Mencken on Congress

Suppose two-thirds of the members of the national House of Representatives were dumped into the Washington garbage incinerator tomorrow, what would we lose to offset our gain of their salaries and the salaries of their parasites? — H.L. Mencken

And anyone that thinks he’s talking only about one particular party is completely off his or her rocker.

I miss guys like Sam Rayburn in the Congress. That guy actually died poor. The rest? Perhaps it’s time for the quote from Bismarck on laws and sausages…

7 thoughts on “Mencken on Congress

  1. David Liou

    The government would just electe more ‘dumb’ politicians to offset the difference.

  2. deanwebb Post author

    Why have we, as an electorate, let this thing happen? Or did others make it happen to us? I don’t mean conspiracies, but I do mean opportunists that seize upon changes so forcefully that they seem like they were driven by a pre-existing conspiracy.

  3. Hugo Espiritu

    The offset would be that we wouldn’t have people to blame when things go wrong.

  4. chanel wan

    This is out of total theory… what if the government didn’t re-elect people but rather went communist and decided to control everyone like they do in china?

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