e to be an-
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ivc il in lhe
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I think it's too new for us to know whether or not it has a
general application. There arc industries outside the auto-
mobile thai have had ibis kind of a program in effect for a
long time the meat-packing industry, For instance. Of
course, Mr. Reuther'- pattern was nol the patient thai
finally emerged from the negotiations. He only wenl part
way on it, and m.w it's gol to -land the test of the attitude '.I
the states in their willingness to adjust their unemploymenl
compensation programs to it. So, I think it'll be some time
before that thing -hake'- down into anything like a permanent
BAYLESS: Indeed, we don't bene GAW anymore, it's
nnw SI P, supplemental unemploymenl payments.
BAYLESS: What i- the attitude of the corner merchant
iii .(iiii- hometowns in Utah?
Oh. I would say thai the attitude ol the ordinary merchant
is thai il i- ei burden that's too heavy fnr industry to carry-
and I don't ihink he's thinking of il in terms of potential
added purchasing power frnm his customers.
Ill 111 IK.II: With the seeming acceptance of the "new
look" by SO many of the officials here ill Washington,
will it not be difficult lo continue a high burden to
tbe taxpayer on defense work?
I think it will become mine difficult as lime goes mi, bul
thai involves nut onl) iln- question nf the gross cost of defense, hut it involves the problem of re-tailoring our whole
defense establishment to new weapons ami changing pat-
terns in warfare, and as we- go forward I ihink there is ei
gnml chance lhal we mav he able to reduce that burden on
BAYLESSi Hut thirty billion dollars today will not be
quite the burden in a bigger economy tomorrow.
PRINA: Senator Bennett, concerning the Eisenhower
road-building proposal, do you believe that was held up
partially because some of the members of Congress feel
thai it should be saxed for the rainy day, so to speak,
when the economy may he in a descent of some sorl,
rather than to go ahead with it now despite the tremendous needs for new roads?
No. I haven't bad anv feeling of lhal kind. I ihink il gol
hogged down in straight political differences; as in whn
was tn gel ihe ircdil and how il was tn he- financed.
Ill lill 11.11: And now. Senator Bennett, here are the
three prize-winning questions from our listeners: First,
can we go on indefinitely, giving money lo all the nations of the world without hurting our economy and
bankrupting our country?
'I course, wc can't, hut as mir own economy increases in
~'"'. ih. proportionate importance of the few billions lhal
*e are spending to support the military establishments
(-broad continues to decrease in importance.
HURLEIGH: The next winning question is in regard to
our agricultural economy. Farm income has declined
steadily for the peest two .ears. How long do vou think
this can continue before it affects the rest of our
Well it i- expected lhat net farm income will ilecline -i\
"undred million dollars ibis year, emd at the same time the
'otal national economy lias increased eighteen billion, or
"■irty times that amount. So. I think it's gning lo turn
a-outid within a year or so. bul lhe presenl drop is not
Bouijj in have inn serious em effeel mi the total economy.
Ill HI IK.II : Now lor the third winning question: Senator, do you lllillk mergers of big industrial corporation-
are a healthy thing for our economy?
™ell, | don'l ihink von eem take mergers as a whole and
••> the- .,,,. healthy or unhealthy. Each one has tn be
examined on ils own merits. Some are' gnml. some arc heul.
By STEPHEN VINCENT HI Ml
) on mistake me.
Others have often made the same mistake
Often and often and in many countries.
I never play upon a people's strength:
I play upon their weaknesses and fears.
I make their doubts mv allies and my spies
I have a most convincing mask of peace
Painted by experts for one kind of sucker
Ind for another I m a businessman.
Straight from thc shoulder, talking trade and markets.
Im! much misunderstood.
I touch this man upon his pocketbook,
I ha! man upon liis hatred for his boss,
That man upon his fear;
I offer everything, lor offering's cheap.
I make no claims until I make the claims.
I m always satisfied until I'm unl.
Which happens rather rapidly in those
II Im think I could lie satisfied with less
Than a dismembered and digested icorld.
1/v secret weapon is an secret weapon :
It is to turn all men against all men
For my own purposes: it is to use
Good men to do my work without their knowledge—
Vo/ only the secret traitor and the spy;
lt is to raise n question and a douhl
II here there leas faith. 11 is to subjugate
Men s minds before their bodies feel the steel;
li is to use
III envy, all despair, all prejudice
For my own in irk.
Ij you ve an envy or a prejudice.
A nicely-grown, well-rounded piece of hate,
I II play on il and use it to your ruin.
1/v generals arc General Distrust,
General Fear, General Half-a-Heart,
General Cried and Major-General Hate.
And llicy go walking in civilian clothes
In your men streets and whisper in your ears.
1 umi I be beaten just by sitting tight:
ihey tried that out in Frame. I nun I be beaten
By hiding in the dark and making faces.
And certainly I never nill be beaten
By those a ho rather like my kind of world.
Or. ij not like it. think that it must come.
Those who have wings and burrows in the ground.
For Tin not helling only on the tanks.
Thc guns, the planes, the bombers,
But on your men division and disunion.
On ynir own minds and hearts to let me in.
For ij that happens, all I wish for happens.
So what have ytm tO say?
What have you got to bet againsl my bet?
IT here's your one voice?
from l.i-i t a li, "HE Pi nnf-
ill Selected Works of Stephen Vincent Benet, Rineharl S Company,
' opyright, 1941, l.v Stephen \ incenl Benet.
IS FORUM NEWS, Vovember, 1955