Sunday, February 25, 2007

Nixon and the US Department of Labor

Henle, who dedicated his career to exploring economic issues from the perspective of the average worker, found himself in the news when President Nixon charged that a "Jewish cabal" at the Bureau of Labor Statistics was out to get him. The "cabal" was composed of two people: Henle and Harold Goldstein, director of current employment analysis at the bureau. Nixon believed the two bureau officials were distorting unemployment data to cast his administration in an unfavorable light. He ordered Frederic Malek, his White House personnel chief, to compile figures on the number of Jews among top labor officials. Two months after Malek compiled the data, Henle and Goldstein were assigned to less visible positions within the Labor Department.



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