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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Famous Quotes About the More Infamous US Congresses Over Time

Two disparate things inspired this post:

  1. Congress shooting down gun registration legislation after deaths too many to count due to gun violence, yet wagging their tails and scurrying to do the bidding of big business and their cronies in state governments by quickly passing sales tax for Internet sales (at least in the Senate), even as small businesses scream about the difficulty of compliance.*
  2. Former Senator Jim DeMint, speaking to NPR, stated the other day that, to paraphrase, "Congress can't be trusted to keep their promises." I'd add to that, especially concerning social justice legislation for the middle class and the poor. 
Lest we think our Congress alone is a real stinker, let's check out what others have said in history: 

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
~Thomas Jefferson

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
~Alexis de Tocqueville

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
~Abraham Lincoln

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
~Mark Twain 

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.
~Mark Twain

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
~Will Rogers 

Congress: Bingo with billions.
~Red Skelton

If "con" is the opposite of pro, then isn't Congress the opposite of progress? 
~Jon Stewart

I’m not a fan of the government doing anything. But I’ve got to ask: Why isn’t the government doing anything? Maybe this Add Jobs Bill would help. I don’t know. Like most members of Congress, I haven’t read it. 
~Stephen Colbert

I could go on, but you get the idea. All through the history of this republic, people have been annoyed by Congress ... often, quite rightly so. Exactly why do we pay these folks so much???

*As an addendum to point 1, it is my humble opinion that any politician who uses the nonsense excuse "Why pass this law when the criminals won't obey it" to block legislation should be fired on the spot. 

For the President's and Senator Toomey's responses to the defeat of the gun registration legislation, see: It's quite telling. 

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