Bulky OPAdministrator Leon Henderson dislikes patronage. Balky Congress dislikes Henderson and loves patronage. Around that low-pressure area last week still blew the tempest over price control.
Leon Henderson had asked the purse-proud Budget Bureau for $210 million to up his staff of 7,300 to 90,000 price cops and helpers. This was whacked down to $161 million, enough for 66,000 legmen.
At rough & tumble hearings, Henderson said he had to have the cash for 1943, that he intended to get it, and wanted 2,736 plain & fancy lawyers, 1,800 specialists, 600 economists. He would have no truck with voluntary price-watchers.