THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Jumped the Gun
FUNNY HOW altruistic epople can get
when they have to.
The American Medical Association, figur-
ing to jump the gun on President Truman's
Federal Health Insurance program, has just
published a twelve point program for "vol-
untary" medical assistance which, on the
surface doesn't sound bad.
It begins with the suggestion that a
Federal Department of Health be created.
This is not new. Last year, the idea for
an eleventh cabinet post, "Health and
Education" was suggested. The object,
then as now, was the coordination of the
various federal programs in the field. The
proposal was kicked around for a while
and then pigeonholed somewhere.
The rest of the AMA suggestions deal with
the promotion of research through grants
from a National Science Foundation, more
voluntary hospital plans, which would cover
aid to states and the establishment of state
and local medical care authorities.
Further, they want aid for mental hy-
giene, health education, industrial med-
icine, care of the aged and those with
chronic diseases. These points are all
topped off with the phrase, "Provisions
for-" or "Development of-." No men-
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
NIGHT EDITOR: GEORGE WALKER
tion of who is going to pay for these
Final points is support with funds free
from political "Control, Domination and
Regulation" of medical, dental and nursing
schools for specialized training.
This program is the first fruit of the
AMA fight against Federal Health Insur-
ance. This is the plan for which AMA made
its members kick in twenty-five dollars each.
If it had come out of the blue, the pro-
gram would be hailed everywhere as a
great step forward in public service. But
the submission of the plan is, in itself,
indicative of the state of medical care in
this country and testimony that, up to
now, nobody, including AMA, has done
anything about it. It took a move by the
Federal government to stir the profession
to do anything. What will it take to see
that they carry out their proposals?
AMA cannot continually ask its members
to contribute each time it wants to do some-
President Truman will soon come out
with the administration's health insurance
program. It remains to be seen whether the
AMA covered all the points the govern-
ment will present.
From here, it looks as if any full scale,
organized plan for health insurance and
medical care will require a lot of capital,
from the people it will benefit, and super-
vision-supervision with the good of the
whole country in mind and not the exclu-
sive benefit of the present members of the
medical profession. This, only the govern-
ment can supply.
At the State..
FIGITlR SQU AJ)RON. The characters
THE ENTERTAINMENT value of this
movie is very good. That is to say, you'll
get your money's worth, don't worry about
Even if you've never been a fighter pilot
yourself, the splicing department has done
such an excellent job of combining actual
combat shots with Hollywood fillers that
you will, I think, be completely absorbed
in the fast pace of this production.
The acting is as competent as it need be,
considering that this movie contains no
plot, attempts to tell no story. Rather it
attempts to set down pictorially the glory
and magnificence of successful war-the epic
picture of the men who prepared and init-
iated the last invasion of France.
Therein, I feel, lies the emotional good*
and the emotional bad of this movie. "Fight-
er Squadron" makes war and blood and gun-
playinto a noble ideal. It makes the gran-
deur of war the finest and most wonderful
of all human activities. The Germans they
killed were not people; they were clay ducks
you shot down with an air rifle, 3 shots for a
dime. And then when you pull the wings
off the fly, you make a joke about it, and
say "Look, mama. See what I did."
The picture succeeds in its sublime por-
trayal solely by ignoring negative in-
stances. Even the fact that one's best
friend was shot down this afternoon is
rendered only token admission. Dead men
are numbers, and the Living never die.
War is fun, war is fine, war is cocky. Per-
hasp it is. Perhaps in 1944 we had to be con-
vinced as a nation that war wasn't really
bad at all. But why, in 1949, are they try-
ing to convince us again?
I have no objection to a nation's recalling
in ballad and on mandolin the great deeds
of its legendary heroes. But I get an odd
feeling in the forehead when I find people
taking the Minnesingers seriously. I want
to know why this picture was made, why
movie camers were brought all the way to
Michigan to film battle scenes, why 4-year-
old newsreel shots were so beautifully tech-
nicolored by Natalie Kalmus.
The picture tells no story; if it did
say, about loyalty or about love or about
valor-then the war background might be
necessary. But again, it is not a documen-
tary; it has Edmund O'Brien. And the
fighters in this picture face an unbeliev-
able lack of opposition. They might be
training in Texas.
If it means anything, the same German
is shot down several times,
But still, you'll get your money's worth.
It's a good picture, and should encourage
recruiting. You may as well miss the short
At the Mchigan..
THE THREE MUSKETEERS, with Gene
Kelly, June Allyson, Lana Turner, and
WITH UNQUALIFIED enthusiasm, for a
change, we say WellDone!
It is, of course, not quite on a par with
"Henry V"-butthen, neither was Alexander
Dumas on a par with Shakespeare.
The point is this: Gene Kelly has been
ideally cast as the irrepressible D'Artag-
nan, the supporting cast is excellent, and
the production is superb. In addition, this
is the first technicolor we have seen in
many months that truly deserves to be
There! Who ever said that the function
of a movie reviewer was to categorically pan
everything he views?
It is entirely possible that many will con-
sider the picture a little overlong-it runs
a full two hours. This, however, is an en-
tirely subjective consideration on which we
need not comment.
