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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 87 (April 1947)

Press and radio comments,   pp. 24-31 PDF (4.3 MB)


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have its greatest test. Economic Warfare can-
not exist side by side with political coopera-
tion. President Truman compared the attacks
against trade and commerce of other nations
with political or military aggression. He
does not propose the abolition of protection,
but the continuance of a policy of carefully
adjusted reduction of trade barriers through-
out world. Interest of this country calls for
relatively free movement of goods and pay-
ment among nations. This is also the condi-
tion necessary for a healthy economic and
political world structure."
St. Louis Star-Times: "More than anything
else. Truman dispelled a lot of fog with
which the high-tariff bloc has tried to shroud
the international trade program. He asked
the people to go along or go back into isola-
tion. The choice should be easy, for, as he
said, 'isolation, after two world wars, is a
confession of mental and moral bankruptcy.'"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "During the war,
we were solemnly dedicated to root out eco-
nomic warfare as a cause of a shooting war.
When peace came, we lent billions to get
other wartorn countries on their feet. We
led in founding the International Bank and
Monetary Fund, Congress found reciprocal
tariff reductions had done American interests
much good and no harm - and conferred
further tariff-reduction powers on the Pres-
ident. We took the lead in United Nations
and in drafting the charter of the ITO, a
UN auxiliary, for the mutual renunciation of
economic aggression. Thus we have great
effort and great amounts of money tied up in
this policy, as well as high hopes."
New York Sun expressed concern over
"certain fundamental aspects of foreign
trade about which the President was silent."
The Sun said: "t is of paramount concern,
for instance   though not mentioned by
President Truman --- that since 1934 the
United States has reduced more than 1,200 of
its tariff rates, and about half of them were
cut 50 percent. Further cuts would make a
disrupting, even disastrous, attack on the
protection that remains. Moreover, this is
the only country in the world that maintains
labor standards by federal control of wages
and hours, on a scale far superior to working
conditions elsewhere on earth. On these pri-
mary points, Truman said nothing at Waco.
Texas."
Wall Street Journal said the US discus-
sions with other nations at Geneva concern-
ing reciprocal trade agreements seem to
offer hope of some accomplishment because
the agreements "are specific contracts with
closely limited objectives." However, the
financial paper said: "We are forced to doubt
that building another forum for continuing
discussion of the world's ills will help to
cure them. It seems still more doubtful that
international trade can be organized and at
same time freed of restraints that now lie
upon it. Its disabilities are due, not to lack
of organization but to lack of ordered life
within the' principal trading countries. It
is not easy to see how the ITO can fill that
vacuum."
US Editor Gets German Meal
The impression of a visiting American
concerning the food served the Germans was
given by Victor 0. Jones of the Boston Globe
following a recent tour of the US Zone by
a group of American editors. He wrote of
his visit at Wiesbaden with Dr. James R.
Newman, Director of the Office of Military
Government for Hesse, and added:
"In between times he gave us a taste
of what the average German eats for din-
ner . . . . Dinner, incidentally, added up to
640 calories and consisted of a small meat
ball, baked potato, dried lima beans, two
slices of black bread, a tiny pat of oleo,
two-thirds of a small apple, and a cup of
the vilest coffee I've ever tasted.
"I accused Dr. Newman of poisoning the
coffee, but his secretary assured me it tasted
rather better than what the Germans got.
A sassy German waitress said to make the
demonstration really  accurate we should
be eating our meal in an unheated house
and with no tablecloth . ... I must admit
it gave me a sense of fullness even though
I couldn't get down the second slice of
bread."
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