National Affairs: Doctor's Report

Along with his budget message, the President reported last week on the nation's economic health. It was a long-winded document of 11,000 words which dealt with the subject in the gingerly manner of a doctor looking over a temperamental patient. How well was the U.S. fitted to endure the rigors of mobilization?

The President and his economic advisers* prescribed some vitamins, some exercise and a plainer diet. Steel capacity would have to be raised from 103 million to about 120 million ingot tons, electric power capacity from 67 to 87 million kilowatts. Besides adding another million men & women to the armed...

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