Issues: Backdown on the Farm

At the outset of his presidential campaign, Barry Goldwater figured that the best way to handle the farm issue would be to ignore it. After all, he had already set down his views in Conscience of a Conservative, where he advocated "prompt and final termination of the farm subsidy program." Barry thought he would just stand or fall with that. As it turned out, he is falling.

The U.S. farm program has, of course, long been a national scandal, but no one yet has come up with a workable, politically viable solution. Farmers...

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