Agriculture: Self-Service Plan

In his farm message to Congress last week. President Kennedy sounded a bit like a doctor who, noting that the patient suffers from cramps and rashes after eating strawberries, advises him to eat plenty of strawberry jam.

Federal farm programs, said the President, are "drifting into a chaotic state, piling up surpluses, penalizing efficiency, rewarding inertia." Very true. But then the President went on to prescribe a big dose of the same kinds of programs: direct and indirect subsidies, plus entangling controls to cope with the surpluses that the subsidies help to create. If carried out, the Kennedy proposals would...

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