National Affairs: Ike v. the Wheat Scandal

Inspired by the success of President Eisenhower's recent television appeal for a strong law to fight labor racketeering, Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson last week marched into Gettysburg, returned with a promise that Ike would plow into the multi-billion-dollar farm-subsidy scandal. Before Congress reconvenes next January, Benson said, the President will go on television with a direct appeal for public support of Benson's proposals to end the wheat surplus for which taxpayers pay dearly.

There is plenty of reason for a presidential plea to do something about wheat. The present wheat-support program (75% of parity, with a 55 million-acre limit on planting)...