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477–11

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477–11
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • Maurice H. Stans
  • James T. Lynn
April 12, 1971
Conversation No. 477-11

Date: April 12, 1971
Time: 3:37 pm - 4:27 pm
Location: Oval Office

H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman met with Maurice H. Stans and James T. Lynn

[General conversation]

Easter egg roll

The President entered at an unknown time after 3:37 pm
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Stans’ upcoming trip
-Itinerary
-Romania
-Spain
-Greece
-Iran
-Austria
-Ireland Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-John D. J. Moore
-US relations
-John A. (“Jack”) Mulcahy
-Dublin
-Schedule
-Country
-Mulcahy
-Property

Commerce Department
-Business attitudes towards administration
-Previous discussions
-Ombudsman for business
-Reaction
-National Business Council for Consumer Affairs
-Environment
-Agencies
-Consumerism
-Codes of ethics
-Self-regulation of advertising
-Ralph Nader
-Timetable
-Conference on American business in 1990
-Office of Management and Budget [OMB] minority enterprise funding proposal
-Budget
-Impact
-Sam Whiting
-OMB
-George P. Shultz
-Black Caucus
-Figures on black business franchises
-Comparison with 1969
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-Administration’s initiatives
-Progress since 1969
-Automobile franchises
-Publicity
-President’s comments to an unknown group of African-
Americans
-Figures
-Franchises Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Automobile industry
-Set of charts
-Accomplishments
-Comparisons with previous efforts
-Possible presentation to Domestic Council and Cabinet
-Length of presentation
-Franchising
-Council on International Economic Policy [CIEP] meeting
-Commerce Department study
-Legislation
-Programs
-Congress
-Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC]
-Administration’s proposal
-Small business
-Forthcoming report
-Technology
-Gap
-Private enterprise economy
-Difficulties in development and transfer
-Proposals
-Program
-Timing
-State Department
-Commercial services
-William P. Rogers
-Bureaucracy
-CIEP
-Peter G. Peterson
-Kinsey public opinion survey
-Business community opinions
-Foreign services
-Publicity
-Funding
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-Outside firm
-Leaks
-Rogers
-Business dissatisfaction
-Rogers
-Transfer of commercial services to Commerce Department
-Upgrading of commercial services by State Department
-Attitude Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-British, Canadian, and Japanese initiatives
-Congress
-Hearings
-Abraham A. Ribicoff
-Hearings on upgrading commercial services
-Encouragement
-Bureaucracy
-Possible agreement
-Foreign service
-Peterson
-Multinational corporations
-Statistical study
-Timing
-CIEP
-Peterson
-Labor unions’ proposals
-Double taxation
-Incentive
-Effect on earning power
-Earnings on foreign investment
-Balance of payments
-Problem
-CIEP
-Need
-Issues
-State Department

President’s instructions on government-business relations
-Peter M. Flanigan
-Schedule
-President’s recent meeting with Flanigan
-John B. Connally
-Materials for Flanigan
-Agencies
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-Anti-trust
-Internal Revenue Service [IRS]
-Consumerism
-Anti-trust
-John N. Mitchell
-Environment
-William D. Ruckelshaus
-Business as “whipping boy” Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Consumers
-Virginia H. Knauer
-Demagoguery
-IRS
-Connally
-Attitude towards business
-Rulings
-Labor relations
-Flanigan
-Congress
-Legislation
-Prospects
-Flanigan
-Representation abroad
-State Department
-Rogers
-John Foster Dulles
-Foreign Service
-Commercial attaches
-View of private enterprise
-Ambassadors
-Walter H. Annenberg
-[David] Kenneth Rush
-Foreign Service
-Diplomacy
-Social aspects

