National Affairs: Rush Hour

After House Republicans recently blocked a Democratic farm bill that called for high supports on corn, cotton and rice, Speaker Sam Rayburn angrily announced that no farm legislation would be forthcoming this session. Growled he: "We have been up and down this hill as many times as I care to go." But last week Mr. Sam was up the hill again, pushed there by political pressure from Southern planters, who knew that congressional failure to pass a farm bill would mean automatic cutbacks in next year's acreage allotments. The House, following Mr. Sam to the hilltop, last week passed a bill...