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William Proxmire
(1915-2005) born on
Nov 11
US politician. He was a Democratic Sentor from Wisconsin, (1957-88); originator of the Golden Fleece Awards.
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.

The limousine is the ultimate ego trip, the supreme sign of success. It shouts: "Hey, this guy is really and truly Mr Big."
Move over, $7,000 coffeepots! Stand aside, $400 hammers! We now have the $792 doormat!
Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking and is voting for the other guy.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On inordinantly high cost of materiel; in NY "Times," 4 Oct 85
R: Testimony to House Committee on Government Operations; in NY "Times," 20 Sep 85
A: On inordinantly high cost of materiel; in NY "Times," 4 Oct 85
N: From "Ashleys" collection of quotations found on the Internet
K: In NY "Herald Tribune," 16 Feb 64

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