Historical Political Events for February 18

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Year Event
1861 "All we ask is to be left alone", states Jefferson Davis in his inaugural address, this date, as President of the Confederate States of America.
1922 Capper-Volstead Act, signed into law on this date by President Warren Harding, enables agricultural producers to collectively process, prepare, handle and market their products.
1924 The U.S. Navy secretary Edwin Denby is forced to resign through connection with the Teapot Dome oil leases scandal, in which interior secretary Albert B. Fall secretly leased the Teapot Dome oil reserves, which belonged to the navy, to private oil speculators. (From the Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1977 The New York Times is reporting that the federal government will pay New York's hospitals $400 million over the next six years if they will agree to train fewer doctors.
1999 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the National Institutes of Health: "DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF A LONG-TERM COLONY OF AGED HYBRID RATS", AMT $4,089,339 TO Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc., 298 South Carroll Road, Indianapolis, IN 46229.
2007 A Washington Post investigation reveals that returning soldiers face deplorable conditions at Walter Reed’s outpatient center.
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Quote of
the Day
Many now believe that with the rise of the totalitarian State the world has entered upon a new era of barbarism. It has not. The totalitarian State is only the State; the kind of thing it does is only what the State has always done with unfailing regularity, if it had the power to do it, wherever and whenever its own aggrandizement made that kind of thing expedient. Give any State like power hereafter, and put it in like circumstances, and it will do precisely the same kind of thing. The State will unfailingly aggrandize itself, if only it has the power, first at the expense of its own citizens, and then at the expense of anyone else in sight. It has always done so, and always will.
    — Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945)
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