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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 23, 1979-Page 5
Britain fighting strikes

LONDON (AP) - Soldiers began
driving ambulances in several major
cities yesterday as ambulance atten-
dants joined in strikes that left Britain
staggering through another day of
chaos. The Labor government con-
tinued to try to patch up its crumbing
relationship with the trade unions.
With a 20-day-old truckers' strike
strangling the nation's ports and supply
lines, four unions representing about 1.5
million public service workers staged a
one-day stoppage that caused
widespread disruption and prompted
further calls for curbing union power.
AMBULANCE drivers in London and
Birmingham, Britain's two largest
cities, were joined by drivers in Cardiff
in Wales and Glasgow in Scotland in
refusing to respond to emergency calls.
In Cardiff, an army ambulance with a
police escort weaved through crowded
shopping streets to take a pregnant
woman to a hospital. "The soldiers
were great. My daughter was thrilled
and I think she'll have her baby today,"
said Jean Robson of her 23-year-old
daughter Carol.
Leaders of the public service unions
said there would be further unspecified
action today to protest Prime Minister
James Callaghan's policy of keeping
pay increases to five per cent to combat
inflation.
CALLAGHAN'S Labor government
won a vote aftea three-hour debate in
the House of Commons last night on its
handling of the strikes. The vote was
305 in support of the government and
281 against.
Margaret Thatcher's opposition Con-
servatives had pressed for the debate.
One Conservative member of

Parliament, William Shelton of network for the third time in the past
Streatham, said, "We're facing the eight days. And train drivers on Lon-
biggest industrial unrest. . . since the don's Underground subway system said
general strike in 1926." yesterday they want to strike in support
Home Secretary Merlyn Rees of the British Rail drivers.
ignored Conservative jeers and said,
"There is no crisis at the moment." He Most of London's 2,300 ambulance
added, however, that if things get worse drivers; and ambulance men in some
a state of emergency "may be other parts of the country, refused to
necessary." answer emergency calls, prompting the
THE COUNTRY'S 26,000 locomotive government to call in the army to help
engineers have already scheduled for police and volunteer units provide a
today another of their 24-hour strikes skeleton service. But the day passed
that would close down the state-run rail with no large-scale emergencies.
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I(NERGY SECRETARY James Schlesinger refers to a chart on the $8.89 billion fiscd 1980 budget for the Department of
Energy at a press briefing in Washington on Saturday. President Carter plans to incruse budget allocations in the area of
solar energy.
SOCIAL PR OGRAMS SLASHED:
Carter budget up $23 billion

iContinued from-Page 1)
lhreat of accelerating inflation," the
p~resident said.
"If that threat is realized, it would
severely disrupt our economy and the
well-being of our society. Americans
'with low and fixed incomes would suf-
er the most .. .
"This budget supports a balanced
fiscal policy. It is sufficiently
-restrained to ease inflationary
pressures, but it will permit continued
economic growth," Carter added.
CARTER PREDICTED that the
"budget would be virtually in balance in
the next, 1981, fiscal year with a deficit
of only one billion dollars and said there
{should be a budget surplus of $38 billion
in 1982.
The United States has had only one
budget surplus in the past 19 years -
$3.24 billion in 1969.
The new budget covers a 12-month
period ending on September 30, 1980,
five weeks before the next presidential
election when Carter is expected to
} eek a second four-year term in the
White House.
IF INFLATION is under control and

the budget deficit can be cutaby then,
the President will be in a strong
position if he campaigns again.
But some economists have been
saying that a recession originally ex-
pected this year might be delayed until
mid-1980, when the effects of the tight
budget could mean more unem-
ployment and slower economic growth
with little progress against inflation.
Carter said in his budget message
that some of the cuts in social welfare
services would be made up by
eliminating unworkable programs and
improving others to make them more
effective at less cost.
''BUT REAL sacrifices must be
made if we are to overcome inflation,".
he declared.
Defending his 10 per cent increase in
military spending, he said: "It is my
central responsibility to ensure that our
defense forces are strong enough to
deter aggression . ..most of this in-
crease (three per cent in real terms)
will be for strengthening our NATO for-
ces and maintaining the strategic
balance."
Treasury Secretary Michael Blumen-

that told reporters the budget would
help to establish conditions for
strengthening the dollar, weakened
overseas by domestic inflation and ad-
verse trade balances.
lIE RULED OUT another tax cut in
1980 ollowing a $21 billion tax reduction
that came into effect this year, saying
that another would be very risky until
inf a ion was brought under control.
Programs for which the President in-
creased funds in 1980 included elemen-
tary and secondary school education,
urbai development and Medicaid, the
gove'nment health insurance system
for tle poor.
Anong those cut were some other
eduction programs, public jobs,
housng subsidies for the poor, and
publh works projects.
BCUDGET DIRECTOR McIntyre,
deferding cuts in what he called un-
necessary spending, said sarcastically
that one program eliminated was
something called the "beekeepers' in-
demiity fund."

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ADA forms Ann Arbor chapter,
seeks to promote liberal causes

By STEVEN SIIAER
Americans for Democratic Action
(ADA) was one of the first national
organizations to ask for Richard
Nixon's impeachment, to oppose
American involvement in the Vietnam
War, to favor recognition of mainland
China and to battle against Joseph Mc-
Carthy's red scare.
Now a chapter of this political-action
group has been established in Ann Ar-
bor to promulgate liberal views and to
push for passage of progressive
legislation.
"WE WANT TO attract a core of
people interested in keeping liberal ac-
tivity going on campus," said Bob Gur-
ss, one of the organizers of the Ann Ar-
bor chapter.
"The press has made so much of the
growing conservatism, but there is still
liberal sentiment in the country."
The ADA chapter has existed for only
two months. The fifteen people presen-
tly involved are looking for new mem-
bers.
"We're trying to mobilize students to
-become active on the South African
issue. Our group is also urging the
University to divest its holdings in
South Africa," said Steve Yokich,
another founder of the group.
ADA is a coalition of liberals from all
over the country. At present, ADA's
most visible issues include the Equal
Rights Amendment, women's rights,
U-M Chapter of
AAUP
Open Meeting
Wed. Jan. 24 at noon

abortion, gun control, nuclear disar-
mament, the welfare system and civil
rights.
THE ANN ARBOR chapter has not
decided all the issues it will concentrate
on, waiting until the group holds its
mass meeting later this month, to at-
tract new members.
"Adopt a Dissident" project is one of
the projects ADA is currently con-
sidering. In this program, students
write to a dissident in the Soviet Union
whose life may be in jeopardy.
ADA also plans to sponsor teach-ins
on national legislation later this
semester, according to Yokich. "We're
trying to pick our issues to get student
support," he said.
"I THINK THE appeal of the group
with its emphasis on many issues will
bring people interested to work with
us," Gurss said.

"We want to work on women's issues
suci as state funding for abortion. The
(U3.) Supreme Court says that a
wonan has a right to abortion. She
shoild not be discriminated against
because of her economic background,"
Guss added.
A)A insists it is neither a radical nor
rev>lutionary organization. Members
say that ADA has traditionally
acheved change by working through
theestablished political system.
'We still have social problems and
disimination," said Yokich, "we need
to firn a liberal alternative."

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