An immortal bard once musingly wrote, "Sweet are the uses of adversity," and gleaned therefrom a vast amount of philosophical comfort. We of the United States Naval Reserve of 1933 are evidently to have the opportunity of embracing and putting to the test that immortal philosophy.
The national income has fallen and the national deficit has risen. Prudently enough, the nation, rank and file, are crying loudly and persistently for a reduction in governmental expense. The administration have heeded this insistent demand and departmental budgets have been cut, fundamentally.
Whether or not the greatest wisdom was exercised in these capital operations is quite beside the point. That is a fait accompli. The budget of the Navy Department was among those involved. One of its prominent activities, the Naval Reserve, finds itself without adequate funds with which effectively to discharge its mission. That is, briefly, our present "adversity."