National Affairs: The Thaw

First reactions to the big freeze ranged from "too late" to "better late than never." "It stinks," cried a Brooklyn housewife.

Protests, requests and questions poured into Washington. Labor unions and many consumers complained that prices were pegged too high and left too flexible, while wages were locked tight. Farmers and meatmen protested that meat controls made black markets a certainty. The price order disrupted commodity exchanges for a day, but it sent stocks merrily upward.

The confusion and complaints were expected. Defense Mobilizer Charles Wilson, Economic Stabilizer Eric Johnston and their lieutenants, now...

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