The Nation: Nixon's Growing Family

One of Richard Nixon's first organizational reforms when he took office was to place all White House staffers on the White House payroll rather than permit the traditional practice of hiding them away on the lists of other bureaus and departments. Thus the acknowledged size of his staff grew from 250 permanent positions in fiscal 1970 to 533 in 1971, with the budget increased from $3,900,000 to the present allocation of $8,000,000.

Granting that some of the rise is a matter of simple candor, the White House staff has still grown with a startling rapidity. The President's various lieutenants now spill from...

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