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2- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 16, 1998
Russiapas to revive conom ~LJJL

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's new
government showed some of its cards
yesterday, proposing to print money to
pay back wages and impose some
Soviet-style controls over the market -
but also making a key appointment to
enhance its reform credentials.
The head of the centrist Our Home Is
Russia parliament faction, Alexander
Shokhin, was named deputy prime min-
ister in charge of financial issues - a
daunting job as Russia tries to pull itself
out of its economic morass. He said he
expected another member of his faction
to be named to a Cabinet post later.

Russian liberals and media have
been making doomsday predictions
that the new government, under Prime
Minister Yevgeny Primakov, will repre-
sent a retreat to Soviet-era economic
Primakov, who conferred with
President Boris Yeltsin on new Cabinet
appointments yesterday, insists he is
only trying to create a team that repre-
sents all the major political and eco-
nomic factions, including the
Communist Party.
Aside from a few preliminary mea-
sures. Primakov has not announced any

economic programs and appears to be
seeking politi-cal consensus rather than
quick economic action. le has asked to
be given up to a year be fore his policies
were assesset.
Tlhere have been indications that the
government intends to play a stronger
role in the economy.
(C tral Bank chair Viktor
Gerashchenko called yesterday for a
return to the Soviet-era practice of
requiring exporters to turn in all of their
hard currency earnings to the govem-
ment, in exchange for rubles at a state-
determined rate.

The measure "is long overdue,"
Gerashchenko said. "That should have
been done last year.
New Irst )eputy Prime Minister
Yuri Maslyukov a Communist Party
member who nevertheless has shown
himself wiling to work in a reform-on-
ented government - has also advocat-
ed the measure
No one in the government has
called for reviving Soviet-era funda-
mentals such as fully nationalized
industry, price controls or ending the
free low of capital and the ruble's

Democrats support $80 billion tax-cut
WASfIINGTON (AP) - Democrats signaled support Tuesday for an $80 billien
Republican tax-cut plan that has broad political appeal, but not if it is paid for by
a budget surplus that Democrats want reserved to preserve Social Security.
"It looks like a very, very good proposal. Most of the provisions in it have been
Democratic provisions," said Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, the top Demo
on the House Ways and Means Committee. "The only problem with it is
Republicans haven't found a way to pay for it."
The five-year plan outlined by Ways and Means Committee Chair Bill Archer
(R-Texas) would be financed almost entirely by part of the SI.6 trillion budget sur-
plus projected over the next decade. Republicans argue that Americans' tax burden
should be reduced with a modest cut, and the rest of the surplus should be set aside
to ensure Social Security doesn't go broke.
"As long as we make it very clear that we are committed to saving Social
Security, the American people think there should be some of the surplus given back
to them," Archer told reporters. "We need to be sure we infuse more money back
into the pockets of taxpayers."
President Clinton and most Democrats have adamantly opposed using the s
plus to pay for tax cuts. But yesterday, it became clear that the election-year pop-
larity of many items in the GOP bill is making Democrats uneasy.

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64 members won 't
return to House

Continued from Page 1
"Try to imagine a corporation where
the entire leadership changes every six
years" she said.
But Garret Carlson, Rep. Liz Brater's
(D- Ann Arbor) opponent in November,
said his lack of legislative experience is
an attribute.
Term limits will "cause people to
do what's right rather than what's
popular," Carlson said. "I think it will
control special interest groups and
keep politicians in touch with the
The debate about term limits has
entered the spotlight recently, but its
origins can be traced back to colonial
Carlson said "I think our founding
fathers meant us to be citizen-statesmen
and not career politicians"
Joseph Lehman, director of
Communications for the Mackinac
Center for Public Policy, said
Benjamin Franklin indirectly advocat-
ed term limits more than 200 years
"The best case could be in free gov-
ernment (when) rulers are the servants
and the people their superiors,"
Franklin said. "For the lormer to return
among the latter does not degrade, but
promote them."
Many term limit opponents say
drawing parallels between 18th -
Century America and today's complex
society seems ludicrous.
Brater said there are a number of
issues that require years of experience
to fully understand.
There's a lot of information I still