Commerce Department report on business attitudes towards Administration
-Summary
-Recommendations
-Fixing responsibility
-Unfavorable business factors
-Commerce Department
-Congress
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-Circumstances
-Expectations from Republican administration
-Dissatisfaction
-Inadequate consultation
-Commerce Department’s initiatives
-Health insurance bill
-Time limitations
-Effects on small business Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Chamber of Commerce
-Need for time
-Health insurance bill
-Cost to business
-Business concerns affected
-Alternatives
-Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy
-Costs
-Administration’s possible strategy
-Business support
-Alternatives
-Ruckelshaus
-Edmund S. Muskie
-Anti-trust
-Staff
-Richard W. McLaren
-IRS
-Consumers
-Flanigan
-Knauer
-Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC]
-Instruction to Stans to meet with Flanigan
-President’s conversation with Paul W. McCracken
-Possible injunctive powers
-Defense posture of business
-Polls
-Public’s attitude to business
-Colleges
-Water pollution
-Concentration of power
-Pollution laws
-Legislation for consumers
-Environmentalism
-Nader
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-Consumerism
-Self-defense efforts
-Business expectations
-Administration’s initiatives
-Political realities
-Support from business community
-Government attitude toward business
-Congress Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Agencies
-Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]
-Anti-business views
-Business criticisms
-Power of labor unions
-Congress
-Environment
-Consumerism
-Anti-trust
-Federal Trade Commission [FTC]
-Democrats
-Administration’s efforts
-President’s meeting with unknown group
-Environmentalists
-Businessmen
-Timing
-Environmentalism
-Consumerism
-Growth
-Hubert H. Humphrey
-Suggestions
-Economic factors
-Cost, financing, profits, prices
-Business criticisms
-FTC
-Anti-trust division of Justice Department
-Patent licensing
-Franchises
-Limitations on rights
-Overseas investments
-Trade
-Need for solutions
-Administration’s fiscal policy
-Full employment budget
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-Deficits
-Chamber of Commerce poll
-Clumsiness of government
-Bureaucracy
-Influence on decisions
-Previous administrations
-Approval of administration policies
-Congress Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Depreciation allowances
-Republican contributors
-Meeting with Stans
-Support for administration
-Critics
-Daniel C. Gainey
-Supporters
-Stock market
-Government/business relations
-Transportation industry
-Automobile industry
-Petroleum industry
-List
-Environment
-Consumer affairs
-International business
-Action against US business by foreign governments
-Since 1969
-Nationalizations
-Expropriations
-Restrictions
-Cases
-Andean group
-Venezuela
-Retroactive taxation of oil companies
-Ecuador
-Tuna boats
-Ownership of banks, insurance, and service companies
-Movement of capital
-Concerns
-List
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Suggestions
-Possible agency initiatives
-Consultation with business
-Studies on impact programs on prices, small businesses, and minority
businesses
-Public criticism of business by government officials
-Review of anti-trust policies
-Research and development Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Inventory of restrictive work practices
-Productivity Council
-Shultz
-Industry problems
-List of work restrictions
-Painting, transportation, utility
-Focus
-Capital
-Work restrictions
-Need for inventory
-Citizen use of courts for environmental enforcement
-Ruckelshaus
-Bias against business
-Tax Reform Act of 1969
-Environment
-Criticism of business on pollution
-Industry’s contributions
-Economic factors
-Technological limitations
-Time requirement for orderly adjustments
-Paper industry
-Modernization/obsolescence
-Time
-Financial aid
-Need for national pollution control standards
-Contact with industry
-Anti-trust restrictions
-McLaren’s speech on environment
-Government incentives for pollution control experiments
-Tax incentives
-Accelerated depreciation allowances
-Regulations
-Financial assistance to companies for anti-pollution measures
-National Industrial Pollution Control Council
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-Losses due to Food and Drug Administration regulations
-Possible reimbursements
-Cyclamates
-Dwight D. Eisenhower administration
-Cranberries, chickens
-Integrated plan for environmental improvement
-Long-term
-Ten or twenty years Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Pressures on industry
-Ten-year plan regarding reduction of pollution
-Economic impact statements on anti-pollution actions
-Alaska pipeline
-Flanigan
-Foreign commerce
-Credit support for exports
-Export-Import Bank [Ex-Im] legislation
-Tax incentives for US companies
-Foerign competition
-Relaxed trade restrictions
-East-West trade
-Elimination of controls on American capital investments abroad
-Arthur F. Burns
-Connally
-Changes in export laws
-Foreign government standards
-Germany
-France
-US
-Promotion of international standards
-Standards of quality/performance
-US position
-Need for US participation
-Possible legislation
-OMB
-Protection of overseas investments
-Expropriations
-Regulations and harrassments
-Retroactive measures
-Number of cases
-Adequacy of US efforts
-Defense of US business
-Report to President
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David M. Kennedy’s role
-Mission
-Press reports
-State Department
-Rogers
-Commerce Department
-Stans Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Peterson
-Trade
-Commerce and State Departments
-Peterson’s possible statement
-Departments involved
-Press
-Mission
-Trade with Japan
-Negotiations
-Peterson
-Circulation of Stans’ report

Stans’ schedule
-Trip to Europe

Stans and Lynn left at 4:20 pm

President’s schedule
-Flanigan
-Rogers
-Meeting with Victor Lasky
-Use of recorder
-Patricia (Pratt) Lasky

Stans
-Possible future appointment
-Presentation of report

Business/government relations
-John D. Ehrlichman
-Flanigan
-Stans’ study
-Ehrlichman
-Domestic Council
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Cabinet reports to President
-Clifford M. Hardin
-Rogers C. B. Morton
-George W. Romney
-John A. Volpe
-Contact with the President
-Individual meetings versus Cabinet meetings Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
-Stans
-Individual meetings
-Hardin
-Morton
-Individual meetings
-Frequency
-Stans’ report
-President’s summarization
-Connally
-Hypothetical report to President
-Commercial attachés
-Rogers
-Stans
-Defense of Administration
-Consumerism
-Flanigan

President’s schedule
-Peterson
-[D. M.?] Kennedy
-Connally
-Ehrlichman

Business expectations
-Connally’s views
-Consumers
-Environmentalists
-Ehrlichman
-Stans’ poll
-Public attitudes towards business
-Administration’s initiatives
-Public opposition
-Jews
-Israel
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President’s schedule
-Sequoia

Haldeman left at 4:27 pm


Conv. No. 477-11 (cont.)
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