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Editorial-Opinion Page Th« Public Merest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4A · SUNDAY, MAY 19, 1974 Postal Economies H ave Political Tinge The Decision Not To Debate The BIG DEBATE between Sen. Bill Fulbright and Gov. Dale Bumpers, never did strike us as likely. And the reason is as plain'as the smile on Mr. Bumpers' face. The governor would have considerable to lose and very little to gain by such a confrontation, particularly when one considers that Sen. Fulbright, who issued a challenge, would have had a lot more to gain than lose. Gov. Bumpers poses as a reasonably decent, conscientious public servant, and things being MORE equal, he might well have opted for the debate. After all, protective ground rules could have avoided some o£ the pitfalls such an encounter would necessarily involve. Had the governor been facing an equally inexperienced opponent, rather than a veteran of 30 years in the Senate, he might well have okayed a face-to-faee debate, also. But one simple fact that the governor couldn't get away from, in pondering the decision, is that he just doesn't have the knowledge, experience and background to debate congressional service -- which is what the race is all about -- with Sen. Fulbright. Four years of trying to evade the tough issues in the Arkansas statehouse is poor training for a debate with one of the keen minds on the world stage today. So the decision, for practical purposes^ was easy. But a coin has two sides, and in making one decision (he governor must now face the consequence of NOT debating. The question now is how this side of the coin will affect the balance of the campaign. Obviously Sen. Fulbright intends to make a point of Bumpers' refusal to debate. There are, of course, many reasons why the governor might have made his decision, but his public excuses ring a bit hollow, it seems to us, and the inference is awfully easy to draw that he made the decision mostly on the basis of hard political logic: It was not to his advantage to debate. It is in this decision, then, that a good many Arkansas voters may suddenly discover a facet of the governor that heretofore has been fairly well obscured -- the fact that he is more the strategic politician than the moral one. The strategic politician devotes his energies to manipulating issues rather than discussing them; he lacks long-range perspective; he temporizes; he dispersonalizes bis opponents, and resists any show of sentiment for custom, law or tradition (elements which also are subject to constant manipulation); and he keeps his options and his loyalties open. The danger for the public in endorsing the strategic politician is that the whole pattern of manipulation is, in effect, a degeneration of representative government. Mr. Bumpers doesn't want to debate Mr. Fulbright, he says, because he doesn't want the campaign to become a public argument. His clinical detachment from the real issues, in this statement, is arresting. Sen. Fulbright responds that he sees a political campaign as a public argument between rival candidates. The senator's passion and sentiment show through. His is the moral response. He is deeply, personally concerned with discussing rival qualifications. Politics, to the senator, is an act of faith and affection. Not something to merely be maneuvered for best effect. By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- At th« Instigation of the White House, Postmaster General Ted Klassen held off postal rate increases during the 1972 campaign in order to avoid stirring up voter discontent against President Nixon. Instead, Klassen cut back on postal workers and caused a slowdown of the mails. This developed into a mail debacle after the election, with Christmas deliveries stacked up days behind schedule and · postmasters all over the country dumping mail on each other. Yet when Klassen was hauled before the Senate Post Office Committee in early 1973 to explain the postal foul-up, he blamed it all on his zeal to cut costs. He deliberately mis- let! the Senate by failing to mention the deal he had made with the White House to slash the postal force rather than raise postage prices. K l a s s e n played political pattyeake with the President's campaign aides, despite the fact that the Postal Service has been reorganized as an independent agency for the specific purpose of removing it from politics. In (lie past, the Post Office had often operated as a political arm of the President. But under Ihe reorganization, it was supposed to be totally free of White House control, much less political influence. The story of how Klassen put politics ahead of postal service The Washington Merry-Go-Round What Others Say MR. FULBRIGHT: In the preface to a 1063 collection of speeches, tellers and papers of Senator J. William Fulbright: "The nation is Lippmann wrote of Senator Fulbrifght; "The nation is greally in his debt. The role he plays in Washington is an indispensable role. There is no one else who is. s o powerful, and also so wise, and if there were any question of removing him from public life it would be a national calamity." Times have changed, but there still is much validity in what Mr. Lippmann said a decade ago. Tlie Senator continues to perform an indispensable national role as chairman of the Foreign Relations C o m m i t t e e . H i s sound judgment and sane appraisal of things as Ihey