Historical Political Events for September 23

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Year Event
1779 Naval victory of John Paul Jones of the Bonhomme Richard over the Serapis and the Countess of Scarborough.
1950 President Truman (D) signs into law the Revenue Act of 1950, increasing income and corporation taxes. Justification was to pay for the Korean war.
1950 McCarran Internal Security Act becomes law over President Truman's veto. This act called for the registration of the "communist-front" and "communist-action groups." It also called for the internment of suspected "subversives" with no trials in a "national emergency", presumably in concentration camps. Furthermore it called upon the President or Congress to declare a "national emergency." Of the six camps built in 1952, several were maintained on a stand-by basis in the 1950s and 1960s {pdf}.
1959 President Eisenhower (R) signs an urban renewal {pdf} bill, "HOUSING ACT OF 1959", (one of several passed during this time) with a price tag of nearly a billion dollars.
1994 "MONEY LAUNDERING SUPPRESSION ACT OF 1994", P.L. 103-325, becomes law.
2001 President Bush (R) signs Executive Order 13224, which mandates the seizure of bank accounts and merchandise owned or used by more than 400 people and groups since Sept. 11. Executive orders have the force of law but do not burden the president with the annoyance of having to go through the cumbersome Constitutionally mandated Legislative Process. Very useful for suspending Constitutional rights of the citizens.
2006 A classified National Intelligence Estimate -- a consensus view of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, signed off by Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte -- is leaked to several newspapers. It concludes that “the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse.”
2007 The Federal Debt passed through the $9,000,000,000,000 mark on or about this date. Under Bush's (R) regime the debt increased almost $4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion dollars) or double the increase from the beginning of the U.S.A. to 1986!
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Quote of
the Day
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
    — Woodrow Wilson, Twenty-Eighth President, 1913-1921
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