RE: [xmca] Fwd: Tom DeLay

From: David Preiss (
Date: Mon Nov 21 2005 - 09:38:01 PST

What a beautiful demonstration of practical wisdom (irony here)

David D. Preiss Ph.D.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Subject: [xmca] Fwd: Tom DeLay

In part, this is just a test to see if the list is working:

>>He really said these things!
>>Here are 10 fine examples of the wit and wisdom of Tom DeLay:
>>1) "So many minority youths had volunteered, that there was literally
>>no room for patriotic folks like myself."
>> --Tom DeLay, explaining at the 1988 GOP convention why he and vice
>>presidential nominee Dan Quayle did not fight in the Vietnam War.
>>2) "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"
>>--Tom Delay, to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the
>>Astrodome in Houston, Sept.9, 2005.
>>3) "I AM the federal government."
>> --Tom DeLay, to the owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House, after being
>>told to put out his cigar because of federal government regulations
>>banning smoking in the building, May 14, 2003.
>>4) "We're no longer a superpower. We're a super-duper power."
>> -Tom DeLay, explaining why America must topple Saddam Hussein in
>>2002 interview with Fox News.
>>5) "Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting
>> --Tom DeLay, March 12, 2003.
>>6) "Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile
>>violence. The causes of youth violence are working parents who put
>>their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and
>>working mothers who take birth control pills.
>>--Tom DeLay, on causes of the Columbine High School
>>massacre, 1999.
>>7) "A woman can take care of the family. It takes a man to
>>provide structure. To provide stability. Not that a woman
>>can't provide stability, I'm not saying that... It does take a father,
>> --Tom DeLay, in a radio interview, Feb. 10, 2004.
>>8) "I don't believe there is a separation of church and state. I think
>>the Constitution is very clear. The only separation is that there will
>>not be a government church."
>> --Tom DeLay (date unspecified)
>>9) "Emotional appeals about working families trying to get
>>by on $4.25 an hour [the minimum wage in 1996] are hard to resist.
>>Fortunately, such families do not exist."
>> --Tom DeLay, during a debate in Congress on increasing the minimum
>>wage, April 23, 1996.
>>10) "I am not a federal employee. I am a constitutional officer. My
>>job is the Constitution of the United States, I am not a government
>>employee. I am in the Constitution."
>> --Tom DeLay, in a CNN interview, Dec. 19,
>>So, you see, my friends, there is a reason Tom DeLay is one of the
>>most popular men in Washington.
>>It's because he makes the president look slightly less
>>stupid by comparison.

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