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iii I Premier Richard Nixon's call for a "new American Revolution" in his State of the Union address is convincing proof that this nation no longer needs the outmoded two-party system. It is no longer necessary to change horses in the middle of the stream - or any place else. The voters can now sit astride the same animal for eight years and enjoy the benefits of a change in direction (from 90 to 180 degrees) at least once every two years. Our revolutionary leader recommended an expansionary budget featuring deficit spending to finance a federal-state revenue sharing plan, guaranteed health care, a $100 million drive to find a cancer cure, and proposals to check pollution and noise and to expand the nation's parks. We are still in a mild state of shock, so have appropriated the words of a great American - an admirer of Richard Nixon who is probably as close to him as any living American - to assess the State of the Union proposals. "We find lavish Federal spending pledged for present programs, plus a host of costly new programs, all sworn to be accomplished without refueling inflation or raising taxes. Every one of us, including the very men who wrote this ... know that this is plain nonsense. "We find promises of increased consumption, side by side with pledges that would increase production costs and thereby reduce markets. "We find a free economy promised but also pledges to thrust the power, direction, and influence of the Federal Government deep into the heart of our economic life. "We find ... federalism run rampant in nearly every significant area of local, state, and national life, ranging from housing to education to youth training to city administration to natural resources to labor management relations to agriculture - all floated on a sea of taxpayers' dollars. "It is a bureaucratic state platform - a centralization of Federal power platform - a series of pledges that in the aggregate would debilitate State and local government in America, weaken personal liberty, and expend for the individual, by Federal decision - or by inflation, funds he feels competent, and is competent, to expend himself. "In sum, it is a vote of lack of confidence in the individual and a distortion of our delicately balanced system of Federal, State, and local government." .~. ,i .... . "We've decided to help President Nixon stimulate the economy by spending as though you made $50,000 a year." The above words, assessing the Democratic party platform, were delivered in a speech in Roanoke, Virginia, on September 15, 1960, by Vice President Richard M. Nixon. He also had some additional choice comments to make that year about programs identical to his "new American Revolution." "'This is the best medicine-man show that ever came to BY: ROBERT C. CUMMINGS leaders in the House of probably the mutual savings town," he told an audience in Spokane. A lot of legislators are finding Representatives told a news institutions, are combining to ......... f~ult with the newDepartmentof coRference t~g~ all four were ~.~ppos,e ~eg~tion (HB 377), "~" t m friend~, ~ re~~J~qse ~ rneat~n ~ial and i'le~,,~tvi~*)~-~'~, sui~.~ f~e~al hi~,:~hieh i~vO~i~mit savings and~ BU Y used to come to town? They used to come in and, boy, created by the 1970 Legislature. court would rule the other waY) 'loan associations to engage in the they really sold that medicine for a while. It would cure anything, cure anything you imagined - snake bite, bronchitis, pneumonia, anything you wanted - same medicine; just a different label every time. "And the medicine man got away with it for awhile, but finally the truth began to catch up with him. The truth began to catch up, as the people found out that what he was selling didn't cure. In some instances it was a deadly poison - and believe me, that's exactly what my opponent's program is. It won't cure. It's a poison to the economic system of America. "You cannot spend $15 billion a year more paying for the promises my opponent has made - you cannot do that and balance the budget; and you cannot do it without raising taxes. You can't do those three things at the same time. Anybody who says you can is an economic ignoramus, and there's no question about it." He also made a comment to that 1960 Spokane audience that has proved accurate in light of his first two years in the White House. "I say that we cannot use the White House in these critical periods as a training school to give experience to a man at the expense of the American people." Our leader is a prophet in his own time. The question now, of course, is what Premier Nixon and his White House politburo will produce in 1972 to top this year's performance. Would you believe a switch from a police-action economy to a wartime economy to stimulate employment? This is the department which came into being through a merger of the Departments of Public Assistance, Institutions and Health. "Monstrosity" is one of the terms most commonly used. Validity of many of the complaints is open to question. Others might merit further study. But none lend themselves readily to snap judgment. The department probably will stand as presently constituted, despite some bills to amputate and restore independence to some divisions. The principal result of the criticism will be measured by its effect on other governmental reorganization bills which Gov. Dan Evans has submitted to the present session. Numerous legislators have become extremely wary of enacting any more reorganization legislation. Barnyard Law The House Committee on Revenue and Taxation is withholding action on a proposed constitutional amendment to lower the property tax limit until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on legality of the "60-40" provision. This is the provision which requires 60 per cent voter approval for a bond issue or special levy, and a 40 per cent voter turnout to validate the