Speaking before the New York League of Women Voters, Dr. Mabel Newcomer, professor of economics and consultant to the United States Treasury, debated the effect of wartime economic policies on democracy with Dr. Gustav Stolper, an Austrian economist and recently naturalized citizen. To Dr. Stolper’s assertion that rationing and price controls were akin to the Prohibition Amendment “on a Sears Roebuck scale” and constituted “mechanical limitations” and “compulsive, comprehensive slavery,” Newcomer defended both measures, “even if it means policing.”  And—admitting it might “lose me my job—to Stolper’s insistence that any progressive spending tax must exempt rents and education, ”Newcomer rejected the exemptions.  'It might turn people from Vassar College to the State universities,' she said.  'Is the quality of Vassar better?  I can’t answer that question.  I’m not sure it is.'”     The New York Times