SCANDALS: Minding Small Business

Tom Kleppe, head of the Small Business Administration, does not fit the cautious mold of the Washington bureaucrat. A self-made North Dakota business success (Glass Wax), he keeps a pair of six guns mounted on an office wall, wears electric blue shirts with dazzling horseshoe cufflinks, speaks bluntly −and is now taking some perhaps inevitable lumps. Kleppe's most recent troubles began when he went to Congress to ask for an expansion of SB A lending authority from $4.3 billion to $6.6 billion. He ran into a barrage of allegations that suggested an...

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