REPUBLICANS: The Farm Scandal (Contd.)

The bill up for discussion before a caucus of Senate Republicans one day last week promised to freeze farm props for another year at the surplus-building levels that cost the U.S. $3.25 billion last fiscal year. Already passed by both branches of Congress (TIME, March 31), it was a deliberate slap in the face for Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson, who wants permission to cut farm subsidies and make a start toward whittling down the scandalous farm-surplus problem. The argument essentially was between principle and politics. It took the Republican caucus exactly...

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