AGRICULTURE: Stumped Experts

Even when cloaked in don't-quote-me anonymity, a member of Congress rarely admits that a major national problem totally baffles him. But on Capitol Hill these days, lawmakers are confessing bafflement in the face of the massive and growing farm-subsidy scandal. "I admit I don't know what should be done," says a don't-quote-me G.O.P. wheat-state Senator. Vermont's George Aiken, ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee and longtime farm policy specialist, shakes his head in confessed bewilderment. Louisiana's Allen Ellender, Agriculture Committee chairman, mutters, "I wish I knew," when asked what he thinks Congress will do about farm reform this...

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