National Affairs: Roll Back the Barrel

At a dinner party at Washington's elegant 1925 F Street Club one evening last week, Mrs. Karl Mundt was seated next to Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield. He asked after Senator Mundt, who was attending a night session of the Senate. Mrs. Mundt said the Senator (up for election next year) was downcast because of the Oahe Dam. Summerfield politely asked about the dam, and Mrs. Mundt rattled off the facts & figures. A $14 million appropriation for the South Dakota dam had been dropped from the 1954 budget, she told Summerfield, and it was a pity. After all, $16 million had...

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