It is also highly gratifying to note that
illollywood did not feel compelled to play
down the highly tragic moments in the
Dumas story. While most of the picture
is crammed with spectacular action and
high humor, instances of emotional ten-
sion are realistically treated-especially
so by June Allyson.
Wicked Lana Turner is not giveni much to
say-,but then, Lana doesn't have to say
Also ran-cute Pluto cartoon.
JOWEVER YOU CHOOSE to look at it,
ex-merchant marine seamen are suffer-
ing from a congressional knife-in-the-back
policy, and as yet the wound shows no sign
Active nationwide campaigning and pe-
titioning on the part of former mariners
is the result of a draft bill clause pro-
claiming them liable for peacetime draft-
ing. Naturally, ex-seamen feel they served
their country in wartime as efficiently as
soldiers, sailors and marines, and public
sympathy is running side by side. with
their plight. However in Washington, the
forces that count-lawmakers of all types
-seem to consider the whole painful
thing as cut-and-dried nonsense; many
are adhering strictly to a "laissez-faire"
policy, probably representative of reluct-
ance to view the question in its full light.
Accohrding to a late report brought from
the capitol to the campus Emergency Mer-
chant Marine Committee by a five-man
delegation, legislators maintained that the
primary objective is to get an exemption
bill into open discussion. Despite warnings
as to the effect that such a small group
as former seamen could make no headway
when opposed by congressional factions
Committee chapters throughout the United
States have sprung into action by contacting
as many influential senators and represen-
tatives as humanly possible before chances
for a fair deal are permanently snowed
The battle has continued more than six
months, but with time closing in, coun-
trywide committee members are now pre-
senting their plea to the general public by
means of folders and "Let's Be Fair"
A higher World War II casualty rate and
lower pay scales than any other service
branch appears more than enough to con-
done the plea. In addition, enlistments were
on a strictly volunteer basis, with no ad-
vance knowledge of the length of time they
might be obliged to serve.
Careful analysis reveals the postwar denial
to former seamen of privileges laid down
by the Certificate of Substantial Service,
similar to the army point discharge setup
and awarded seamen at the close of the
war. By this document, those who had 18
months' sailing time during a period prior
to V-J Day were placed in an exempt status.
,Iere we see another source of complaint;
mariners compare these relatively stiff qual-
ifications with the mere 90-day-before-V-E
Day Army and Navy "breeze" necessary for
permanent draft exclusion.
Seamen have a terrific fight on their
hands, and know only too well the legis-
lative blocks being heaved at them. A run-
down of senatorial comments contained
in the Committee's Washington report of
developments points to only one concrete
objection-there is a sharp distinction in-
volved between civilian and armed serv-
ice, which fact places ex-mariners in a
ticklish technical position.
Nevertheless, to echo the overall senti-
ment, we would like to see a justifiable solu-
tion offered in this spot. The absence of
G.I. Bill benefits and the subsequent lack of
academic and financial security to affected
seamen demand a total rehashing of daft
policy, inasmuch as it concerns the mariners
and their postwar interests. Let's hope sin-
cerely that the work of the Emergency Com-
mittee culminates in a really "fair deal" for
these unsung guardians of the seas.
MATTER OF 1"AC:
By STEWART ALSOP
WASHINGTON-President Truman's "Fair
Deal" program of domestic legislation is
in a fair way to bog down. Truman support-
ers admit that the rosy post-election pic-
ture, of the whole program sliding through
Congress like a knife through warm butter,
is pretty badly faded.
The plain fact is that there is hardly
a major part of the Truman program
where the bogging down process has not
begun to take hold. Senator Robert A.
Taft and his cohorts have undoubtedly
won the first round of the fight on the
Othere important parts of the Truman
program which are threatened are the $4
billion in new taxes and standby price con-
trol authority. Senator Walter F. George
and Representative Robert Doughton, chair-
men of the House and Senate tax writing
committees, have turned thumbs down on
new taxes, though it is quite impossible to.
see how new taxes can be avoided without
putting the whole defense and foreign aid
program. And the testimony of economic ad-
viser Leon Keyserling in favor of standby
price controls has been politely but very
Some sort of housing, education, health
and minimum wage bills will almost cer-
tainly eventually be passed.
Finally, there is civil rights legislation, one
of the keystones of the "Fair Deal." Here
the horns of the dilemma on which the
Administration leaders find themselves im-
paled are particularly sharp. If the Senate
lteaders try to sdove through an amendment
to the cloture rule in the near future, the
leather-lunged Southerners might filibuster
"What Do You Wami ll To Do Next, Boss?"
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University Lecture in Journal-
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B, Haven Hall. Coffee hour.
Economics Lecture: Dr. John H.
Williams, Ropes Professor of Eco-
nomics at Harvard University,
will speak on "European Recovery
-the Outlook for the Marshall
Plan," 4:15 p.m., Tues., Feb. 15,
Rackham Amphitheatre; auspices
of the Department of Economics,
The public is invited.
