GOVERNMENT: What Price Security?

On the eve of his hairline Senate election victory last November. Pennsylvania's Republican Congressman Hugh Scott probably swung some votes in job-short Philadelphia by announcing that he had assurance from the White House that a big Government contract would go to Philadelphia's Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corp. Few outside Philadelphia paid much heed to the matter then. But last week, when the contract was formally announced, an international storm erupted over the order and the Administration's freer-trade policies.

The Office of Defense and Civilian Mobilization ruled that the U.S. must accept B.L.H.'s lowest domestic bid of $1,757,210 for two hydraulic turbines for the...

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