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Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, M1 48109

Jimmy and Jesus: Just good ol' boys

Friday, October 1, 1976

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
Ford can't justify veto

PRESIDENT FORD'S veto Wednes-
day of the $56 billion social aid
and education bill certainly tough-
ened his conservative image of fru-
gality, but it also helped confirm the
charge that a quarter-century of life
in Washington has taken him too far
out of touch with the common peo-
ple. Election - year politics once
again have taken precedence over the
health and welfare of countless
Americans whose only hope rested
with .a congressional override.
It was Ford's 59th veto since he
assumed office 26 months ago.
The President said he would not
sign the bill because it was "infla-
tionary". A curious statement, given
the facts of this bill.
Congress appropriated about $4
billion more than the President had
requested for the bill earlier this year
in his proposed budget outline. Many
of the increases contained in the ver-
sion Congress approved, however,
rose because the law requires such
Photography Staff
Pauline Lubens ............Chief Photographer
Scott Eccker ............... Staff Photographer
Alan Bilinsky.............. Staff Photographer
Editorial Staff
Rob Meachum ..- - -. . . .-.n Bill Turque
Co-Editors-in-Chief
Jeff Ristine .................... Managing Editor
Tim Schick ................. Executive Editor
Stephen Hersh ............... Magazine E- r
Rob Meachum........Editorial Dirt r
Lois Josimovich .. Arts E wr
STAFF WRITERS: Susan Ades, Susan Barry,
Dana Baumann, Michael Beckman, Philip Bo-
kovoy, Jodi Dimick, Chris Dyhdale, Elaine
Fletcher, Larry Friske, Debra Gale, Tom Go-
deli, Eric Gressmnan, Kurt Harju, Char Heeg,
James Hynes, Michael Jones, Lani Jordan,
Lois Josimovich, Joanne Kaufman, David
Keeps, Steve Kursman, Jay Levin, Ann Marie
Lipinski, George Lobsenz, Pauline Lubens, Stu
OcConnell, Jennifer Miller, Michael Norton,
Jon Pansius, Ken Parsigian, Karen Paul,
Stephen Pickover, Christopher Potter, Don
Rose, Lucy Saunders, Annemarie Schiavi, Kar-
en Schulkins, Jeffrey Selbet, Jim Shahin, Rick
Soble, Tom Stevens, Jim Stimson, David
Strauss, Mike Taylor, Jim Tobin, Loran Walker,
Laurie Young, Barbara Zahs.

adjustments for inflation. And Ford
can blame no one but himself for that
inflation, which has been and con-
tinues to be brought about by the
worst economic policy decisions of
any President since the Great De-
pression.
Far more important, however, are
the contents of the measure. The bill
appropriated needed billions for ele-
mentary and secondary education,
the National Institutes of Health, the
Health Services Administration and
manpower programs. In all likeli-
hood, of course, the money would
have had a greater impact on those
in the poor, liberal sector of the elec-
torate than the middle- to upper-
class constituency Ford is wooing for
the November election, but that's not
enough to clear his conscience.
The unconscionability of the veto
was brought sharply to the fore when
Ford-failing to secure the support
of his own party - saw his veto
overridden by both the House and
Senate.
Sports Staff
Bill Stieg .........................Sports Editor
Rich Lerner ... ........ Executive Sports Editor
Andy Glazer............ Managing Sports Editor
Rick Bonino...........Associate Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Tom Cameron, Enid Goldman,
Kathy Henneghan, Scott Lewis, Rick Maddock,
Bob Miller, John Niemeyer, Mark Whitney.
STAFF WRITERS: Leslie Brown, Paul Campbell,
Marybeth Dillon, Ernie Dunbar, Henry Engel-
hardt, Jeff Frank, Cindy Gatziolis, Don Mac-
Lachlan, Rich Ovshinsky, Jim Powers, Pat Rode,
John Schwartz.
Business Staff
Beth Friedman ...............,Business Manager
Deborah Dreyfuss...........Operations Manager
Kathleen Mulhern ... Assistant Adv. Coordinator
Don Simpson .................. Display Manager
David Harlan................Finance Manager
Dan Blugerman.Sales Manager
Pete Peterson .......... Advertising Coordinator
Cassie St. Clair.............Circulation Manager
Beth Strattord ............. Circulation Director
TODAY'S STAFF:
News: Phil Bokovey, Jay Levin, George
Lobsenz, Bill Turque, Eileen Daley,
Liz Kaplan
Editorial Page: Mike Beckman,
Jon Pansius, Melinda Schultheis,
Tom Stevens, Linda Zisuah
Arts Page: Lois Josimovich
Photo Technician: Alan Bilinsky

