|Year|| Event |
|1786|| Shays' rebellion gets intense. The rebels protested against governmental and court systems that were wrought with dictatorial and oppressive regimes and against excessive salaries for government and court officials. Sound familiar? |
|1789|| Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State |
|1914|| Federal Trade Commission established by Congress. |
|1973|| REHABILITATION ACT signed into law. |
|1990|| The Soviet Union ends decades of religious repression, forbidding government interference in religious activities and giving citizens the right to study religion in homes and private schools. |
|1994|| This week's Time magazine reviews Kevin Phillips' book, Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street, and the Frustration of American Politics. Some quotes: "In 1933 members of the House were allowed a staff of two persons and a total clerk-hire budget of only a few thousand dollars. By 1957 that had climbed to five aides for each member and $20,000; and by 1976, a total of fifteen assistants could be paid $255,000. Individual staffs expanded just as rapidly in the Senate, as did committee and subcommittee staffs in both houses. The combined overall staffs of the U.S. House and Senate soared from 1,425 persons in 1930 to 6,255 in 1960 and to more than 20,000 in 1990. . .in 1950 not quite a thousand lawyers were members of the District of Columbia bar; by 1975 there were 21,000; and by 1993 the number reached 62,000." There's an estimated "91,000 people associated with lobbying." Over half of retiring, defeated or arrested congressmen become lobbyists. |
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