Agriculture: AGRICULTURE Buttering the Bread Tax

From his solemn mien and the badge pinned defiantly on his lapel, anyone who spotted Orville Freeman on the street in recent weeks might have concluded that he was rehearsing for a cigarette commercial. And in fact, though his badge, I WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO THE BREAD TRUST, was hardly aimed at the consumer, the Secretary of Agriculture proved as unswitchable as they come.

As Freeman explained it, he was merely defending the Great Society against "aggressive, go-for-broke special interests." Specifically, he was battling for a new, cash-enriched farm bill whose most controversial provision...

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