National Affairs: Action

Ashamed of its unrealism and delays, frightened by the spread of famine, the Truman Administration at last met fact with action. When action came, it was drastic. This week the U.S. miller, baker and plain citizen finally knew that famine abroad would mean sacrifices at home. But the U.S. farmer again got what he wanted out of world shortages: a higher price.

The Administration's measures to get grain off farms and into ships went against its anti-inflation price-stabilizing principles. They were born of "dire necessity," said Agriculture Secretary Clinton Anderson. They call for:

¶ A Government-paid bonus of 30¢ above the ceiling...