By JON PANSIUS
Being prone towards exces-
sive hastiness in my various
pursuits, I neglected to wait for
the oven to cool down before
trying to clean it. Not surpris-
ingly, I got my just reward in
the second degree.
"Jesus H. Christ!" I scream-
ed in horrific pain.
Just then, an acrid cloud of
sulphur smoke rose behind me
with a "poof! ", revealing a
crimson version of Mr. Spock
dressed in a somewhat frayed
white gown, with a fake beard
and a flickering neon halo.
Could such an innocent curse as
I had just uttered have caused
the ungodly apparition that now
stood wickedly smiling before
me?
"Who the hell are you?," I
asked, my voice shaking half
from fear of this vision's
strangeness and half from
laughter at its ludicrous get-
up. "Did I do something
wrong?"
"No, my son, you merely
asked for the assistance of one
Jesus Christ, though I'm not
sure you got his middle initial
right. The reason I came here
was to offer you a better deal:
the assistance of someone even
more pure and powerful."
This guy has got to be put-

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ting me on. "Who's that?", I
asked, puzzled to the utmost.
He looked at me like I was a
small child. "Jimmy Carter,
of course. I am his representa-
tive, one of his closest confi-
dants and advisors."
I acted amazed, "Really!"
"Yes indeed," he gloated,
strutting proudly about. "And
now that He is running for
President, and it is certain that
He will triumph over evil and
these blasphemous Republican
idiots, the salvation of the coun-
try, indeed, of the world, is at
hand."
"Come on, now; do you ex-
pect me to believe all that?"
"But He is pure as a driven
oil slick-er, pile of--oh, you
know what I mean! Besides, Hle
promised never to lie to you."
"That reminds me of Emer-
son's saying," I recollected,
"that when guests speak of
their honor, we must count our
spoons."
"What did Emerson know?
He was just a hare-brained in-
tellectual. Besides, I'm talking
about politicians and votes, not
guests and spoons. No, Jimmy
Carter is not a crook."
"But he's still a politician
just like the rest of them. What
makes him so different?"
"I'm glad you asked that,"

'"Besides, He promised never to lie to you."
"That reminds me of Emerson's saying," I
recollected, "that when guests speak of their
honor, we must count our spoons."
"What did Emerson know? He was just a
hare-brained intellectual. Besides, I'm talking
about politicians and votes, not guests and
spoons. No, Jimmy Carter is not a crook."'

my guest g aisly noted.
"Other politicians have suc-
cumbed to the temptations of
the Special Interests, those
greedy businessmen and fat cat
stockholders who get special
tax breaks and protection.
Good, pure Jimmy, however,
owes nothing to the Special In-

"But they are not Special In-
terests! They support Carter,
not that other boob! Further-
more, He is going to simplify
the bureaucracy by cutting out
all those worthless agencies."
"Now you're talking! So Car-
ter is going to cut the size of
of the government?"

all the Republicans, there will
be thousands and thousands
of jobs open to worthy individ-
uals. This will solve their un-
employment.
After reflecting upon my
present lack of finances, I ask-
ed. "Would I be eligible for
such a job?"
"Only if you join the band-
wagon and support the One."
"Wait a minute; isn't that pa-
tronage?"
"Maybe yes, maybe no. The
point is whether or not you
want a nice, cushy government
job: and I can hear your stom-
ach rumbling."
"You're right! Even us Daily
staffers have to eat. How do T
join up?"
"Just sign here with this spe-
cial red ink," my patron said,
handing me a single-spaced fine
print bound volume contract
with a bloody quill pen just ex-
tracted from my right arm.
"Hold it," I hesitated. "Are
you sure this will get me a
job?"
He flashed a wide Pepsodent-
commercial grin and said,
"Would I ever lie to you?"
The hasty Ion Pansius is an
Editorial Staff writer for the
Daily.

terests, at least not at this
point in time."
"That's odd," I thought out
loud. "Labor unions, welfare
rights groups, "public interest"
groups, ideological think tanks,
"consumer groups, advocates
of pet public works projects,
different factions of the Demo-
crat party, and others form
various interest groups, and
Carter seems to owe everything
to them."

