Historical Political Events for November 03

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Year Event
1783 Washington orders the Continental Army disbanded. This seems so strange in these times in which armies are maintained, not for fighting wars, but for economic considerations, and therefore no reduction is to be expected when a monstrous enemy, such as the Soviet Union, is no longer an issue.
1883 US Supreme Court declares Native Americans to be "aliens"
1966 "Child Protection Act", P.L. 89-756, is approved. Among other things, bans fireworks and regulates what toys are allowed to be sold.
1966 "Fair Packaging and Labeling Act" is approved. Helps the clueless consumer figure out what dangerous things may be in those pretty packages.
1997 Proposition 209, enacted in California in 1996, survives a broad challenge in the US Supreme Court. The act provides a state ban on all forms of affirmative action: "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."
2006 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: Small business qualifier ViaSat in Carlsbad, CA received a $36.7 million firm-fixed-price delivery order under a previously awarded contract (N00039-00-D-2101) for Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). "Link 16 provides real-time, jam-resistant secure transfer of combat data, voice and relative navigation information between widely dispersed battle elements. Participants gain situational awareness by exchanging digital data over a common communication link that is continuously and automatically updated in real time, reducing the chance of fratricide, duplicate assignments or missed targets." [Yeah, that ought to stop those rag heads from planting IEDs along side the roadways.]
2008 Federal Reserve and Treasury restructure the government’s investment in AIG to include $40 billion of TARP preferred stock as a substitute for a loan with lower rates.
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Quote of
the Day
It is both possible, and moral, to love one's country and hate its government. . . if we ask whether we're heading towards more liberty or more totalitarianism, it's clearly toward the latter, tiny steps at a time.
    — Walter E. Williams, Economist
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