;r…fwasemmilaw great State of Texas elected him, there was a lot of money behind him. And how can you beat that?” Hackett ended his monologue on an awkward note. He dropped his comic routine and recited a rhymed ode he wrote himself in honor of his deceased father. Many of the dignitaries at the dinner were brought on stage for introductions. Warren Woodward, the emcee, told House Speaker Gus Mutscher and his wife, Donna, a former Miss America, that he wondered whether Mutscher, like Onassis, was up to the challenge he has assumed. Mrs. Mutscher appropriated the microphone and said, “I’d like to answer that comment. I really think he can, because we’re going to be parents on March 28!” And so the evening went. Few persons present at the dinner seemed to doubt that Barnes is Texas Democrats’ best candidate for keeping the old coalition in power. Observer reporters, however, counted only three black faces in the crowd and only a handful of chicanos who appeared to be guests rather than servants. Some cynics commented that Johnson’s extravagant praise of Barnes might hurt him nationally, but, at least in Austin on Aug. 14, 1970, some 2,000 wealthy Texas Democrats seemed to agree with Lyndon that Ben Barnes is indeed the future. K.N. The Senate voted a $20,000-a-year subsidy limit for 1971 payments, and the House has set the ceiling at $55,000. The measure now goes to a conference committee. Senatorial candidate Lloyd Bentsen, who at UT-Austin this spring avowed he supports a $20,000-a-year limitation on crop subsidies to individual farmers \(Obs., to Don Anderson of L. D. Anderson Farms in Crosbyton: “Dear Don: Thank you for your letter and information on payment limitation. “As a practical matter I think we all realize that Congress will not pass a farm bill this year without some sort of farm support limit. It appears that a compromise is in the making that would contain a support limit within the range of $55,000. This will probably resolve the issue as fairly as it can be resolved at this time, so I would support this limit. “I am asking Bill. Jenkins of my staff to arrange a meeting with your group at the earliest possible time. Sincerely, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr.” Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., of Houston is . listed in the Congressional Record of The farm vote Political intelligence June 19, 1967, as receiving $152,352 in crop subsidy payments for 1966. Bentsen has told the Observer he has never received a subsidy even approaching that size. Congressman Bush supported the House’s $55,000 limitation. “This is not a bill that has everyone completely satisfied. But, its passage will prevent a lot of people from becoming very unhappy,” Bush said during debate on the farm program. Texas still reaps the richest financial harvest of any state for not growing crops. Last year, Texas received more than a third of the nation’s $367 million in farm payments. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that all but nine of Texas’ 254 counties now have free food programs, and the remaining nine are committed to starting programs in the near future. When a federal district judge last year set a programs in all Texas counties, some 90 counties had neither commodity nor food stamp programs. The USDA provided Texas a $2 million grant to expand food programs for the poor. Beautiful Benjamin Joyce Haber, the Hollywood columnist, lists Texas Lt. Gov. Benjamin Barnes as one of the men whom actress Jill St. John “has been close to.” Of Miss St. John’s friends, Miss Haber writes, “They are Beautiful People, of course, with Beautiful People names that range from nobleman-dilettante Count Giovanni Volpi Set.” Barnes is cited as a “recent.” posing a problem at the Texas State Capitol, according to the highway patrolmen who guard the building. They say teen-aged streetwalkers have moved inside the old granite building regularly after dark. With the legislature in recess, the Capitol is open to tourism but usually September 4, 1 970 11
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