"Not really. He will consoli-
date all the small agencies into
a few, which will make them
even bigger and better, there-
by improving the quality of
government red tape. Actually,
cutting the size of the govern-
ment would endanger His pro-
gram for Jobs."
"How's that?" I asked dumb-
ly.
"Simple: after getting rid of

Letters to The Daily

Ford
agree

To The Daily:
Many Americans

will

Contact your reps
Sen. Phillip Hart (Dem.), 253 Russell Bldg., Capitol Hill,
Washington, D.C. 20515.
Sen. Robert Griffin (Rep.), 353 Russell Bldg., Capitol Hill,
Washington, D.C. 20515.
Rep. Marvin Esch (Rep.), 2353 Rayburn Bldg., Capitol Hill,
Washington, D.C. 20515.
Sen. Gilbert Bursley (Rep.), Senate, State Capitol Bldg.,
Lansing, MI 48933
Rep. Perry Bullard (Dem.), House of Representatives, State
Capitol Bldg., Lansing, MI 48933.
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with me that your fellow stu-
dents were badly in need of a
more lofty drummer last week
- one that would lead them
to a loftier beat through your
university's Michigan Daily! In-
stead, your editorial was a vir-
tual boomerang, zooming out to
arouse them to disorderly con-
duct for President Ford's visit
to your campus. It returned to
its starting point, zapping those
of you who represent the Uni-
versity of Michigan. It is your
"parent" school, is it not? Ever
hear of: "What you do re-
flects back on your parents?"
Same difference here! In this
instance, your leadership and
the actions that ensued as a
result of both, reflect right
straight back on you and your
university.
Here we are nearing the end
of our Bicentennial year and we
could not be free of campus
cacophony and protests for our
president's campaign kick - off
at his own Alma Mater, even on
our 200th birthday! As our tele-
vision cop, Baretta, says -
"That's the name of the tune."
The "tune" remains the same,
much to our disgust, just as the
wisdom of the old adage quoted
above does not change. But
why, at a time in history, when
a respectable man, who set an
excellent record as a student
there, as an athlete, and who
went on to achieve great ac--
complishments,hcould not his
visit in good faith be honored
by common courtesv? With no
auestion, he has been a shining
example for the state of Michi-
gan and that state's university.
So, regardless of whether he
has your support, your anorov-
al or your vote, why?! We, the
Tnublic, feel we have every ric ht
to criticize your behavior; the
hisses and boos were unwel-
come invaders in our homes,
considering what we exnect
from a college of your caliber
and what we know to be the
caliber of your visitor. The fire-
cracker was too much. It shock-
ed the watching audience at
home, as well, and was a sick-
ening intruder.
But, you object, "He pardoned
Richard Nixon!" I ask, would
you have preferred draining our
country of its stability and more
funds for something incompar-
able to some events in govern-
ment down through the years?
Remember Pearl Harbor, one
of our saddest happenings that
need not have taken place? Take
note of the enclosed article; that

