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Thursday, March 7, 1968
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WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON- There've been two major developments in the 1968 political picture: First, the Republican nomination has become worth something. Hitherto the odds have been against any Republican being able to beat President Johnson. With the war going badly in Vietnam, with more men being sent overseas, with higher taxes certain, the odds have changed. LBJ now looks beatable. Second, despite Nixon's head start, .Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York can definitely win the GOP nomination if he chooses to do what's necessary. Rockefeller does not have to challenge Nixon in the primaries; delegates garnered in primaries do not determine the candidate. What does win is hard infighting behind the scenes, tying up delegates by promises, threats, whatever is necessary to keep them in line. This means work, organization, money. And Rocky has a tremendous financial and political empire which can do this for him. The Chase Manhattan Bank, headed by his brother David, can exert terrific pressure - if it wants to. So can other Rockefeller friends in the Eastern GOP power establishment. It was the Rockefellers, U.S. Steel, the Mellon interests, and the Du Ponts who switched delegates from Sen. Robert Taft to Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. They can do it for Nelson Rockefeller. Rocky doesn't usually work that way. He also has not been enthusiastic about getting the nomination, partly because his divorce might be used against him, partly because he wouldn't relish losing to LBJ. But his relatives and friends may get it for him. Thus the Republican nomination has become a horse race, with the odds against Rocky and on LBJ shortening simultaneously. - o - - DEMOCRATIC OUTLOOK - The Democratic analysts, of course, have a different view. They are telling the President that despite the Vietnam war, the civil rights strife, riots in the cities and crime in the streets, he really has nothing to worry about; that he will be re-elected. They advised him before Gov. Romney withdrew from the race that his opponent probably will be Nixon; that neither Nixon nor the Republican platform will be able to offer the voters new and appealing answers to any of the nation's major problems, and that, unless upset, by new violence in the cities, the electorate will not change horses in midstream. In their analysis they stressed the makeup of the electorate. It is increasingly urban. The farm population and farm issues are declining in importance. And they insisted that though Negroes are voting more, in both the North and South, the theory that Negroes or any other ethnic group can swing the election is a myth- even if they vote as a bloc, which they do not do. They said the Vietnam war is not likely to be a critical issue, not because of lack of concern but because no likely Republican candidate has any real alternative policy. But racial problems, crime, and especially riots are the kind of issues which can switch voters out of their traditional voting patterns and therefore must be handled carefully. Thus, the analysts said, the composition of the electorate must be weighed carefully in reaching decisions on what to do if crises arise in the months just allead. They argued that the electorate as a whole is white, middle- aged (with women prone to vote more conservatively than men) and prosperous. Such voters react strongly against violence and street crimes; if the administration acts firmly against them, it will win votes. Similarly, if hippies and their ilk disrupt the Democratic or Republican conventions by violent or disorderly anti-war demonstrations, it's figured this also will swing support to LBJ. However, if Nelson Rockefeller should become the GOPnominee, the Democratic calculations may be off. What they may be overlooking is that while the Republicans have no drastic alternatives to administration policies, the public may well believe that Rockefeller - on his record in New York - would do the job better. - o- - CRIME IN THE STREETS - The effectiveness of the crime in the streets report by the President's commission will depend, first, on how much money the administration is willing to spend; second, on the degree of cooperation it gets from J. Edgar Hoover. On point one, the administration is hard pressed for cash, probably will not put up much money in view of the war drain on the budget. On point two, J. Edgar Hoover has long waged a sub rosa cam- paign to keep all crime fighting in his hands. In the new crime bill he has demanded the right to train all city police, which