May 13, 1933 - Editorial - The Public Service, by George Lorimer

Whatever else may be thought of the series of extraordinary emergency measures which President Roosevelt has driven through Congress, they will, in any case, require a high degree of competence to administer. Using the credit and resources of the Government in this way to grapple with such a variety of economic problems implies skill and ability on the part of public officials and employees. Thus the public service, whether it be entered through excitements of politics or the more prosaic mode of civil service, takes on extraordinary importance. More and more, all manner of activities in this country are being regulated by Government officials to whom Congress has delegated powers. What ability will these officials display?

Even if the present plunge into Government participation is only temporary, it emphasizes forcibly the problem of personnel. This participation is already spread along a very wide front, with enormous powers lodged in the hands of a few individuals. (pg. 20)

Comment: I found that George Lorimer was an editor that acted as a good umpire when it came to a respect for the truth. He saw that the bureaucracy that was forming would be massive, and that only a few people would be in command of it all. These few people would be appointed by the President to head the various departments of the bureaucracy. They are not elected by the people.

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