National Defense: Engel's Camp Manual

When Congress passed a $466,000,000 bill for Army camp construction last September, it was shooting from the hip. Speed in national defense was urgent; nobody knew just what would cost what. Even Michigan's bushy-haired, stubby Representative Albert Joseph Engel, a mole for figures, voted for the bill without more than five minutes' consideration. But, while other members went on to other urgencies, fact-loving Mr. Engel took time out to study what he had voted for. His conclusion: the Army had underestimated, would have a deficit of around $330,000,000. Sure enough, Congress voted a...

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