Attorney General Ramsey Clark claims is impossible. It would make for too much centralization and too much work for the FBI. Hoover has also opposed an Institute for Crime, to revise and modernize police methods. He's been conducting a bitter feud with the International Association of Police Chiefs over jurisdiction and has demanded that Quinn Tamm, executive of the IAPC, be fired. However, Hoover will give reluctant support to the crime commission report. - o - -MORE INFLATION - You can expect both more inflation and probably increased taxes as a result of our military setbacks in Vietnam. Gen. Westmoreland's request for at least 100,000 troops will increase the Johnson budget by around $10 billion; also accelerate draft calls. It has also induced Chairman Wilbur Mills, D-Ark., of the House Ways and Means Committee, to indicate he may finally relent and pass an income tax surcharge. - o- WHITE HOUSE PARTIES There has been a lot ol criticism around the country that people were dancing in the White House when other people's sons were dying in Vietnam. There has also been criticism because the President's son-in- law, Capt. Charles Robb of the Marine Corps, was going to gay parties in New York and Washington when other people's sons were being rushed to Vietnam. Last week the White House staged a fashion show for the first time in history, and while it was explained that this was for the purpose of helping a very important industry, namely, women's clothes, nevertheless the net political effect was not good. As a result, you can look for the White House to curtail its social functions after Capt. Robb departs for Vietnam on schedule at the end of this month. There will still be dinners and receptions for heads of state and other dignitaries, but unnecessary social entertainment will be definitely reduced. - o - ANTI-THffiU SENTIMENT SAIGON - Angry resentment is boiling up here against President Nguyen Van Thieu who, less than six months after his election, is In deep political trouble. The betting In this coup- conscious country is that he will never finish his four-year term. The muttering against Thieu has been heightened by the jarring Viet Cong attacks on several key South Vietnamese cities right under the nose of his government. But there is also growing disillusion over his failure to carry out social reforms. The anti- Thieu talk comes from four general sources: 1. The Young Turks in the South Vietnamese army, most of them officers of middle rank, are restive under the leadership of commanders who continue to be selected more for their political connections than their military ability. 2. The public also has become increasingly cynical over Thieu's failure to clean up corruption and introduce reforms. Many Vietnamese who voted for Thieu have given up hope that he will be any better than his predecessors who seized power. S.American Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker has pressed President Thieu to adopt a socio-poli- tical program that will present the Vietnamese people with an alternative to the revolution offered by the communists. But the results have been discouraging. Thieu seems more preoccupied with petty rivalries than with solving his country's problems. 4. Thieu has also lost the respect of other Asian leaders. - o- - TALKS BUT DOESN'T ACT- South Vietnam's officialdom increasingly is choosing sides between President Thieu and Vice President Ky. As front man for the four area warlords, Thieu has become the defender of the present order. He gives Up service to reforms but never puts them into effect. Ky's quarrel with Thieu is probably more personal than ideological. Periodically he storms off In a pique over some presidental affront, real or imagined, sometimes staying away from his office for days at a time. As Thieu's leading opponent, however, Ky has suddenly become the champion of reform. Inevitably, the top Americans in South Vietnam have become drawn into the feud. The American generals, having developed a close working relationship with the South Vietnamese generals, Thursday, March 7, 1968 Alflona (la.) Upper De« MoifiW-3 side with the Thieu clique. Behind the scenes, they have helped to sabotage reforms, particularly reforms that would alter the South Vietnamese military structure and curb the four warlords. The U. S. generals, for example, are suspicious of Ky's efforts to shake up the South Vietnamese army. They are responsible, after all, for organizing and training the South Vietnamese army along conventional lines. Ky and the reformers contend that the army should be overhauled and whipped into a mobile, swift-striking, counter-insurgency force. - o - - NO MATCH FOR GUERRILLAS - However, several top civilians in General