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‘Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress…’

(By Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg) (By Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

If you somehow don’t know about the utter mess in the U.S. Congress, look here (and start paying attention). If you do, here’s something to help you laugh, or, at least, keep from screaming in frustration. The buffoonery wouldn’t surprise these past congressional watchers:

 Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. –Mark Twain         

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.  –Milton Berle


The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. –Will Rogers              

I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses. –Victor Hugo


I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. -Ronald Reagan


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


In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. -John Adams


They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress, you know that the filibuster was invented by men. –Clare Boothe Luce 


Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?” –Will Rogers




Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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