Historical Political Events for May 9

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Year Event
1902 Oleomargarine and opium were defined to be evil substances by the government and several laws were passed to inhibit their distribution around the turn of the 20th century. In 1886, a government agency was set up to control the spread (yes!) of the evil oleomargarine -- the agency later became known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Taxes, and Firearms (BATF) [As a result of the new OPEN GOVERNMENT policy, you may not be able to access the BATF site. Sigh]. At that innocent time, taxation was considered to be the appropriate way to establish control over these substances and so the Oleomargarine Act became law this date.
1934 The "JONES-COSTIGAN SUGAR ACT" becomes law, imposing sugar quotas, prices, taxes, and subsidies for the growers and processors. Instead of using the free market, which seems to work for most commodities, the government decided, in its infinite wisdom, this was needed to make sure that quantities, profits, and costs to consumers were somehow fairly allotted between all concerned.
1960 The FDA approves birth-control pill--Enovid-10, made by the G.D. Searle Company of Chicago, Illinois, granting greater reproductive (reproductive?) freedom to American women.
2000 Former four-term Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was convicted of extortion schemes to manipulate the licensing of riverboat casinos. (Edwards was later sentenced to ten years in prison and fined a quarter of a million dollars.)
2005 The "Dissident Voice" reports that CACI now has government contracts exceeding $1 billion related to its Iraqi operations. CACI has received some "investigations" regarding its activities in the Iraq prison scandals.
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Quote of
the Day
The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.
    — David McIntosh, National Review
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