AUTOS: Guesswork

In Washington, city of rumors, last week appeared the most startling rumor of all: no new automobiles at all could be produced after this month. Defense officials were said to be drawing straws to pick the unlucky man who would have to break the news to Detroit.

Nobody could say whether the rumor was true or not. Reason: OPM's ignorance (complicated by constant upward revisions of the Army's and Lend-Lease's estimates of their requirements) of how bad materials shortages really are. Despite its 2,124 paid employes, its 500 $1-a-year-men, its access to the books of all U.S. corporations, OPM still...

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