are hava moved him lo oppose, for example, prolongations of the Vietnam War and swollen presidential power, and have prompted him often to assume public positions t h a t were more right and courageous than popular. The Senator's record on foreign affairs both helps and hurs him hack home, where he is presently horns; seriously challanged in the May 28 Democratic primary by Dale Bumpers, the state's popular young Governor. Yet Mr. Fulbricht has served Arkansas well, as its citizens wisely agreed when Ihey elected him five times to the Senate following his one term in the House. Mr. Fulbright h a s faced election challenges before, but he has not recently had an opponent quite as able and progressive as Gov. Bumpers. The Senator's record is a compelling reason to return him to Washington, however, for as the voters must, recognize. Mr. Bumpers cannot match Mr. Fulbright's influence, prestige and value to his country as well as to his slate. Mr. Fulbright should be overwhelmingly re- nominatort by his party and returned to the Senate for another term. -- St- Louis Post-Dispatch LESSON'S ON LETTERS Arkansas Rep. Bill Alexander may have trouble convincing people that the U.S. Postal Service's project to inslrucl schoolchildren on how lo send mail is just a scheme to promote the service at taxpayer expense. As Rep. Alexander himself observed, the Postal Service is monopolistic in nature. There's no logical motive for being t h a t promotion-minded. On the other hand, unless the postmaster general can show that teaching third, fourth and f i f t h graders how to addvess and m a i l letters will help reduce the service's operating expenses, taxpayers will have good cause to question the expenditure of nearly half a million dollars on an "educational" project. Some may even wonder if the money wouldn't be better spent on in-house t r a i n i n g . - Charleston (S.C.) News and Courier TAX RKKUNDS HIGHER A sagging U.S. Economy is getting a bigger shot in the arm than usual from federal income tax refunds. The Internal Revenue Service reports that refunds this year are bigger t h a n ever. So far, nearly $4.9 billion has been disbursed, compared to the $3.3 billion which had been relumed at this time last year. The average refund is $36fi, 5 per cent more t h a n last year's $350 average. By the time the refunds have all been passed out, IRS expects to have paid out some $25 billion, which would be S3 billion more than last year. The refunds will, of course, give consumers a little extra money to spend and perhaps boost the economy. It can use all the help it can get. - Bealmont (Tex.) Journal Bible Verse "And in hell' he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom." Luke 16:23 This is the story of a rich man, a beggar, burial and bars facts about eternity. It also points up the great truth that it is easy to be buried in things a long time before death, and that a lot of people won't wake- up until it is too late. "Today is the day of Salvation. "Seek ye the Lord while He may b« found." "Call ye upon Him while He is near." "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up inlo heaven, and sal on the righl hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs f o l l o w i n g . Amen." M a r k 16:19.20 "These signs shall follow them that believe!" When the Word is preached and the Saviour is exalted, the signs will follow. God will honor His Word all we have to do is extend it as far and as fast as we can. Holding forth th« Word of Life." They'll Do It Every Time oirRrra? uts cow*n/ TEAM « THE BEST UNIFORMS POSSIBLE-- And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold tue place where they laid him." Mark 16:6 The empty lomb may still be a shock lo many, but the truth of it all is that He was who He said He was . . · and "He ever liveth." "Because I live ye shall live also." "But God commendetn his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Komans 5:8 God doesn't do things for us because we are good, but because He is God . . . and God is love, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whalsoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life." "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into th» heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Jov« him." 1 Corinthians 2:9 We keep making the mistake of thinking that everything the Lord has prepared for us is to be enjoyed in the life to come. How wrong we are! Good things of God axe waiting for IB now. All we need to do is claim them. True there will he plenty to come, but we can also enjoy His abundant supply in the her« and now. is told In a Kcret White House memo. He was summoned before John Ehrlichman, t h e n , the White House domestic chief. The secret meeting w a s also attended by White House efficiency expert Fred Malek, whose Job was to gear government action to getting President Nixon re-elected. Reporting on the meeting in an April 17, 1972. memo, Malek described a plan to "cut the summer employment program and put a freeze on hiring" at the Postal Service. This would save the money that otherwise would have necessitated a rate rise, it was agreed. "It was the combined judgment of the assembled group,'* wrote Malek. that this "course of action was within the range of political acceptability." He reported that "the freeze on hiring should result in a reduction by attrition of 5.000 to 6.000 employes per month for the next 5-6 months." While