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University of Michigan
Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in all reprints.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 1972 News Phone: 764-0552
City Council: Reality?
"INJECTING A note of reality" into circumloutious
debate on an anti-war resolution adopted by City
Council Monday night, Mayor Robert Harris asserted that
the goal of his resolution was not to exhibit "how the city
of Ann Arbor would like to conduct foreign affairs." In-
stead, he claimed the resolution was simply a means to
get an upcoming national mayors' convention behind the
anti-war movement-an occurrence which Harris ad-
mitted would be a "miracle."
Spectators observing that council's fruitless ruminations
could only come to the somewhat disconcerting conclu-
sion that council members passed a weak, ambiguous
anti-war measure simply because they couldn't agree on
anything else.
The motion, as originally proposed, and finally passed,
urges the U.S. Conference of Mayors to "use its maximum
powers ... to have Congress exercise its rightful authority
and end all United States military activity-land, air, and
sea-in Indochina by Oct. 1, 1972, on the sole condition
that United States prisoners of war are returned by that
date."
After rounds of discussion and a bit of bench-gavelling
by the mayor, the council was unable to do anything but
prove its general inefficiency by ultimately defeating
every move to strengthen or clarify the original resolution.
AS APPROVED, six to four, the resolution is nothing
more than a token statement of half-hearted opposi-
tion to the Indochina war. The council failed to agree on
a stronger anti-war stance even though at least six of
its members are openly critical of the war-including the
two HRP members who voted against the adopted
measure.
The resolution neither addresses the inexcusable atro-
city of continued U.S. bombing of Indochina nor would
its congressional enactment explicitly guarantee that
U.S. military forces will be out of Southeast Asia by
October.
Establishing the withdrawal date on the condition that
POWs are also released by October is merely a hazy
affirmation of present Nixon administration policy.
Making withdrawal contingent on prior or simultaneous
release of the prisoners ignores the reality that the North
Vietnamese will not release the prisoners until after we
withdraw.
Even if the resolution is designed primarily to have an
effect on the council of mayors, we should not be satis-
fied with just any anti-war measure.
IF THE CITY'S council members do not start addressing
themselves to the issues, instead of merely addressing
themselves, they may find themselves immersed in a
veritable sea of nitwit political featherpicking.
-NANCY ROSENBAUM
NIGHT EDITOR: LINDA DREEBEN
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR: ARTHUR LERNER
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITOR: MERYL GORDON
PHOTO TECHNICIAN: DENNY GAINER
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WASHINGTON --The Brookings
Institution, after an exhaustive
study, has warned that expendi-
tures are outstripping income and
that higher taxes will be needed
merely to keep up with the pre-
sent government program.
President Nixon's budget ex-
perts have given him the same
advice. His chief economic ad-
viser, Herbert Stein, has warned
that the next budget - for the
year beginning July 1st -- must
be slashed unless new revenue is
raised.
In response, President Nixon has
told subordinates that he still be-
lieves in fiscal responsibility and
will return to a tight budget im-
mediately after the election. He
will begin, he said, by cutting Lyn-
don Johnson's Great Society pro-
gram. He has already drafted a
list of 110 federal programs that
he believes should be repealed or
at least turned over to local gov-
ernments.
Washington financial experts pre-
dict that Nixon, if reelected, will
launch an immediate attack upon
Johnson's Great Society. He will
charge that the programs were
tastily conceived and poorly ad-
ministered. He will warn that the
Great Society will wind up, in-
stead, a chaotic society, w i t h
the workers taxed beyond endur-
ance.
Finally, they predict that the
President will get rid of most of
Lyndon Johnson's domestic pro-
grams or refuse to implement
them if Congress won't repeal
them.
McClellan's Interests
John McClellan, the grim 76-
year-old crime buster, has been
forced into a run-off in Arkansas
in his fight to hang on to his Sen-
ate seat.
We have reported over the years
how McClellan has used his Sen-
ate position to promote his finan-
cial interests. He sits on t h e
board, for example, of Little
Rock's largest bank, the First Na-
tional, and owns stock in another
suburban bank. He has been the
banking industry's most vigorous
champion in the Senate.
During the 1960s, the Comptrol-
ler of the Currency started break-
ing up monopolies in many cities
by chartering new banks. McClel-
lan soon opened up his Senate ar-
tillery upon the Comptroller. He
used his Senate investigating com-
mittee to hold headline hearings
into the failures of three newly-
chartered banks.
He also appeared before the
American Bankers Association con-

vention to charge that "too many
national banks are being -nwise-
ly chartered too fast and too free-
ly." What McClellan was really
trying to do, of corse, 'w a s to
block competition for his o w n
banks. One of the charter applica-
tions had been submitted by peo-
ple who wanted to open a bank
in direct competition with McClel-
lan's First National Bank.
We have also reported on Mc-
Clellan's holdings in cable tele-
vision and his acquisition of real
estate in Arkansas, including one
tract near a dam to be built by
the U.S. Army Engineers. Mc-
Clellan happens to be a member
of the Senate Appropriations Com-
mittee which votes on all dams.
Last February, McClellan wrote
an article for the FBI publica-
tion, Law Enforcement Bulletin.
The story was about a bill Mc-
Clellan is sponsoring to compen-
sate public safely officials injur-
ed in the line of duty.
As soon as the article was pub-

