Transport: Howell Report

When public clamor on some vital issue becomes too loud for White House comfort, a favorite Presidential trick is to appoint a batch of Big Names to a special commission to investigate the matter. By the time the commission gets around to making a report, the public has usually cooled off, forgotten what the outcry was all about. Most notorious use of this prolonged investigational device was the Wickersham Report on Law Observance and Enforcement, which President Hoover chose to ignore (TIME, Feb. 2, 1931). Last winter President Roosevelt found himself in his...