"There is only one answer—controls," said Defense Mobilizer Charles E. Wilson last week. "I hate the word—so do you. But there is no other way. Voluntary methods will not work. That has been proven. The power of law must be invoked . . . for prices, rents and wages—for whatever controls are necessary to prevent inflation, to promote production for defense and provide a fair distribution of commodities among all our citizens . . . We must proceed with courage, speed and forthrightness."

There was no longer room in the mobilization high command...

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