he realized this "substantial number" would cut into services, he argued this "would seem preferable to a rate increase." Malek suggested another meeting "in about thre months to assess progress and to determine actions and their political consequences." Three months later, the hiring frce/c had crippled the Postal Service, mail deliveries were bogging down and Klassen was m a k i n g speeches about how he was cutting costs. fie didn't mention that the §ole purpose of his economies was to prevent a postage stamp increase, which postal technicians wanted in January 1973. Under the law, this would have required an announcement a few weeks before the November 1972 election. Of course, the price of mailing a first class letler has now gone up from eight to 10 cents. Footnote: Malek told us he "attended the (secret) meeting as an observer, just to learn what the postal plans were." A spokesman for Klassen told my associate Les Whitten that Klasscn had actually blocked a White House move to add extra summer workers and had decided on the freeze well b e f o r e t h e controversial meeting with Ehrlichman a_nd Malek. The spokesman denied Klassen's actions were designed to further the Nixon campaign. W A S H I N G T O N WHIRL: Richard Sprague. the crusading U.S. attorney who believes in going a f t e r the top man in a criminal conspiracy, successfully prosecuted former mine workers boss Tony Boyle for murder. Now Snrague has finished reading [he While House transcripts. His case against Boyle, he told us, wasn't as strong as the evidence implical- ing President Nixon in the Watergale coverup...The White "We Deplore The Vicious Reports About The Presidential Remarks We Refuse To Disclose" A 'Separation' Of church And state House is obstructing the S*nat« Watergate Committee's investigation of presidential pal Beb» Rcbozo. Aides have ptoduced written authority from the President, claiming executive privilege and directing them not to testify about crucial matters.' The President^ secretary, Rosa Mary Woods, and brothers, Donald and Edward, have also delayed responding to Senate subpoenas. Apparently, the White House strategy is to hold back until the committee goej out of business next May 28. Rep. Otto Passman, D-La.. the old House curmudgeon.- offered to bet anyone at Diiku Ziebert's restaurant $5,000 lh« other night that the House won't impeach President Nixon. Passman told us afterwards that h» was joshing, that he wouldn't bet more than 35 cents on anything. But he swore, sans $5,000. that the President will b» exonerated...The White House placed an order a few days ago for electronic parts suitable for tape recorders or other electronic devices. But the parts, unhappily, will arrive too late to correct the inaudibles and uninlelligibles in the famous While House transcripts... A secret White House.memo shows (hat not all civil servants caved in to the pressure of President Nixon's aggressive campaign aides in 1972. When aide David Cahill tried to put the bile on Cost of Living official Dick Cheney for campaign funds, Cheney was so irritated that he complained to Nixon campaign headquarters. 'Dick fell someone should be aware of this activity," dates the memo. Alice Goes To A D.C. By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- In the minds of most Americans the term "politician" has always been a bad word, so it is all the more remarkable that in the present crisis over Watergate it is our political leaders, rather than our religious leader's, who are taking the lead and standing up for morality in government. Compare the comment of Sen. Hugh Scott (R-Pa.) ,th« Senate Republican leader, with the statement of the Rev. Father John McLaughlin, the Jesuit priest who is a special assistant to President Nixon. This is only one example, but it if an eloquent one. To Sen. Scott, as to a number of other prominent politicians who have been speaking up on the White House Watergate tapes, the transcripts portrayed "deplorable, disgusting, shabby, immoral performances" by the President and his chief aides. To Father McLaughlin. on the other hand, any conclusion that the transcripts show any immorality "is erroneous, unjust and contains elements of hypocrisy." On balance, he says. Mr. Nixion "acquitted himself throughout these discussions with honor." Dr. McLaughlin. a former associate editor of the Jesuit weekly publication, America, is the priest who recently told a Republican rally in Arizona that historians would regard Mr. Nixon as "the greatest moral leader of the last third of thii century." .. WHERE DOES thit leave Pope Paul VI, th» head of Father McLaughlrn'i church? Many other Jesuits would not put the Pope second to Mr. Nixon in th« realm of morality. When doc* it feav* tto Km. Billy Graham, who is generally looked on as the President's principal spiritual mentor? Publication of the tape transcripts has not inspired the Rev. Mr .Graham to defend Ihe President as extravagantly as Dr. McLaughlin, but he is sure Mr. Nixon will "do what he thinks best to protect the Presidency and the country." The Lord, the Rev. Mr. Graham says, "is listening all the time." The Lord, he adds, "has got His tape recorder going from the time you're born until you die. He not only knows what you say, but your thoughts and intents. And all these are going to be brought to light in the judgment." Perhaps, but in the short run they won't be very helpful to the House Judiciary