National Affairs: To Keep 'em Down on the Farm

The new Democratic farm bill was a bonanza for farmers and a political candy cane for politicians. Probably few but farm-country politicians fully understood it, but no one would have any trouble recognizing its effects: <J The U.S. farmer, the nation's most favored man, could continue his fat income-guaranteed wartime living. <lThe harassed U.S. housewife would find no welcome price slashes at her grocer's, might even face some increases at her butcher's, and on her milk bill. <jThe Secretary of Agriculture was the owner of a portentous power: within discretion and political...

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