National Affairs: Reckless Partisan

Congress' immediate reaction to Harry Truman's seizure of the steel mills was a volley of polysyllabic denunciation: "usurpation . . . socialization . . . intemperate . . . dangerous implications . . ." New Hampshire's Republican Styles Bridges demanded a Judiciary Committee inquiry. South Carolina's Democrat Burnet Maybank called a halt to consideration of the controls program, due to expire June 30. Even the most ardent friends of labor warned that Harry Truman was wielding a two-edged sword—one that in the hands of another President might be turned against labor itself.

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