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Tom Anderson's Straight Talk i, i,iiii:: COINCIDENCES Amazing "coincidences": Crime has increased tremendously since enactment of the "Civil Rights Act".. .Negroes are eleven percent of the population and commit a majority of the crimes.., murder has increased substantially since the Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment...The National Council of Churches just happens to promote practically every plank in the Communist platform - plus treason, homosexuality, and the down-grading of Christ . . .Ralph Nader is consistently against everything American--except those giant tax-free foundations, which finance his anti-Americanism .... The leftist mass media, though revelling in Watergate, never pursued Chap- paquiddick nor even investigated me report that Lyndon Johnson paid Bobby Baker $1 million ot take the rap for the worse-than-Watergate corruption under Johnson . . .Now that abortion is legal, legalized euthanasia may not be far away. If life can be taken legally at one end of the scale, why not at the other? If life begins not at conception, but at birth, then with equal "Logic", life ends when the person can no longer think-. • .Golda Meir, head of the American- sponsored-an-underwritten State of Israel, was at one time a Communist organizer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WHY SHORTAGES'?. The American system of free en- iiiiiii PAut satyrs, 00Ews iiiiiil PRESIDENT NIXON'S FUTURE by Paul Harvey Now you're told President Nixon has a "new strategy" for divulging the degree of his complicity in Watergate. I keep imagining how such a situation as this might have been handled by Harry S. Truman. Martha Mitchell says "Mr. President" knew "all about Watergate and the coverup all along," and George Gallup's surveyors report most Americans think so, too• Yet when the President appears in public--as during the Dirksen dedication at Pekin, IU.--so enthusiastically is he hoistedon the shoulders o the electorate that he plans more such personal appearances in the weeks ahead. It's fascinating to watch the public response to the person of the President. Where a year ago he'd have been applauded respectfully, now he is cheered affectionately. There's something in Americans that inclines them to want to shoot down big guys and uphold those in troble. Witness the way they rallied to underdog Harry Truman in 1948. President Nixon's forte--and you've heard him say this--is "in- ternational affairs." i It's his comparative disinterest in tedious home-front administration which resulted in the delegation of those responsibilities to H.R. (Bob) Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. President Nixon's years already have accomplished monumental progress in defusing armed international time bombs. • iiiiii He opened the door to China, secured meaningful co-operation from Russia and --however tardily--untangled us from lndochina, • But on the home fronts, President Nixon has been less effective in :::::::: dealing with welfare misuse, street crime, wages, prices-inflation :::::::' generally. ,  :_ And, paradoxically, the skilled pohtzcal strategmt got himself barrassed by the intemperate excesses of his campaigners. I say "embarrassed." I do not agree with those who say "discredited." It is significant that the coals heaped on President Nixon's head over ii!iii this Watergate thing have not been heaped by logical political ad- versaries. The McGoverns and the Kennedys and such have been :'>:':" discreetly silent, recognizing that ventilating closed closets leaves other i vulnerable. And they remember also the tendency of Americans to prefer the gadfly role until their giant is humbled; thereafter they are likely to rally to his rescue. :.:.:.. I keep imagining how Pendergast-educated Harry S. Truman might !ii have handled today's cause celebre. At the first news conference, when the question of Watergate was ilii raised for the first time: "Mr. President, did your campaigners spy on the opposition?" I can hear Harry Truman laugh and say, "I don't know, but I should hope so If they didn't, I'd ought to fire 'em. But if they broke the law, I'll have to." :i!i And that would have been that. !!!!i !!i00ii!iii!i!iiiiiiii0000iii00ii!ii00i00i00:!0000i!ii0000!i!00!ii..:....00i000000i00i!i.00iii00.:...0000i::i!ii!ii!iii0000i00.ii00i0000iii000000:0000.iiiiiiiiiiii00.i00i00i00i!ii00:iii00i00iiiiii!00ii!ii!iiiiiiiii0000iiiiiii00i00i!00iiii!iiiii!ii00iiiiii! Big Consumer Help Acting as an extra set of eyes and ears for the consumer has been the job of the Better Business Bureaus since their inception six decades ago It has been a tough assignment, this closing of "... the gap between business performance and consumer expectations" and monitoring of business practices. But it has been a rewarding job for all concerned- especially since the formation of the Council of Better Business Bureaus in 1970 as a central leadership and coordinating agency, greatly strengthening the entire BBB system. One of the most promising new approaches added to the BBB's list of services for consumers is arbitration. As the Council of Better Business Bureaus' Annual Report explains, "Arbitration is working for the consumer, for business.., because it offers a viable alternative for those disputes that cannot be settled by the customer and the merchant, or through the.., offices of the Bureau acting in its traditional role of mediator. In arbitration, disputes are presented to an impartial third party or panel with the prior