School of Forestry Lecture:
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Michigan, will speak on "Springs
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The fact is that too much of
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IT SEEMS that the United States
has successfully repelled an-
other "peace offensive." Those
Russians aren't going to catch us
asleep; we'll manage to find some
out every time! Why the very
thought of ending our Cold War
now-with the profits just about
rolling in and our whole economy
built around our war preparations
You see those nasty Russians
are threatening us all the time so
that we'll have to keep up this
very expensive armament pro-
What? Cut -out the armaments
and talk peace"? Don't be absurd !
That's just a nasty old Russian
trick meant to confuse us. We
won't be taken in, not us! All
that peace talk is phoney; and
just to prove it we're not going
to accept their offer of a con-
ference, unless it's right in our
While the atom bomb ticks off
the hours of mankind our leaders
iefuse to attempt any settlement.
Only public pr'essure can con-
vince President Truman that he
must try to hold a conference
with the leaders of the Soviet Un-
ion and find some areas of agree-
ment. The Soviet government has
repeatedly called for such confer-
ences. Nothing could be lost, but
profits by holding such a confer-
Last week at a meeting of the
Wallace Progressives the following
resolution was passed unanimous-
ly and sent to President Tru-
"We demand that the United
States government enter into
peace talks with the Soviet Union
immediately. We speak as those
who will have to fight and die in
the next war and we insist that
every possible avenue to peace be
We urge that others send sim-
ilar telegrams at once.
To the Editor:
COEDS are the nation's fair-
est . . ."-baloney! The fol-
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and a Daily subscribers we re-
spectfully request publication.
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And 18 others.
To the Editor:
Ac"demic i University Musical Society
IBurton Memorial Tower.
P U RA rIEI BE RIGHT:
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Con ce rts
Jascha hleifetz, will give the
fourth program in the Extra Con-
cert Series under the auspices of
the University Musical Society,
Sat.. Feb. 19, 8:30 p.m., Hill Audi-
Mr. Heifetz will play the Mozart
Sonata No. 8; Vieuvtemps' Con-
certo No. 5; Bach partita in E
major; Caprice No. 20 and No. 13,
Paganini-Kreisler; and Tziga'ne
A limited number of tickets are
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S.t'udent Recital: Bette Linde-
mann will present a piano recital
in partial fulfillment of the re-
quirements for the degree of Bach-I
eler of Music at 8 p.m., Tues., Feb.!
15. Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. A
pupil of Maud Okkelberg, Miss
Lindemann will include in her pro-!
gram works of Couperin, Bach,
Bach-Liszt, Mozart, Berners, anxe'
Schumann. The program wihi be
cpen to the general public.
Organ Recital by Marilyn Ma-
son, Instructor in the School of
Music. 4:15 p.m., Wed., Feb. 16,
Hill Auditorium. Miss Mason's
program will include compositions
by Bach, Durufle, Liszt, and1
Poulenc, and will be open to the
general public. She will be assist-
ed by the University String Or-
chestra, Emil Raab, Conductor. j
Student Recital: Genevieve
Shanklin, violinist, will present a
recital in partial fulfillment of
the requirements for the degree of
Bachelor of Music at 8 p.m.. Wed..
Feb. 16, Lydia Mendelssohn Thea-
tre. Miss Shanklin, a pupil of Gil-
bert Ross, will be assisted by Mary'
Margaret Poole, pianist. Her pro-
gram will include compositions by
Tartini, Bach, Lalo, G inados,
and De Falla, and will be open to
the general public without charge.
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By SAMUEL G1LAFTON
OBS ARE BEING LOST; there is an eco-
nomic adjustment going on: and one of
the first serious steps we should take to meet
it is to stop issuing reassuring statements,
These (1o not good and, as one of the finan-
cial papers has noted, they alarm specula-
tors. To couple news of unemployment with
the declaration that there are still 57,000,000
or 58,000,000 people at work is about as
meaningful as to couple news of a train
crash with a Census Bureau report on how
many people are still left alive.
I would like to .ot down some concepts
that might be of belp in meeting whatever
- "ay lie ahead. I do not pr'etend to be
an expert on tlic subject. I know only that
I lived througl'h the last depression, th1at
I wrote a piee on it almost every day
for as long as it lasted, and that the
mnenmory of it is in my bones. Here arc
sone of the things I feel I have to say:
correct the current adjustment, So be it; let
us use more than we need, to make sure.
Let's really slug it; after all, we don't have
to be fair to recessions. The government's
experts have calculated that a depression
could cost us up to eight hundred billions.
Let us not depend on a repetition of past
accidents to avoid a decline, such as the
bad corn crop of two years ago, or the need
for a Marshall Plan for Europe last year.
Such thinking can lead us in the slovenly
direction of hoping for poor corn crops, or
for greater needs in Europe. It can end by
twisting the Marshall Plan into a device for
American recovery, rather than European-
that is, it can end by standing us on our
heads, a poor position from which to direct
Above all, let us realize that the business
Cy('ce j; ,is the President, has said, man-
idi e. It is Ilot beyor-d control, like the
weather. It can, by massive effort, be han-
i-l rid 'Tn Innn finoar rv ,',,nc. cnrI I f .n xvlsi .t in
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