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Congress' vote to liquidate OPA might be classed as political assassination or political accident (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). But for the U.S. economy it was only an incident in the struggle to reach a national decision, the decision to have as much goods as higher prices could produce.

Those who participated in the decision were not only the Congressmen who stood OPA against a wall; not only vocal businessmen, pinched between rising costs and ceiling prices; not only silent consumers who satisfied their impatience for goods by going to the black market, but also OPA itself. As the end approached it too...

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