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Quote of the Day (February 4, 2008)

February 04, 2009

Quotemarks "...Tom Daschle's problem wasn't that he didn't pay his taxes. It was that he -- along with those who vetted his nomination as health and human services secretary and many of his colleagues in the Senate -- found it perfectly ordinary and acceptable that he would be able to cash in on his time in the Senate by earning more than $5 million over two years as a law-firm rainmaker, equity fundraiser, corporate director and luncheon speaker, all the while being driven around town in a chauffeured town car. Not exactly Cincinnatus returning to the plow.

"For the American public, Daschle became the latest symbol of everything that is wrong with Washington -- the influence-peddling and corner-cutting and sacrifice of the public good to private interest. Now that this system has let them down, and left them poorer and anxious about the future, people are angry about it and no longer willing to accept the corruption of the public process and the whole notion of public service...."

-- Steve Perlstein, "Stumbling on Their Sense of Entitlement," Washington Post (2/4/09) 

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Posted by A. Sausser  |   February 05, 2009 at 05:20 PM

Amen, brother. Thank you for putting my angry, inchoate thoughts into complete sentences.

Posted by DJ  |   February 06, 2009 at 09:50 AM

I can't be that angry, I really can't.

They're simply pigs at the trough. And like all pigs, they won't stop unless you push them away.

Lets look locally here in NYC. Charlie Rangel is about as corrupt as they get, but I'll bet he sails through re-elections for as long as he wants to run.

If we don't push them away from the trough, nobody else can

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