The Beneficent Monster

Rich and eager to please, HEW is rapidly growing out of control

If one institution were to be singled out as having the most impact on American life today, it would not be church or school, private corporation or political party. It would be the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The agency provides funds, advice and regulations for birth, infancy, upbringing, schooling and old age, for the sick and disabled, the handicapped and the gifted, the divorced and the depressed, the sex discriminator and the sex offender, for those who are pregnant and those who are sterile. Whatever the ailment or anxiety, the department will have some remedy among its 400...

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