Nation: A Dialogue About the Farm Scandal

THE CHAOS OF ABUNDANCE

Confusa: I see where the House of Representatives voted down President Kennedy's farm bill—and I don't even know whether to be glad, or sad, or what. Frankly, this whole farm problem completely baffles me.

Honestus: You've got plenty of company, Confusa.

Confusa: This bill was supposed to impose strict production controls on farmers. Why? I just can't understand how that would help farmers at all.

Honestus: It wouldn't. The idea was not to help farmers, but to help the Government.

Confusa: How SO?

Honestus: Controls on farm production are necessary to protect the Government from the consequences of its own price-support programs....

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