THE ADMINISTRATION: Power Politics

The issue of public power is political dynamite in some sections of the U.S. Opponents are vehement in believing that federal control of power is (as Socialists freely admit) a basic step toward socialism. Yet the lavish public-power projects of the New and Fair Deals brought regional benefits which kept many a Congressman in office for years. TVA started the South's industrial boom; the Columbia River dams rejuvenated the economy of the Northwest. Last week, when Interior Secretary Douglas McKay issued his long-awaited statement on the power policy of the Eisenhower Administration, politicians from Nashville to Seattle listened intently.

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