agreement by the parties that the decision of the arbitrator will be binding." More than 165 cases have been heard by approximately 95 local Bureaus since the program was announced in 1972, with many of the remaining BBB's setting up more arbitration programs across the U.S. If the success of the arbitration program were to be analyzed, it could probably be traced to the attitude of the BBB organization. This cohesive group of businessmen, citizens and professionals believes in constructive consumerism. Its arbitrators are trained to be impartial fact-finders. Sometimes decisions favor con- sumers, sometimes business, or sometimes it is a compromise set- tlement for both parties. It is this ability to look at both sides of a problem that has made the Council and its local Bureaus in 137 US. cities so effective. The BBB's have been an influential force for ethical standards in the marketplace, proving that competitive private enterprise can meet the needs of consumers better than anyone else, and on a voluntary basis at that. Take stock in America. terpnse zs capable of producing far and va more of virtually everything than the American people can reasonably consume. Then why the shortages? There is no war, not pestilence, no drought. Why has our productive capacity, for the first time in history, come up short? Mostly because of government. The ecology nuts have caused the politicans to put many production units out of business. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has forced many small manufacturers to close down. Pollution-control devices on cars eat gasoline. Then why doesn't the government relent on the above? Has it ever occurred to you that Big Brother wants these shortages? And more controls? And more chaos? It is much easier to install a dictatorship under conditions of chaos than when everything is hunky dory. And did it ever occur to you that most of the vital commodities you can't get, or are paying through the nose for, are being given to the enemywhich plans to enslave you? INTEGRITY OUTRANKS President Nixon's popularity has now fallen so low I understand that Pat is now going under an assumed We perfectionists remember that no into the than Richard General--pardon Grant, when he for a certain officer. protested: "Why, through ten Our Electricity Taken For Gra Our tower of Babel Electricity has become so much a part of our lives that most of us take it for granted and cannot conceive of a world without it. We have come to depend so heavily on electric ap- pliances, and use them so frequently, that we fail to realize that through the miracle of electricity we are saving great amounts to time and effort for ourselves everytime we do such common chores as washing and ironing. To realize just how good we have it, all we have to do is take a look back- ward to a time when there was no electricity• Simple tasks like washing and ironing were all-day ordeals• Flatirons had to be heated on wood stoves and used quickly before they cooled. Washing was a backbreaking, knuckle-scraping job that involved first heating water over a smoky wood stove and clothes on a home once meant sawing wood, coaxing the fire to constantly feeding it' keep it going. Since coal was the pall of smoke hung Electricity is modern civilization. companies did not they fill. They have of life. Electricity's been to efficient and meeting these seriously entertain stopping progre: struction of returning to the backbreaking labor? Have Americans Lost Fa ith In Golden Goose .,ledgb authti warn  6,der t0/iv6[dmisfakes  the f'dt? at  p01ieiesana attitudes ,must be ' Can we recognize fact when it is changed if we wish to avoid severe economic and social disruptions of major national proportions-- disruptions with worldwide reper. cussions. The stakes are high. The problem is that we don't seem to believe in our own golden goose. Anyone who impunes the character, motives or performance of American business has an instant rapt audience ready to believe the worst. Opinion polls indicated that most people have a pretty low opinion of business performance, regardless of how good that performance may be in terms of supplying jobs, paying taxes for the support of government, protecting the environment, working for community betterment, ' promoting fair em- ployment practices or providing job training for the handicapped or un- i dereducated. It doesn't matter. No one believes business. Commenting on this, the president of one of the nation's major aerospace manufacturing concerns has said, "Unless this wave of recrimination, of witch hunting, of 'Off-With-His-Head' is stopped, in- dustry will eventually grind to a halt. Scoff at the integrity of the Board of Directors, impugn the experience of management, slow down the production line, let low productivity force the in, position of a $10 price tag on a $7 product, frighten• the shareowners into becoming ex- shareowners, and soon the witch hunt will be over. Industry will be per- manently crippled. We've already heard distant rumblings in the deficit balance-of-payments situation." As the industry spokesman em- phasizes, there must be a " restoration of national confidevce,'an increase in national productivity, and the focusing of national deter- mination. We must convince those who doubt .... that the nation can do anything it chooses if the project is defined, if it is given top national priority, if there is. stability over the development period, if there is adequate funding, and if we have the high level of productivity of which our people are