Holcombe Says Major Issue To Be Foreign Policy in '54
Foreign policy will be the major election issue in 1954, Arthur N. Holcombe, Eaton Professor of government, declared yesterday.
Speaking with two other University professors at the Harvard Young Republican Club forum last night in the Lamont Forum Room, Holcombe explained, "Polls of congressmen indicated a fairly consistent consideration of this issue. Polls of voters, moreover, have shown this to be the prime subject upon which the government must take a stand. With our breaking down of parties, the results of polls of voters will be important in determining election platforms."
Braucher Speaks for G.O.P.
Robert Braucher, professor Law, spoke for the Republicans, saying, "There are no potential campaign issue before the American people today; but the Democrats are particularly skillful in manufacturing them."
He conceded that the American people face certain major problems in foreign relations, military preparedness, economics, and internal government. However, he continued, both major parties are essentially in agreement over the first two problems, and the Democrats will be able to find only minor issue in the last two.
An independent Democrat, Seymour Harris '20, professor of Economics, them proceeded to enumerate many possible '54 sore sports. "We are actually in a minor depression now," he said, pointing to the six per cent drop in production since March. He berated Republican budget cuts at the expense of national security and old age benefits, tax slashes which "favor the rich," and placement of too many business men in high government positions.