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Attention, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the suckers at sea - You've been had again. The United States Senate Monday passed the Nixon Administration's contribution to the free enterprise system - a bill approving a $250 million loan guarantee for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation - by a vote of 49-48. -Washington Senator Warren G. Magnuson voted against the measure. Senator Henry M. Jackson, who is also paid $42,500-a-year-plus to represent this state's taxpayers, was telling a convention of plumbers in Denver why he should be the next President of the United States, and was thus absent during the vote. The Senate action, which followed House approval of the blatant special-interest legislation, gives new fife to the bloated giant which has fed for years on taxpayer-provided cost-overruns, and pulls the chestnuts out of the fire for banks which were stuck with $400 million in loans to the staggering corporation. This outrageous example of selective back-scratching will undoubtedly pay off handsomely when campaign contributions are solicited for the 1972 elections. It is another facet of the Nixon economic program which guarantees federal help for the "haves" to rake in accelerated profits while the "have-nots" and the lower-income majority which pays most of the freight for these boondoggles, are exhorted to show their patriotism and faith in God and the free enterprise system by tightening their belts. While small businesses collapse under the weight of government paperwork, high taxes and economic recession, and the jobless stand in food lines, a bungling corporation survives and greedy banks prosper from federal largesse. The Lockheed welfare bill was an Administration measure pushed vigorously by President Richard Nixon. This is the same Richard Nixon who told members of the Association of Business Economists on October 20, 1960: "Thank God we've finally got a President who believes in the free enterprise system!" "To meet the Communist threat to our way of life, we must begin by being strong in our national resolve. We must be strong, too, in the means to carry out our national will. Now, what are these means? They can be generated, in my opinion, only by a healthy, vigorously growing, free economy. "Now, that kind of an economy will not only provide the resources to secure freedom in the world; it will also demonstrate that freedom works to meet the national needs of our people and to provide the economic base for deepening our cultural and our spiritual... "What am ! trying to say? What appears to be the simple way to progress in America, what appears to be the easiest way, is not necessarily the right way.., the right way is to put responsibility on individuals rather than take it off. By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS The 1971 law exempting senior citizens with low incomes from special property tax levies won't have any impact on taxing districts voting special levies. Few realized it when the law was enacted, but the burden of the exemptions will be borne by other taxpayers; through higher millages ...... = "And 1 want to tell you finally why I feel so strongly oa "rh'e De partment'tYf Re ' nue ~ particttim~. ~o say; like, my very ab~ :~ve~ ~tWrt~" x~lll ~add "d~a to pponent, l would like to be electedl It wot/id be much easier about $11.8 million over the for me to make the promises that he does, but I am convinced, as I stand here, from having traveled through the world, that if America turns that way, if America turns toward federalization basically of these institutions in our economy, if we turn away from individual enterprise and turn more and more to federal enterprise, that it will be the wrong way and that it will result in America falling behind in this great race for survival in which our economy plays a part." In that great gush of words, only six, it would appear from the record, were sincere; namely, "I would like to be elected." The rest is hot air. The only ones who are expected to exercise individual enterprise while suffering through the vagaries of a government-manipulated obsenity mis-labeled "free enterprise," are the loopholeless suckers who pay the bill. I 971-73 biennium. Property owners62 years old or older with a combined family income of $4,000 a year or less are granted a 100 per cent exemption from excess levies. Those with combined family incomes of $4,000 to $6,000 are granted a 50 per cent exemption. Other Losses Felt Other provisions of this legislation (Substitute HB 283) will mean revenue losses in property taxes, however, especially for local governments. The section requires county boards of equalization to equalize the assessment level of recently revalued property at the average level of assessment throughout the county, will cause a reduction in property tax revenues estimated at $43.9 million during the 1971-73 biennium. But once the revaluation program has been completed, and counties are able to keep assessments close to the constitutional level the impaqt will be insignificant. Some Impacts Deferred The provision allowing for deduction of sale costs from the true cash value of property for taxing purposes is effective for 1972 assessments to be collected in 1973, so its impact for this biennium