"The mood of the country was . . . 'Don't bother me with the facts.' And I just got sick of banging my head against the wall, trying to explain to people why TARP was necessary, why the stimulus was necessary and why the health care bill was the right thing to do," says Obey, 72, about his decision to retire.
"The conditions were not present this time around to have a conversation with people about anything, because people were just so damn frustrated and so scared about the economy that you couldn't talk common sense to people.
Actually, Dave, we were tired of your paternalistic arrogance."In this place, money is poured in against you by all kinds of special interests who are pissed off with decisions that you've made. And the money that comes at us is masked . . . The Supreme Court has now made it possible for corporations to buy and own the Congress of the United States by contributing whatever the hell they want to the political campaign fights, and they do it anonymously. So the system is damn near destroyed."
Unmnnnhhhhhh, yah. No mention of the money poured in FOR Davey and the Statists, like from the NEA, AFSCME, trial lawyers.
Nope. The only money was from bad guys.
..."When I came here most of the problem was on the left, with the anti-war types . . . about a third (of them) hated the war so much, hated (Lyndon) Johnson, hated (Speaker John) McCormack, even if you agreed with them on the subject, if you had different ideas about how to go about it, you were 'morally defective' . . . It goes in cycles, and right now it's the right wing that destroys the ability of people to sit down and work (together) for the most part."
Actually, Dave, your facilitation of abortion with Federal taxpayer money IS morally defective in the first degree. But then, your priorities differ.
The actual Obey:
"Senators tell me, 'Obey, keep your damn nose out of our business.' Well by God, week after week they screw up what we're trying to do because only in the United States Senate, if you get a majority, do you lose.
Who needs a Constitution when we have Dave, the Magnificent, the Learned, the .....