Out on Base

Like the blind men who tried to describe an elephant, few agreed on the meaning of Congress' bill to legalize a form of basing point pricing system for U.S. industry (TIME, June 12). The bill's author, Democratic Senator Joseph C. O'Mahoney, no friend of big business, insisted that it would permit U.S. industries to absorb freight charges (if done "without collusion") and thus help competition and the consumer. Other Administration supporters, notably Illinois' Senator Paul Douglas, denounced the bill as a scheme to stifle competition.

Last week, while President Truman studied the bill, the Federal Trade Commission suggested a helpful...

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