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seek out from senior members and
I'm going to miss them being
around," said Brater, who was elect-
ed in 1994.
"I'm on six of the 29 (House)
committees and there's certain
things I'm still learning to do," she
Brater said certain issues like
mental health, consumer protection
and the environment may be neglect-
ed because they often require a
longer time to push bills through the
"I think that there will be a setback
to a number of bills in the works - a
lot of legislation is long-term and
sometimes takes five to 10 years to
pass," she said.
Sage Eastman, communications
director for the Michigan
Republican Party, suggested that
government complexity may be the
problem and term limits are a ready
"What we need is some common
sense bills put in by everyday people,"
Eastman said. "The number one effect
of term limits is to give voters more
choice and to bring new blood into the
John Hanson, the democratic can-
didate running for Schroer's current
seat, said term limits are an unrea-
sonable way of confronting real con-
"People who wanted term limits
may have wanted them for people like
Jesse I elms ... those elected who may
not deserve to be," there Hanson said.
"Some people we elect are great and
we want them to be around for 10 or
15 years."
Continued from Page 1
done by lhanksgiving," he said,
Although Schoolkid's is closing,
Bergman said that he will share a small
place with another independent busi-
"We will sell limited hand
picked disk and take special orders,"
tie said.
A location for the store has not been
determined but Bergman encourages
School Kid's customers to e-mail him
at steve(d ht.com.,
Continued from Page 1.
importance of working for the party,
not just one campaign.
"By helping my campaign, you'll be
helping the Liz Brater campaign, the
John Ilansen campaign, the Geoffrey
Fieger campaign, and the Lynn Rivers
campaign," said mayoral candidate
Chris Kolb.
And in between discussions of
activism and education, John Hansen, a
candidate for the 53rd district seat in
the state House of Representatives,
asked students to aid their younger sib-
ling's in discerning him from other
people named Hanson.
"I'm not a rock group; Hansen
joked. "I'm told my lawn signs are sou-
venirs out there."

Welcow beck..


Berisha pressured,
surrenders two tanks
TIRANA, Albania -- Under
strong international pressure, for-
mer President Sali Berisha surren-
dered two tanks posted outside his
headquarters yesterday after the
government threatened force if his
followers did not give up their
Following two days of rioting, Prime
Minister Fatos Nano promised to guar-
antee Berisha's safety and opened the
door to a political settlement of the cri-
sis threatening this former communist
But Nano warned the government
would not "wait endlessly" for
Berisha's supporters to hand over
their weapons. Late yesterday, the
government declared the unrest an
"attempted coup" and ordered a crim-
inal investigation of Berisha and his
The two tanks were surrendered after
a day of intense, behind-the-scenes
negotiations, including a meeting late
yesterday between Berisha and interna-

tional officials, who accused his fol-
lowers of trying to to le the govern-
After that session, Berisha c
ferred briefly with his followers, A
moments later the tanks were driven
away from his Democratic Party
headquarters and handed over to
Experts warn bank
crisis deepening
TOKYO - Japanese bank exp
warned yesterday that the nations
financial crisis is deepening, despite
government promises to revive the
economy and international pleas for
bolder action
Separately, a Japanese economic offi-
cial warned that the nation is in danger of
a deflationary spiral -- a situation, like
that during the Great Depression, in
which falling demand causes prices to
drop so much that businesses cut produc-
tion and workers lose their jobs, push
demand and prices down further.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

Grand jury begins
Ramsey investigation
BOULDER, Colo. - A grand jury
convened Monday to investigate the
JonBenet Ramsey case and use the
panel's subpoena powers to get the
answers that have eluded police for
nearly two years.
The 6-year-old beauty queen was
found beaten and strangled in the base-
ment of her home in December 1996,
and the failure to make an arrest since
then has led to allegations that police
and prosecutors botched the case, per-
haps even deliberately.
In March, police asked that the case
be turned over to a grand jury, saying
they need the panel's subpoena powers
to get to the bottom of the slaying.
In making the request, Cmdr. Mark
Beckner, now police chief, noted that
JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy
Ramsey, have refused requests for
interviews since he took over the case
in December. District Attorney Alex
Hunter has said the Ramseys are under
"an umbrella of suspicion."

the Ramseys have denied any
involvement in their daughter's death.
Theil attorney had no comnent on the
convening of the grand jury.
"This is where we've wanted to be
for quite some time,' Beckner said
investigative tool and we hope these
Chicago man may
be deported
CHICAGO - The government has
begun proceedings to deport a Chicago
man who allegedly guarded 3,700
Jewish prisoners shot to death by Nazi
troops in 1941 in Lithuania.
The complaint against Vinc
Valkavickas, a 78-year-old retired fac-
tory worker, was filed Monday in U.S.
Immigration Court in Chicago, accord-
ing to a U.S. Justice Department state-
The complaint alleges that
Valkavickas, a Lithuanian police offi-
cer from 1941 to 1944, assisted the
occupying Nazi forces by guarding
Jewish men, women and children a*

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