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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