6A — Editorial Page —Saturday, April 14, 1973
An Independent Newspaper
Painful Spending Bites
Government Has Over-readied Itself
-Now Comes the Big Nixon Shakeout
By PAUL MILLER
The Times-Union, which circulates in
a generally prosperous, low-unemployment area of more than 1 million population, filled two pages the other day with
accounts of what may be the local effects
of NLxon administration cuts and shifts in federal spendng.
A first reaction is regret that many fine, if costly, programs apparently are to be wiped out.
But a companion reaction is wonder as to how we ever got into many of these programs in the first place.
The answer is that it doesn't take much
looking back to recall that it's been only a
few years since federal funding seemed
to be available for almost any program anybody could think of.
"When a group gathered together to
consider some local social problem and
it came to considering what to do about
it, it usually found itself in a discussion
of what federal spending program could most likely be tapped.
Seldom was there discussion of what could be done or financed solely at the local level.
Cities and even states maintained offices at Washington—and may still—staffed
by people whose job was to stay on top of all federal programs on which a good cause back home might draw.
Well, it's painful, but now comes the big shakeout.
And while there will be stiff opposition to many moves, and no doubt justifiably in many cases, the government has
over-reached itself in the latest decade.
Now it has to cut back. Mistakes will be made. But a wholesale re-examination had to be undertaken.
. . . Whose Money?
On the day the Rochester area investigatory repprt appeared, a Gallup Poll
TWO OUT OF THREE SAY FEDERAL TAXES ARE TOO HIGH
Any poll would show also that Americans feel the same way about local and state taxes.
And with good reason.
Most of us know that April 15 (April 16 this year because the 15th is on a Sunday) is the income tax deadline.
But few are aware of another significant date in the offing — Wednesday, May 2.
Says U.S. News and World Report":
"From May 2 on, according to statistics of the Tax Foundation, the average
American finally will begin working for himself. The equivalent of every cent he
has taken in from New Year's day until May 2 has gone, or will go, to government."
And there's no end in sight Most of us favor the services increased
taxes are paying for—just so they provide
what they're planned to provide. As we
all know, some do not. The pity is that in
an overhaul such as that now taking place,
some worthy enterprises get caught by
the broad brush. Localities will have to
seek ways to support the clearly deserving where federal props are indeed removed.
. . . Watergate No Caper
The Watergate Affair, so called because "Watergate" is the name of the
Washington office and apartment complex where Republican agents tried to tap
telephones" in Democratic offices, may be
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Total tax collections that now take 36 per cent of all national income took
just over 20 per cent a year before World War II."
—U.S. News & World Report
the most ill-conceived political enterprise of all time.
In the first place, it wras just plain dumb. It seems inconceivable that mature
individuals could have been involved. It was cowboys-and-Indians stuff. But mature indivduals WERE involved. They
were grown men.
And that is what makes the whole enterprise so unreal.
So unreal that no one can read about
it without concluding that there must have
been more to it than meets the eye—no
mature man would be involved in the
caper it would appear to beon the surface.
Inevitably, it gets back to the President
Anyone who has followed him In a political career that is without parallel in our
country knows that near the very top of
his qualities must be listed loyalty to associates and friends.
Like an editor backing up a trusted reporter under attack, he will defend a subordinate no matter what.
But the Watergate thing seems past that now, unless—and this may be possible—the President has some unrevealed
good reason for shielding the help from testifying about Watergate.
I can believe he has.
But if he has not, he should now conclude
that he's kept them out of hot water long
enough. And let fem sink or swim.
. . . Chou Keeps It Up
"News" from Peking:
Premier Chou En-lai says the U.S.
should get out of Cambodia and let Cambodians solve their own problems.
Added news note: The speech was at a
dinner attended by former Cambodian
Premier Sihanouk. A Peking stooge since
his overthrow in Cambodia, Sihanouk had
just returned from a visit stirring up his
sympathizers in areas of Cambodia they hold.
On August 1, 1972, during a visit to
the People's Republic of China, our party
attended another banquet for Sihanouk
given by Chou En-lai, After a very cordial
greeting, Chou criticized the U. S. seven different times.
The more things seem to be different, the more they remain the same.
Chou En-lai and Sihanouk, August 1, 1972
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