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Quotes of the Day for 4 November 2002 – Congress

Tomorrow is election day in the US, where we will be electing the members of the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate, collectively called the Congress. As usual, I'm not thrilled with my choices. There has been a lot more interest in the shenanigans the parties are playing than with anything of substance. I'm sure that, whichever set of rascals are meeting in those hallowed halls next year, they'll be up to no good. This may have, ever so slightly, influenced my choice of quotes today.

Incidentally, the last quote in the set is from American humorist Will Rogers - it's his birthday today.

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The quotes:

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens - and then everybody disagrees.
     - Boris Marshalov

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

All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.
     - John Quincy Adams, 1767 - 1848

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctively native American criminal class except Congress.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

There is good news from Washington today. Congress is deadlocked and can't act.
     - Will Rogers, 1879 - 1935


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