Public Policy: Cotton Din

At the same time that President Kennedy's lieutenants were pleading with Congress to enact the tariff-slashing trade-expansion bill (see THE NATION), his Administration put what amounted to an embargo on many kinds of textile imports from Hong Kong. The two moves seemed contradictory, but they were closely related. Politicking for his trade bill. President Kennedy has been wooing Southern protectionists in Congress, hopes to win their votes by making concessions to their cherished domestic textile industry.

Hong Kong has been flooding the U.S.

with low-priced cottons, has exported almost as much in the past five months as it did in the...

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