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mm VOLUME 52. ISSUE 23 MONDAY. NOVEMBER 18. 1991 The Signpost WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY i: Washington turning against foreign aid U.S. ECONOMY: Democrats killing foreign aid to "take care of our own,' unleashing a political monster. Associated Press WASHINGTON A tide of isolationism is sweeping Capitol Hill, and the anti-foreign aid frenzy threatens to slam the door on loan guarantees for Israel and help for the Soviet Union. With the economy struggling, American politicians have turned inward. In the last two weeks, the House overwhelmingly killed a foreign aid bill and Democrats were forced to back down from a plan to send $1 billion in humanitarian aid to the Soviet Union. The flames were fanned by Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, who proposed paying for new unemployment benefits for Americans by cutting future foreign aid spending. Mitchell and other Democratic leaders, notably House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri, have flayed Bush for focusing most of his attention on foreign policy and neglect ing the home front, a theme that proved its electoral appeal in this month's Pennsylvania Senate election. There, Democrat Harris Wofford decisively beat Bush's former attorney general, Dick Thornburgh, by playing on fears of losing American jobs overseas and emphasizing domestic issues, pledging to "take care of our own." With Congress about to adjourn for the year and elections looming less than a year away, the outlook for foreign aid is dismal, according to lawmakers, lobbyists and administration officials. That includes the $1 0 billion in loan guarantees Israel needs to help absorb Soviet Jewish emigres, as well as whatever aid might be contemplated for the unraveling Soviet Union. "It's going to be virtually impossible for the White House to win pas-sageof any foreign aid bill in the next six months to a year," said Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House subcommittee that controls aid spending. "The American public is going to say. To hell with all this international stuff'," Obey said in an interview. "And everything in the foreign aid bill will be a casualty." "Mitchell has unleashed a monster," said one senior administration official, speaking only on condition of anonymity. "Every 15 minutes, somebody's going to be solving their domestic funding problems by taking it out of foreign aid. We've got our armor on. Victories are going to be measured for the next 1 2 months by what bullets we can dodge," the official said. Bush acknowledged the difficulty in private remarks last week to American Jewish leaders in New York. According to the notes of one participant, the president said, "There's just no constituency for foreign aid." And he expressed frustration with the Democratic attacks. "I help America with my efforts in the foreign arena. I help exports. Can you believe that Gephardt, criticizing me for being in Madrid (at the Middle East peace talks)? ... We need to do the things that are right for those who need our help." Foreign aid has never been a popular item for politiciansbecause constituents view it as a giveaway that yields little direct benefit. Making the case that the dollars serve U.S. interests is a losing battle. r 1 J Vf few- .. 'J it 'I DANIELLE MABEYTHf SIGNPOST Cats take Big Sky WSU harrier Chris Jones leads the pack at the Big Sky Conference and District Seven Championship. Jones took second, but WSU took both the meet and the Big Sky Championship. More on page 8. J Victory kick V i I v X. S"". DANEU.E MABEYWf SIGNPOST One of The Queen's Own Highlanders does a victory sword dance in a show at the Dee Events Center. All of Friday's dancers were professional British soldiers who participated in HA til iM JUrtr ThAU r-vj- r4 - rr-l rtyH uiKh S,slr'lefrAS-im 1 InrHe II IV VUII IIUI. IllVf VIIVIIIIVU TT 1 1 I I VWIVMIIVUIII -... ,,,.,,u,.i;.:l .. ., Environment needs economic boost By LORIN J. MAY Managing editor of The Signpost Trying to find common ground in environmental issues is like arguing about abortion - philosophies are so polarized that neither side will likely find likely find anything to agree on, said economics professor Joe Green at Honors Issues Forum Thursday. "They talk past each other; there is no middle ground," said Green, the director of the honors program at Dixie College and a speaker on environmental issues. Environmental and developmental proponents both form their viewpoints from moral arguments, so solutions cannot be left to governments."If we'd all start thinking like economists we could get out of this problem," he said. Because developers and environmentalists often want the same land, it should be put up for sale by the government. "We could save wilderness by making it a commodity." Green explained that those who would have pristine, unspoiled wilderness stay untouched by developers should pay for it. Besides, environmental groups would make better land managers than the federal government. Audience members did not receive the idea well. English professor Levi Peterson said the issue is not preserving pristine lands for recreation, but also preserving less desirable land needed for maintaining clean air and water. A free market could not preserve these lands, so the government must protect them from development, he said. "Why should (environmental- A i ..jii-i i iruiri DANIELLE MABEY W SIGNPOST JOE GREEN ist's) values be taken above ranchers' values?" Green asked. When the demand for preserving land is high enough environmentalists could easily garner the support to buy up whatever land they wanted. "By the time resources are that scarce there won't be any left to deal with," Peterson responded. Green said both sides of environmental issues see their stance as a moral one which cannot be compromised. For example, logging companies who want to harvest old growth forests in Oregon and Washington are encountering resistance from environmentalists who say it would destroy pristine land and exterminate the habitat of the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. Loggers are afraid that without the tree harvest they could lose their jobs. "Are trees more important than people?" Green asked. He said most environmental issues boil down to similar fundamental philosophical differences. The progress perspective is held by "cornucopians." They favor economic development over environmental concerns, and see technology and economic development at the very root of democracy and the progress of the human race. The pursuit of happiness demands that things be better this year than they were last year, so to block development is to destroy happiness and freedom. Cornucopians tend to be blue-collar workers, engineers, farmers and ranchers who believe that science will provide solutions to environmental problems. On the other hand, "catastro-phists" believe the earth has taken all the pollution and development it can handle. They tend to be philosophers, lawyers and journalists-people who are "good with words." Green said that the United States is moving away from aproduction-based economy, so there are beginning to be more wealthy, white-collar, big-city dwellers who want pristine land. "I think that the environmental movement is going to grow and grow," Green said. "They are going to get their way a lot." CjMmlJ ( ARTS ) 6 Lecturer to take audience over 300 years Bach in music. SPORTS ) 8 Football team steals last-minute victory in spectacular 2nd half.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-11-18, Vol. 52, No. 23|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|