Shocks for the Taxpayer

OPINION ,

The 35,000 top executives and directors of U.S. business are a likely group to give a sound, shopwise opinion on the value of Government-owned war plants. Last week FORTUNE received their current appraisal, along with their preferences on the policies that should guide the U.S. in disposing of the plants after the war.

FORTUNE had asked: "About what percentage of its $16,000,000,000 war-plant investment do you judge the Government can reasonably hope to recover in the long run?" The consensus of answers: 27¢ on the dollar, a value low enough to shock...

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