National Defense: Big Bill's Plan?

Last week many a laborite, many an other citizen simply concerned for defense, boiled & roiled over the cold shoulder which Washington seemed to give ClOman Walter Reuther's plan for planes (TIME, Dec. 30). President Roosevelt gave it a polite brush-off at his press conference, indicating that Mr. Reuther's proposal to use idle automobile capacity for aircraft manufacture was just another idea. From the National Defense Advisory Commission, whence any action would have to come, there was nary a peep. Automakers in Detroit said nothing, inspired thumbs-down stories in the press.

Yet insiders in Washington last week had the impression that...

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