FARMERS: Human Ingenuity

On the first Supreme Court decision day of 1936 Mr. Justice Roberts, reading the majority (6-to-3) decision on AAA, declared in slow, precise words: "The tax, the appropriation of the funds raised, the direction for their disbursement are but part of the plan. They are but means to an unconstitutional end." For nearly two years since the Supreme Court swept away that New Deal mainmast, the Administration's farm policy has been sailing under jury rig.

The temporary mainsail has been the Soil Conservation Act, discovered in the New Deal's legal lazaretto by two smart Washington correspondents, Felix Belair Jr. of...

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