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L’etat, c’est moi

May 17th, 2003 · No Comments

TAPped points to a WaPo column citing a conversation between Tom DeLay and steakhouse manager Tom Khandker, who delay was attempting to bully into letting him smoke in the restaurant:

Khandker: “I’m sorry, sir, but this is a federal building, and it’s against the law of the federal government.”

DeLay: “I am the federal government.”

But Khandker stood his ground, and DeLay and several cigar-chomping compatriots left for the smoke-filled Caucus Room before the cheesecake course.

What a fantastic twofer: a prize illustration of both the arrogance of power and the harm done by smoking bans to local businesses.

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