As more money flowed through Washington and as Washington's power to regulate our lives grew, opportunities and temptations for graft, influence peddling and cutting corners grew exponentially. Power breeds corruption.
In Washington, success is just a training course for failure.
All is politics in this capital.
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
Many a time I have seen my mother leap up from the dinner table to engage the swarming flies with an improvised punkah, and heard her rejoice and give humble thanks simultaneously that Baltimore was not the sinkhole that Washington was.
Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place.
Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry.
At every level in Washington, people are talking about that and looking for . . . another secure document that would not inhibit or impede trade or legitimate travellers across our country.
In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you're told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is.
The Democratic Party silence on Iraq is another moment of a voice lost. Faced with votes in favor of the war, the silence is deafening in Washington and the frustration is growing larger among voters. It's time for us to ask the question: What is the exit strategy?
Well, It's an interesting thing ... that when she travels to New York, she calls it a tour. When I come back to New York from Washington, I call it coming home.
The FTC's concerns about Internet privacy and the Microsoft case have made Washington more visible. The Microsoft case was a real awakening for people that the government does have an impact on your company.
These are people who want to see change in the way Washington works.
What passes for real debate in Washington often seems more like an echo chamber, with politicians talking at politicians.
cleanup drive in Washington, to break the grip of the permanent corporate government that makes good people in the Congress not fulfill their own potential.
The debate in Washington will focus on ideology, ... will be no less important.
One congressman is not going to go to Washington and change the economic history of a district. What a congressman does is change the economic circumstances.
We can be energy independent, have affordable health care and a strong economy. All it takes is a commitment in Washington to put progress, not politics, first.
It's a stall tactic coming out of hostile politics in Washington.
At election time, we see politicians posturing as if they were in the center, because the center really determines the outcome of American elections, ... Washington Unwrapped.
This is a step in the right direction because a number of us have been urging Washington for years to distribute funds on a risk and threat basis, and not on a pork barrel basis. At the same time, I'm always concerned when Washington wants us to create new bureaucracies to cope with the paperwork.
He's not oblivious to the fact that people in Washington will take note when he says something, especially something outlandish, but his primary audience is his listeners.
Unanimously, the budget groups in Washington have been calling for offsets, ... But only a few members of Congress seem willing to do it.
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