Historical Political Events for February 27

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Year Event
1906 "ANTI-DEFICIENCY ACT" becomes law. This act, and subsequent enhancements, attempts to control the spending by government agencies for which they do not have legitimate authorization. Routinely violated by government agencies, up to and including the presidency.
1933 The German Reichstag building was set afire and the Nazis blamed the Communists. A presidential decree granted Hitler emergency powers and on March 23, 24 days later, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act, granting Hitler dictatorial powers. [From the "9/11 attack" to passage of PATRIOT Act was 45 days]
1947 President Trumanís [D] secretary of state, George C. Marshall, proposed massive economic aid to Greece and Turkey on this date which was later expanded to all the "free", that is non-communist, nations of Europe. This was the beginning of the U.S. policy of being the world policeman. And, according to Gore Vidal, "Harry Truman replaced the old republic with a national-security state whose sole purpose is to wage perpetual wars, hot, cold and tepid." I would also add, "for a profit".
1951 The Office of Price Stabilization orders "margin" profits ceilings on more than 200,000 consumer items.
1986 President Reagan [R] signed the "Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Education Act of 1986" legislation that required warning labels on packages of smokeless tobacco.
1996 President Clinton (D) bans charter flights to Cuba after two private US planes are shot down by the Cuban Air Force.
2002 The U.S. Federal debt topped $6 trillion for the first time in our history! Before the Bush administration is out, it will pass through $7 trillion!
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Quote of
the Day
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have...a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers.
    — John Adams (1735-1826), President of the U.S.A.
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