Historical Political Events for December 16

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Year Event
1689 King William approves the English Bill of Rights.
1773 The citizens of Boston have the Boston Tea Party in protest for having to pay taxes without receiving any benefits from those taxes. [It is a shame that such enthusiasm does not exist in the hearts of taxpayers today when the tax abuses are far more flagrant.]
1907 The Great White Fleet, 16 U.S. battleships, sets out on an around-the-world voyage. The year long parade of might left no doubt in the international community that the U.S. was now a bona fide two-ocean power.
1909 U.S. Marines oust Nicaragua's president Josť Zelaya. Hundreds of times in the last 210 years, the United States has deployed its military forces in conflicts abroad, although the U.S. has only formally declared war on eleven occasions.
1950 President Truman (D) declares a state of national emergency (Korean War).
1963 As part of Democrat President Johnson's "Great Society", the "HIGHER EDUCATION FACILITIES ACT OF 1963" becomes law.
1969 President Nixon (R) endorsed a Senate amendment prohibiting the use of combat troops in Thailand and Laos, which had been included in a military appropriations bill.
1969 AIM (the American Indian Movement) seized control of the island of Alcatraz, turning it into an area free of government control. The siege lasted for 18 months.
1972 The Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway construction started. At a cost of $2 billion, the project was completed in 1984. Supposedly, it provides a navigation link between the lower Tennessee Valley and the Gulf of Mexico. Actually it was just more pork. Rarely is a tugboat seen on the waterway today!
1974 In the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, PL 93-523, Congress provided for the first national standards for safe drinking water. The bill directed the EPA to confer with the National Academy of Sciences, determine "primary" standards for dangerous contaminants and "secondary" standards for such factors as taste and odor, impose regulations, and investigate state water conditions.
2003 President Bush (R), using taxpayer money, buys a few votes with the signing into law of the "American Dream Downpayment Act of 2003" which used government funds to guarantee home loans that banks would ordinarily not make. Rep. Paul (R) thinks it's a scam. The "foreclosure rate for home mortgages has tripled since the early 1980s." according to James Bovard.
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Quote of
the Day
"That the raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, unless it be with consent of parliament, is against law." & "That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed; nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."
    — A couple of quaint quotes from The English Bill of Rights
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