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8 The Newi-Reviiw, Roieburg, Ort. Thur., Nov. 3, 1949
Farm Legislation Too Tangled Up
With Politics To Make Sense
By BRUCE BIOSSAT
Congress has Anally reached agreement on what It terms a
"compromise" farm bill. It accepts the. principle of flexible price
supports but puts off the effective date of this new system until
at least 1951.
Meanth.ie, supporti will b
maintained at the same rigid 90
per cent of parity where they
have been held for several years.
Parity is a price plane com
puted to give farmers a fair pur
chasing power, the theory being
that they should get enough for
their products to be able to buy
the things they need.
A 90 per cent of parity price
means that the government guar
antees the farmer that figure
even If the open market price
sags far below such a level.
Keeping this plan in effect can
hardly be hailed as a show of
good sense and courage on the
part of Congress. It Is estimated
that by July, 1950, the govern
ment will have to buy more than
$2,000,000,000 worth of farm com
modities at the support levels.
The system unquestionably 'en
courages farmers to produce not
for the market but for what the"
can expect to get from the gov
ernment for their crops. The re
sult is a glut of markets that
can be relieved only by govern
ment buying. Thus what was de
signed as a protection for farm
ers becomes a. spur to unrestrict
In the face oi serious coniU'
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slon and Inequity already dis
rupting the farm economy, Con
gress has responded by postpon
ing decisive action. With the
known strength of the farm bloc
In mind, who is bold enough to
say that the lawmakers will stand
by their "compromise" and act
ually introduce a sliding scale of
supports some two years hence?
The evident fact is that Con
gress has made a political
choice. Warned by President Tru
man that abandonment oi nca
supports might cost the Demo
crats the farm vote oi lasu, tne
party leaders have done their bit
to keep the farmers in the bag.
The President's bluntly politi
cal approach is no more suitable
to the present surplus crop emer
gency than, is the action of Con
gress. Both have flouted the ad
vice of the leadin." farm organ
izations, and the Democrats have
ignored their own platform
pledge to achieve a better solution.
' The compromise proposal
would institute supports of 80 to
90 per cent in 1951 and thereafter
a sliding 73 to in) per cent on
five major crops. Under the for:
mula, supports would be low
when production is high and
would be raised when outp'ut is
falling off, A complicated method
for determining parity would be
Acceptance of the sliding scale
principle represents a victory of
doubtful proportions for the Sen
ate. It kills the Aiken law which
would have put into effect a 60
to 90 per cent scale starting next
Still another result Is that It
may have postponed Indefinitely
any detailed consideration of the
controversial Brannan plan. That
system called for outright sub-
sidles to -farmers on perishable
ccrops, with consumers getting
tne neneiit or real market prices.
Neitner secretary of Agricul
ture Brannan, its author, nor
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AP Service In
FORT WORTH. Tex.. Nov. 3.
UP) The "five percenter" expo
sures in wasningion were wnoie
someiy effective, despite admin
istration efforts to "belittle" the
accomplishments of Investlga
ton correspondent said Wednes
day. Bert Andrews, chief correspond
ent of the New York Herald Trib
une In Washington, said the re
cent investigations caused this
question to be asked the country-
over: "L-an a man De live percent
a bad apple?"
Andrews, in an address pre
pared ior delivery Deiore tne ldtn
annual meeting of the Associated
Press Managing Editors associ
ation, named names of men
whose careers, he said, were
any other farm expert was able
to fo"ecast with any assurance
what the plan might cost. The
House this year voted down even
a trial run on a limited number
The lesson here would seem to
be that our lawmakers would
rather stick with a plan whose
bad features are at least partly
evident than plump for some
thing they fear might turn out
much .worse. But none of this
sounds like a very sensible way
to make laws, does It?
BIRTHDAY OF OAKOTAS
PIERRE, S. D., Nov. 3. (JP
The twin states of North Dakota
and South Dakota are 60 years
It was on Nov. 2, 1889, that
the pen of President Benjamin
Harrison sliced in two the 28-year-old
Dakota territory. The
twins became the 39th and 40th
states admitted to the Union. No
one, including the President,
knew which document he slged
first, since they were shuffled
and covered with a newspaper.
The tundra, a vast swampy
Elain bordering the Arctic Ocean,
as been called Arctic desert.
halted or curtailed as a result
of the Senate committee probe.
The term "five percenter" has
come to be used to describe com
mission agents who wanted a fix
ed fee plus a percentage for their
real or fancied influence in help
ing a client get government con
tracts. Jack Steel, assistant chief of
the Washington bureau of the
New York Herald Tribune, broke
the story "one of the greatest
journalistic jobs I have seen done
in H5 years as a reporter."
"And the Associated Press did
one of the greatest backstopping
jobs ever done," Andrews add
ed, "in immediately recognizing
the importance of the stry and
assigning their best men to it.
The AP piled right into the story
immediately which is one reason
for the national attention it got."
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