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1981-The Michigan Daily
Riots heavy in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (UPI)- In the
worst outbreak of street violence in 14
months of labor unrest, riot police used
truncheons yesterday to break up 5,000
stone-throwing protesters angered by
the arrest of three Solidarity activists.
Some 5,000 people took to the streets
of the southern mining city of Katowice
after police arrested three unionists for
selling underground newspapers and
Solidarity leaflets from a van, the union
AUTHORITIES said the leaflets were
"anti-state" and "anti-Soviet."
Solidarity sources in the coal and steel
city identified the people who tried to
seize the leaflets as "plainclothesmen."
'They said several thousand people
gathered, but 10 to 20 vans filled with
riot police in helmets broke up the
crowd with no injuries reported.
Thousands of striking textile
workers, protesting food shortages in
defiance of Communist government or-
ders, appealed yesterday to new party
chief Wojciech Jaruzelski to improve

the quality of life for the "women who
are toiling so hard."
About 12,000 workers-most of them
women-at the Zyrardow textile mills
ignored the party's demand to end
protests and were in the eighth day of
their sit-in. Some 180,000 workers in
Zielona Gora province called a warning
strike for today and farmers near
Radom joined other Solidarity labor
union chapters in declaring strike aler-
"THE WORKING class of Zyrardow
has trusted you personally," the appeal
sent to Jaruzelski in a telegram said,
adding it came from "women who are
toiling so hard, both party members
and non-party people, mothers of small
"We are holding out our hands to you
and begging you to send out anyone who
will . . . sign a document that guaran-
tees the improvement of the life of our
community because plants of impor-
tance to the national economy are at a
standstill," it added.

There was no immediate response
from Jaruzelski, who was elected party
first secretary Sunday by the 200-
member Communist Party Central
Committee after Stanislaw Kania was
ousted. The Central Committee also
demanded an end to all protests and
asked the Parliament to ban the right to
strike won by workers during Baltic
coast protests last year that launched
Solidarity, the only independent labor
union in the Soviet bloc.
Former national Solidarity press
spokesman Janusz Onyszkiewicz, now
spokesman for Solidarity's powerful
Warsaw chapter, told the union press in
an interview published yesterday in
Warsaw that the union would not
respond to such a ban.
"It will call a strike if the need
arises," he told the daily Bulletin In-
dependence. "The union will behave
just as it did in April when the Sejm
(Parliament) resolved to suspend
strikes for three months."

Troops ready to counter Soviets

WASHINGTON (UPI)- The commander of the Rapid
Deployment Force said yesterday he has more than 200,000
troops combat-ready now to move into the Middle East or
Persian Gulf area if needed "to counter Soviet adven-
"I would not hesitate to take the Rapid Deployment Force
into combat today if the situation demanded," Lt. Gen.
Robert Kingston said.
KINGSTON DESCRIBED the force as "the only
meaningful free world deterrent to Soviet adventurism in
southwest Asia."
If deterrence fails, he said, "the Rapid Deployment Joint
Task Force will be prepared to carry out the orders of the
national command authority-and ready to go into combat."

"We can put our first tactical air in the southwest Asia
region in a matter of hours, some of it land-based and some
from the carriers offshore," he said.
"WE CAN HAVE combat-ready marines ashore in the area
within 48 hours.
"We can deploy a full army brigade from the states and
have it on the ground in the region within three to four days.
And we can have the combat elements of an entire division
there is less than two weeks."
The 53-year-old general, who took command of the force
three months ago, spoke at the annual meeting of the
Association of the U.S. Army, a professional group of active
and retired officers, enlisted men and civilians now or for-
merly attached to the Defense Department.

AP Photo'
Mischievous conduct
In Hong Kong, this medium, claiming to be possessed by the Monkey God,
ran across burning charcoal and woods. The Monkey God, one of the most
popular in Hong Kong, was thrown out of the Taoist Parade because of his
mischievous conduct.

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administration conceded yesterday
that a recession now under way could
boost unemployment to 8 percent, but it
vowed to hold the same economic cour-
se rattler than turn to "quick fixes of
previous administrations."
President Reagan's chief economic
adviser, Murray Weidenbaum, became
the latest senior administration official
yesterday to admit publicly that the
economy has slid into a recession. He
also predicted that the nation's unem-
ployment rate would rise from a 7.5
percent rate in September "perhaps to
the neighborhood of 8 percent" in the
coming months.
"IT DOES SEEM the economy has
entered a mild recession" that will
mean higher unemployment,Weiden-
baum said. ".. . This is the price we pay
for moving into a less inflationary en-
In addition, administration officials
hinted strongly yesterday that it may
be impossible for them to balance the
federal budget by 1984 as Reagan has
promised repeatedly to do.
Appearing before the Senate Budget
Committee, Treasury Undersecretary

It does seem the economy has entered
a mild recession . . . This is the price
we pay for moving into a less in-
flationary environment.'
-Murray Weiden baum,
Reagan 's chi efeconomic advisor

taxes, a value added tax and
eliminating the deduction for mortgage
But he quickly added he was not ad-
vocating any of them.
IN GENERAL, he said Congress
should not attempt to change any part
of the tax cut legislation it approved
earlier in the year.
Only this summer, Reagan per-
suaded Congress to approve a record
cut in personal and business tax rates,
which will reduce federal revenues by
$38 billion in 1982 and $750 billion over
the next five years.
Now, Stockman is said to fear that the
government went too far in cutting
taxes and that the president's balanced-
budget goal can no longer be met'
through spending cuts alone.
The tax-raising proposals now being
analyzed by Treasury Department of-
ficials would offset only a small frac-
tion of the revenues lost to the giant tax
cut bill, but they still would produce
significant income.for the government
in its struggle to reduce chronic budget

Beryl Sprinkel said enacting all aspects
of the president's economic program
and balancing the budget in 1984 would
be "perfection."
"We're unlikely to be able to achieve
any of these objectives in toto," he said.
WITH A RECESSION threatening to
hold down government revenues,
assistant budget director Lawrence
Kudlow conceded before the same
committee that deficits could swell as
much as' $30 billion over official
estimates for the next three years.
The officials made their comments as
Treasury Secretary Donald Regan said
the administration is looking at several
proposals to raise taxes.
Regan said the administration is con-
sidering a boost in cigarette and alcohol
excise taxes and a variety of other ways
to increase federal revenues. ,
REGAN DID NOT elaborate on the

proposals under study. But other of-
ficials said they include such politically
volatile ideas as eliminating income tax
deductions for interest payments on
virtually all credit except home mor-
tgages and auto loans, and limiting
exemptions for health insurance
Several administration sources,
asking not to be named, said revenue-
raising proposals such as these are
being sought principally by White
House budget director David Stockman
as the only way to keep the ad-
ministration on track toward a balan-
ced budget by 1984, which Reagan has
pledged to do.
Appearing before the Senate Budget
Committee, assistant budget director
Lawrence Kudlow told Congress it
should consider several possible tax in-
creases, including increases in excise


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