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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 13, 1995 - 5

Clinton salutes FDR, says
he will continue his legacy

Celebrating the legacy of Franklin D.
Roosevelt at his "Little White House,"
President Clinton said yesterday that
FDR would have been on his side in
fighting efforts to cut aid for the needy
or retreat from America's obligations
Marking the 50th anniversary of
Roosevelt's death, Clinton said the
key to raising Americans' stagnant
wages is through education. He
warned Republicans he will not sign
any tax-cut bill unless it helps pay the
costs of education.
"Education is the fault line in
America today," Clinton said in his
most direct statement yet on what he
will demand in a tax bill. "Those who
have it are doing well in the global
economy. Those who don't are not
doing well."
Clinton spoke in front of the white
clapboard cottage in Warm Springs,

where Roosevelt sought relief from
the paralysis of polio and where, on
April 12, 1945, he died of a cerebral
hemorrhage at age 63.
"He led us from the depths of
economic despair through a Depres-
sion, to victory in the war, to the
threshold of the promise of the post-
war America he unfortunately never
lived to see," Clinton said.
It was Clinton's first trip to Warm
Springs, and he said he had always
wanted to visit the memorial to one of
America's greatest political leaders.
"My grandfather thought he was going
to go to Roosevelt when he died," the
President told reporters on Air Force
Framed by the white pillars on the
front porch of Roosevelt's Little White
House, Clinton said FDR would have
welcomed the debate about the role of
government, in which many Republi-
cans are trying to dismantle the lib-

eral foundation that he laid.
"And so I believe if President
Roosevelt were here, he would say,
'Let's have a great old-fashioned de-
bate about the role of government and
let's make it less bureaucratic and
more flexible,"' Clinton said.
He said Roosevelt would say,
"'Let's put a sense of independence
back into our welfare system.' But he
would also say, 'Let's not forget that
what really works in life is when
people get a hand up, not a handout;
when Americans go up or down to-
Asserting that education is the key
to lifting Americans' income, Clinton
said, 'That's why I say if we're going to
have a tax cut, we must give people
some tax relief for the cost of education.
"That is the most important tax cut
we can have and I will insist upon it
and will not support a legislative bill
that does not have it."

Russians denounce government in labor protest
Several thousand demonstrators shout anti-Yeltsin, anti-government slogans as they gather in St. Petersburg,
Russia yesterday as part of a nationwide labor protest action to demand unpaid wages. Demonstrations were
,old across Russia in yesterday's "Day of United Actions for Working People." The sign in the foreground reads,
'Down with Yeltsin! Give us socialism!"
Mandela un-fires estranged ex-wife


be Washington Post
- President Nelson Mandela yester-
iay un-fired his estranged wife,
Winnie Mandela, the latest and least-
;xpected twist in a drawn-out politi-
;al soap opera that has veered toward
The reinstatement is likely to re-
nain in place only for a matter of
lays, until Nelson Mandela can sat-
asfy procedural requirements that
Winnie Mandela - in a lawsuit filed
Tuesday - alleged he ignored when
e fired her two weeks ago from her
position as deputy minister of arts,
vulture, science and technology.
Although Winnie Mandela has
prevailed for the time being on a con-
stitutional technicality, the victory will
Bome at a punishing cost, according
zo numerous analysts inside and out-
side the government. By humiliating
:he presidentand challenging her boss's
40 ight to fire her, she is seen as com-
pounding the offense that led to her
dismissal in the first place: refusal to
ae a team player in a government and
political culture that places a high
premium on loyalty.
"If anything will kill her off in the
African National Congress, this will,"
Said political analyst Robert Schrire,
referring to the ruling party to which
husband and wife both belong. "In
South Africa, the prima donnas may
get the headlines, but the team players
make the headway."
Winnie Mandela had no comment
an yesterday's development.
The reinstatement also comes as a
. setback for Nelson Mandela, whose
government is seen as having blun-
dered time and again in its efforts to
reel in the 'catch-me-if-you-dare'
Winnie Mandela. It is a particular
embarrassment for the president's heir
apparent, Deputy President Thabo
Mbeki, to whom he had given the task
of firing Winnie Mandela.
"There is a structural problem in
this government which this episode
reveals," Schrire said. "There is no
tough, political heavyweight manag-
ing the store day in and day out.
Mandela himself is terribly over-
stretched. Mbeki may have good po-
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litical instincts, but he's no adminis-
Other observers were less chari-
table. "We have created the impres-
sion around the world that we are just
another banana republic," scoffed
Martinus van Schalkwyk, a spokes-
man for the National Party, which
ruled from 1948 until 1994 and insti-
tuted the system of racial oppression
known as apartheid.
The post-apartheid government
that came to power 11 months ago in
South Africa's first universal-suffrage
election is an enforced coalition in
which the three top vote-getting po-
litical parties all have seats in the
cabinet. That unusual arrangement
created a procedural crevice - and
political sub-plot - which Winnie

Mandela's lawyers exploited this
The new constitution says the
president must consult the leaders of
all political parties in the cabinet be-
fore he can fire any minister. Enter
Inkatha Freedom Party leader and
Home Affairs Minister Mangosuthu
Buthelezi. He attached an affidavit to
Winnie Mandela's court suit this week
in which he said he had not been con-
sulted about her firing.
Buthelezi is a longtime blood
rival of both Mandelas, but he
jumped at the chance to embarrass
the president, with whom he is
locked in a bitter, unrelated dispute
over whether international media-
tion is needed to settle matters relat-
ing to federalism.



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