National Affairs: Civil Service

An old and familiar complaint against the New Deal is that it has virtually wrecked the Civil Service system by loading deserving Democrats into all sorts of good jobs. A prime statistic: in three years Roosevelt, Farley & Co. have made 150,000 straight political appointments, have reduced Federal employment under the merit system from 80% to 63%. A prime reason: in setting up emergency agencies the Administration short-circuited the Civil Service to get men quickly.

Touchy on this subject, President Roosevelt used a protest from the Lawyers Security League of Manhattan to defend his...

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