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Updated: February 12, 2013 6:07AM
Eisenhower worked with deficits to improve economy
President Eisenhower ran as a Republican in 1952 and saw that unemployment was on the rise. Eisenhower was successful in ending the Korean War and thought we needed a highway bill to improve safety on the roads with this huge increase in car traffic. He tried to get Sen. Taft and Rep. Halleck interested in the program. A bill was submitted and was beaten down in the House 123-292 as the Republican majority would not support it.
He then asked retired Gen. Lucius Clay to head up a committee and see what could be done. Clay’s committee recommended an expenditure of $823 billion over a 10-year period building 41,000 miles of divided highway connecting all cities and states across the country. Clay proposed a gas tax of 4 cents a gallon and called it a user tax. The revised bill passed both houses and the interstate system was built. Today the fuel tax is 18.4 cents a gallon, which exceeds $40 billion annually.
Ike believed in a balanced budget, but believed sometimes action is required to “floor over the pit of a personal disaster in our modern society.” The highway program is an example of a positive role of government in our society.
Eisenhower also expanded Social Security in 1954 to provide coverage for an additional 10 million self-employed farmers, doctors, lawyers and others. He also established the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He told Secretary Oveta Culp Hobby that he wanted a health care system for everyone similar to what the Army and all federal employees received. Ike had deficits in 1954, but also had a surplus of $3.9 billion in 1956.
Ralph A. Settle
Lake Station wrong in its treatment of Little League
Taking a look back at youth baseball in a small town, I am struck with a feeling of pride. Little League has survived more than 50 years in Lake Station. That is a great achievement. It speaks to the character of a dedicated group of people over many years. The sad reality is that our city government has decided to target this organization. They have decided to have a new league run by the Parks Department. All of this to get back at Little League for not doing things the way the city wants.
The city officials should care about the youth but only cares about getting their way. The new Field of Dreams is waiting for players. It has no lights, no bathrooms and no concessions stand or equipment storage. The Little League has all of the above. It all comes down to money and who will profit from the concessions. The city made it clear it would take it all. No discussion would change that. The people of the city need to ask why we will be footing an equipment bill in the thousands when the resident league has all the equipment needed.
The elected officials of this town need to keep in mind that you work for us, not the mayor’s office or parks. You can be replaced. Your goal should be resolving this with the current league.