Deferment Preferred

The U.S. saw in Washington last week one of the prettiest displays of conflicting statements and general-refusal-to-face-facts in quite a few weeks. They centered in the grave problem of a coming "shortage" of U.S. manpower. (The problem, as the Tolan Congressional committee had indicated, was partly a shortage of U.S. brainpower in using the available manpower. But there was abundant evidence of genuine shortages—see cut.)

At the week's start Manpowerman Paul V. McNutt announced that his commission had drawn up another plan—this time for occupational deferment, which would go into effect "soon."...

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