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This is Texas today. A state full of Sunbelt boosters, strident anti-unionists, oil and as companies, nuclear weapons and power plants, political hucksters, underpaid workers and toxic wastes,, to mention a few. I . t A ,G ‘ t “I*!A4h. rte ` e’ ,-1. N _ v ”—‘ -:….’W a 1!;”’7; ” ‘-:-.t . , SW Ir A.ZI; TY’ ‘ %:1 ‘. .. V, St1 4PIA re’ Am.,’ %IT7 i Ver l ‘”: … SA 111.14 BUT Tur DO NOT DESPAIR! r am , THE TEXAS IIVP server TO SUBSCRIBE: Name Address City ‘ State Zip $32 enclosed for a one-year subscription. Bill me for $32. 307 West 7th, Austin, TX 78701 AS POLLS SHOW Democrat Bill Clinton widening his lead over President George Bush, GOP ideologues such as George Wills, Richard Viguerie and at least four Republicanleaning newspapers, including the Orange County Register in California, have called for Bush to step aside and throw open the Republican National Convention. Those who salivate at the thought of Bush being forced from the race should consider the potential choices waiting in the wings: Pat Buchanan, Jack Kemp, Phil Gramm, Dan Quayle. Does anyone believe the Republicans are going to produce a more progressive nominee than George Herbert Walker Bush? He may be a speech-mangling, time-serving disappointment who spent most of his first term snapping at flies, but he’s our man and as long as he keeps that hotel room in Houston, we’re sticking with him. Be careful what you wish; it may come true. As Republicans head for their national convention in Houston’s Astrodome, the Bush/Quayle campaign is indeed in a deep funk. Some of this may be ascribed to the letdown since Bush long since clinched the nomination, but it does appear that his administration has been without a rudder for the better part of the summer. Republicans had such high hopes for this election year, which was supposed to consolidate the sea change in American politics behind the GOP and perhaps capture control of Congress for the first time in a generation. A little more than a year ago Bush was riding in the euphoria following the smashing “victory” in the Persian Gulf, the snatching of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega for a show trial in Miami and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Bush’s position was considered so unassailable that several leading Democrats were persuaded not to expend the effort to seek the Presidential nomination in 1992. Instead they were counselled to wait until 1996, when Bush would be completing his second term. A moribund economy has made the Democratic nomination more than a pro-forma exercise. Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton survived vicious attacks in the press during the Democratic primary season this past spring and during Ross Perot’s abortive Presidential campaign Clinton rebuilt himself for the made-for-TV Democratic convention which vaulted him into a commanding lead in the polls. Now, after mocking interest in the environment and education, Bush wants to be the Capital Gains President. He has proposed tax breaks for corporation’s, investors and home buyers in an effort to stimulate business activity. He would slash the top rate charged on capital gains profits from the sale of assets such as stocks and real estate to 15.4 percent from the current 28 percent. Bush says 60 percent of the people who would benefit from lower capital gains taxes have incomes under $50,000, but the nonpartisan Joint Tax Committee of Congress calculated the wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers those with incomes of more than $200,000 would reap 60 percent of the benefits, with an average tax savings of $19,000. Bush’s $500 increase in the exemption for each child would save $167 for the typical middle class family of four with a joint income of $40,000, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, a liberal tax reform advocacy group. Sen. Phil Gramm, the keynote speaker at the Republican convention, will explain it all to you. Still, Texans have to ask themselves: Why vote for George Bush? His list of accom plishments for Texas is rather short. When Lyndon Johnson was President he made his Hill Country Ranch the Texas White House; he brought NASA to Houston, placed a regional IRS service center in Austin and sponsored numerous public works projects across the state. Bush, who keeps his Presidential retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine, but claims a Houston hotel room as his residence for voting and tax purposes, brought an economic summit to Houston, a drug summit to San Antonio, the Republican convention to Houston and has promised to put his Presidential Library in Bryan-College Station. In addition he has pursued the North American Free Trade Agreement that could increase trade between Texas and Mexico and he has supported efforts to fund the superconducting supercollider near Waxahachie, although he failed to deliver the promised 105 Republican votes as the House in June unexpectedly cut off funding for the atom smasher. His administration also proposed $2.25 billion for the Space Station Freedom project at the Johnson Space Center, up $230 million from last year, but the House approved only $1.7 billion; the administration budgeted $80 million for Sematech, the Austin-based semiconductor research consortium. Oilmen at a Republican platform hearing in April criticized Bush for providing little more than lip service to a national energy strategy. Bush went to war to protect oil supplies for Europe and Japan, while domestic crude oil production has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years. The petroleum industry has lost more than 440,000 jobs, compared to 104,000 for the auto industry, and oil imports now stand at $50 billion “a year, half of the nation’s trade deficit. “A lot of people in the industry are wandering around in circles as to who to support [for President],” Paul Taylor, a vice president of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., a Houston independent oil and gas exploration and production company, told the Associated Press. Stand By Our Man 4 AUGUST 21, 1992