The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 9, 1966 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 9, 1966
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Algona, (la.) Upper Des Moiriei Tuesday, August 9, 1966 Marry-Oo-Round dttiiiiuiHiiiMHiiiniiiiinmiHiii By Drew Pearson WASHINGTON - Some of the professional scaremongers who see the world going hell-bent toward communism have been trying to persuade the American public that we are losing the cold war. This has long been the theme of Sen. Tom Dodd's Internal Security Committee, and anyone who disagrees with either the committee or Sen. Dodd's conduct is called a "leftist" by his pal, Gen. Julius Klein. However, I have visited much of the world in the past 18 months and in my opinion we are winning, not losing, the cold war. And if Julius Klein isn't convinced, let's call the roll and see. In Africa, the pro-communist Ben Bella has been kicked out of Algeria; while president Kwame Nkrumah, the Chinese puppet of Ghana, has been given the gate by his own people. In East Africa, when U. S. Ambassador Bill Attwood retired, the people of Kenya came out with placards reading: "Yankee don't go home." When Chinese Foreign Minister Ch'en Yi traveled through Africa some months ago advocating wars of liberation, lie turned practically every leader against him. Africa is now almost totally pro-West and anti-communist, with even President Nasser of Egypt on shaky political legs despite the Aswan Dam. - o - -VICTORIES IN ASIA- In Pakistan, President Ayub Khan, who has been flirting with the Chinese, has now thrown out his pro-communist foreign minister, Zulf Kar Bhutto, and is sliding back into the pro-West camp. India, once the champion of the Red Chinese, has learned the hard 'way. During the recent worry over the execution of American prisoners in Hanoi, the Indian Embassy here and Premier Indira Ghandi in Moscow pressured the Russians to use their influence with Hanoi to block any war crimes trial. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia has put Sukarno on the sidelines and cleaned out every single Chinese communist. Simultaneously, Indonesia has dropped its war against Malaysia, and that country is now even more pro- West. In Japan, where we lost friends as a result of the Viet Nam war, the socialists are still fuming, but the middle class has a better understanding of the American position and the situation has improved. In Cyprus, where Greece and Turkey, two good U. & allies, were almost on the verge of war last year, both sides have come to their senses. Communist agitators who once had a field day in Greece and Turkey have piped down. .. o - -COMMUNIST INDEPENDENCE - Perhaps the most important change in-any part of the world is taking place among the European communist - bloc nations. When I visited Yugoslavia in 1950 I reported that this nation would drift into a moderate type of socialism similar to that of the British Labor government. The Truman administration, which simultaneously had come to the same conclusion, launched a policy of aiding Yugoslavia also Poland-with surplus grain. The Eisenhower Administration, continuing this policy, sold President Tito even jet fighters and trained Yugoslav pilots in Texas, despite the criticism of the right wing. The policy has paid off. Today Yugoslavia enjoys freedom of religion, freedom of farming, freedom of small business. Only the public utilities and major industries, as in England which is nationalizing steel, are government owned. Recently Tito uncovered the same kind of wire-tapping which our Justice Department has revealed to the Supreme Court. Tito kicked out, however, Aleksandar Rankovic, the man responsible for it. Johnson has neither kicked out nor rebuked J.Edgar Hoover. Other European communist countries, while not as independent as Yugoslavia, are drifting in that direction. Rumania wants to dissolve the Warsaw Pact, the communist opposite of NATO. All of the European communists are eager for more trade with the United States, and if Rep. Wilbur Mills, D-Ark., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, hadn't thumbed his nose at the White House when LBJ wanted to loosen trade barriers, we would now be doing an expanding business with this part of the world. Instead the Germans, French and British are making money in these markets. In Latin America, the resentment against the United States over our landing of Marines in the Dominican Republic has cooled off. Most Latins are convinced by the steady withdrawal of U. S. troops that we have no ulterior motives on that island, and the welcome given to President Johnson by Mexico, the chief critic of our Dominican policy, demonstrated that the Dominican incident is now water over the dam. At one time the Chinese communists considered Latin America one of their chief targets, second only to Africa. They were more active in Cuba than the Russians, and were definitely behind Castro's terrorist drive on nearby Venezuela. That drive has now fizzled. So have the drives in Panama and other Latin countries. That's a brief roll-call of how we are doing in much of the world today. I have sometimes criticized Lyndon Johnson for not being too hep on foreign affairs. In fairness, however, it should be noted that his end result has been good. - o - -AIRLINE STRIKE - The airline strike is complicated by several difficult factors. They are: 1. The diversity of the Machinists Union. Its members include not only expert mechanics, but baggage handlers, those who clean out the planes, those who cook airline meals, and even the seamstresses who repair seat covers. Obviously not all are qualified for the same wage as mechanics. 2. Increase productivity of airline mechanics. As a result of the new big jet engines, overhaul and repairs have been cut to a minimum. The jets have been flying longer than was expected without repairs, and as a result fewer mechanics are used. 3. Wage increases in other industries. All around them, airline mechanics have seen wages increased with no regard to government guidelines of a 3.2 per cent raise. In Miami, the building trades have received a raise of between 8 and 9 per cent, well over 3.2 per cent. Around John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, building trades have had similar increases. Airline mechanics have read ads in the newspapers offering $3 an hour to ordinary, unskilled labor, whereas their own wages have a top of $3.52 an hour. They argue, therefore, that they should not be penalized by the 3.2 per cent guideline. The government has been able to enforce the guideline for some of the big industries, such as steel, but has fallen down regarding enforcement in many of the other industries, particularly the building trades. Walter Reuther's United Auto Workers, for instance, have a contract tied to the cost of living, so that auto workers' wages go up whenever the cost of living increases. Thus, they have received increases well above the 3.2 per cent guideline. If it were not for the government guidelines, the airline strike could be settled in an hour. However, Labor Department negotiators are tied to this policy. Vital factor which influences the strike has been airline profits which have soared in recent years. Since the airlines are a regulated industry and subject to tariff rates fixed by the Civil Aeronautics Board, these profits are subject to curtailment by the CAB through rate reduction. However, the CAB has been slow in cutting airline fares, which puts the airlines in a weak position to bargain. Actually, the airlines have chiefly sat on the sidelines and let'the government do the bargaining for them. One interesting development in the strike negotiations is the fact that Joseph Ramsey, vice president of the International Machinists Union, was replaced as chief negotiator because he was considered "too friendly" with management negotiators. His successor, Roy Siemiller, president of the Machinists Union, lost no time changing this. Though he is supposed to "negotiate" toward a settlement of the strike, Siemiller has done little but say "no" to everything which Assistant Labor Secretary Jim Reynolds and the airline spokesmen propose. He didn't lift a finger toward resolving the deadlock, but spent precious time lambasting Sen. Wayne Morse, D-Ore. i f HOG FEEDERS COMPARE WITH THE BEST ... any way you want to ... for * rugged, durable construction, weathertight design, easy filling no feed bridging, from any angle . . . here's the best Hog Feeder ever. The one you should be using. Now at Big Bear . * 45-bu. feeder NOW 60-bu. feeder NOW $73 49 $83 69 ^ • A * I 1009 NO. 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