Pittsburgh Penguins fans have been treated to a local series about the team’s players where they are interviewed and it is called “In Their Own Words.” Hockey is my favorite spectator sport because of the speed and action in the games. The greatest about hockey, however, is the players. I cannot speak for other teams, but hockey players are the nicest guys. You can learn a great deal about a person by what they say in unscripted moments (i.e. without a teleprompter).
I recently have heard a series of statements by politicians that defy logic. The best way to expose these folks is to put their out in print so that we can all see who they really are…In Their Own Words.
The most famous recent off hand comment came from Barack Obama during his recent campaign. He engaged a gentleman in Ohio while walking in his neighborhood.
Then Senator Barack Obama on taking your money:
“It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success, too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
Stalin or Marx could not have said it better.
Barney Frank (D – Mass), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee on his role as your representative.
“I’ve had people come to us and complain, “Well, if you do that, I can’t make any money.” The answer is that’s not my job. We’re not here to help you make money. We are here to help have a system in which you will make money as an incident of your providing funds to those who will use it productively.”
Stalin or Marx could not have said it better.
John Conyers (D – MI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the need to read legislation BEFORE he votes on it:
“What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”
Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senior Senator from New York, Senate Judiciary Committee, third ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate. Regarding the how much taxpayers care about the inclusion of earmarks (pet projects or pork added to legislation to pay for votes back in their district):
“And let me say this to aaaall of the chattering class that focuses on those little, tiny—yes, porky—amendments: The American people really don’t care.”
Obviously, the voters in New York do not care, but the rest of us care. I would like to complain about how he can be elected over and over again, but we have Specter and Casey in the Keystone State. Sigh!
Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee and Chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics. Ma’am Boxer was questioning the CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce regarding his opposition to the cap and trade legislation and how the NAACP and other black organizations support the legislation:
“Then I wanted to make a point that the fact is there definitely differing opinions in the black community just as there are in my community.”
This is a white woman lecturing a black man about diversity. My quote does not do it justice. You have to watch the video.
“As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base,”
In her defense, she claimed that she had read about that in a newspaper. Too bad she cannot differential between speculation in a newspaper and a briefing that she received from our military. Her confirmation of the use of Pakistani bases caused a lot of problems for our Pakistani partners.
Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader. Commenting on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to a LIFETIME appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Everyone in America, I want them to understand that we have the whole package here. If that wasn’t enough, her background is very significant — we could not have anyone better qualified. I understand that during her career, she’s written hundreds and hundreds of opinions. I haven’t read a single one of them, and if I’m fortunate before we end this, I won’t have to read one of them.”
That is ok Harry, you don’t have to read the legislation before you vote on it either. Senator Reid is a two-fer as he also made this comment about taxes that was a surprise to me:
“I don’t think we force people…our system is a voluntary system.”
I you want to laugh (and then cry) watch the entire video and ask yourself how this guy got to be the most powerful senator in our country. I suspect part of what Reid says is true for a large percentage of Obama’s appointments…paying taxes is voluntary.
I know that you are asking yourself how I could put together this compilation without featuring our Vice President. I think that he deserves a post dedicated just to him…stay tuned.