Historical Political Events for December 09

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Year Event
1875 Secretary of the Treasury Benjamin H. Bristow broke the Whiskey Ring, where businessmen and IRS officials were using the whiskey tax for Grant's reelection campaign. [How long has this kind of stuff been going on?]
1908 A child labor bill passed German Reichstag forbidding work for children under age 13.
1970 Congress passes the Horse Protection Act.
1990 Lech Walesa is elected president of Poland.
1999 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase gleaned from the 12/8/99 CBD): From the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID: "TO PROVIDE QUICK-RESPONSE . . . ADVISORY SERVICES, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING IN SUPPORT OF USAID'S STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:1. PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT FOR LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY, 2. DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE, AND 3. BROAD BASED ECONOMIC GROWTH", AMT $110,000,000 (this is in addition to four prime awards previously in the CBD on March 17, 1999 and April 19, 1999) TO PADCO, Inc., 1025 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 2007-5209 and The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037. [Yessiree, good governance does not come cheap!]
2002 Iraq submitted a 12,000-page declaration of WMD-related information to international inspectors. In the documents, “we declare that Iraq is empty of any weapons of mass destruction,” said Hossam Mohammed Amin, head of the Iraqi National Monitoring directorate, which prepared the report.
2003 North Korea Offers to Freeze Nuclear Development, for a Price: North Korea offered today to freeze its nuclear program in exchange for a series of diplomatic and economic concessions from the United States, “In return for the freezing of our nuclear activities, the United States must remove our country’s name form the list of terrorism-sponsoring countries; lift its political, economic, military sanctions and blockade; and give us heavy oil, electricity and other energy assistance from the United States and neighboring countries,” stated a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman.
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
To date, the United States has spent roughly $400 billion on the Iraq War, and costs are running about $8 billion per month. In addition, the United States must expect significant “tail costs” to come. Caring for veterans and replacing lost equipment will run into the hundreds of billions of dollars. Estimates run as high as $2 trillion for the final cost of the U.S. involvement in Iraq. Despite a massive effort, stability in Iraq remains elusive and the situation is deteriorating. . . The ability of the United States to shape outcomes is diminishing. Time is running out.
    — IRAQ STUDY GROUP REPORT, Online
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