THE CONGRESS: A Crop of Weeds

For 19 days, confronted by the most crucial economic and political issue to come before it in 1956, the U.S. Senate squabbled and made all manner of political noises. One Senator after another rose during the debate to say that the farm bill must provide a really sense-making solution to the problems of the nation's agricultural economy. One dreary night last week the Senate finally passed its bill. It was no more than a tangled crop of political weeds.

Early in its farm season the Senate had seemed to be plowing a straight furrow. There was almost unanimous support for the...

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