The Economy: That Uneven Tide

Some economists like to compare the current advance to a rising tide—it lifts everyone's boat, enabling big and small business alike to prosper. The tide is still coming in strong: the Federal Reserve Board last week released record industrial production figures for June, and President Johnson personally announced "notable advances" for the second quarter in gross national product (a new record), nonfarm employment (another new record), and personal income. But the tide does not seem to be lifting everyone equally, and the Senate Select Committee on Small Business has just produced another, less pleasant nautical metaphor. As the committee...

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