Why Henderson Goes

Straight, Michael
December 1942
New Republic;12/28/42, Vol. 107 Issue 26, p847
Focuses on reasons behind the decision made by Leon Henderson, member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the so-claimed founder member of the U.S. Office of Price Administration (OPA), to leave the governmental post. Appreciation for Henderson's role played in the steel-construction program, in demanding conversion, attacking wartime profiteering, and foreseeing the necessity of adequate price and cost control; Evaluation of Henderson's personality as a symbol of toughness in the government, particularly in the OPA; Information regarding the OPA functioning under Henderson's supervision; Consideration of the effort made by a group of Congressional members to dissolve the OPA and its price programs as the major factor behind Henderson's decision to leave the government; Discussion of the factfulness of charges made against the OPA, specially about its rationing policy; Consideration of the absence of an organization in the U.S. which can speak for Americans as the second major factor behind Henderson's dissatisfaction.


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