will be only $13.9 million. Another provision will have its earliest impact on 1973 levies, which won't be collected until 1974, so won't have any impact on the current two-year period. This is the section which limits the annual increase in property tax revenues from regular levies to 6 per cent for all taxing districts except school districts. Though the omnibus revenue bill (Substitute SB 897), increasing taxes on liquor, cigarettes etc., and the tax relief bill (Sub HB 283) attracted all of the attention, there wasn't any shortage of tax bills in the 1973 session. A recap reveals 37 tax bills were enacted by the 1971 Legislature, plus three proposed constitutional amendments which involve taxes. ' The "tOtat :iiael~ides the rfieasure exempting the Boeing Company's computer service subsidiary from the B. & O. tax and another bill which were vetoed in their entirety by Gov. Dan Evans. Also included are two bills which corrected errors in tax legislation enacted by a previous legislative session. All In One Package The cost of the wage increase which settled the strike against American Telephone and Telegraph Company will be incorporated into the present hearing on Pacific Northwest Bell's application for a rate increase. The hearing being conducted by the State Utilities and Transportation Commission will be reconvened for rebuttal testimony by the telephone company in September. The company is expected to bring in the costs of the wage increase at that time. These costs weren't included originally in the company's case, but including them in now will obviate necessity of another hearing after the current case,is concluded. , Previous guesses estimated the cost to Pacific Northwest Bell at $1 million a month. It can't be absorbed, so will be added to whatever the commission allows the company on its previous evidence of increases in the cost of doing business. The two together could bring the total close to the $24.9 million which the company applied for originally. A new tax for litter control (SB 428) levies a new B. & O. tax on all industries and businesses which manufacture, distribute or sell material which causes litter. This measure was enacted as an alternative to Initiative 40, and will appear on the ballot with it in the November, 1972, election. We must live through these trying times in order to preserve our system of free enterprise, says the President, as he flies between his two mansions and the White House, drinks his $40 bottle of wine and, with the help of an obliging Congress, presents a $400 million gift to his buddies in the banking business. Not in a number of years have so many been shafted by so few. II I / "Here's something new... I saw it advertised on television!" By STEVE ERICKSON In the cramped confines under our refrigerator - where snugness prohibits entry of even one thin Ritz cracker - lives a shadowy wild creature who was born in an aquarium but escaped at a tender age. This is the family pet, Frederick yon Mousse. Or, as wife often cries, "There Goes Fred!" Maybe that's his real name - There Goes Fred. Wife, incidentally, is the only one who ever catches these rare glimpses, Oh, the rest of us know the little rodent lives and lurks among us, all right. Little mementos of nocturnal visits are found in the morning just outside the aquarium where two less independent mice still keep house. Apparently There Goes Fred holds nightly gross-outs outside the glass cage for the benefit of the kidy mice therein, who doubtless ignore his bad breeding because as mice go, they're nice, refined, and generally above all that. Other evidence of Fred's existence is more routine = nibbled woodwork, cracker crumbs everywhere, little footprints in spilled sugar, and tiny "eek" noises when junior lady members of our family imagine they've caught a glimpse. But I can't really blame Fred for his stubborn insistence on living away from his female counterparts (he'd hate it if he knew I called them that). He escaped once before but was caught leaving the heat vent where He'd pitched a fugitive camp. I scooped him up in an empty Quick Quaker Oats box and dropped him gently back into the ladies' goldfish bowl, then rudely sat and stared. i couid hardiy waii io see the dei{ght crease his furry little features when he discovered that he had become, so to speak, the only stud service in town. Bud Fred didn't cotton to it, and neither did the girls. They took turns hunting him down in there like, well, an animal. When they caught him they'd nip him smartly about the flank, and you know how it hurts when they do that. Ouch and double ouch! And the girls had an exercise wheel in there so their little lungs, legs and endurances were honed to an Olympic marathon edge, so of course little Fred just Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, August 5, 1971 suffered and suffered since he winded easily and really had nowhere to hide. In the morning Fred was gone. Evidently he was able to leap tall aquariums at a single bound, like Supermouse, his real counterpart. The girls were burrowing happily through their fir chips and squeaking out little secret messages like "Well we sure got rid of that beastly Frederick," and "How dare they stick us with a male chauvinist mouse, anyway!" So Fred's on the loose again, and it's more fun that way for everybody. We