William S. Lear rael at
Fri Feb 19 07:11:46 PST 1999

On Thu, February 18, 1999 at 23:33:47 (-0500) Tom Lehman writes:
>Dear Doug and the LBOers,
>Greg will be pleased to see, that Tom Ferguson is saying the same thing
>that he has been saying, that the big bad tobacco companies were the
>cause of most of President Clinton's problems.

This oversimplifies Ferguson's point just a bit:

All along, the basic political fight has not been over tobacco but

over taxes, regulation and the extent of laissez-faire. Republican

leaders in both the House and the Senate, after all, have been as much

in thrall to the medical-industrial complex as they have to tobacco,

and both sectors have been singled out in the business press as among

the likely winners in the political paralysis that comes with even

failed impeachment proceedings.


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