Tom Harkin

(Thomas Richard "Tom" Harkin; Thomas R. Harken)

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… how easily moral courage and common decency can be subverted by political expediency. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Don't read our lips. Read our record. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every moment of free time is eaten up by fundraising. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I can remember going down there to lunches with Biden and Fritz Hollings and Ted Stevens and all these people. We’d go down there and have lunch together and talk and joke. We had a camaraderie. We don’t even have the dining room anymore, they closed it up. Because no one would go there anymore. A big part of the reason was fundraising. Starting sometime in the '90s, certainly by the end of the 2000s, you’d go down there, and there’d be one or two people there. Then pretty soon nobody’d go, and they just shut it down. And why is that? Well, we’re not here on Mondays. Tuesday is the party caucuses. Thursday’s the policy lunch, and Friday you’re out of here. So that only leaves Wednesday. And what are people doing Wednesday? They’re out raising money. Everybody’s at a fundraiser. I mean, so there is no time any longer for these lunches that we used to have.
If you want to go into the court of world opinion, you had better go in with clean hands. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
In place of a pay raise, we're going to enact legislation that will provide every senator and member of Congress at all times with an accountant and a clergyman. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Isn’t that a sweetheart deal. The Attorney General is appointed by the President; then investigates the President. Scandals
Jobs are not the issue. Even the slaves had jobs. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Our America is an America where human needs come before human greed. Welfare
The burning issue of our time is the growing inequality in income and wealth in our country. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The first rule in politics is never defend, always attack. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
These districts at the federal and state level that are gerrymandered tend to produce a lot of extremism. Voters, Voting & Elections
Trickle down economics says that the best way to feed the birds is to give oats to the horse. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
We raised our right hands ... and swore to uphold and defend the Constitution. We didn't swear to support and defend the President. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
What has the filibuster become? The filibuster has become a tool for slowing everything down…a tool by which one senator who announces that his object is to impose gridlock on the Senate, can do so. Legislating & Legislative Process
You've got to pass legislation fast and not give the special interests time to cut you up. Legislating & Legislative Process
America's health care system is in crisis precisely because we systematically neglect wellness and prevention. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Let's face it, in America today we don't have a health care system, we have a sick care system. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Stem cell research holds enormous promise for easing human suffering, and federal support is critical to its success. Success
The President must stop gambling with taxpayers' money and get the country back on the path of fiscal sanity. Money, Coins & Minting
While President Bush's tax give-aways for the rich are pushing us further into debt, he compensates by increasing the out-of-pocket costs to our veterans.