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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 25, 1978-Page 7
Brookings: Carter
bold, but alls short

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Carter's performance since taking of-
fice 16 months ago has been
courageous, but disappointing, because
he has failed to deliver on his promises,
a study by the Brookings Institution
said yesterday.
Carter has turned to Brookings, a
Democratic-oriented economic think
tank, for several key members of his
administration, notably Charles
Schultze, chairman of his Council of
Economic Advisers, and Barry
Bosworth, director of the Council on
Wage and Price Stability.
BUT DESPITE the associations bet-
ween the institution and the ad-
,aministration, the study assessed Car-
ter's performance in critical terms,
although the views were those of the
authors and not of Brookings itself.
It said that Carter has been
courageous in proposing significant
changes in a wide variety of federal
programs, including energy, social
security, food stamps, welfare, em-
ployment, education, hospital costs,
urban policy, defense and taxation. But
it noted he has not been able to wine
enactment of very many.
"On this basis, the performance is
disappointing," wrote Jospeh Pech-
man, editor of Brookings' annual.
federal budget study, entitled "Setting
National Priorities." ,
"WHERE THE administration falls
short is in carrying its initiatives
through the legislative
process-whether by overloading the
congressional calendar or by
a misjudging the balance of political for-
ces on major issues," he said.
Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX In his summary of the study, Pech-
Galloping gourmet man, a tax expert who has been con-
sulted frequently by the ad-
At least somebody seems to covet a fast food lunch. This pooch has taken advant- ministration, gave the president mixed
age of a burger joint's take-out services, apparently preferring to dine in his usual reviews on his economic performance.
haunt in the Nickel's Arcade than at a plastic table amidst the clutter of greasy
napkins, straw wrappers, and squished french fries.
Paid parenthood? It's possible
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The federal government may be despite a drop in the death rate.
paying couples to have children someday if the nation's birth "Eventually, 50 years down the road in this country and
rate keeps dropping, a Princeton University population expert much sooner in European countries, the death rate will begin
said yesterday. to exceed the birth rate," he said. "Before too long, gover-
Rewarding couples for babies "seems ironic and ludicrous in nments begin to get very nervous about the implications for
view of our concerns about growth of only a few years ago," the economy ... and the general sense of the national
Dr. Charles Westoff of the Princeton Office of Population said virility."
in a telephone interview. In a paper in the April issue of "The Family Plannog Per-
BUT BECAUSE OF readily available abortions and birth spective," published by the Planned Parenthood Federation of
control and a trend toward lifestyles that downplay marriage, America, Westoff said that by the year 2000 there would be no
the United States is moving toward a lower population growth, more than 245 million Americans - "a far cry from the 300
he said. million anticipated in a message to Congress only eight years
For the last five years, for the first time in U.S. history, ago."
population growth has dropped below one per cent each year
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He said he has done well in prolonging
the economic expansion with his 1977
economic stimulus program, but poorly
in combatting inflation.
"The administration can be faulted
for giving inflation control little em-
phasis in its various initiatives and for
not dealing with the wage-price
problem," he said.
THE STUDY ALSO said the Federal
Reserve Board and the White House
may be working at cross purposes with
the result that a "possible incom-
patibility of fiscal and monetary policy
... risks cutting short economic expan-
sion."
It said the Federal Reserve's growth
targets for the nation's money supply
may not be adequate to finance the 11
per cent growth rates of the nation's
gross national product that the ad-
ministration envisions in 1978 and 1979.
Despite Carter's introduction of zero-
base budgeting into the nation's budget
process,."there are virtually no reduc-
tions in outlays for old programs" in the
1979 budget, even though the process is
supposed to make old programs com-
pete for dollars on an equal footing with
new proposals, the study said.
It said Carter will be unable to deliver
on his pledge to balance the federal
budget by fiscal 1981 if significant tax
cuts are enacted by Congress this year,
and the budget may be in deficit by as
much as $30 billion.
University residence halls accom-
modate approximately 32 per cent of
the Ann Arbor student body. Sororities
and fraternities house 5 per cent of the
students; 2 per cent live in co-ops; 9 per
cent commute, and 52 per cent live off-
campus or at home.
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SPACE
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995-4242
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Register first
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Finishing Touches
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