I just received word that the U.S. House of Representatives (Congress) has passed a bill banning mandatory auditor rotation. Before you start to think that perhaps Congress has done something great and wonderful, a few words of wisdom should be remembered. I’m posting some of the more accurate descriptions of Congress penned throughout the centuries:
- Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. –Mark Twain
- You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think. –Milton Berle
- We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes.” –J. William Fulbright
- There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.
- Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one’s friends. –George Will
- There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President of the U.S. –James K. Polk
- When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. –P.J. O’Rourke
- With Congress, every time they make a joke it’s a law, and every time they make a law it’s a joke. –Will Rogers
- I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses. –Victor Hugo
- I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress. –Peter Stone
- This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
My generation uses a rhetorical question whenever we spot something particularly loony, “What were you smoking?” Well, Congress, what were you smoking when you banned auditor rotation?
Debit and credit – - David Albrecht