Agriculture: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

An alliterative and unlikely combination of Cadillacs, Chevrolets and corn stirred Capitol Hill last week as New York's Republican Senator Kenneth Keating took to the Senate floor to defend the well-publicized trip of a Mr. Smith, who went to Washington in a Cadillac bought with federal money he got for not growing corn.

Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman had already scoffed at Farmer-Businessman William T. Smith's trip as "a partisan propaganda stunt"—which it clearly was. He had also protested that Smith was hardly a typical corn farmer—which he never claimed to be. But Smith's stunt was still singularly effective. Last year...

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