the first time in 10 years, the two
Communist giants have been con-
sulting on moving war. supplies
across China by rail. The Chinese
have agreed to a massive increase
in rail shipments.
However, they have turned down
Soviet requests to open ports in
southern China. Intelligence re-
ports say the Chinese urged the
Soviets, instead, to clear the mines
from Haiphong harbor.
Meanwhile, freight trains have
already been diverted to pick tp
the first Soviet arms s hipmenot
from Siberia. These are reported
to be arms that had been on the
way to Haiphong.eThey wt1 now
be delivered overland by rail
instead of Overseas by ship. The
trains, incidentally, probaoly will
deliver the arms to North Viet-
nam faster than they would have
arrived by ship.
Nixon in Russia
" The Secret Service did its us-
ual efficient job of protecting Pres-
ident Nixon in Russia. But dur-
ing their off hours, the Secret
Service men had a glorious vaca-
tion. They flew over crates of
Scotch, Bourbon, soft drinks, soap
and toilet paper. On at least one
night, they took over the Hotel
Roosia's entire night club in Mos-
cow for a private party.
* The Soviet secret police round-
ed up literally hundreds of known
dissidents in Moscow, Leningrad
and Kiev before President Nixon's
visit. Some were detained, some
interned, some actually drafted in-
to the armed forces. Clearly, the
Soviets wanted to take no chanc-
es that dissidents might take ad-
vantage of the President's visit
to stage some impromptu demon-
strations.
* Intercepted messages be-
tween Moscow and Hanoi reveal
that the North Vietnamese made
urgent appeals to the Kremlin not
to make any deals with President
Nixon about Vietnam. The secret
messages from Hanoi warned
that the United States was trying
to divide the Soviet Union and
China from North Vietnam. The
message stressed that the Presi-
dent should not be permitted to
settle the Vietnam conflict in
Moscow or Peking or anywhere
else except through direct nego-
tiations with Hanoi. The Soviet
leaders gave their assurances to
Hanoi that they would not make
any agreement with Nixon regard-
ing Vietnam. However, the Pres-

Jeln McClellan:
Rank ers' itan
lished, the FBI ran off a thous-
and copies and gave thema to Mte-
Clellan, free of charge. The sen-
ator, in turn, sent them to every
fire and police chief in Arkansas.
If Senator McClellan loses in
November, it won't be the fault
of the FBI nor some special in-
terest groups. Nevertheless, tge be-
lieve that the aging McCtellan uill
be edged out of the Democratic
run-off and that his Senate seat
will be taken by Congressman
David Pryor.

ident received private assurances
Common Cause from party leader Leonid Brez-
The mining of Haiphong harbor - hnev that he would encourage the
has driven Moscow and Peking North Vietnamese to negotiate.
back into one another's arms. For -s1972 by United Feature syndicate, Inc.

Letters to The Daily

Pols (an pollution
To The Daily:
IN A LETTER to The Daily
June 1), David Paxton deplored
the watering down of legislation to
restrict air pollution. He c o m-
plained that the "upper house
of the legislature) would rather
hold the hand of the industrial-
utilities lobby . . . than look out
for the health and safety of the
people of Michigan." Mr. Paxton
then proposed that Michigan elec-
tors remember the "touching con-
cern" of the legislators for the
people around election time.
American voters have been re-
mtembering the touching concerns
of politicians for the industrialists
capitalists) for more than 100
years by regularly dumping one
set of "concerned" politicians af-
tcr another. Yet, after repeated
evidence that one gang of politi-
cians is as subject to the dictates
of the industrialists as another,
Amnericans keep hoping that capi-
alism can be retutated in their
interests.
American colorists fell into a
similar trap with respect to the
overnment of Enland until they
woke up to the fact that their
lives and their safety required
that they build a society and gov-
ernment which would be more in

their interests
ment of Englan,
The industria
government out
the people and
hands of plutoci
democracy have
this fact. Amer
declared their
capitalist obliga
should have e
over the proce
and distribution
tical and econot
an Industrial D
the lesson to rs
before it is too
-Ralph i1
June 2
To The Daily:
DURING NI
University's me
of 1972 graduati
Friday, class pr
Iis made brie
military draft,
most disastroti
the draft, if it
tied, would be
the young phy
He also ma
nouncement of
on the grounds

than the govern- doctors of their "unique freedom
d. to choose where they wish to pric-
dl revolution took Lice medicine."
of the hands of After putting down socialized
placed it in the medicine, Rodis went on to praise
rats. The forms of medical students for their involve-
tended to conceal ment in the Ann Arbor Free Peo-
icans should have ple's Clinic and the Whitmore
independesce of a Lake Clinic. Pray tell, what does
rchy long ago and Steven Rodis, PhD., M.D., think
'stablished control the Free Clinic is all about?
sses of production
by replacing poli- In a town that purports to house
toic autocracy with the "finest health care resources
'emocracy. That is in the world," (U-M Reporter,
emember and teed Nov. 1971) why does the "free
late. clioic" have to exist0
Msuney, '23 In general, I was appalled at the
lack of perspective presented by
this class president on the is-
Ib('l t c(Ire? sues involving health care facing
our community and our society. If
decisions involving the direction
S speech at the that health care is moving in ase
idietl school Class left to the "Dr. Rodis' " of the
on ceremonies lost country, I fear for the very lives
esident Steven Ro- of many of our people.
f mention te of the
idicating that the We arc tired if the 'great tesis
.s consequence of sideways" and "great leaps bak-
is itndeedl esourn iwia''s that ore cosistenotty itsoe
the interruption of in the area of health care.
sician's educa'ton. -Nancy Lessin, Coordinator
de a blanket de-
socialized medicine Free People's Clinic
that it would rob June 2

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