REPUBLICANS: Chance for Glory

In the current attempt of Midwestern Republican Congressmen to get Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson fired from his job, the G.O.P. is faced with 1) a scandal, 2) a dilemma, and 3) a challenge.

The scandal: the reigning farm price-support program that costs the U.S. nearly $5 billion a year, while it makes worse the situation it pretends to cure, distorts the normal workings of agricultural economics, corrupts farmers, and shows in nearly every way that it is obsolete in the age of new farm technology (TIME, Aug. 19).

The dilemma: the fact that Ezra Benson, in campaigning for reforms...

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