is but a mere drop in "the cld
bucket." I am not saying that
what our former president did
was right, nor did President
Ford say that when he made
the infamous pardon mandatory.
I will add that I think Richard
Nixon was an unfortunate vic-
tim of circumstances out of his
control and there was little he
was able to do that would meet
with approval. The well-known
die had long before been cast.
The terrible hypocrisy that ex-
isted at the time, still prevails
among some. Can anyone so in-
clined, with good conscience,
tell why one man, one admini-
stration and one party his to
be the scapegoat for all time,
for all the nation's sins and im-
moralities? There is meaning in
a recent cartoon; Charlie Brown
remarks to Snoopy, "I hear
you're writing a book on theolo-
gy, I hope you have a good
title: Has it Ever Occurred to
You that You Might be Wrong?"
Think about it. You know it
does, indeed, go either way!
You will no doubt recognize,
"Without the possibility of choice
and the exercise of choice a
man is not a man, but a mem-
ber, an instrument, a thing."
At a crucial time in history,
under difficult circumstances
and terrific pressures, Gerald
Ford made his choice - a
Christian choice. With far less
significance, you made a choice
last week; it was your right
and you were free to choose
your particular kind of leader-
ship - one of firebrands and
fanatics. A lot of students fol-
lowed like sheep, your beat -
vourdbleat. Can you answerawho
is right and who is wrong?
The Michigan Travel Bureau
puts out an interesting booklet.
It contains marvelous photos,
all appealing. It has clever cap-
tions, its writing reads in a
most beckoning way. It points
out that the forty-fifth parallel
crosses Michigan almost at mid-
position, which puts the state
in perfect climatic balancesbe-
tween the equator and the North
Pole. "Hmmm," I think. It
claims that Michigan is a fresh-
water spring and invites us to
- "Come, be yourself, by your-
self!" We react emotionally,
"We will, we will!" This seems
to be a regular Canaan, a step-
ping-stone to all sorts of discov-
eries! It continues, "Come up
to the water, come up with the
sun, come up for air." The last
page ends with these words:
"The air is a clear breath of
courage." Would that all this
could be manifested by good
and proper thoughts and actions
in daily life! If only we could
create a more perfect balance,
a better climate for decency!

If we could all be our own true
persons! If we could all drink
at the spring - The Well -
and be renewed in mind, body
and spirit! If we could all en-
joy a clean, clear breath of
air for a long-awaited change!
Virginia
Cheapshot
To The Daily:
REGARDING THE recent
story of Ms. Melinda Schultheis
in the Friday, September 24
issue, I would like to comment
strongly in the form of one
phrase: Momma's girl. Yes, it
is different coming to a new
place and facing situations nev-
er encountered before but they
don't remedy themselves.
There are many ways offered
to handle these "problems".
First, it seems there is a coun-
selor for any problem that could
possibly arise. Also, one hun-
dred per cent of the student
body are not freshpeople, in
fact the majority are not. I'm
sure that if Ms. Schultheis was
really trying to adapt to her
new situation she would seek
these people for advice on how
to cope with college life. After
all, they've made it so far. It's
a fact of life that sooneror lat-
er all children must leave the
protection of the womb and in
the case of Ms. Schultheis it
seems it has taken longer than
the rest of us.
NOW WE COME to the sub-
ject of food. Agreed that it's
not much except a bunch of
trash thrown together andtnam-
ed various things like turkey
sandwiches, casseroles, etc, but
come now, what do you expect?
There is no way that a kitchen
cooking for over a thousand
people can make food just like
dear old Mom. Once again a
problem that has been faced
by thousands before Ms. Schul-
theis has been adapted to.
What it all boils down to is
that Ms. Schultheis will either
conquer her problems and get
her B.A., or B.S., or never grow
up andsettle for a Mrs. If the
latter is the case, then twenty
years from now the Daily will
more than likely receive a let-
ter from Ms. Schultheis' daugh-
ter saying she can't cope with
college life.
Unsigned
Letters should be typed
and limited to 400 words.
The Daily reserves the
right to edit letters for
length and grammar.

