The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 15, 1950 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 15, 1950
Page 8
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BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COUHIER NEWS WEDNESDAY,'MARCH 15, 1950 America is Strangling Itself I Governmental waste and inefficiency are frittering away your hard- paid tax dollars, plunging America towards national economic tuicide. Recently, the Hoover Commission-*-a bi-part'uan body unanimously created by Congress — reported startling example* of overlapping, confusion and waste. Now, tfie formation of a national Citizens Committee to follow through on the Commission's recommendations, offers every American the chance to "do some• thing about it." You can help save at least $3 billion annually. .. and put America's tiouse in order; Aree peoples, .11 through history, have yielded their freedoms when governmental size and complexity overwhelmed them economically. Today, we Americans face a potential tyranny—a tyranny of our own gradual making. Only through wise use of our resources can we attain world leadership, peace and social progress. Waste, unchecked, will •lead to economic collapse and chaos. The Hoover Report indicates the incredible extent to .which waste is eating away at our government, draining every citizen's pocket. Today, no American citizen can afford to be indifferent, to be complacent, in the face of findings such as these: • It costs the Post Office 254 cents to print and deliver a penny postcard. • It takes more than $10 worth of paperwork to complete a governmental purchase order—yet half, the 3 million items purchased yearly by the civilian agencies are for less than $10, • The Army, Navy and Air Force seek $30 billions after being advised their present $15 billions (one- third the Federal budget) is all the Nation can i* afford. At least $1 billion of this present budget is i actually wasted. In addition/ the military .forces are split by dissension. • Veterans' insurance claims take 4 times as long to pay as private claims. Yet the Veterans Administration employs 4 times as many insurance workers per policy as do private companies. • The government actually pays interest on its own money . . . when government corporations invest their surplus funds in government securities. These represent only a handful of the startling situations uncovered'iu the 18 official reports of the Hoover Commission. Brief as the above items are, they indicate how vital is the need for reorganization. Now, as never before, we must face up to a choice between orderly government* or economic chaos. rare PROBLEM of RKORGAXIZATIOV Reorganization will not be the work of a day. It calls for a score of major legislative changes. Some of the most important of these have been introduced—and can be passed—at this session of Congress. One major phase calls for regrouping and consolidation of departments and agencies within the Executive Branch to eliminate overlapping functions and establish a definite "chain of command" with clear lines of authority and responsibility up and down the line. This process must bo repeated within the departments themselves. Congress and th&Presideiit ha ve already acted on a measure to strengthen the organization of the State Department and eliminate certain causes of confusion and lowered morale along lines recommended by the Hoover Commission. Pending are other vilal measures including one to strengthen unification of the armed services and eliminate waste in their operation. Other basic changes need to be made in the government's "housekeeping"—budgeting and accounting, personnel, procurement of supplies, and maintenance of records. It is a fact that today the Government owns $27 billions of personal prtiperty and no one knows how much real property. Yet there is no systematic inventory of these properties anywhere. For the many reforms necessary, the Hoover Commission sels forth not vague generalizations, but specific blueprints. Based on commonscnse principles of good management, these recommendations would help insure national prosperity and security. An average tax saving of about $100 a year per family—or about $3 billion—will result if the Commission's recommendations are fully effected. These are not abstract millions. They are la.xes vou pay, directly or indirectly, whether you are a clerical worker, a wage-earner, or an executive. Taxation should be as real to you as your grocery bill. THE OBSTACLKS TO ItEORGAXlZATMON Over many years, six Presidents and innumerable Congressional Committees have struggled to reorganize the Executive Branch of our government. They have consistently failed — stopped by the laine stone wall.. . "YES," says this department head or that agency : chief, "I believe heartily in reorganization . . . BUT reorganize the other fellow—not me." This, in turn, results in pressure 'on Congress for exemptions here and exceptions there. A mere rumor that the Commission was considering a method to save a few hundred million dollars anmially~by consolidating certain overlapping services brought an organized protest of 2000 telegrams to.a single Senate Committee ... even before the report was published — In addition to this obstacle, reorganization calls for time, thought, work, determination. Itcallsaboveallfor the thoughtful support and encouragement of an informed public. •'. . .AW 1OEA WHOSE TIME BAS COME" "The only thing greater than armies," said Victor Hugo, "is an idea whose time has come." We Americans face now an opportunity, perhaps our last, to revitalize our heritage. We must develop a philosophy of government which, while recognizing the inevitable pressures, will encourage public representatives to rise above (hem and act in the interests of the whole. This is not beyond us. Wherever and whenever this country's welfare has been threatened, Americans have united, no matter how they differed individually, to rise above seeming "impossibilities." ADl'AtiCED GALLOPING BUREAUCRACY is the diagnosis of (h« Hoover Report. • In twenty years, our govcrn- mcnt'sannual cost has risen from S4 billion to S42 billion, employment from 600,000 to 2,100,000. > One dollar in five of the national income goes to the government. Its debt amounts lo a mortgage of S7,OOOoncveryAmericanramily. • 18IZdepar(mcnts,ni;encics, boards and bureaus comprise the Executive Branch. 