Edward William "Bill" Proxmire was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1957 to 1989, the longest term served by a Wisconsin senator.
|It’s usually a one way conversation. No matter how experienced they are, no matter how articulate they are, it usually Mr. Johnson talking.||Compliments, Insults & Rebukes|
|Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.||Power|
|The poor taxpayer may wipe his shoes on a $3 doormat when he goes home, but not the Navy. It is, damn the cost, full feet ahead on a doormat you would be ashamed to get muddy.||Military & Veterans|
|He knows the tax code as thoroughly as the pope knows the Lord's Prayer.|
|The last few years have been my happiest. I'm happy in the years that most people are blue and sad and waiting to die. I don't feel that a bit. Smiling has a lot to do with it. You can just lift your spirits by smiling a little bit.|