Thursday, August 12, 2010

RIP Dan Rostenkowski

Another political death ... this time it was the notorious Dan Rostenkowski, who shepherded tax reforms and NAFTA through Congress, but then got into trouble over how he expensed office chairs and postage stamps.   Seems like a minor thing now, but back in the hypersensitive era that led to the rise of Newt Gingrich, Dan's conviction may have actually led to the death of Clintoncare as he was its main champion in the US House.   Not to mention the political machine of Richard Daley Sr. that led to his rise in the first place had long gone.

Dead at 82, from complications of lung cancer.   Despite his shortcomings his accomplishments were nonetheless many.

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