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'Do More With Less'

In a report for Morning Edition, our own Chana Joffe-Walt traces the austere history -- and anxiety-inducing present -- of four words you'll all recognize:

Do more with less.

We're all hearing that catchphrase these days, the lucky ones of us who are still working after colleagues have been laid off. Joffe-Walt finds that do more with less goes all the way back to America's early days.

"By diligence shall we do more with less perplexity," said none other than Benjamin Franklin.

Somehow, I don't think he was quite envisioning the 21st century workplace when he came up with that. And whatever happened to the "perplexity" part? Now we're just supposed to do more with less, period. How's that working out for you.