RUBBER: A Plan for Freedom

President Eisenhower, who has pledged himself to "the encouragement of competitive enterprise," last week got a big chance to do something about it. The RFC sent him a 73-page plan to get the Government out of the rubber industry, the nation's 15th biggest. Of the 1,260,000 long tons of rubber used by the U.S. last year, nearly two-thirds were made in Government-owned plants.

When Pearl Harbor cut the U.S. off from Malaya's natural rubber, only the Government was big enough to rear the $700 million, 51-plant synthetic industry. But getting the Government out...

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