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The Carolina times. (Durham, N.C.) 1919-current, May 30, 1981, Page 15, Image 15

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SAT..KAY33.1S31 TKo:.:ixaTi-rs-i$ While most people will applaud President Reagan's aspiration to get America's economy "in gear again," all would be astounded at an ultimate aim of gutting the social security program. Senior citizens would as soon cough up blood as to take Reagan's soon to be recogniz ed menacing medicine for a budget balance cure. Cutting the budget down while at the same time beef ing up the defense expenditure can only be accomplish ed by cutting into the "entitlement programs," accor ding to Alice Rivlin, director, Congressional Budget Of fice an arm of Congress charged with keeping an eye on whatever menacing minds occupy the White House. Mrs.' Rivlin, speaking in front of an astounded au dience of the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, recognized and renounced the continuing cutting of the Administration's hatchetmen as having, only one ultimate direction. Death to the social security system as people appreciate it today. Ronald Reagan's wags will run the excuse by the Business In The Black ' When The Party Is Over Social Security Slips Away By Charles E. Belle public of too much remuneration for the retired. Writing figures such as an increase of thirteen per cent for social security beneficiaries, but only nine per cent, for real wage earners. Figures don't lie, but liars do figure. Social security stems from a smaller base therefore is bound to have a bigger percentage increase, what's more, many a man and woman already worked for these retired wages. . They ye not only "just" ' rewards, they arc earned wages! When one sees exciting figures as $68 billion in coll ie sumer expenditures of individuals over 65 for 1973, it can be confusing. Consider for instance, it is inevitable that individuals over 65 spend a disproportionate amount of their funds on health services. So-called disposable income figures are found flopping from one side of the pharmacy counter to another at the corner drug store. Senior citizens who benefit from social security are sensible about their meager savings and hard earned money. Many notices from in and near the White House will be hailing the happiness and free wheel spending of persons 35 and over from now on. In fact, in terms of per capita expenditures, the 55-64 year old household win become the single most important consumer market in the country today. It is a time of life when, freed from the constraints and financial responsibility of child raising, spending on self becomes the order of the day. Doomsday arrives at 65 when man andor woman withdraws from the work place. When TV perpetuates these swinging seniors and radio sings praises, please be aware of the age dif ference. Otherwise, the disappearance of the social security system will slip by unnoticed until you become 65. It's then that the big bad old social security system "they cut becomes a bit missing part of your carcass. - A bill to extend the voting Rights Act of 1965 has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Charles Mathias and in the House of Representatives by Rep. Peter Rodino. Ordinarily an extension of what has been an effective instrument in enhancing minority voter participation would be regarded as a safe bet for passage. Yet a number of southern arch-conservatives, headed by Strom Thurmon and bolstered by conservative gains in the 1980 election, are out to prevent passage of the Mathias and Rodino legislation which seeks to extend the life of the Voting Rights Act beyond 1982. There is no question that the Voting Rights Act has played a crucial role in assuring due process for blacks and other minorities in the electoral process. As a conse quence of the Voting Rights Act there have been dramatic increases in minority voter registration and voting. Since 1965, the number of blacks registered in the South has doubled. This increased participation has resulted in pressure on elected public officials and has forced many such officials to respond to the needs of Voting Rights IJnder Attack By Norman Hill A. Philip Randolph Institute minority constituencies. Of equal importance is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act which is designed to prevent discrimination by requiring that state and local govern ments show that changes in voting or election pro cedures do' not discriminate against minority voters. This is a vital measure because it protects blacks 'and other minorities from discriminatory changes before such changes are put in place. Once voting procedures are in place they must be challenged through lengthy and expensive court proceedings. Section 5, therefore, protects minorities from discrimination before it can distort the electoral process. The significance of the Voting Rights Act is further heightened when one takes into account that a number of reapportionment and redistricting changes will take place in compliance with the 1980 census. With a strong Voting Rights Act in place at this critical