"Three groups spend other people's money:
children, thieves, politicians.
All three need supervision."
Richard Armey
(1940- ) U.S. Congressman (R-TX) (1985–2003), House Majority Leader (1995–2003).
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Quite brilliant, it would be nice if his constituency and others took his advice, media included (local and national).
 -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), Coastal Lwr Mainland BC(State of Neo Sumer), U.S. of Eh!     
    My child I support willingly. Thieves beware when entering my home. Politicians keep voting themselves raises, pet projects, and wars at our expense. Stop it! Follow the Constitution you swore to uphold.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    ... and there is a fourth group which also needs close supervision... the self-centered filthy rich who act like children, are actually thieves, and can/do buy the politicians.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Goodness Mr. Anonymous in Reston, VA--you are indeed a bitter one aren't you? (Pst: jealousy is not becoming!). Dick Armey was a real joy and as one of his constituants I hated to see him retire. He did have a great idea though...the flat tax...and what made his idea so great was that there would be no payroll deduction...he said it would be best for people to write out a check to the government every month for their taxes, THEN, after the 2nd month, there would be a revolt when people finally understood just how much they pay.
     -- MK, Houston, TX     
    Take my wife, please.
     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
    She may have been taken already - by the politicians. - lol
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
    Without Mr. Armey's ideological blinders, he might see better. Hindsight on Enron, and a present view of broader financial mayhem, suggests that priority supervision initiatives be aimed at corporate executives.
     -- WTW, Rossville, GA     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    I suspect that Anon, Reston, hates the "filthy rich" because he ain't one.
     -- jim k, austin     
    As to the quote, thieves and politicians are the same, especially with Nancy and the gang in charge.
     -- jim k, austin     
     -- Hilda, Sandusky      
    I prefer a thief to a politician. At least the thief doesn't tell you that he's robbing you for your own good.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Dick was my congressman. Liked him very well.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
     -- E Archer, NYC      
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