The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 31, 1967 · Page 17
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 17

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 31, 1967
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4~AI0«na (la.) Upper D«t M«in«t Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1967 WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON- It has become the talk of the Capitol cloak rooms that Speaker John McCormack may have to be removed from the House leadership. More in sorrow than anger, Democratic Congressmen are whispering that his faltering leadership could hurt their prospects in the 1968 election. Before the opening gavel fell, Republican Leader Gerald Ford had taken the ball away from McCormack and is now calling the signals in the House. The aging Speaker, gray and guant, put up a hopeless battle behind closed doors to save Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, D-N.Y., from losing his seat. Wnen colleagues warned that Powell would be slapped down, McCormack scoffed : "You don't think for a moment that a majority of the House would vote to unseat a duly elected member, do you ?" The overwhelming vote against Powell indicates that McCormack has lost touch with the mood of the members. This could be disastrous in the world's foremost political arena. Congressmen are talking about his "lack of awareness," his "seeming indifference" to the serious issues. His biggest concern seems to be the remodeling of the Capitol building's west front, a project that he has been trying to ram through Congress. His only message to fellow Congressmen this year has been a letter urging them to inspect a model of the architect's plan. There hasn't beon a word from McCormack about the hot political issues that face the 90th Congress. - o - THREE SOUTHERN GOVERNORS- Three interesting governors have now taken office in three states of the Deep South-Lester Maddox, the axe-handle-wlelder, in Georgia; Mrs. Lurleen Wallace, charming stand-in for her segregationist husband, in Alabama; and Claude Kirk, the first Republican governor elected in Florida since 1872. What they do will help decide the future of a two-party system in the South and whether a third party will defeat a Democratic President in 1968. I was in all three states about the time the new governors took office. Jn .Atlanta I watched Lester Maddox deliver his inaugural speech from the steps of the state Capitol where 1 had faced the Ku Klux Klan in an Atlanta radio broadcast 21 years ago. The Georgia National Guard was out last week to keep order. But it wasn't necessary. It frequently happens that when men are elevated to high position, the best in them comes forward; the worst is left behind. So it may be with Maddox. In Atlanta, the Capital of Coca Cola, it's axiomatic that "things go better with Coke." It's now said that things may not go better with Maddox, but perhaps they won't be too bad. - o - PRIVATE POLICE FORCE - In Tallahassee, the handsome DREW PEARSON new GOP governor o! Florida inaugurated the novel idea of a private police force to drive out crime and to be paid for by private persons. To do this he has selected the Wackenhut Detective Agency, whose stock immediately jumped up 25 per cent. Kirk's move is not unlike what another famous Republican, Warren G. Harding, did when he placed William J. Burns of the Burns Detective Agency in charge of the FBI. It was the Hirding scandals and the fact that Harding had a private agency probe them that led to making the FBI a supposedly non-political service under J. Edgar Hoover. Gov. Kirk's private police force raises the same problems as Richard Nixon's $18,000 personal expense fund, criticized because donors to his fund could expect more service from the Senator than the voters who elected him. Private police, likewise, might give more protection to the private companies than contribute to them. - o - - UNPREDICTABLE LURLEEN- In Alabama, the betting is about 40-60 that Lurleen Wallace will kick over the traces and do what she wants, not what her husband wants. Old-timers, such as ex- Congressman Frank Boykin of Mobile who is still faithfully proclaiming that "All is made for love" and enthusiastically ex- toling the vlrtures of his "Azalea City," is certain Lurleen will be a dutiful wife and governor. George will run the show. Others are not so sure. After all, Alabama is getting along pretty well in its race relations and many think that if Gov. Wallace hadn't fulminated so much they would solve their own problems. In Mobile, Negro employment is high. The labor unions are integrated, Birmingham has kicked out its police-dog-using commissioner, elected a new city council and has gone out of its way to heal old wounds. And if George Wallace didn't reach for so many headlines by suing Secretary of HEW John Gardner for $95,800,000 in welfare funds instead of making an honest effort to comply with the law, many Alabamans figure it would be better for their state. Maybe Lurleen will hunt for fewer headlines and more federal compliance. It remains to be seen. - o - -LBJ'S MESSAGES - Comments that LBJ'S State of the Union message was too long and that some Congressmen got tired of listening, inspired us to do some research. It didn't take any wiretapping or bugging to find that the President's message was 5,981 words long and that it lasted approximately one hour and 10 minutes. Of course part of this time was taken up with applause - exactly 47 interruptions. As to how long each interruption lasted, we could get no exact information, but probably averaged about 10 seconds. It was Sen. George Aiken, the gnarled Republican orchardist from Vermont, who, sitting in the front row, usually led the applause. Aiken comes from a state which has gone Republican oftener than any other in the Union, nevertheless he seemed to like what the Democratic President said. Bobby Kennedy, a Democratic Senator from N. Y., did not appear to like it so much. He did not applaud when the President came out vigorously against wiretapping. Further research disclosed the fact that the late John F. Kennedy's State of the Union messages had run longer than Johnson's 5,981 words - namely, 7,000 words in 1961, 7,500words in 1962 and 6,400 in 1963. His average was 6,967 words. - o - -IKE WAS WORDY Eisenhower was wordier. Dee delivered nine State of the Union messages for an average of 7,610 words. Johnson's average for four speeches has been 5,695. But Harry Truman, supposed to be a succinct guy, more adept at Missouri mule driver language than elopent oratory, topped them all. In Harry's first message in 1946, just after assuming the Presidency, he gave the Congress 24,000 words on the State of the Union. After this, Harry learned his lesson and dropped to 7,647 in 1947. When Eisenhower first assumed office in 1953, he bored Congress with a total of 10,812 words. Roosevelt's State of the Union messages were the shortest. They generally ran to around 3,000 to 4,000 words. His shortest was in 1934 - only 2,574; his longest was the last- 9,720 words, delivered in 1945, four months before he died. Notes Qf Servicemen fauffliiiniiiiimmiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiinntwim»im« U. S. ARMY, VIETNAM Army Private Thomas J. Miller 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Miller, Route 1, Burt, Iowa was assigned to the 41st Signal Battalion in Vietnam Jan. 8. Miller, a dial central officer repairman in the battalion, entered on active duty in April 1966 and was last staioned at Ft. Monmoutn, N. J. 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