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less thrifty, nor less dependable than other Americans. They would
like always to pay their debts, but adverse weather conditions
can leave them economically helpless without warning. Given
favorable weather conditions and prices, though, Plains people
can and do pay their debts. The trouble is that rigid humid-area
thinking on credit matters does not provide enough flexibility in
repaying loans. A plan is needed that will correct this-one by
which borrowers can build reserves during prosperous times for
future payments. According to Kraenzel, a few United States agri-
cultural programs of this nature have worked well. Flexibility,
however, should be the characteristic of all forms of credit used
by Plains-area residents.
Third, Kraenzel suggests a plan of administrative regionalism.
This plan may well be a feasible means by which the problems
of the Plains region can be ascertained, understood, and solved.
In this plan national and state governments would remain intact;
no changes would be necessary in the present federal system of
government; and state and national constitutional amendments
are not required. Also, the plan recognizes that some states log-
ically fall into more than one region, like Texas which fits into the
Plains region and the South. Kraenzel provides for this situation
by giving states representation in the government of all the re-
gions into which they fit.
Significantly, Kraenzel's plan does not establish an expensive
new level of government. The regional governments would be
simple, each consisting of a Regional Advisory Council only. Each
state would be represented in the appropriate Regional Councils
by its two United States Senators and the minority and majority
leaders of its State Senate. Thus, when a state fits into two re-
gions, these four persons represent the state in two separate Coun-
cils. The expenses incurred by the Regional Councils would be
paid by the national government and the appropriate state legis-
The functions of the Regional Advisory Councils are also
simple. Each Council, with the help of a large staff, would conduct
studies, do research, draft plans, and recommend state and na-
tional legislation to benefit the region. To supply each region
with a potent political force for obtaining useful laws, Kraenzel's
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