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_ _ _THE MICHIGAN DAILY
ZENS FOR ,t-IHIGAN:
Group Aims at Strong Citizen Force .,Used Se

George Romney listed the three-
Iaims of Citizens for Michigan
his Ann Arbor speech:
1) To establish principles and
focus attention on current state
roblems..
x2) Tocreate a citizen organiza-
3) "To make a citizen force
ronger than those economic in-
rest groups excessively dominat-
g the major parties.
Romney said that the first two
ials were being achieved, but
at the third was far from being
,flled.
"Onlya sudden and massive
jange in citizen support. , . can
sake Citizens for Michigan su-
sful in achieving full objec-
Xes," he said.
Plot so ategy
The meeting of the organiza-
on's Board of Directors to plot
w strategy last Saturday at the
niversity Dearborn Center grew
it of this conviction, which
omney said he gained during his
onth long tour of the state
iostlflg membership.
Only about 2,000 people had
nied Citizens for Michigan, and
ntributions were insufficient for
e organization's needs.
Only contributions of $100 or
ss are accepted by Citizens for
Ichigan. Romney says this keeps
ie movement on the individual
Isls it was planned to have, but
does mean financial problems.
Two-Layer Structure
The Citizens for Michigan or-
izaton is a two-layer struc-
re, statewide and local.
It is based on the following
emises, Romney said: 1) Suffi-
ent numbers of citizens will par-
ipate. 2) The citizens' influence
ill be greater than strictly party
-oups. ,
3) The citizens will be able to
[o Organize
U' Students
A meeting for University stu-
nts interested in joining Citi-
us for Michigan wil be held at
30 p.m. next Wed. at the Stu-
nt Activities Bldg.
Nancy Adams, '60, regional
mmittee member, said the meet-
g Is open to all interested stu-
nts. However, only Michigan
idents may join the organza-
)n.
Depending on the numbers of
lu d e n t a joining Citizens for
ichigan, Miss Adams said, a sep-
ate University chapter will, or
MI not, be organized.
She said she preferred that stu-
:nts and local _citizens work to-
ther in the group, but said if a
rge number of students join, a
parate chapter may have to be
ganized.
Principles
Following are the four prin-
Iples of membership of Cit-
en for Michigan:
). "Members shall be guld-
4 by a concept of service and
artlcipatlon that shall place
he needs of the state above
ad apart from personal, p0-
tcal, economic or sial affil-
Atons.
2) "Members shall seek to
:eep themselves informed as to
be fu ndaental political and
conomic facts on the state's
weds and problems.
3). "Members In their capa-
Ity as citizens shall actively
~artIcpate in the study of
roblems and formulation of
ecommenadtons for solutions
hat are in the best interests of

1 citizens and consumers of
he state.
4) "Members shall actively
ecognize that any position
rith respect to Michigan needs
hat is contrary to the national
nterest or world welfare would
n the long run be contrary to
he interests of Michigan."

find fundamental areas of agree-
ment in a constructive approach.
(Romney commented it would
have been easier to organize "to
throw the' rascals out" than to
offer such a program.)
On the state level, the organi-
zation is headed by a 40-member
Board of Directors, consisting of
men and women from all parts of
the state and all interest groups;
Romney is chairman.
In addition to providing admin-
istrative supervision, the board
will also explore the basie prob-
lems of the state, including what

governmental services are needed,
how these will be paid for and
how the 'government should be
structured to give these services.
Study in Detroit
Operating under the state-wide
group are three study groups,
which are to study in detail the
problems of need, finance and
structure.
The threefold task of each
group:
1) Define the problem, select
topics of current concern and es-
tablish priorities for solution.
2) Collect facts, and report the

ones on which there is substan-
tial agreement.
3) Make preliminary recom-
mendations to local groups.
The local groups will also have
a steering committee and asso-
ciated study groups. The local
bodies will review the definition
of problegns by the state group,
review the facts and examine the
preliminary recommendations.
A general meeting of Citizens
for Michigan should be called in
May or June to finalize the recom-
mendations for the November
election.

SEN. CHRISTMAN COMMENTS:
Romney Forgets Economic Factor

After George Romney concluded
his Citizens-for-Michigan speech,
delivered last Thursday in the
League Ballroom, Sen. Lewis C.
Christman. (R-Ann Arbor) en-
gaged him in conversation:
"You say vested interests mon-
opolize the Republican party,"
Christman said. "But do you real-
ize that at least half of the Legis-
lature's past tax program will fall
on you businessmen. Does that
indicate business runs our party?"
"That tax package was dictated
by the economic interests which
run both parties, and you know
it," Romney retorted.
(Romney vehemently opposes
alleged economic-interest - group
domination of the two parties.)
"You're entitled to your opinion

and I have mine," Christman
snapped..
Sen. Christman commented fur-
ther last week on Romney's stand:
"Romney is not going to get
far with Citizens - for - Michigan
because it partakes of an inde-
pendent party," he predicted. "No
one can help but admire him, and
his effort is stirring' up interest,
but when the cards are down and
interest stimulated, most people
will affiliate with one of the two
parties."
Humans are Humans
"Human beings are human be-
ings, and their chief interest is
economic advancement," Senator
Christman explained. "Simply
economic words are not the whole

basis, for there is a consideration
for the good of the most, but eco-
nomic desires will never be di-
vorced from the question."
Sen. Christman complimented
Romney as "very energetic," hav-
ing "fine character," but pointed
out "politics are foreign to him."
In politics, he asserted, there
are no single specifics. The state
has 120 separate agencies, each
one "by nature having supreme
interests in its own objectives."
"When you want to reconcile
opinion, you just can't do it," he
continued. "The nearest approach
are the two parties. When people
want something, they Will ally
with the party that will help
most."

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-David Giltrow
BRIEF DISCUSSION-Sen. Lewis C. Christman (R-Ann Arbor), left, buttonholed George Romney
after the latter's Ann Arbor speech. Sen. Christman later commented on Romney's aims.

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