National Affairs: The Readjustment

With a cheery smile and a pat on the back for everyone, Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson returned from a 16-day tour of Europe last week to defend his conduct of office. He was the storm center of a mounting uproar from the farmlands that worried the Republicans and encouraged the Democrats to predict a "green uprising" in their favor in next year's elections. Minnesota's Democratic Governor Orville Freeman struck his party's keynote when he said that the Eisenhower Administration considered farming to be a stepchild of little importance in an otherwise prosperous economy.

At a press conference, Benson said: "I...

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