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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, February 5, 1983-Page 7


Stalemate continues
in Geneva arms talks

GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) - Vice
President George Bush met with Soviet
arms negotiators for nearly two hours
yesterday, but the sides apparently did
not budge from their opposing stands,
Bush said nothing he heard from Yuli
Kvitsinsky and Viktor Pavlovich Kar-
pov encouraged hopes that the Soviets
might modify their positions any time
The vice president himself was still
plugging President Reagan's "zero op-
tion" proposal for intermediate-range
nuclear missiles which the Soviets have
flatly rejected. In a speech to the U.N.
Disarmament Committee, he
challenged the Kremlin "to come up
with a plan to banish" all medium-
range rockets.
HOWEVER, BUSH SAID the meeting
with the Soviet negotiators was "ex-
traordinarily worthwhile," and Kar-
pov, the Soviet delegate to the strategic
arms reduction talks (START), said,
"maybe it will be useful for clarifying
both positions."
Kvitsinsky, the Soviet negotiator on
intermediate-range missiles, said "not
much" when asked if he felt en-
"I had an opportunity to say to the
Soviet delegations that we are very
serious about arms reduction," Bush
told reporters. "I asked them to take
the message back to the leadership in
Moscow on INF intermediate-range
nuclear forces that we are deadly
serious about reaching an agreement."
HE SAID THE superpowers "cer-
tainly ought to be able to reach
agreements" in the START talks on
confidence-building measures to
Low birth
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - The troubled
Social Security system may be in a
deeper hole than already thought, with
a downward revisibn in birth rates
likely to increase the system's long-
term deficit by 16 percent, a
congressional source said yesterday.
Top officials of the Social Security
Administration said that new estimates
for the long-term fertility rate and
other assumptions are not yet in final
form and have not been approved by
Social Security's trustees, three mem-
bers of President Reagan's Cabinet.
BUT RICHARD Schweiker, who was
one of the trustees until Thursday when
he resigned as secretary of health and
o human services, already has said the
e long-range deficit is expected to be

reduce the risk of accidental nuclear
"The world is crying out for some
agreement to lower the levels of
danger," he said, "and confidence-
building is something we feel strongly
about. The Soviets replied that they did.
So, hopefully, we can make progress
Among the confidence-building
measures the United States has
proposed are advance notification of
test launches of intercontinental and in-
termediate-range missiles, exchanges
of basic information about nuclear for-
ces and improvements in the hot-line
communications channel between
Washington and Moscow.
In the medium-range missile
negotiations, the United States has of-
fered to forgo the deployment of 572
new American Pershing 2 and cruise
missiles in Western Europe, beginning
in December, if the Soviets dismantle
all their medium-range missiles.
The Soviets have said repeatedly this
is "patently unacceptable," but Soviet
Communist Party chief Yuri Andropov
said in December they would scale
back their stock in Europe to the level
of French and British missiles, repor-
ted to total 162. Although this proposal
has not been introduced in the Geneva
negotiations, the Western allies have
rejected it.
Bush, in his address to the 40-nation
U.N. committee, said the U.S. position
on intermediate-range missiles "is not
a take it or leave it proposition." But he
still gave no indication of retreat from
insistence on dismantling all the Soviet

AP l'noto
Vice President George Bush tells Soviet arms negotiators yesterday we are
deadly serious about reaching an agreement about arms reduction.


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Blast off! AP Photo
Japan's first communications satellite takes off from southwestern Japan
yesterday evening. The satellite has a communication capacity equal to
4,000 telephone circuits.
Court strikes down
run driving statute

rate may c
nigher than expected to reflect "both
the low birth rate and lack of real wage
A congressional source, who asked
not to be identified, said the trustees
are expected to revise the fertility rate
downward from 2.1 births to 2 births
among women of child-bearing age,
which would expand the long-term
deficit by 16 percent.
As it is, the compromise Social
Security rescue plan proposed by a
presidential commission would raise
$168 billion over the next seven years.
Over the next 75 years, it would raise
enough to cover two-thirds of the
system's $1.6 trillion long-term debt.
they are concerned the plan may not
raise enough money from 1984 to 1987.
The plan raises $25 billion in 1983, but


y up octa
nearly half its savings - $78 billion -
come in 1988 and 1989. The years in
between raise no more than $20 billion
The commission suggested enacting
a "fail-safe" - tax hikes, benefit curbs
or general revenue borrowing - in case
savings fall short. Rep. J.J. Pickle (d-
Texas), subcommittee chairman; said
general revenue borrowing cannot be
The comniission said Social Security
needs 1.8 percent of the nation's taxable
payroll over 75 years, and its plan
solved two-thirds of the problem. But
The Washington Post reported yester-
day Social Security's actuaries, in a
report to be sent Congress next week,
probably will predict the need is one-
sixth higher - about 2.1 percent.
A COMMISSION majority suggested

