Historical Political Events for May 12

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Year Event
1933 Federal Emergency Relief Act and the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) passed. Among other things, the AAA established the subsidy principle whereby, for voluntary reduction of acreage in production (while millions were starving!), farmers were paid direct benefits (e.g. price support for milk, added 2/16/1938) or rental payments. While some people were starving, milk, crops and animals were massively destroyed under government direction. Declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1936 but revised and reissued in 1938. It has been continued to this day.
1940 German armed forces invade France.
1949 The Berlin airlift bringing supplies into West Berlin, Germany (blockaded by the USSR from June 1948) ends after 277,264 flights when the USSR allows normal land communications to resume. (The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1996 Madeleine Albright was asked by Leslie Stahl on "60 minutes" if the death of a half million children in Iraq as a result of U.S. sanctions was worth it. She replied, "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it." Within six months, Madeleine Albright was unanimously approved by the Senate as U.S. Secretary of State.
1998 Guatemala becomes the first foreign country to file a lawsuit against U.S. tobacco companies to recover the public health-care costs of treating smoking-related illnesses. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1999 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (announced in the CBD): From the U.S. Department of Education: "NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD EDUCATION SURVEY 2001 AND 2003", AMT $6,455,319 TO Westat, Inc., 1650 Research Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland 20850 [If your kids are still ignorant, it is not from lack of spending of your tax money with these "Beltway Bandits"!]
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Quote of
the Day
The Democrats' problem isn't that they're calling for timetables. It's that they're calling them "timetables". If you're up against Bush and the Republicans, you got to bring some zing. Don't call them "timetables". Call them ... patriot dates ... freedom deadlines ... glory goals. What decent, patriotic American wouldn't stand behind a "glory goal"?
    — Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
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