65 lic-.uls of agencies, some bigger than General Motors, report directly to «i« President, an intolerable burden on one man. • The Executive liranch reveals luck of.executive authority .., pointless paperwork ... accounting that sometimes lags a year behind expenditures ... thousands of workers hired by personnel people they've never seen. The government is :in inefficient employer, too—more than 400,000 people leave its employ every year and hare to be replaced. America's response to the Hoover Report is unprecedented. Never before has such a document so magnificently caplured the imagination of the people. This, perhaps, is the sign that the time of this idea has come—that Americans, baffled by the government's complexity, frightened by its size and cost, recognize that it is "now or never." ' f The Hoover Commission expired on June 12, 1949. The Citizens Committee for Reorganization of the Executive Branch of the Government now undertakes to carry on the crusade ... to see that the Commission's objective is not lost through lack of interest, knowledge or the passage of time. The Committee asks the support of every American's heart, mind and pocket.'Let no totalitarian nation achieve : victory over us, through our own bankruptcy. If this document dies in 'the dusty pigeonholes of Washington, the America we know may well die with it. Facts about the Hoover Commission • The most significant study in history of the Federal Government began in July, 1947, when Congress unanimously created the Commission on Reorganization of the Executive Branch of the Government. Six Democrats and six Republicans comprised the Commission. Former President Herbert Hoover was named Chairman at the suggestion of PresidentTruman, with Secretary of State Dean Acheson as Vice-chairman. After from 10 to 14 months, the 24 "Task Force" committees of the Commission completed one of the most monumental research johs in government history— over 2,OOO t OOO words of facts, figures and analysis. ft Citizens Committee for the Hoover Report" Citizens Committee for Reorganisation of the Executive Ifraiich of the Government —a voluntary, iioii-p;<rlisnii, non-profit organization for public education in support of llie Hoover Commission's recommendations You can put your inllucncc hack of "better government at a better price" in these ways: (I) .Join the National Committee'and State or local committees as they are formed—the coupon below will bring details. {2) Study (he Hoover Report—be prepared to state jour stand with the "reasons why." (3) Make a contribution—the Committee depends on voluntary subscriptions. . . . Leaders representing agriculture, business, the churches, , ROBERT L. JOHNSON Chairman Hon. Warren R. Amtin Neil Dow Becler . Hon. Jamci F. Bjrn« lion. William I- Cla>ton Wilfram E, Colter Hon. Collate W. D.rden. Jr CHARLES B COATES Vice Chairman A General M anager HOAIU) OF DIRECTORS JAMES E. GOWEN Treasurer William Grten O>ela Culr* Hobby Allan R. Kline Robert Hclkr Mi».Oi«iW n.Urd nunMilliccnlC. Mclnloih Cord Meyer. Jr. Philip Murray Dr. Frederick D. Tatrenon Gen. William J. Donovan Hon. Chattel Ed i*on Hon. James A. Farley education, la hor, t he professions, the ve( era ns" and women's groups already solidly support this movement. Chairman of the Committee is Robert L. Johnson, President of Temple University. Here is the Committee: JOHN w. HANES Chairman, finance Commlllea l-esiing J. R <,.(„*,!<] Earl O. Shreic Dr. Robert c. Spioul Hon. Harold E. Slauen Anna Lord Slrauu Charlci E. \Vilv>n Henry Ford, H ' Clarence Francis Htin. John N. Gamer Albert S. Ooss Hon. Robert P. Patterson • Capl. EJ«rJ V. Rtclenbacker "History makes clear lhat wasteful governments cannot survive. Unless our Republic can conduct its business with more efficiency, its government will fail—and with it will go the last hope of] the liber- tie* of mankind." Herbert Hoover "Most of iWcin (previous rcorgani/ation plans) have been rejected by the Congress. Unless some educational progrsrri is put on by those interested in efficient government . . . we shall have th« same, result*." Prefidenl Truman "A [-real and precious document, the Hoover Re port, has been given into our hands...Not for safekeeping. . .noi for 'future reference 1 ., .not for the academic admiration of schoUis yet unborn but for action-NOW!" Robert L. Johnson This Important Message Brought to You as a Public Service by Delta Implements, Inc. Berry's Ladies Toggery The Fanners Bank & Trust Co. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. Ark-Mo Power Co. . : : : • —— • -^"••^^•^"•^•^^•••••••^•^••••^•••^^^••••i™^^™"™^""^^^^^^^— The Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce Urges You To Write Your Congressman Today — Support The Hoover Commission!

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