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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 9, October 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 9, October 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date unknown
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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Title File 005
Transcript has to be considered. Now I think that in regard to the Defense Department, it has been approached on a dollar economy basis. And I think we're going to gel in real trouble on this particular basis. At least, certainly that is the heavy preponderance of military opinion. Of course, you can argue iheil lhe military are affected by this particular sel of economies. Frankly. I would trust the criticism rather than the particular lask force which worked on it, MacNeil: Yes, that argument was advanced last week by Hanson Baldwin in the New York Times. | Reprint of Hanson Baldwin's column appears on Page 51. Hodces: Hanson always expresses the consensus of military views. MacNeil: Cerlain military propagandists in the Pentagon have been feeding thai line out for quite a while' the people who lllillk there's no bottom In the barrel. The Hoover Commission report has dealt largely wilh lhe common use items in the Departmenl of Defense. I don't see, for instance, why it's necessary for the three services to buy eight hundred differenl kiiuls of screw drivers. The Hoover Commission is for fur- titer strengthening of the unification of the Departmenl of Defense, the three services within the one. We have found, for instance, that the Army, the Navy and the Air Force have no proper catalog, although a catalog was ordered by Congress eis late as 1919. They still haven't an adequate inventory. They're trying to get one up now in a great rush when the Hoover Commission made recommendations and they knew they were going to he exposed in thai respeel. And it is in the held of common use items alone lhat we're stressing economy in the Department of Defense. BURT: In your opinion, how much could be saved in the Department of Defense if your recommendations went through, Mr. MacNeil? MacNeil: I couldn't give you that offhand, but [we've saved altogether | about four or five billion dollars [that could 1 balance the budget. BUCKLEY: Not enough for our Socialists, is it? Hodces: The military budget is running around thirty-six billion, presently, so that you could cut it down by a sixth, roughly. Buckley: I would like to observe that lhe Hoover Commission is engaged in dealing with two types of things. For one thing, il is streamlining government. And nobody excepl the direct casualties of such streamlining is going lo object to that. Thai is to say, we ought to have some considerable solidarity here on the majority of the recommendations that Mr. MacNeil. representing his commission, is urging. However, ihere is a whole other area which is highly controversial, Io which I'd like to refer for one moment. That area is typified by Mr. Hoover and his ideas of government, as distinguished from Mr. Truman or even the incumbent and his ideas on the role of government. Mr. Hoover I look on as the most efficient engineer of governmenl. perhaps, in this century. I believe thai on top of lhal hi' has a highly considered and thoughtful view of how ihis country can continue to progress, both in terms of freedom and in terms of industry. Consequently, the real body of lhe recommendations lhat he is urging is one lhal would hall lhe New Deal trend toward flatulent human beings pater- nalized by our government. These are precisely the recommendations that I would like to urge. BURT: Let's get directly into one of the Hoover report recommendations, and that is to take the government out of a good deal of the public enterprises, and revert them to private enterprises, or to convert them into private enterprises. What about that, Mr. MacNeil? MacNeil: Well, the Hoover Commission, which is non-partisan, was set up by a law in Congress that went through unanimously in both Houses. We were charged by that law to point out the areas in which the government is competing with private enterprise [which means] we would be remiss in our duty if we did not. One of the areas in which thai is done very greatly is in the Department of Defense. We found that there were over twenty-five hundred, and that count is not final, different business enterprises in lhe Department of Defense. Some of these are very necessary —we're not disputing that. We figured out that about one thousand could be eliminated. They represent a cost price, incidentally, of over fifteen billion dollars, and some of them are not very economically administered. BURT: What are a few of those? Are military canteens one of them? MacNeil: Canteens are run like department stores in selling laundromats and diamonds. Hodces: Well, we can't touch the PX's, can we? MacNeil: Oh, we recommended that lhe law enforce the intent of Congress. and we've been attacked by the military for asking that the intent of lhe law be observed . . . You can buy Chanel Five for your girl there and a lot of things of lhal kind, and a lot of people who are nol members of the militarv There is a "vast reservoir of puhlie support" for the recommendations of the bipartisan Hoover Commission as related by Clarence Francis, National Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Hoover Report. Results of a study hy the Citizens Committee research staff indicates only 16 per cent of the Commission's 311- recommendations seem likely lo draw strong opposition, and lhat reaction within lhe government to ihis new Commission's recommendations is much more favorable than thai aroused by lhe first Hoover Commission in 1919. The study shows thai 62 per cent, or 19414 recommendations, are meeting; with general support. On these recommendations, Mr. Francis stressed the desirability of constructive action in order thai a record of worthwhile accomplishments can be set up. Such a program of action is being coordinated by Budget Bureau Director Howland 15. Hughes. The remaining 22 per cent, or 7114 recommendations, were shown by the Citizens Committee lo be evoking "general support, but sporadic opposition," and should receive time for public debate following such a record of accomplishment on non-controversial recommendations. "AH citizens should be 011 guard," Mr. Francis warns, "against attempts by a few groups to discredit the whole report because of their opposition to a few of its recommendations." r, 1955 FACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955 Page 3
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