election. Though the Washington State Supreme Court has upheld constitutionality of the 60-40 requirement, the top_Republican Of the four, Speaker Tom Swayze, is a lawyer. The others, Majority Leader Stewart Bledsoe, Majority Caucus Chairman Irving Newhouse and Speaker Pro Tem Tom Copeland, are farmers. The spectre of a few initiatives to the Legislature possibly tying the hands of some future Legislature on a broad spectrum of legislation has been raised by Atty. Gen. Slade Gorton. This has strengthened determination of the House Republican leadership to raise the hurdles for qualifying initiatives to the Legislature. The present constitutional requirement is valid signatures representing 8 per cent of the vote cast in the last presidential election. This applies to both initiatives to the Legislature and initiatives to the people. Initiative 44, the tax-limit initiative, gathered about 20 per cent in about six weeks. But so far the law-makers haven't decided on how high to raise the hurdles. Figures have been mentioned as high as 50 per cent. But it would require a constitutional amendment, which first would have to get a two-thirds majority in both houses; then winapproval of the voters in the next election. If the figure is set too high, its chances would be in jeopardy. And any significant boost in the number of signatures required for initiatives to the people would be doomed from the start. Commercial banks, and installment loan business, and to offer checking account and trust services. The banks will argue that if the savings and loan institutions are to offer banking services they should be subject to the same regulations and taxes as commercial banks. Meanwhile, the banks appear to be headed for a battle among themselves over legislation, still to be introduced, which would offer "open" branch banking. The large national banks are pressing for the legislation. The state-chartered banks will oppose it. Under the existing law, a national bank may establish a branch outside its own service area only through purchase of an existing bank. Replay Possible A replay of the bitter floor battles waged during the fifties over off-street parking legislation may be precipitated by a bill which would authorize local governments to establish "parking and business improvement" districts. Such districts would be financed through assessments against businesses presumed to benefit, with the amount of assessment to be determined in relation to the amount of benefit. The bill (HB 365) would give the local legislative body sole authority to determine the amount of benefits, and assessments. Powers of eminent domain aren't included. Don't Bet on Gambling Don't bet on any form of gambling legislation passin$, this session of the Legislature, even if you can get special dispensation from the Attorney General, who says betting is illegal. There are two proposed constitutional amendments on the subject. One would simply repeal the anti-lottery clause in the constitution. The other, supported by Atty. Gen. Slade Gorton, would open the door to non-profit bingo and some other forms of fund-raising for charity, but would ban professional gambling. Both measures are in the Senate, where sentiment is sharply divided. As either would require a two-thirds majority, it is unlikely either will pass. Another Bridge to Cross Governor Evans' announcement of still another Cross-Sound transportation study, this is one to be conducted by the Highway Commission, is being received with mixed reaction by the Legislature. And speaking of politics, as late as a year ago, it seemed apparent that Governor Evans already was running for a third term. Now it seems equally apparent that he doesn't plan to try again. His legislative program and various other moves all seem to negate the idea of any attempt to upset the third-term jinx. He has admitted privately that he wouldn't let the governorship go to the Democrats by default. But he apparently believes there are other Republicans who can carry the banner successfully in 1972. On one of the busiest thoroughfares in the United States -- New York City's 42nd Street - the final step beyond total nudity in entertainment has now been taken. For the price of a movie ticket, customers can see in full color and on a large screen all the sexual variations of which human anatomy and ingenuity are capable. For those who feel the screen offerings are too pallid, any number of halls or auditoriums on the same street offer live performances. Reports from other cities indicate that New York is far from being unique in providing this form of entertainment. Defenders of the new trend argue that questions of morality are relative and that any adult should be allowed to see or do whatever his curiosity or needs demand. They contend there is no evidence to show that sex exhibitions are dangerously provocative or that they lead to random and irresponsible sexual behavior, This misses the point. It is possible to oppose censorship but still be severely critical of sex exhibitions - not because they lead to promiscuity or irresponsibility but because they lead to desensitization. The problem is not that they arouse lust but that they tend to produce impotence. By detaching sex from love, they separate sex from its basic sustaining power. In making sex mechanical, they contribute to the malfunctioning of the machine. By annihilating privacy, they rob sex of delight. Feelings are not merely bypassed; they are obliterated. The danger is not that the explotitation of sex may create sex fiends, but that it may spawn eunuchs. What is even worse, an infallible formula has apparently been found for making sex boring. People who insist on seeing everything and doing anything run the risk of feeling nothing. It is a serious error to suppose that the depersonalization of sex is unrelated to other things that are happening to the society. The propensity for violence, whether between individuals or nations; the decline of respect for life, whether as manifested by children's games and playthings or Pag? 