Government Sets a Pattern
AUGUST 01, 1958 by E.F. HUTTON
Mr. Hutton is the well-known industrialist, investment banker, and author of the column, "Think It Through."
As Warner & Swasey has stated in an ad in U.S. News & World Report:
"THERE’S NOBODY HERE BUT US CHICKENS” AND WE’RE GETTING MIGHTY CONFUSED
In the last 3 years six different agencies of the federal government lent 35 million dollars to encourage increased poultry production.
A seventh government agency is spending 12 million dollars to buy surplus eggs to remove them from an oversupplied market.
And you can go on from there. Punch drunk Uncle has invested billions in surplus farm products, and is paying a million dollars a day for the warehouses to store them in.
But at the same time Uncle is bringing thousands of acres of desert land into more cultivation by huge irrigation projects, at a cost up to $1,000 an acre!
With thousands of empty hospital beds, Uncle builds more hospitals.
To make it possible to drive cars 70 miles an hour, even on rural highways, Uncle is spending billions, straightening out curves and grades that are part of the charm on little-used rural roads.
Why is it so necessary to drive so fast? Where are we going anyway?
Don’t drunks and fools kill themselves — and others — on four and six-lane highways that are as straight as a gun-barrel and as flat as our pocketbooks?
What, in short, is Uncle doing to the character of our people when he acts like a drunken sailor himself?