THE ADMINISTRATION: Prices: New Philosophy

By last week everybody had taken a crack at OPA. Congress had worn it down, making price boosts to jibe with a new set of rules. Ceilings on grain and dairy products had been knocked over the fence in the Price Decontrol Board's big inning. Last week it was the Department of Agriculture's turn to humble Washington's once-powerful price fixers.

OPA had been all set to roll back meat prices to June 30 ceilings. As soon as the Price Board approved recontrol, OPA began printing butcher-shop lists for steaks and chops at the old retail levels. It had reckoned without a...

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