Richard K. Armey

(Richard Keith Armey)

Richard K. Armey
Richard K. Armey
  • Born: July 7, 1940
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Richard Keith Armey is an American economist and politician. He was a U.S. Representative from Texas' 26th congressional district (1985–2003) and House Majority Leader (1995–2003). He was one of the engineers of the "Republican Revolution" of the 1990s, in which Republicans were elected to majorities of both houses of Congress for the first time in four decades. Armey was one of the chief authors of the Contract with America. Armey is also an author and former economics professor. After his retirement from Congress, he has worked as a consultant, advisor, and lobbyist.

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Bipartisanship is another name for date rape. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Don't call the question unless you've got the votes. Legislating & Legislative Process
Freedom depends upon something. The rule of law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
God's greatest gift: the conference committee. Legislating & Legislative Process
Hire a staff that's more like you than you are. Management & Managing Government
I said to my liberal friend that we are fundamentally the same. I spend money like its my money and you spend money like its my money. Liberals & Conservatives
I think people will be so happy with the Contract with America that term limits won’t matter. Miscellaneous
I've never had a confrontation with any other member of Congress that I've enjoyed. It's just a part of the job that has to be done. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Labor unions must have conflict in order to justify their existence. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Markets are smart and governments are dumb. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
My biggest objection to raising taxes is that it feeds the government addiction to spending money. Taxes
Never put a good idea into an environment that is not strong enough to support it. Legislating & Legislative Process
One of the damnable unhappy conditions of life is sometimes Government has to make people be civil. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
One person's grandstanding may be another person's way of getting the message across. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Remember that every dollar spent by the federal government is spent in somebody's district. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sooner or later you have to reach down into that old pork barrel. Patronage & Pork Barrel
The average congressman has a time and attention span of about 2 minutes. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The closest thing you ever get to a cut is a decrease in the rate of increase of government spending. Budgets & Budgeting
Trade is a basic human right. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We don't pay miners not to mine, and we shouldn't pay farmers not to farm.
We don't pay truckers not to truck, we don't pay miners not to mine and we shouldn't pay farmers not to farm.
You always know how many horses are in the herd. It's just a question of how long it takes to get them into the barn. Legislating & Legislative Process