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Quotes of the Day for 3 November 2000 – Congress

In addition to the next president, next Tuesday's election will include choices for representatives to Congress for all US voters, and for a senator for two thirds of the states. Over the years there has been an amazing array of creative and literate vitriol poured out upon the members of Congress, here are some of the tame ones and one piece of good counsel.

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The quotes:

We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating or complex - but Congress can.
     - Cullen Hightower

Is there really someone who, searching for a group of wise and sensitive people to regulate him for his own good, would choose that group of people who constitute the membership of both houses of Congress?
     - Robert Nozick

[Congress is] functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended - not very well. They understood that if you move too quickly, our democracy will be less responsible to the majority.
     - Barber B. Conable, Jr

Reader, what if you were an idiot, and what if you were a member of Congress? But I repeat myself.
     - Mark Twain

The people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.
     - James A. Garfield


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