Historical Political Events for September 26

(Click here for other dates -- or use the Back Button to return)

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.
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful to truth must make himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable renascent errors.
    — Charles Peguy
To Exit, use your Browser Back Button, or select one of the following:
To Leon's Political Calendar or Index

Send any comments, suggestions, etc. to Leon Felkins, author of the "Shade Tree" Philosophy site, IMHO....
To subscribe to the mail list, send blank email to: PoliticalAlmanac-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. To unsubscribe, send blank email to PoliticalAlmanac-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com.