A [Short] Quote from SLATE

Buchmann buchmann at BELLSOUTH.NET
Fri Mar 16 23:14:36 UTC 2001

                                       "Making matters worse, serving in the U.S. Senate, once a risk factor for
                                       premature death, now appears to be better for you than a steady diet of green
                                       tea and carrots. To observe the trend in action, check out this chart on the
                                       always delightful Political Graveyard site. From 1900 to 1910, 23 senators
                                       went to meet their maker directly from office. From 1910 to 1920, no less than
                                       29 became late senators. In the 1920s, 26; in the 1930s, 23; and in the 1940s,
                                       28 became bereft of life. But after that, the trend was straight downhill. In the
                                       1950s, only 19 sitting senators began pushing up daisies, in the 1960s only
                                       15. In the 1970s, only eight senators hopped the twig. In the 1980s, just three
                                       became deceased. In the 1990s, a mere four went the way of all flesh."

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