l Security

raising the retirement age to solve the
long-term problem. Liberal Democrats
- including Rules Committee Chair-
man Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) - say
they will never accept that, preferring
a standby tax hike.
The National Council on the Aging
issued a statement complaining of the
proposal's six-month benefit freeze, but
said Congress could eliminate that
proposal with "minimal dislocation of
the rest of the compromise."
But the plan picked up important
support late Thursday from the Save
Our Security coalition of 140 retiree,
handicapped and labor groups; 48 of its
50 board members voted to endorse it.
The National Association of Manufac-
turers, whose president, Alexander
Trowbridge, served on the presidential
panel, also endorsed the package
yesterday despite reservations about
its payroll tax hikes.
The hearings will resume next week
with dozens of representative, of
business, labor, senior citizens and
others scheduled to testify about their
particular concerns over the Social
Security system.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Billboards
went up last fall proclaiming"
"Delaware Is Tough On Drunk
Drivers," and the state distributed but-
tons saying "No Thanks, I'm Driving,"
for the holiday season.
But Delaware's highly publicized
crackdown on drunken" drivers was
thrown into chaos Thursday when the
state Supreme Court ruled the new law
unconstitutional on a technicality.
THE DECISION wiped out charges
against 1,150 people who had been
arrested through Jan. 30 under the law
that took effect Oct. 19.
As a result, Gov. Pierre du Pont IV
planned to call the Legislature into
special session, bureaucrats combed
1 records yesterday to determine who
was charged under the invalid law, and
officials were checking jails to deter-
mine whether anyone was held
The Supreme Court called its own
ruling "regrettable" and so did Attor-
ney General Charles Oberly III, who
does not intend to appeal.
"I REGRET the decision of the high
court," he said. "But I find myself
disagreeing with a lot the Supreme
Court is doing lately."
The ruling will have a major impact
on drunken driving cases, Oberly said.
not guilty
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show the government we're against it."
Rutt's parents, who led the
procession up and down the block, said
they are behind their son, who refused
to register on religious grounds. "I'm
guilty in the sense I disobeyed a lave
written on a little piece of Daner. btt in
the eyes of God I'm innocent," Rutt
Judge Barbara Hackett set bail at
$1,000 and scheduled the pre-trial
hearing for next Thursday.

Prosecutors will examine each case to
determine whether violators can be

recharged under other drunken driving
statutes which remain, he said.
"Anyone found guilty by an ad-
ministrative hearing, we will have to
return fees and licenses," Oberly said.
THE STATE Division of Motor
Vehicles reassigned employees from
other departments yesterday to help
the license revocation section purge the
files to see how many drivers' licenses
would have to be returned.
Oberly also said his office would have
to see if anyone is in jail under the new
law and decide what action to take, if
State officials say they won't give up
the battle to catch intoxicated
"To emphasize that we're still
serious," Lt. Gov. Michael Castle said
Thursday, state police would set up
roadblocks and there would be
"vigorous enforcement of the drunk
driving law" this weekend.
THE ISSUE OF roadblocks was not a
part of the new law; but state police
began using them in December to put
the public on notice that the law would
be enforced.
Under the new law, police had
broader powers and could require a
breath test before making an arrest and
warning a suspect of his rights. Under
the old law, police had to have a reason
to believe a driver was under the in-
fluence of alcohol, make a formal
arrest and then administer a breath
In addition, the new law empowered
police to seize immediately a driver's
license, which was automatically
revoked for one year. A conditional
license could be obtained after three
months for drivers who qualified for a
first offender rehabilitation program.
The old law called for a conditional
license after 30 days for those who
proved they needed it.

January jobless rate falls to 10.4%

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congressional leaders worked to
develop new jobs creating legislation,
and the White House is considering an
acceleration of construction projected
proposed in the fiscal year 1984 budget.
THE JANUARY rate was the first
month-to-month drop since July, 1981
the same month economists consider
the current recession to have started.
The data showed 11.4 million persons
officially considered as unemployed in
January, a drop of 590,000 from
December, but employment increased
by only 10,000 to 99.1 million.
The unemployed figure does not in-
clude 1.8 million so-called "discouraged
workers" who have given up seeking
employment, nor millions of others who
have taken part-time jobs because of
the recession.
ECONOMISTS were cautious of the
major decline because of the volatility
of seasonal adjustments after the
Christmas season, and the unusually
mild January weather experienced by
much of the nation.
AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland
called the January decline "no real im-
provement for those Americans
seeking work" because the new data
showed no upsurge in jobs.

He said the decrease to 10.4 percent
came because of the disappearance
from the workforce, and
"mathematical adjustments made af-
ter each winter holiday season."
Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) chair-
man of the Senate Budget Committee,
said the news "is the most solid sign yet
that economic recovery is at hand"
but cautioned against being "overly"
The January rate compared to a 7.4
percent level wheh Reagan took office
two years ago in January, 1981.
Reagan, under increasing pressure
from Congress to support a large-scale
public works program, said he has
authorized his staff to examine the
possibility of accelerating government
military and civilian construction
projects to help ease unemployment.
REAGAN SAID his administration
was "certianly going to listen" to calls
for a federal employment program, but
added that even speeding up U.S. con-
struction projects to create new jobs -
which he is considering - would have to
remain within his proposed budget.

Reagan also indicated, when asked
about the plight of the nedy at a hastily
called news conference, that the gover-
nment had no plans for new programs
to help the homeless or people without
"We certainly are doing everything
that we can in that regard," he said.
"And there are programs that have
been in place over the years for that
very problem. Those people are
automatically eligible for the programs
that are in place."
The news conference also celebrated,
two days early, the president's 72nd bir-
thday, and it was cut off when first lady
Nancy Reagan arrived with a
chocolate-iced cake with one candle.

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