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, February 4, 1971 the foreign policies and weapons of government; the casualness toward human hurt, as glamorized on twenty million television screens or as demonstrated at Mylai and in the search-and-destroy military policy in Vietnam; the craving for heightened experience, whether through pills or shots or smoke - all these are symptomatic of desensitization. What is most damaging of all is that the process itself obscures what Is ha enm so that our hi PP "g' k "ghest responses are being blunted without our nowing it. It is easy enough to be appalled by the reports of young Americans machine-gunning infants and other non-combatants at point-blank range in Vietnam; but where is our indignation OVer the authorized dropping of powerful explosives from the air on villages - or is it proper to kill babies so long as you don't see their faces? And what about the use of poison chemicals to condemn the land? The highest expression of civilization is not its art but the supreme tenderness that people are strong enough to feel and show toward one another. Art proceeds out of an exquisite awareness of life. The creative spirit and the compassionate spirit are not things apart but kindred manifestations of response to life. If our civilization is breaking down, as it appears to be, it is not because we lack the brainpower to meet its demands but because our feelings are being dulled. What our society needs is a massive and pervasive experience in re-sensitization. The first aim of education should not be to prepare young people for careers but to enable them to develop respect for life. Related lessons would be concerned with the reality of human sensitivity and the need to make it ever finer and more responsive; the naturalness of loving and the circumstances that enhance it or enfeeble it; the right to privacy as an essential condition of life; and the need to avoid the callousness that leads to brutalization. Finally, there is the need to endow government with the kind of sensitivity that makes life and all its wondrous possibilities government's most insistent concern. Norman Cousins in the Saturday Review l~l~l~l~l~l~ll~l~l~lll~l~l~ll~l~l~~ --by Ray Hailinan IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIllllllllllllllllllllllllll Credit Office Muck & Meser Dept, Store Dear Sirs: Please find enclosed your billing to me for the month you will please look very, very closely you will see count, including balance forward even, is payable in thel $0.00. I think, perhaps, there has been a mistake. While it I owe you, as your statement suggests, exactly to pay you in this amount. I am sure that your thing merely got confused and I trust that, crediting cent stamp, we can call everything even. Yours in automation, Eberhard Faber Credit Office Muck & Meyer Dept. Store Dear Sirs: Imagine my surprise in receiving in the U.S. Mails litely worded letter from you. Not acknowledging your had hoped, but rather informing me that my payment past due and perhaps I had forgotten or mislaid my thing. I haven't. In fact, if I may refer you to my previous July 7, you will note that I had pointed out to you howl necessary it was for me to pay you $0.00. But I will try to explain it in more simple terms so derstand. You see, in not paying my bill I have paid LY nothing, as I'm sure you'll agree. Now, if your third grade math workbook, you'll see that can you guess? -- $0.00. So by not paying you, I have, you. Thank you. Arithmatically yours, Eberhard Faber Credit Office Muck and Meyer Dept. Store A'FrN: Computer Dear Mr. HAL: I am writing you this letter because the secretaries out your instructions do not seem to understand. er, that a machine of your unquestioned fathom the intricacies of the problem at hand. You see, about a month and a haft ago you sent $0.00. Now, I want you to know that I'm not tion. For, indeed, I do owe the store exactly $0.00 as ceptively pointed out. However, I find that in this the store the fail amount of my billing by the very act g ing them, as I'm sure you'll Immediately see. However, I have now been sent one nicely woi'ded and ening message informing me that I haven't paid it is true, is equally untrue. Will you please print out or something telling everyone to please lay off? cooperation. Beseechingly yours, 365414-1967-379-0 P.S. Congratulations on winning the industrial Collections Dept. Ruination Credit Bureau Felicitations: I cannot believe you really meant it. Do me a please, and 10ok back on the record of your dated Aug. 31, 1970. Do you see how much you're trying to collect from Muck and Meyer Account? See it, $0.00? Repeat, ~.00. That's why I can't believe you're going to take me l garnish my wages or any of the other horrtbles you mentioned. Trusting in your rationality, I remain, Eberhard Faber III III iii Finance Office Krackerbocks Homes, Inc. Dear Sirs: I am in receipt of your letter of Sept. 8 informing application for financing on one of your "beautiful homes" has been turned down dee to rating. I know it's not your fault, bat the the amount of $0.00. Does that mare any difference to you? Skeptically yours, Eberhard Faber Finance Office CARnage Automotive Sirs: Well, a car would have been nice and I now know any good to try to explain, but thanks anyway. E. Faber Credit Office Muck and Meyer Dept. Store Dear Sirs: Thank you for accepting my check, no. 259, in the $0.00. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your everything even with the payment of my account with late fees of 10 per cent. I have seen the error of my ways and thank you for taking pity on a wayward soul and for felt effort to pull me back into rite fold. , I hope to hitch-hike down there from the Y some day you personally. 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