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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, July 24, 1984
Presidents, legislators
draw hefty pensions

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports

members of Congress are drawing an
average pension of $35,386 a year, and
138 former senators and represen-
tatives collect more now than they ear-
ned as lawmakers, the National Tax-
payers Union said yesterday.
The congressional figure was nearly
three times the average $12,988 that the
U.S. Census Bureau says was earned
from all sources in 1982 by American
men over age 65. Women over 65 drew
an average $7,435.
THE NTU'S study said that pension
benefits for 374 former congressmen
totaled $13 million last year, compared
to the $36.8 million annual cost of
salaries for the 535 current members of
Democratic presidential nominee
Walter Mondale gets $32,616 a year for
the 12 years he represented Minnesota
in the Senate. His salary was $44,600
when he became vice president in 1977.
Two former presidents, Richard
Nixon and Gerald Ford, are earning
more in congressional pensions than
they did in Congress. Nixon's Capitol
Hill pension is $30,816, compared to the
Senate pay of $12,500 when he became
vice president in 1953. Ford, a represen-
tative from 1949 to 1973, draws a
congressional pension of $64,800. The
pay for lawmakers in 1973 and

NIXON, FORD and Mondale also are
eligible for pensions from their service
as president, vice president, or both.
The largest yearly congressional
stipend goes to Carl Albert, the
Oklahoma Democrat who served inthe
House for 30 years and retired as its
speaker in 1977 at a salary of $65,600 a
Albert's $87,864 pension was one of
five exceeding the present
congressional pay level of $72,600,
the NTU said.
THE OTHER four largest pensions go
to Margaret Smith, a Maine Republican.
who was in the House and Senate from
1940 to 1973, $81,204; Rep. Benjamin
Reifel (R-S.D.), 1961-71, $76,512; Albert
Gore, a Tennessee Democrat in the
House and Senate from 1939 to 1971,
$74,460; and Sen. James Eastland (D-
Miss.), 1943-1978,$73,812.
The NTU said the 374 people now
drawing pensions have collected $82.9
million since 1969, when the Office of
Personnel Management automated its
record system, making such
calculations possible.
Among the retirees, the highest
cumulative recipient is Rep. Charles
Halleck (R-Ind.), 1935-69, with $671,724.
His annual pension is $70,560. Smith has
collected $667,778 over the years,
followed by Reifel at $658,748 and Gore
at $649,932.

Supreme Court will
review von Bulow case
Supreme Court was asked yesterday
to reinstate Claus von Bulow's con-
victions of twice trying to kill,'his
heiress wife, who has been comatose
since December 1980.
The five-member state court
threw out the convictions and or-
dered a new trial on grounds state
police should have obtained a search
warrant before allowing tests on
drugs a private investigator seized
from von Bulow's Newport mansion.
Economy remains strong
WASHINGTON - The economy
spurted at a surprisingly strong 7.5
percent annual clip in the second
quarter, with inflation remaining
under control, the government
reported yesterday.
The White House called that "ex-
ceptionally good news," but private
economists predicted the continued
boom would lead to a bust, and stock
prices dropped amid investor fears
that interest rates wil lhe driven
higher. The Dow Industrials closed
off 4.75 points after a double-digit dip
through much of the day.
Moon begins prison duties
DANBURY, Conn. - The Rev. Sun
Myung Moon gamely cleaned the
filthy trays and loaded dishes into
washers yesterday in his first stint
at food service duty at a federal
prison where he is serving time for
tax evasion.
Moon was convicted in 1982 for not
paying taxes on nearly $162,000 in in-
terest earned on nearly $2 million
kept in New York banks. His appeal
to the Supreme Court was refused
May 14.
Violence rocks Scottish
EDINBURGH, Scotland - Hun-
dreds of striking miners smashed
windows, set tires ablaze and tore
down a stone wall yesterday in
clashes with plolice outside two
Scottish coalmines as the British

coal strike entered its 20th week.
The clashes coincided with the
return of 35,000 longshoremen to
Britain's 100 ports after ratification
of an agreement between the
dockers union and management
Sunday, ending a 12-day work stop-
page that threatened to cripple the
nation's economy.
Soviets refuse to negotiate
MOSCOW - The Soviet Union
denied yesterday it might return to
the Geneva arms talks if the United
States, freezes deployment of new
missiles in Europe and raised new
doubts over whether it will hold
"star wars" talks with Washington.
The Soviet reaction came a day af=
ter Romanian President Nicolae
Ceausescu said he was convinced
Soviet President Konstantin Cher-
nenko was willing to resume talks as
long as there were no further
missiles installed in Western
Fighting erupts in Tripoli
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A bitter feud
between two rival Moslem factions
in the Northern Lebanese port of
Tripoli flared anew yesterday as
fierce fighting in the streets killed on
person, wounded six others and for-
ced thousands of civilians into
As the fighting raged in Northern
Lebanon, militiamen in Beirut tur-
ned over more weapons for storage
in warehouses to strengthen the
capital's new peace plan.
Cancer linked to
gene defect
childhood bone cancer called
osteosarcoma has been linked to the
same genetic defect that causes an
inherited children's eye cancer,
researchers said yesterday.
The discovery suggests that many
forms of adult and childhood can-
cers might be caused by a kind of
genetic defect, or mutation, that un-
til now has been thought to occur
only in inherited cancers, the
researchers said.

Labor party expected
to win Israeli election

(Continued from Page3)
In the last election in 1981, the Likud'
was led by Menachem Begin and won 48
seats to 47 for Labor. Begin remained in
seclusion and failed to vote in yester-
day's balloting. No one party has ever
won an absolute parliamentary
majority in Israeli history.
Israel Television said the balance of
power rested with the National
Religious Party and projected it would
win five Knesset seats.
A LEADER of that party, Yehuda
Ben-Meir, said the NRP would press for
a government of national unity, in-
cluding both the Likud and Labor.
Under Israeli law, the president asks
the candidate he believes has the best
chances of gaining a parliamentary
majority to forma government.
In the past, the nod always went to
the leader of the party that won the
most votes in the election. He then has
21 days to try to put together an
administration. If he fails, the
president can grant him another three
weeks before turning to the leader of
another party.
AT LABOR campaign headquarters,
party faithful appeared shocked by the
projection. Labor had been expected to
win the election by a large margin after
a campaign that focused on a raging 400
percent inflation.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister
David Levy said he expected actual
results would put the Likud in a better
position to form the next governemnt
and said talks on forming a coalition
would begin last night.
But Defense Minister Moshe Arens
said if there is a national unity
government "it will be headed by the
party which can form a coalition on its
own, probably the Likud."

VOTERS THRONGED polling places
in numbers seldom seem in Israel's 10
previous national elections.
National election headquarters said
nearly half of the nation's 2.6 million
eligible voters had cast ballots by


...-trails in polls
midday. Arab voting was reported low.
Shamir, 69, successor to Begin when
he resigned in September, sought his
own mandate to pursue the ruling Likud
coalition's policies that have created
more than 120 Jewish settlements in the
West Bank captured from Jordan in
Peres, 60, twice a loser to Begin, said
he would cool Israel's 400 percent
inflation by cutting spending for the
settlements and ending Israel's two-
year occupation of south Lebanon.

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