BUREAUCRACY: Statistic of the Week

Jess Larson, the Government's top housekeeper (title: General Services Administrator), rolled up to Capitol Hill in an old car to testify before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. His most startling statistic: the 46 executive departments of the U.S. Government (not including Defense) operate 19,888 passenger cars, hire 1,380 full-time and 5,672 part-time chauffeurs. Commented Michigan's Senator Homer Ferguson (who owns his own Pontiac, no chauffeur): "All the Senators are getting embarrassed by the number of large chauffeur-driven cars that pass them on the street."


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