Perspective
by W. L. SCHELLER
,ON OCTOBER 1, 1949, Mao Tse-Tung stood in Tien an Men
square and announced to the people' of China, "Our nation
will never again be an insulted nation. We have stood up." So
began the People's Republic of China. At 12:10 a.m,, September
9, 1976, the Chairman, the Patriarch of modern China, died.
As a youth Mao fought often with his father and eventually
ran away from home to get an education. On the way he became
a revolutionary. With the aid of Stalin, Mao defeated Chiang Kai-
Shek, who fled to Taiwan, and established Nationalist China in
1949.
THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN China and Russia didn't last
long however. As early as the 1930s Mao was having second
thoughts about the Soviets, though at the time he still needed them
for his revolution. The rift between the two communist powers
opened in 1958 when Mao warned against "blind obedience" to
the Russians. In 1960 the Chinese press began openly criticizing
the USSR for its bureaucracy and emerging "elite" class. Since
then Sino-Soviet relations have steadily grown worse. In 1969 war
nearly broke out along the Ussouri river on China's northern
border with the USSR. In 1976 Peking rejected Moscow's "deepest
condolences" on the death of Mao.
The United States has only recently become aware of the
importance of relations with China. In 1949 our government
recognized the Nationalist government-in-exile on Taiwan as the
legitimate government of China. A "bamboo curtain" fell over
the mainland. In the e'arly 1970's, as the threat of Russia was
increasing, Mao and Chou En-Lai started approaching Washington
in an effort to "normalize relations." This led to the "'ping pong"
diplomacy and the first visit to China by an American president.
UNFORTUNATELY, America's China policy now lies in
neglect. Although we have a consular office in Peking, no new
initiatives have been taken to exchange Ambassadors. Now we
have reached the crucial point. World security may now depend
on our diplomatic initiatives with the People's Republic.
The Chinese have openly shown their concern over U.S.-Soviet
relations. They have continually been telling us how the Russians
are taking extreme advantage of trade agreements and arms
limitation, while still showing real growth in their military.
The situation is now ripe for America. Tensions are great
between the two communist powers, making it necessary for them
to improve relations with the United States. China rules a quarter
of the world's population and now provides a political pivot. As
long as China and Russia are at odds and must commit troops
along their mutual borders, we can ease tensions throughout
Eastern and Western Europe and Asia, while achieving political,
scientific and cultural exchanges between ourselves and them,
because neither will feel as threatened by us as each other.
THE TIME FOR stagnation in our China policy is at an end.
Now that Mao is gone the U.S. must recognize the People's
Republic. The greatest threat to western democracy would come if
Peking and Moscow were to reconcile their differences. Then
neither would need to court Washington to counter balance the
other. Russia could again exert a heavy hand in Europe and
China could hold her influence over Asia.
Politically, militarily and culturally, America's international
interests depend on our policy of improved relations with Moscow
and Peking. Now we must prove we have not forgotten the
People's Republic of China.

LI 41TS!
ACT ION!

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Future GEO phase-out good possibility

By STEPHEN KURSMAN
FOUR WEEKS HAVE PASSED since the GEO con-
tract expired. The GEO and the University are
still far apart despite the efforts of state mediation
and it is time for both sides to consider an agree-
ment for binding arbitration. When labor and man-
agement remain far apart on contract proposals, as
is the case now, then a strike becomes a serious
possibility. But if there is a strike there will be no
winners and many losers.
The University is concerned with its reputation for
higher education. President Fleming stated on Mon-
day evening that there aren't enough professors teach-
ing at the undergraduate level. He urged the state

play an increasingly large role in undergraduate edu-
cation, then graduate assistants will play an increas-
ingly small role and the influence of the GEO will
diminish.
THE UNIVERSITY WILL be most reluctant to grant
anything more than it feels essential to keep gradu-
ate assistants teaching here for this year and for
the few years following. An inflexible university posi-
tion such as they may well force the GEO into strik-
ing against its will. But a long and bitter strike will
only hasten the University's plans to hire more pro-
fessors. The GEO will weaken its overall position
rather than ,improve it. The Union will not consoli-
date the long run power that all unions need to
survive.

sors will never materialize and the sought-after rise
in educational reputation will not occur.
BUT THOSE WITH the most to lose are the fresh-
persons and sophomores in LS&A. A long interrup-
tion in introductory material can really hurt. It is
hard to major in a field when the introductory course
is interrupted for a period of weeks. Those that can
easily learn outside the classroom get by. But many
students need the educational stimulation of a teach-
er in order to really learn.
These students will lose out. More of them are
freshpersons and sophomores than are juniors and
seniors. Yet a strike will be felt the most by fresh-
persons and sophomores.
In circumstances such as these the only practical
rinF af oation is for the 'T' and the GEO to agree

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