Will Rogers On Congress

by Dave Schuler on February 26, 2014

My little jokes never hurt anyone, but when Congress makes a joke, it’s a law

And kid Congress and the Senate, don’t scold ‘em. They are just children thats never grown up. They don’t like to be corrected in company. Don’t send messages to ‘em, send candy. (advice to Roosevelt)

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

The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the President has to tell ‘em.

But with Congress — every time they make a joke it’s a law. And every time they make a law it’s a joke.

The difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse when Congress meets. (attributed)

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Ben Wolf February 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Dave,

President Barack Obama’s nominees for the ambassadorships to Norway, Argentina and Hungary may soon face a new hurdle to confirmation, as the professional association for US diplomats is set to decide in the coming days whether to publicly oppose their nominations – and others – as part of an escalating dispute in foreign policy circles over Obama’s nomination of political donors to embassy posts.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/25/us-ambassadors-confidence-vote-amid-firestorm

jan February 26, 2014 at 7:53 pm

“But with Congress — every time they make a joke it’s a law. And every time they make a law it’s a joke.”

…sad, but true.

Dave Schuler February 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Thanks, Ben. I’ll probably post on that at OTB tomorrow.

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