Lester, Richard A.
May 1952
New Republic;5/12/52, Vol. 126 Issue 19, p17
This article focuses on two books about political economy. The first one is "Economy in National Government," by Paul H. Douglas and the second book is "Democracy and the Economic Challenge," by Robert M. Maclver. Senator Dougras' volume constitutes a hard-hitting attack on wasteful expenditures and tax loopholes. With note-worthy diligence, consistency, and indifference to political consequences, the Senator from Illinois analyzes the items of Federal expenditure, pointing out unjustified subsidies, bureaucratic over-staffing, and unwarranted outlays. Legislative attitudes toward Federal spending are subject to at least two sorts of apparent inconsistency. Although indicating the need for some balance or middle ground between full economic planning and marked decentralization, MacIver offers little in the way of guidance or concrete suggestions.


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