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A quick quiz on American socialism: What is the DSOC? A. A dynamic new group dedicated to rebuilding a socialist presence in American life, led by Michael Harrington and including in its membership : Ralph Helstein, Victor Reuther, Alice Rossi, Irving Howe, Cynthia Epstein, and Sanford Gottlieb. B. A socialist organization which works within the existing liberal-Left, with trade unionists, feminists, .black activists and other reformers fighting to win victories right now. A group, unlike other past and present socialist organizations, which works within the Democratic Party’s left wing. C. Publisher of a monthly Newsletter of the Democratic Left, edited by Michael Harrington, featuring incisive articles on the energy crisis, the food shortage, the general economic calamity, and timely reports from feminists, trade unionists and other Left activists around the country. D. All of the above. Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee 31 Union Square, Room 1112E / New York, N.Y. 10003 I’d like to join the DSOC: Enclosed find my dues for one year \($15 regular dues, $8, limited income; dues include a subscription to the Newsletter of the Democratic . I’m not ready to join, but I would like to subscribe to the Newsletter. Enclosed find my subscription \($10 sustaining rate; $5 regular subSend me more information about the DSOC and democratic socialism. Name Address City State Zip a :.taatsuv he’s already cornered one line: “If the Creator had meant folks to use pay toilets,” he says, “they’d have been born with dimes in their hands.” In the face of universal nose-holding, the House has passed an extension of the 55-mile-an-hour speed limit, along with a companion bill saying, “we take it back.” It was a little over a year ago when solons dashed in and out of Austin for a special session to lower the speed limit, so that Texas could remain eligible for federal highway funds. That action expires April 1, and the state is no more willing now than it LBJr. Follow-up In our last issue, in our story on the Bentsen primary bill, we stated that neither John Mobley nor George Bristol, Bentsen’s minions who lobbied for the bill, are registered lobbyists. The bill came to the floor on Monday, Feb. 24, and was successfully amended that afternoon. On the 25th, the Bentsen forces roared back with the so-called Schieffer substitute, which was passed on third reading by the House on Feb. 26th. On Feb. 27th, the Observer called both Bentsen’s Austin office and his Washington office to find out if Bristol and Mobley were registered. Jack DeVore, the press man in the D.C. office, promised to get back to us. He did not before deadline and we went with the information that the two were not registered on the basis of reliable sources. During the second week in March, DeVore told us that Bristol is in fact registered and that Secretary of State Mark White had told Bentsen’s office that there was no need for Mobley to register. The Observer checked back with the secretary of state’s office. According to records there, Bristol registered on Feb. 28. Our story should have read, “Neither Bristol nor Mobley were registered lobbyists at the time they were lobbying for the Bentsen bill.” Our apologies to Mr. Bristol. Bob and Sara Roebuck Anchor National Financial Services 1524 E. Anderson Lane, Austin bonds stocks insurance mutual funds optional retirement program was then to lose federal money. So the signs will still say “55.” But there is, as one disgusted observer said, “Catch-55.” The House’s companion bill provides that the maximum fine for going over 55 but less than 70 shall be $25 \(as compared to a maximum of $200 for real can’t be counted on insurance records. “No pain” speeding, The Dallas Morning News called it. The bill still has to go to the Senate and to Gov. Dolph Briscoe, and the governor has already expressed his unhappiness with it. “I think there is a very definite possibility it could endanger federal funding of our highways,” Briscoe said. The House came within one vote of killing the thing on second reading after hearing every variety of argument against it. It was pointed out that the bill encouraged, by law, the violation of the law; that it legitimized a class system of speeding; that it put the House on record as favoring the waste of energy; that it provided for unsafe two-speed highways. But the House was ready to “stand up and be counted for Texas,” as Rep. John Hoestenbach of Odessa put it the idea being that driving 55 m.p.h. is a Yankee innovation specifically designed to make Texans miserable while commuting from Ozona to North Zulch. J.F. Impounded Federal housing funds, 1972 = $130 million = 8 F-14 aircraft. Vetoed EPA plan to depollute the Great Lakes = $141 million = 1973 request for new airborne nuclear-war command post. from The Permanent War Economy, Seymour Melman. March 28, 1975 13