The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 1, 1966 · Page 2
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 2

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 1, 1966
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WASHINGTON Merry-Go* Round WASHINGTON -- In an obscure room in the Longworth Building, two ghostwriters pouad out political propaganda for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee. They are Miss Pat Goldman and John Buckley, both hired by a small group of Republican Congressmen including Bill Ayresof A-kron, Ohio, Albert Quie of Dennison, Minn., and Charley Goodell of Jamestown, N.Y. From this office have come part of the weird stories about the antipoverty program recently going the political rounds. Here are some of them: 1. That $80,000 and $76,351 were allocated for tennis courts in wealthy suburban Chevy Chase, Md. This was circulated in the weekly newsletter of Sen. Hugh Scott, R-Pa., usually a reliable man. There just isn't any truth toil. 2. That $8,000 was spent by the Office of Equal Opportunity to fly 40 Job Corps workers from Hawaii to San Francisco to pick asparagus in the Bay area. This report was made by Rep. Charles Gubser, R-Calif. Again, it didn't happen. What did happen was that on May 7, 50 farm workers were flown from Honolulu to San Francisco to harvest crops, but the trip was privately paid for by California farmers. - o - —TRUTH & UNTRUTH— 3. Rep. Gubser also charged that $267,000 of anti-poverty money had been given the National Farm Workers Association when on strike. The Office of Economic Opportunity states that no sucli funds were given; and the president of the farm union, Caesar Chavez, states that no funds were requested. 4. That $290 of anti-poverty funds liac} been used to rent tuxedos so high school boys could attend a senior prom in Florida. This was stated by Rep. Robert H. Michel, R-Hl. Again, it did not happen. No money was spent to rent tuxedos in Florida or anyplace else. 5. That anti-poverty money was spent to teach ballet to poor youngsters in Omaha, Neb. This was circulated by Sen. Roman Hruska, R-Neb. It is true that an application for such funds came from a group in Omaha, but the application was turned down. No such money was expended. 6. Other rumors about the antipoverty program are that it spent money in wealthy Beverly Hills, Calif., built a community swimming pool in Michigan, and paid the expenses of Hawaiian students to go to see the movie, "Sound of Music." Beverly Hills did receive a state educational grant, but nothing from the anti-poverty program. There was no truth whatsoever to the other rumors. Unfortunately, poor people have no spokesman in Congress to refute this rash of phony stories, so they continue to circulate and are believed by part of the public^ Unfortunately also, they come when the anti-poverty appropriation is under consideration in Congress and, partly as a result DREW PEARSON of these rumors, $185 million has been chopped off funds for the Office of Economic Opportunity. This will seve rely unde r- cut job-training and education programs in the big cities where unemployment contributes to crime and rioting. It will also prevent any new programs from being started in rural areas. - o -ITALIAN COMMUNISM FAILS- It hasn't made headlines, but an amazing development has occurred in the country which once spawned the largest Communist party outside Soviet Russia. The news is that Italian communism is rapidly falling apart. Chief reason is that the Italian government, under a coalition of the Central Catholic party (Christian Democrats) and the Socialists, has cut the ground out from the communists with economic and social reforms. What made the Communist party flourish after the war were such inequities as the Italian tax system which benefited the wealthy and double-taxed the poor. Farmers bringing their produce into the city, for instance, were taxed four times — on their land, on their seed, on their fertilizer and when they brought their crops to market. Today, agrarian reform has split up these big estates, while a revised tax system has equalized the tax burden. Simultaneously the leader of the Communist party, Palmiro Togliatti, renounced violence, adopted the Khrushchev line of coexistence, began to cooperate with industry and government. - o - -TWO OPPOSITE AMiSRICANS- One of the most interesting Senate races in the United States is taking place between the son of an immigrant coal miner and the son of a rancher aristocrat. Teno Roncalio, Democrat, was born along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. His father, born in Italy, worked in the UP coal mines, and Teno grew up to be a barber, then went to the University of Wyoming where he became president of the student body. Clifford Hansen, Republican, was born in the famous Jackson Hole country of Wyoming, has operated a bank and a series of ranches extending almost 25 miles through this beautiful part of Wyoming. Roncalio, son of animmigrant, was elected to Congress two years ago, defeating William H. Harrison, grandson of President Benjamin Harrison and great- great-grandson of President William Henry Harrison. Now he is running for the Senate. Hansen was elected governor of Wyoming, chalked up a good record, is an effective campaigner with a delightful personality. His chief campaign theme is that Washington is spending too much money, while Roncalio points out that Wyoming under Gov. Hansen has demanded more and more from Washington. Both are able candidates. Chief difference between them is background, Roncalio's philosophy is illustrated by his views on open housing. "I happen to have been born and raised in Rock Springs where this never was a problem," he said. "In the immediate neighborhood where I was born and raised were three homes - a Negro lived in one, across the creek was the Roncalio family, and next door was the Chinese fanvly of the Lion Hand Laundry. If ever people lived more in harmony and in friendship in the true fulfillment of the American dream of 'melting pot of the world,' I don't know where it might have been. "I cannot forget that in World War II, I saw black men get shot and die in Aachen, Germany, in platoons of the American First Division; just as did yellow men in Italy; just as Spanish, Irish, English and Swedes died in American uniforms fighting the Hitlerian concepts of Aryan superiority, of racial grading of human beings. I cannot for the life of me see where restricting people of color to certain areas of certain Wyoming towns is either moral or decent. This is the other side of the coin!" - o - - IKE TALKS TO LEJ- President Johnson held two confidential talks before he left Washington for the Manila Summit Conference. ' One was a telephone conversation with former President Eisenhower, who from Gettysburg wished LBJ good luck on his trip. Johnson had called Eisenhower to say goodbye and Ike in turn spent-some time explaining that his recent statement suggesting the use of atomic weapons to end the Viet Nam war had been misunderstood. All he had meant to say, Dee told LB.J, was that the United States should never foreclose the use of nuclear weapons. He recalled to the President that they had agreed in previous discussions that the United States should hold the nuclear threat over Red China as a deterrent to keep her from throwing her massive manpower into Viet Nam. And the former President assured the President that he had only intended by his recent statement to support that policy. Since Johnson has been under some pressure from Republicans to use atomic weapons to end the war in a hurry, Eisenhower's statement tended to influence Johnson toward a moderate policy.. - o - - LAST MINUTE MISTAKES - In the rush to adjourn Congress, the legislative wheels spun faster than most members could follow. Lobbyists lurked in the corridors watching for their . chance to slip a special clause of amendment into some bill on its way to passage. The public may never find out how much it was cheated by this last-minute sleight of hand. Tucked into the fine print of the tax bill, for example, were depletion allowances for Georgia clay, also oyster and clam shells. The producers will be saved more than $1 million in taxes, which the ordinary taxpayer swill now have to make up. Complained Sen. George Aikon, R-Vt., wearily: "We have before us a 231-page tax .bill, most of which we saw for the first time at 10 o'clock this morning. There is an 80-page report accompanying the bill. I have not had the time to know what this tax bill contains. "I have noticed that many of the provisions are retroactive to last January and that most Algono, (la.) Upper De* Moinet Tu««doy, Nov. 1, 1966 of the other provisions take ef- feet upon passage of the bill. 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