Committee which is handling the impeachment proceedings. "We ought to pray for the Judiciary Commillee," Mr. Graham says, "that God will give it wisdom." But Mr. Graham does not pray that Mr. Nixon advance the wisdom of the committee by supplying it with the additional tapes it needs to make a just decision. It is only fair to note that here and there some church leaders have spoken differently, notably the archbishop of Los Angeles. Timothy Cardinal Manning, who said, "I'm worried about the country. Very worried . The great tragedy of it is the raising of the 'great lie, 'that it's all right to do It but 'don't get caught.' " 'On the whole, however, the leadership of the U.S. religious establishment has been, to say the least, sluggish in responding to the recent Watergate developments. No ringing «tat«- ments have come from the Protestant National Council of Churches or from the U.S. Catholic Conference, Uw official agency of 300 American bishops. The latter group has forthrightly condemned govern- menls that violate h u m a n righls (HS in Chile), but it has not yet spoken out on the governmental delinquencies revealed by the Watergate lanes. In contrast, even the practical politicians who head up t h e President's own party have not hesitated to raise the moral issue. Rep. John Rhodes (R- Ariz.). Ihe House Republican leader, says he "would not quarrel" with Sen. Scott's condemnation of the "immoral performances" revealed by the White House transcripts. Rep. John B. Anderson (R- 111.). chairman of the House Republican Conference, sees the President as "totally lacking in moral sensitivity." Sen. Marlow Cook (R-Ky.) was shocked by the "moral turpitude" disclosed in the White House conversations. Secretary of the Interior Rogers Morton, a former chairman of the GOP National Committee, is troubled by the "breakdown in our ethics of government." S e n . Lowell Wcickcr (R-Conn.) thinks the lapc.s have taken "the office of the Presidency and put it right inlo Ihe gutter." Although Father McLaughlin was an associate editor of America, his whitewash of Mr. Nixon was not reflected in an editorial published in the Jesuit magazine last July at the peak of the Senate WatergaU hearings. "It is all too obvious." America said, "that blackmail, invasion of privacy, bribery, perjury, defamation of character ali Involve moral values. Yet one of the chilling revelation* has been the complete absence of moral concern at any stage of the conspiracy." .. (C) 1174, Los A*«etes Tinwi Briefing By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- Alice was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue when the March Har» asked her, "How would you lika to go to a White House press briefing?" "What's a White House press briefing?" Alice asked. "That is where they deny what they have already told you, which is tire only reason it could be true," the March Hare said. "It sounds like fun." Alic* said. The March Hare brought Alice into the press room. A chess pawn was standing at a podium. "Who is that?" Alice asked. "That is the press secretary. He talks in riddles. Listen." "Why are transcripts better than lanes?" the press secretary asked. "I don't know the answer to that one," Alice said to the March Hare. "Why are Iran- scripls better lhan lapes?" sha shouled lo everyone's surprise. The press secretary looked at her with cold blue eyes. "I refuse to comment on that." ALICE LOOKED confused. "Why did he ask us a riddle if he can't give an answer to H?" The March Hare said. "They don't tell him Ihe answers: they just give him the riddles." "What a stupid thing," Alice said. "Why is everyone writing in their notebooks?" "They write down everything he says even though they don't believe him." "Wily don't they believe him?" Alice asked. "Because he makes things up. He has to or there would b« no reason to have a briefing." The press secretary spoke again. "All Ihe evidence is in and it proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the king is innocent of all crimes, ergo, ergo ergo, et cetera." "But what about the evidenc* the king refuses lo turn over to the committee'.'" a dormousa asked. ' "That is not evidence," ths press secretary replied. "If there was further evidence lo prove the king guilty, he would have gladly given it to Ihi committee. The fact that he hasn't turned it over menaa regretfully there is none. It'» as simple as that." "It doesn't sound very sitnplt to me," Alice said. "WHY CAN'T WE hear all the tapes," the Mock Turlli asked, "so we can decide for ourselves who is innocent and who is guilty?" The press secretary replied; "If you heard the tapes it would only prove the innocent ar« guilty and the guilty are mnn- cenl and it would serve no pur: pose but to confuse you. Besides what you would hear is not what you have read and what you have read is not what you would hear, so it's better not to hear what cannot be read. Isn't that perfectly clear?" "I feel J'm back at the Mad Hatter's tea party," Alice said.. "Now I will give you somi important news today." the press secretary said. "This is on the record. 'Twas brillig and the slilhy tovet did gyre and gimble in the wabe: Al] mimsy were the borogoves, and th« room* raths out grabe." Everyone wrote it down. "What did he »ay?" Alice ·sked. "Nothing." the March Har» replied. "He'i just stalling until he can go to lunch." (C) 1974, LM AifCtet Tinei

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