National Affairs: To Make the Desert Bloom

The President's "bold new program" (see col. I) caught nearly everyone by surprise. Pravda's first reaction was a noncommittal two paragraphs on the inaugural; Henry Wallace called the whole speech almost "a declaration of war." Most foreign observers were delighted; most U.S. Congressmen were confused.

In Washington no one seemed to know exactly what the President had in mind. How much would it cost? Who would foot the bill? Maybe it wasn't another offer of a bottle of milk to every Hottentot, but it sounded as if the U.S. proposed to tell the Hottentots how to run a dairy.

Actually there seemed to...

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