BUREAUCRACY: The Country Boy

"The most astounding case of shortsightedness that we have encountered," Texas' Senator Lyndon Johnson called it. Johnson, who heads a watchdog Senate subcommittee in this war similar to one that Senator Harry Truman headed in World War II, was talking about the case of the parallax computers.

One day the War Assets Administration announced that it was stuck with a batch of war surplus aircraft computers and would sell them to the highest bidder. A Texas farmer, who is a former naval officer and likes to shop around for bargains in surplus...

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