Agriculture: Double Your Money

The annual farm-program battle—so vital to farmers, so incomprehensible to everyone else—will be fought this year not on the Hill but on the hustings. President Kennedy made that plain in a remarkably unambitious agricultural message to Congress: in general, he asked for hold-the-line legislation to continue programs already in effect. Under those programs, the taxpayers' 1962 investment in farm surpluses reached $7.7 billion. This was an increase of a mere $95 million over the previous year, a pretty good record in the scandalous history of U.S. farm programs.

Rather than stir up Congress, which in recent years has been increasingly...

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