there he asked a bus station official, 'When am I due in Lebanon, Indiana?* "The bus official replied, '10:30.' "What time isitnow,inlndian- , May 3, asked the passenger " '& 1810:30 here now,' said the oMdat. 'Do you want a ticket 7 " 'No,' replied the passenger 'I think HI just wait and see a bus as fast as that take off.' " Farm LOANS 5X % Interest • Long Term • Low Payments For a loan on land to pay debts, buy land, finance improvements or for other farm and family needs, come in and see us. Prepayment without penalty. Contact Federal Land Bank Office af Algona (South of Penneys) preferably Mondays and Wednesdays. E. H. 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