The New OPA

Prentiss Brown, OPA's new Administrator, reasoned: to the U.S. people, OPA has seemed a bully, an irritant, a source of confusion. Nevertheless, in all Washington bureaucracy, few bureaus are so vital. Rationing is necessary; price and rent controls are basic to a wartime economy. The need, therefore is to coax and cajole the citizens into liking OPA, much as tough urchins are taught to like cops.

Sensible Prentiss Brown would rather be a Mister than a Czar, and he believes the wheedle is better than the wallop. By last week he had...

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