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> In his last years in the Senate, Gramm succeeded in blocking legislation that, in the words of The New York Times, would have made it easier “to crack down on offshore tax havens” and “would have expanded rules that require banks to find out more about individuals and foreign jurisdictions they are dealing with.” The Times noted, “The legislation won bipartisan support but was blocked by Senator Gramm of Texas, a foe of government regulation.”
> Gramm subsequently took up a senior position at UBS, stating: “It will provide me with an opportunity to practice what I’ve always preached..… I have a strange combination of experiences that a lot of people don’t have .… knowledge of economics, a knowledge of government policy.” Given that knowledge, it is reasonable to ask just how Gramm could have been unaware of the extensive efforts of his new employer, UBS, to thwart the American tax authorities.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage of British elementary-school students who think Isaac Newton discovered fire:
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”