William Westmoreland's command vigorously agree with the reformers. They point out that a conventional army, following the tactics taught at West Point, has been unable to cope with the elusive guerrilla style of warfare. "We have assembled more firepower in Vietnam," one contended, "than we used to crush Germany in World War fl. Yet the Viet Cong slipped around our great military compounds, crept in the back door, shot up Saigon and, for a few hours, occupied part of the American Embassy." This was evidence, he suggested, that we are "fighting the wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place." He pleaded that mobility was more important than firepower in seeking out and destroying the guerrillas. "The Special Forces," he said, "have learned how to fight the guerrillas, but they are treated like outcasts by our Army." READER COMMENT APPRECIATE NEWS Algona Upper Des Moines Algona, Iowa 50511 Gentlemen: The members of the Burt Methodist church appreciate the fine publicity that your newspaper has given all church affairs. Sincere thanks for your church page and for the good coverage of all church news. Sincerely, Mrs. Dean Andrews Sec. of Official Board Burt Methodist Church BUJINEtf PERJOrtALITIES AND VIKING OIL CO. GASOLINE AND FUEL OIL Wl GIVE GOLD BOND er KINO KORN STAMPS BULK DELIVERY SERVICE Station and Bulk Plant North Milwaukee Depot »»•»»•»•*•••»»••••»»••e•••»••< BUILDING MATERIALS OF ALL KINDS AND TYPES • For Ifcmtdellnf, Modoraiilaf o For Farm k Home BniUUaf • For Ready-Mixed Concrete COWAN CORP. Phone 295-5266 AND PATRONIZf CARGILL INC. Buyers & Sdlers of All Grain* • 0«t our bide en your grain b«foi« you Mil. • PwUral Lle«ni»d Storage Warehouse. Dal* Klelngartner or Corwln C. Peer 419 t. Phillip* St. . Ph. 295-2741 '. "WE HAVE A TRADE THAT SERVICE MADE' BENWIBBEN Building Contractor All Types Building — Farm and Town 122 South Jtockart, Algeria Phone 295-2M5 (Please Call After 6:00 P.M.) M» "HOMEBUILDING IS OUR SPECIALTY" Well Appreciate a Chance \6 Estimate Without Obligation on any Town or*-Farm Construction, TIETZ CONSTRUCTION CO. Phone 295-5577 ALGONA, IOWA DIAL 295-5240 ALGONA PLUMBING & HEATING Algona SERVICE IJx-NKil BULK STATION lYlPUll SERVICE PHILLIPS & MCGREGOR STREETS ALGONA; IOWA JIM SLOTER, OWNER Your Banking Needs SAFE • CONFIDENTIAL Serving and Growing with the Community IOWA STATE BANK ALGONA'S HOMf-OWNID BANK MAJOR HOME APPLIANCES * General Electric * Zenith TV's * Maytag * Packard-Bell * Hoover Washers NORTH IOWA APPLIANCE CENTER 310 E. State Algona/ la, ALGONA PLUMBING & HEATING is conveniently loctaed at 214 East State St., next to The Algcna Theatre with the result that folks can now inspect various types of heating, plumbing and auxiliary kitchen equipment right on our floor. The business, established in 1950, has enjoyed a consistent, growth. Air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sheet metal work, kitchen installations, dehumidifers are all parts of the general service offered by Algona Plumbing & Heating, and they also operate an electric sewer-rooter service. Remodeling work as well as new installations are a firm specialty. ^ The covered van, pictured here, is but one of several that carry hundreds of tools and supplies, saving time and travel on a service call. Recently, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Oakland, who established the business here in 1950, were joined in partnership by Ray Sewick, who had been connected with the operation for'the past 14 years, and is no newcomer and is well versed in all phases of the plumbing-heating and allied services. Mr. and Mrs. Oakland, and Mr. Sewick, invite you to drop in anytime at their handy downtown location, where their floor displays may help you to decide on general home improvements. Our phone number is 295-5240. •••••••+• Moving. Storage , Crating W« Move Household Goods Anywhere Fully Insured - New, Modern Storage Warehouse All Types Crating - Phone 295-2275 POST Transfer & Storage Algona Implement Co. •V*HHMMU FARM EQUIPMENT • FARM SERVICE ! MOTOR TRUCKS HOME APPLIANCES Phone 295-3501 1407 Commercial St, ERNIE WILLIAMS Your John Deere Headquarter! In Algona "The Quality Name In Farm Equipment" last of Algona on Highway II 1 Jo Phillips ft. Cook & Heat with THERMOGAS The Preferred L-P. Gas BOTTLE ANP BULK SALES GAS APPLIANCES THERMOGAS CO, of Algona Phone 395-9141 Algona ALGONA PLUMBING & HEATING THE FINEST IN PLUMBING AND HEATING EQUIPMENT t Kotuer, rtheera £ Crane Fiittires t Rheem H*t WsW heakn. . , t , . . t BrnMr Witw • Lu*-Alre tad American Standard Fur- Softenert. naces and Air C»ndltU>uU>g. t Electric 8ew. • IN5lNKEnATOR'qirta|e Pis|K»Ml Units PHONf 295*5240 IN ALGONA

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