time, it will be , possible to prevent discriminatory reapportionment and the gerrymandering of districts which result in weaken ing the impact of the minority vote. As critical as the particular features of the Voting Rights Act are, what is equally important is the sym bolism of this Diece of legislation: The Voting Rights Act is an essential indicator of the U.S. government's commitment to due process and full participation. At a time when the Administration has announced that it favors easing job discrimination rules for com panies with federal contracts; at a time when the Ad ministration is seeking to cut back the activities of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; at a time when the Administration is drastically cutting federal programs designed to provide training and education for black, Hispanic, and white poor; and at a time when the Administration is cutting back such social programs as food stamps and unemployment insurance, failure to pass the Voting Rights Act would indicate a major retreat on the part of our government from the concerns of blacks. Hispanics and other minorities. It would further suggest that the conservative forces swept into power in 1980 are seeking to undo those pro gressive elements of our legal system which seek to pro mote full participation. Such a signal would have a chill ing effect upon minorities, and would serve to exacerbate racial tensions. As a result, it would be a disservice to all Americans, black and white. In my last column, I provided you with easy and ef fective techniques of persuasion. Here are more tips for you to follow: 1 . Do not try to win an argument. Whether you like it or not, no one wins an argument! Often, when people accept the point-of-view of another person, they dislike the person who convinced them. Arguments make enemies, not friends. So, allow the other person to express hisher ideas even if they differ with the way that you view the world. Let them know with a smile and an affirmative nod of the head, that you respect their ideas and that you con sider it a privilege that they are expressing their ideas to you. Whether their opinion is right or wrong, they will like you for allowing them to express their ideas. Remember, most people are opinionated and have developed a need to hold on strongly to the ideas that they have. Most people are confronted with anger when thev attempt to make their views known. They will con- Coping The Wonderful Art Of Persuasion: Part III By Dr. Charles W. Faulkner sider you to be pleasantly different if you allow them the freedom to speak. Opposing a person's ideas is equivalent to saying to them, "You are not intelligent," or "I don't like your ideas, so I don't like you either." In any case, they are likely to interpret it this way. If you merely acknowledge them and listen quietly, they might ask your opinion the next time. 2. Congratulate, praise, respect and respond very favorably whenever a person does something. Praise a person for the smallest accomplishment and do it sincerely. Most people live in a society that puts them in com petition with everyone else. This feeling of com petitiveness induces a feeling of profound stress which some people feel whenever they are in the company of -i? irons Extra Drj m$0m fcifer : gD V - H IP it 1 if awes . r - ...if VIMS? Jr:.y fUS"" ft,' mm Seagram's ExfraDrg Gin ym4 ,'mmtm- mJtf ftom , . 4 1 1 or i ho Moot OMitifDOftiC mmmiiiTiBi i 1 II s . Xcw ,y- someone else. This feeling of stress, which results from competitive insecurity, is disconcerting, distasteful and difficult to endure. When you praise, rather than compete and attack a person, you produce a pleasant sensation of comfort and relaxation in the other person. They will enjoy be ing in your company. They will like you. and, because they do like you, they will probablly be hesitant to do anything to offend you. Your praise will have produced an atmosphere that is conducive to persuasion. When you are cool, calm, and relaxed you feel good and company admires you. When you praise the other person, you produce happiness and respect. In order to persuade someone to do something, you must not become an opponent. Without telling a person to like you, that person must automatically feel obliged to do so. Taking It Out (Continued from Paac 14) Hopefully Americans will join with me and others to convince the Administration and our nation's leadership that we cannow afford-policies which reduce taxes and Government spending at the expense of those most in need. Close families should never letafew hundred miles keep them apart. tjr cC f ..-' jT vjl , v Whether your family is scattered across a county or across the country, you can still get together often. And inexpensively. Just go Greyhound. We.can take you and your family to just about any city or town in America. And we can take you there in style. In safety. And in comfort. So next time you want to get the whole family together, leave your car at home. Leave your worries at home. And leave the driving to us, ijtc.ppof whued wv m pbhuio from wain - m

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