The general demand for decreased governmental expenditures has fathered the belief that further efficiency and economy in the administration of the Government will be secured by the amalgamation of various governmental activities.
There is, in fact, something so fascinating about the general idea of amalgamation that many people practically mesmerize themselves by keeping their eyes focused on the possibilities of the amalgamation of anything. Amalgamation of various governmental activities has, therefore, been advanced as a general panacea for all our troubles; it is advanced as a cure for personnel jealousy, for departmental inefficiency, and for every large governmental expenditure. As a result, we read one day of the proposed amalgamation of the War Department and of the Navy Department. Then we hear of the proposed amalgamation of the staff and of the line of the Navy; and we hear every day of-the amalgamation of the Army Air Service and of Naval Aviation into a United Air Service.