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Idiots in Charge: Lies, Trick, Misdeeds, and Other Political Untruthiness Paperback – August 1, 2007
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IDIOTS IN CHARGE is chock full of stupid statements, dumb decisions, ego trips, childish tantrums, legislative pork, outright criminal behavior and everything in between; to wit:
California Rep. Randy Cunningham - speaking of criminals in politics! - wanted a well-known celebrity to testify at a Congressional hearing on the importance of music education. He asked Elmo from Sesame Street!
A South Carolina representative, during the course of a debate on madatory seat-belt usage, stated: "I never know what I am going to say until I say it, so I am kind of interested in hearing what I think."
For a debate on bloated Pentagon budgets Dennis Kucinich - who just dropped out of the Presidential race - brought along pie charts to make his points. Unfortunately the debate was being aired on Public Radio!
Dining at a restaurant, Tom DeLay lit up a stogie. When asked to put it out because federal regulations forbade smoking in a restaurant, DeLay modestly replied "I AM the federal government!"
Talking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hilary stated that "We have a lot of kids who don't know what 'work' means. They think 'work' is a four-letter word."
A Georgia representative introduced a bill requiring grocery store owners to provide moistened sponges so baggers wouldn't have to lick their fingers to help them open the bag!Read more ›
Most of the politicians that Gregory quotes in this book are little known.Many of them have spent their lives getting elected to one position or another,and perserverence not brainpower is their greatest asset.
I didn't find the book enlightning or even humorous;and finishing it couldn't come fast enough.
Some of the stuff that comes out of the mouths of politicians can only be described as "shining jewels of colossal ignorance";but you won't find much of that in this book.Going through the pages of this book,looking for real gems was laborious and disappointing.With a subject like this,I got the feeling that little effort was put into coming up with prize -winning examples.
If Gregory had sent a couple of students or research assistants to any library for a day or two,and this was what they came up with...well it wouldn't surprise me.