WORLD TRADE: Sugar-Coated Protectionism

Speaking in Manhattan last week, Commerce Secretary Sinclair ("Sinny") Weeks, who seems to persist in casting himself as spokesman for the reactionary minority of business leaders, took a highly protectionist position on tariff policy.* What he said ran counter to the Administration's efforts to reduce trade barriers.

President Eisenhower had persuaded Congress to 1) extend the reciprocal-trade act for one year; 2) set up a commission to study the problem. Last summer he appointed the 17-member commission, headed by Inland Steel Co.'s Clarence B. Randall (TIME, Aug. 24); advocates of freer trade had hopes that the commission would emerge...

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