ECONOMIC FRONT: A Job for Mr. Perkins

Soft-spoken Vice President Henry Wallace met last week for the first time with the new Economic Defense Board (TIME, Aug. 11) which he heads,* introduced his colleagues to the vast, spraddling economic powers they will wield. Not present was the man who will be the executive at the controls, whose job it will be to use that power as a swift, decisive weapon of warfare.

The Vice President had been casting about for an able, hard-boiled New Deal administrator. Last week he paid a visit to the bedside of 41-year-old Surplus Marketing Administrator Milo Perkins, now recuperating in his Maryland...

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