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Santayana could see that he was backed into a corner.

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His visitors seemed absolutely determined to prevent him from ever writing or uttering the phrase that had made him immortal. He was not unsympathetic to their position. Let's hear my second-most famous expression, okay?

The men looked down, not wishing to make direct eye contact. They nodded. Santayana," said Polanski. Is that what you're trying to tell me?

I'm like Nathan Hale or Stephen Decatur, people who said just one thing they're remembered for? Is that it? You want me to simply kick away my one chance for immortality? If you agree never to write the words 'Those who cannot remember the past,' etcetera, we're authorized to let you write 'The long-est journey begins with a single step' or 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life' almost a century before anyone else thinks of them.

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Santayana stroked his chin. Now make up your mind.

We have three more stops to make. Mark Twain. Santayana pondered the proposal. Then he went over to his desk, opened the top drawer, pulled out a pistol and shot the third man, the big oaf. Polanski and O'Callaghan looked on in horror. Time travelers stop by and ask people like me to not write aphorisms we subsequently became famous for. Instead of going back and preventing the First World War from happening, or warning Custer about the Little Big Horn, you clowns pull stunts like this.

You guys really piss me off.

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He now shot the two remaining time travelers and summoned the maid. It tolls for thee. Beltway Confidential. Washington Secrets.


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These are good reasons to avoid a trade war. Yet the bad effects are even worse than that because they have a way of lasting forever.

Today, for example, Americans are still paying for the protectionist lapses of a generation ago. In the early s, inflation, foreign demand and federal policies caused the price of farm products to spike. Americans started to pay a lot more to put food on their tables.

For soybeans, the problem was severe. They're an important source of protein. They feed both people and animals, meaning that the price of soybeans affects the price of meat, eggs, and milk. By , President Nixon thought he had to act. That June, in a bid to reduce prices, his administration announced an export embargo on grains, including soybeans. Suddenly, farmers couldn't sell them abroad.

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This created a huge surplus in the United States. The plan worked in one sense: The price of soybeans dropped by almost half. But that drop in price devastated farmers, who suffered as the export restrictions cut off an essential source of income. The embargo was temporary. Shortly after it went into effect, the government began to loosen its controls. By October, they were gone entirely.

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So it might seem that its effects were short-lived-an emergency measure that hurt farmers for just a brief period. Except that we're still reeling today. That's because the Japanese relied on American farmers to supply their soybeans, which they used not only to fatten farm animals but also as an essential ingredient in tofu and soy sauce. By trying to solve a perceived food crisis in the United States, the Nixon administration sparked one in Japan. A Japanese newspaper reporter described its significance: "A shortage of soybeans in Japan would be far worse for us than if you ran out of hamburger in the United States.