Agriculture: The Farm Fix

Hardly had the November election ballots been counted before Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman began crowing. "Not since the Roosevelt landslide of 1936 has a Democratic candidate received such an overwhelming endorsement in rural America!" he cried. Farm-state votes, Freeman said, gave Lyndon Johnson a "mandate" for continuation of the Kennedy-Johnson farm policies.

So rosy were things down on the farm, in Orville's view, that he even began to feel perky about his own job, long the bitterest plum in the U.S. Cabinet. Said he in a recent speech at West Point, noting that he would soon begin his fifth year as...

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