Echo of Unruh

It was the colorful Speaker of the California Assembly in the 1960s, Jesse Unruh, who once said of lobbyists,

“If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, (make love) to their women and then vote against them, you have no business being up here.”

He came to mind this morning as we were getting Sen. McCaskill’s post mortem on the State of the Union speech. She pointed out that all of the “investments” the President listed last night are only going to happen if Congress finds cuts somewhere else. She says a lot of subsidies need to go away. But she also knows that those industries and people get government subsidies government subsidies will fight hard to keep their payments.

Does that mean, we asked, that you would not accept campaign donations from organizations trying to keep their government subsidies?

“I’m not saying that I won’t take their campaign contributions. But I’ll still cut ’em off,” she says.

Not as profane or as verbose as the original, but every bit as pithy.

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