Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 21, 1974 · Page 9
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 9

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 21, 1974
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10 Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Aug. 21, 1974 FAYETTKVIULl. ARKANSAS Kissinger Is Expected To Be The Only Holdover By R.ICHAKD J. MALLOY 'TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- There will be no surprises ; n the new administration of President Gcr- altl It. Ford. ' I'Tlie policies and operations of tlie Ford Administration will be as simple, as straightforward and as traditional as the new president himself. -·That was the picture which emerged in talks with Mr. Ford's closest advisors and intimates who are assisting him during this period of transition. ' These sources, who asked not Co be identified but who are at the highest level here, drew {Bis picture of what the American people can expect: ·---The removal by the end of this year of all federal officials, with'the exception of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who played prominant roles in the Nixon Administration. --A sharp reduction in the size and power of the White House staff and a corresponding shift of power to Cabinet officers and agency heads. ----Orthodox Republican stress on holding down federal spending, but not at the expense of politically popular programs such as National Health Insurance. --Continuous consultation; with congressmen, business, labor, consumers and others; in formulating new policies. While President Ford, as one of his first official acts, requested all members of the Nixon Administration to remain on the job, he doesn't want or expecl fiost of them to remain, dbrding to sources close to the Ercsident. ; Advisors working with . l»ini during the transition period wil give him a report today with their recommendations on the future shape of the White House staff and the permanent Ford Cabinet. _ "We told him that all visible Symbols of the old Nixon White House have got to go," saic qpe of these advisors. This wil tpean the prompt departure o such, men as Roy Ash, the for Tiler head of Litton Industries who heads the Office of Man afeement and Budget. " Mr. Ford also will be urgec tp put his own appointees in k;ey cabinet positions, , and Wholesale cabinet shifts, are expected before the end of the year. Weak and faceless men, of the type who head the Commerce Department and the Transportation Department, \till depart. So will \controversial figures associated with I^ixon policies such as Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz and ttEW Secretary Casper Weinberger. : Many of the new cabinet appointees are likely to be drawn from the ranks of Congress and be men and womeii Mr. Ford has worked with, - k.nows and trusts. - At the start of his second '. term, Richard M., Nixon named t~o second-level positions throughout the government men drawn from his White House · staff or the Committee for the He-Election of the President. "They really run the departments, the cabinet members frgureheads," said one Ford . advisor. "-All of these functionaries will be dumped. There will be a decentralization of the decision- making process in the Ford Administration, with new cabinet a p p o i n t e e s reasserting t h e strong traditional role which Department, beads have played in the federal government. ' In the process the , swollen White House staff, now numbering more than 500 people, will Be cut in half. J In arriving at new policies, llr. Ford will follow a course of seeking the widest possible ' Advice and discussion of various alternatives in public before coming up with a proposed solution. . ; Meeting during his first week ' with local "government officials, he made clear that will be his approach in trying to grapple 'Trainer Named SEATTLE (AP) -- Eddie Futch. trainer and manager for former world heavyweight box- in'g champion Joe Frazier. has been named trainer for Boone "Boom Boom" Kirkman. 'Kirkman is trying for a comeback after being defeated by technical knockout in his laat two outings. ith Inflation, the top domestic oncern of Ihc Ford Adminis- ration. "I have been reading docu- nents by economists about how o atlack inflation," tie told one ocal official. "The trouble is hat they don't agree among hemselves on the answer." Thus Mr. Ford will preside ver a public summit confer- ence on' inflation next month, to get advice from all sides before coming up with a plan to curb rising prices. On spending. Mr. Ford has clearly signaled his approach. He told Congress the $20 billion program to help cities start and operate mass transit systems is just too expensive. He will veto the bill, unless the amount of money is trimmed back sharply, the President said. Yet at the same time, recognizing there is a public and congressional consensus on the need for National Health Insurance,- Mr. Ford in his address to a joint session of Congress said that it is one bill he wants passed before Congress adjourns in October. Such a pro- gram will be expensive, running SB to $15 billion annually, but Mr. Ford is aware of the need and demand for improved health care. In running his administration, Mr. Ford will surround himself with men and women who, like the President himself, are solid and competent, but without flair or pretension. Initial appointments are in lhat mold; a savvy but low key ex-congressman from Virginia as a presidential counselor, his old law partner from Grand Rapids, Mich, as the top White House lawyer, two journeymen newsmen from the Detroit News as his top press team. The elaborate ceremonies and imperial trappings which cha- racterized tlie Nixon Administration have already vanished from the Ford White House. 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