Volume LXXXIX. Number 28 University of Southern California Friday. October 24, 1980
Carter aide speaks with college media
By Linda Lebovics
ireeks, campaign headquarters are ing them everything under the sui and excluswe press conferences This particular interview was sc president and the highest-ranking
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up with Anne Wexler, assistant to the •wale ofticia! on President Carter’s <taft.
Wexler 50. is responsible tor developing and administering efforts to support ami earn/ ou! presidential priorities including the involvement of interested groups and individuals in the making and implementation of policy.
From limitary 1977 to May I97S. Wexler was deputy undersecretary of commerce, responsible for programs coordination and field operations She is alsti currently the chairperson for the presidential task force on Women Business Owners
The following interview was a joint telephone interview with USC. Unii'-ersity of California at Berkeley. University of California at Davis and California State University at Sort bridge. Ten such college conference calls were arranged ly Carter Mondale headquarters across the nation.
Wexler entertained questions on a whole range of topics: nuclear power and waste disposal, the advancement of women, the upcoming Supreme Court vacancies, the arms race, funding for higher education and the hostage crisis.
Question: What is Carter's stand on developing alternative sources of energy and on nuclear energy?
Wexler: Well, the president has a rather comprehensive program on developmental alternative energy sources, both organic and nonorganic. and, as you know, after the passage of the windfall profits tax. he began financing synthetic fuel corporations.
We have now established and have working a solar energy and conservation bank which will invest about S3 billion of windfall profits tax money in the next five years to promote the further use of solar. We have an alcohol fuel program, which will produce about 100,000,000 gallons in 1980 and push close to 400,000,000 gallons in 1981, and a number of other projects, which include wind-power and biomass and so forth.
The president's postion on nuclear is essentially that he views nuclear power a last resort until which time we can make sure that there are two factors that can be taken into account and satisfactorily resloved One is the safetv issue and one is the waste issue. And it is, in mv judgement, very unlikely that there will be manv more nuclear plants licensed until such time in which we are able to deal satisfactorily with them both, and the waste problem being one in particular of concern to people across the country.
Question: What has the Carter administration done for the advancement of women?
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British journalist condemns growing Western Socialism
By Joe Grassi
Peter Clarke, Scotland's senior economic journalist and correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), offered candid and pessimistic observations about the American and British governments to faculty members at a luncheon Thursday.
condemned socialism, particularly Europe's and Great Britain's attempts at socialist programs.
"Government should not be a participator in the great game of commerce," he said, citing social security and state education as a poor product of such participation.
In a rambling presentation that touched on everything from economics to education, Clarke said Americans should learn from the examples of British socialist projects that failed or have decaved.
"We (the British) have tried socialized medicine and social security already. The U.S. is going on course to copy the British model," he said.
"Like everything in America, even your mistakes are bigger and better. We bailed out British Leyland and vou bail out Chrysler Bv anv coherent definition, surely Chrysler had seen the end of its course," Clarke said.
"The British experience of socialized medicine still seems to entertain and charm American pro-gressivists. We have had nationalized all health provisions since 1945. Now one of the great social ambitions is to find enough post-tax income to be able to opt out of the state medical system.
"Initially, the prospectus of which we fought for social medicine w'as exactly the same as Sena-
tor Kennedy's and his colleagues are saving to vou," Clarke said.
" We invented social security 25 vears before America tried it and that decayed into odd transfer payments. Americans still regard Social Security innocently and are not aware of how corrupting Social Security really is."
"You have to go through socialism before you can emerge from it," he said.
Clarke sees inflation as a monetary disorder which can onlv be corrected bv arbitrarily choosing a monev standard that does not inflate. Government regulation of the amount of money in the economy — the function of the Federal Reserve Board — does not solve the problem, he said. "Unfortunately, the only wav a social democratic society can be funded is by inflating the currency. America is now experiencing levels of inflation which we in Europe have been through before," he said.
He also said the problem cannot be blamed on others.
"To sav inflation is caused bv the Arabs is as intellectually incoherent to saying it's caused bv the Jews. To sav it is caused bv corporations is entirely meaningless, to argue that inflation i caused bv labor unions is just as meaningless," Clarke said.
Changing the topic to Britain, Clarke said more than half of his countrymen are industrial peasants locked in position in society as the medieval serfs were because of the country's socialism.
"That sounds melodramatic or exaggerated, but that is socialist Britain, lt is not the same Britain (Continued on page 3)
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