THE CONGRESS: Goober v. Famine

Georgia's Dixiecrat Gene ("Goober") Cox was in a black and angry mood. "I am sorry to bother you," he wrote last week to ten fellow members of the House Rules Committee, "but at the insistence of the Speaker, I have called a meeting of the Rules Committee for tomorrow morning at 10:30 to give consideration . . . [to] the wheat bill for India."

The subject that Goober Cox hated to be bothered about, or to bother anyone else about, was the possibility of several million people starving to death in India. For seven weeks, Gene Cox and his...

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