THE CONGRESS: Too Little or Too Much?

It was the highest price the U.S. had ever paid for its security in peacetime—almost four times Franklin Roosevelt's entire first budget. But far from trying to trim it down, the U.S. House of Representatives last week added a few hundred millions of dollars to what President Truman had asked. Then with a heavy sense of urgency, some sane and some not-so-sane oratory, and a frank admission of helplessness, the House approved the record $15.9 billion defense bill.

The feeling of helplessness came from trying to put an exact price tag on...

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