flip a Ritz on the floor by the 'fridge when we think of it, and wife occasionally leaves out a soggy washrag where she can watch it from her television throne. Fred will creep out from under his Kelvinator cubbyhole and suck a little water out of it and wife just beams and gushes on about his intrinsic cuteness. If Fred hears her, I'm sure he hates it, but maybe not. Maybe he agrees with her. He is kinda cute, at that. The other night I discovered that Fred is 'avenging the terrible humiliation of back-biting, so to speak, he suffered at the hands of the tamer mice inside. I discovered him on their aquarium ledge peeping in, making faces, running out his snakey little tongue, and once he even thumbed his paw at Minnie, who looked indignant. Then, his COup de grace - he ambled over to where the girls' sunflower seeds are kept, neatly nipped a hole in the bag and glutted on them in plain view of the outraged insiders Tiny munches could be faintly heard and once he belched resonantly. Then he finished, wiped his paws on his haunches, grossed out for the fuming fillies' benefit, and triumphantly returned to cold storage for the night. The exercise wheel spun furiously as the girls purged their aggressions. And two days later when wife nearly trapped Fred between a loaded diaper pail and the sewing machine, I let him slip the trap by missing a very clumsy attempt with the Quick Quaker Oats container. Fred remains our token chauvinist rodent - and free. Hope he saves a spot under the Kelvinator for a brother mouse, though. I might be needing it soon. Letter box: Editor, The Journal: Considering the Ping-Pong-Players and how they advanced things, over sea, why not give us Patty-Cake-Players some advancing via your letter's page? As things stand, now, we are pretty hard up! Only place we can find to practice, alley, back of corner saloon, only umpire-chair, a second-hand infant's high chair! Couldn't we -- be worked into County Fair? And nations, just pacifing us could do, Champion Note: AboVe lingo. Editor, The Journal: Just a few lines to say hello to all my friends and maybe goodbye. I had heart surgery in January. I have a Pacemaker to carry me over for a few months or SO. I do wish my relatives and friends would call on me to make me happy. I am alone most of the tlme and am blue. I feel like forgotten, as many friends those little t come in and hours. Please sick people. ) Editor, The Journal: When 1 arrived in Shelton two years ago and assumed the job as high school librarian and school advisor to AFS I didn't know what all i was undertaking. Without the assistance of the citizens of the community, the faculty, and the students of Shelton High my job would have been nearly impossible. Thanks to the co-operation of all concerned much as been accomplished. On the student side it gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to be able to say that our group of AFS is recognized as one of the foremost in the state. For this reason last year we were asked to host an AFS workshop here in Shelton and schools from all over Western Washington, from Bellingham to the Columbia River, attended. At the workshop some of our students were asked to travel to other schools and tell why our group was so active. This past year there were over--200 students involved in AFS. The year before we started with around 30 to 50. On the school side I am glad to say we have made great strides forward in the library. As most of you are aware our library has been below been for state went on to P standards Over the have started a built on the vocational catalog sect: job of recataloged can find the has Our lossag dropped was, but lost about We were much becaUSe and of many of hours of w, their class ti~ My students, tth and to generously AFS. I onlY assignment will be as as my last two By DAVE AVERILL We live in what is being called a Which is a fancy way of saying everybody else. Among other things, this is putting handy political model most of us carry Over there on the far left is the radio and carrying a bomb. Next to him is distinguished by his clean shirt and his we come to the conservative, who we' collar and a faint frown. And to his police dog on a tense chain and glaring reactionary. As a picture of how things work, the accurate. Unleash those guys, and the radical pounding lumps onto the liberal. It is he will team up with the reactionary to the gentlemen in the middle. We would do better to divide the and pessimists. The pessimists have so human nature or human institutions lock up their neighbors or throw born The optimist is willing to hope that can be improved. Or take another division. Split simple categorieL Those whose own angry and those who can debate politics in the face. This system puts the Ku KluxerS bombers into the same category, wh. the Nixon voter the need to the Muskie fan the need to defend the other numbered martyrs. And in a year when Senator endorsed by Senator Barry Goldwater, than the old liberal-conservative lineUP" -- the Founded 1886 by Grant Mailing Address: Box 430, Shelton, Wa. 985 Pubiished at Shelton, Mason Coul weekly, except two issues during Entered as Second-Class Matter at Member of National Editor Member of Washington Newspaper SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $5.00 pel in advance -- Outside EDITOR AND PUBLISHER .......