A pair of Democratic Party advisory committees took hard verbal shots at President Carter's policies yesterday, complaining that he has adopted "a Republican method" to fight inflation and expressing "outrage" about the recent U.S. vote in favor of a United Nations resolution condemning Israel's settlements policy.
At the opening session here of a long series of meetings of the committee that will draft the Democratic Party's platform for the 1980 elections, the advisory groups noted that Carter has moved in the opposite direction from the party's 1976 platform on some major issues.
John C. White, the Democratic national chairman, brushed aside the objections, noting that the advisory groups represented the liberal wing -- White called it "the more activist-dominated side" -- of the party.
White said that the platform eventually adopted at the Democratic National Convention in August "will reflect our party's justified pride in the president's accomplishments."
But there was as much criticism as pride in some of the reports presented in 14 different policy areas yesterday by advisory committees established at the party's midterm convention in Memphis in 1978.
The toughest language came from the advisory committee on inflation, which told the platform-writing committee that "we seem to be embarked on another effort to control inflation through recession. It is a Republican method. It never worked for them; it surely can't work for us."
The advisory group hit hard at Carter for using tight credit and higher interest rates to deal with inflation, and complained that his effort to cut federal spending is likely to focus on social programs rather than defense.
The advisory group noted that Carter's policies conflict in several areas with the Democratic platform on which he ran in 1976.
That platform excoriated Republican administrations for "fighting inflation by . . . increasing unemployment" and pledged that credit must be generally available at reasonable rates."
Carter's latest economic report predicts that his anti-inflation program will raise unemployment from 6 percent to 7 1/2 percent, and says that credit controls will be an important part of his effort to stop inflation.
The 1976 platform said the party was committed to continued price controls on oil and natural gas. Carter, with the backing of Congress, has decontrolled both.
The platform criticized the Republicans for increasing defense spending in peacetime, and called (with some hedging) for a $5 billion to $7 billion cut in the Pentagon's budget. Carter has raised defense spending to record levels, and White yesterday cited this as one of his major accomplishments.
The party's advisory committee on the Mideast, in assessing Carter's performance, praised his mediation of the Camp David accords and his handling of the Iranian hostage crisis. But the group was as critical as any of Carter's political opponents have been on the matter of the U.N. vote.
On March 1, the United States voted in favor of a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements in occupied Arab territories. The resolution called the disputed lands "Palestinian territory." Three days later, after bitter criticism of the U.S. vote, Carter said it was an error that resulted from a communications foulup.
The advistory committee expressed "outrage" over the U.S. vote but did not delve into the arguments regarding the reason for it. The committee also complained that Carter never acted on a pledge in the 1976 platform that called for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The party advisory committees' reports received a generally placid reception from the 65 members of the platform-writing committee here. The platform writers, under the chairmanship of Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, have scheduled a long series of hearings leading up to the drafting of the platform a week before the August convention opens.
A similar drafting committee, chaired by Sen. John Tower (R-Tex.), has begun working on the GOP platform.