capable. With these assured, this nation can succeed beyond its greatest expectations." Well, that's the story. What it all boils down to is that we as a people have a second chance and maybe a third. Right now, the United States is becoming a great national laboratory in which observers today and in future years can study the peculiarities of human behavior. Can we benefit from the experience of others? Can we learn from the past in placed alongside fiction? Above all, can logic survive in a democratic society? Can a nation whose policies are shaped by the pressure of popular opinion endure in the fast-moving modern world and protect its own interests and that of its people? This is the king-sized question of them all, and only time will provide the answer. The problem is, time is growing short. "It is said the amount of profit a capitalist wants to make depends on whether he prefers to eat well or sleep well."--Mr. Robert W. Bunke, Central Communications Corporation. Right now, America is fighting for its share of international trade in a world market supplied by nations just as smart and oftentimes a good deal more efficient in their production than we are. At the same instant, there are hundreds of bills in state legislatures and major proposals in the Congress of the United States designed to further restrict the legitimate development of practically every enterprise that you can name. The effect is to increase the cost of American production and decrease the flow of innovation, progress and technical achievement that has been the lifeblood of American "know- how"-somethmg wlizch, up to now, has been in demand around the world. Federal legislation is proposed which would, for example, establish ar- bitrary standards for the dismem- berment of industrial and business enterprises, if they are considered to betoo big, regardless of whether they are doing any wrong. Other legislation is proposed to severely penalize the U.S. corporation that operates overseas, owning, for example, major manufacturing facilities. Yet these "multinational" or "multi-indnstry" companies have enabled the United States to compete in foreign markets. They have made money for the U.S. and created tens of millions of jobs both here and abroad. It doesn't make sense, does it? Still, all is not so grim. If we can • learn from the past and heed the signs that are plainly before us, we can gq on as a nation and a leader in world events to greater achievements than we have ever before imagined. We must quit glorifying the high cost of our products. Workers who say they could produce more if they tried must decide to try. We must understand and appreciate our scientific achievements, our superlative technology, whose crowning achievement in this decade was to place man's footprints on the surface of new wo[;] 'We ,:and confidence ino freedom and in and effectiveness terprise and the marketplace. The Gallup poll up with some regarding opinion. Quite effect on the cost the number one percent of the people the present time. If a majority of dition to worrying also laid the problem at the door responsible for spending and budget deficits to those who want to budget under control battle against been won. Those of federal benefits indirectly must be • that those benefits creased or perhaps even happens, the beast corralled. Marilyn Manion Rumor has it as we go to press that G Gordon Liddy was an agent provocateur planted within CREEP by enemies of the President. It is a fairly reasonable rumor as far as Watergate hearsay goes. It would certainly help to explain, among other things, how "professional" conspirators could have been so inept as to have blown everything even as they unlocked the office door. And would friend or foe be responsible for offering the suggestion of 24-hour-a-day sur- veillance of Edward Kennedy (thus, as John Dean pointed out, risking the arousal of undue suspicion)? With friends like these, who needs enemies? It is not mere hindsight that moves one to observe that (a) the media has never been fond of Richard Nixon; while (bl it has a natural interest in discovering and perhaps uncovering scandal; finally (c) its appetite for exposing is determined by the identity and political philosophy of the victim (see (a) above and remember Chappaquidick). Whether stupid friends or cleverly devious foes arranged the whole messy business, Watergate has been a boon to left-wingers, liberals and anti-establishment types. Who dares to stand up for those cheats in the White House? Have you noticed the short, establishment-type haircuts on the witnesses? No bluejeaned counterculture sorts have yet been found, alleged, guilty - now doesn't that prove something? The thing to do, of course, lest Americans lose faith in their government, is to get the rascals out - now. The "now" is very important. Things can't wait until 1976, when the public might once again make the wrong choice. The electorate might even choose un- wisely if the election were held next week; a CBS-TV poll revealed that voters, even though they do believe that Nixon had something to do with Watergate, would overwhelmingly. vote for him over McGovern. If his opponent were the pollsters would be closer but be the same. Which goes to American people with issues than dealing not with with subjects ding, free and - yes, Incidentally, the have been more national security in than it .is today. American public been informed ther Johnson, after report, asked FBI distance President-elect was suspected the peace talks. then, but of characters was