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But the federal government, our collective government,
by Don Nickles

But the federal government, our collective government,
has responsibilities that none of these other levels
of government can fulfill;
and chief among these is national defense.
- Don Nickles

My State Senate district was in the northern part of
Oklahoma and they were redrawing the districts.
- Don Nickles

Well, WorldCom's growth exploded in the Clinton years,
there's no question, there's no disputing that.
- Don Nickles

I still happen to think the United States is the greatest
place in the world to invest.
- Don Nickles

 

I always intended to return to the private sector.
- Don Nickles

Jim mentioned I was an ALEC member, and that's correct.
- Don Nickles

If people are going to be cooking the books,
you're in trouble.
- Don Nickles

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I'm always a little cautious, there's a few amendments
that are out there that I think could do some damage,
so I've been more concerned about over regulating,
going too far.
- Don Nickles

My last comment was, though, that Congress has cooked the books.
- Don Nickles

I think most corporate executives are good honorable
honest men and women who do good work.
- Don Nickles

Well, we want to make sure there's not securities fraud.
- Don Nickles

I want to compliment The Heritage Foundation for its
work on behalf of a strong national defense.
- Don Nickles

ALEC is one great organization, I think,
for growing future political leaders.
- Don Nickles

If your basic premise about the fundamental purpose
of our government is that it must provide for the common defense,
then no other position is possible.
- Don Nickles

I think there's bipartisan support in the Senate to pass a good reform bill.
- Don Nickles

I have always thought that Israel, as an independent and sovereign nation,
had a right to defend itself.
- Don Nickles

I happen to be one who believes very strongly that
state and local governments have their proper roles.
- Don Nickles

When you look at other countries that are developing
the capabilities and the technology to deploy missiles
of very significant destructive capability with nuclear,
chemical, or biological warheads, then the MAD dogma makes even less sense.
- Don Nickles

But if you look at WorldCom, which is the biggest failure to date,
they grew dramatically, they were buying companies
that were bigger than they were and they were doing it off inflated stock.
- Don Nickles

And the whole world, the whole world that believes in freedom,
whether you're talking about personal freedom,
economic freedom, religious freedom,
they look to the United States for leadership;
and you're part of that leadership.
- Don Nickles

It bothers me to read the comments of leaders of the
Hamas and others who hate America that their goal is
to have more weaponry capable of delivering all types
of weapons of mass destruction.
- Don Nickles

If you really believe the number one priority of our
government is the protection of our people,
then the idea of being defenseless against an intercontinental
ballistic missile or any other type of weapon system
that puts us in jeopardy is not acceptable.
- Don Nickles

I hope there will be some good news and some good profits,
and people will realize we have a lot of outstanding executives,
and a lot of companies that are doing a good job,
and those are good companies to invest in.
- Don Nickles

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
- Milton Friedman

The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal
government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
- Ronald Reagan

Throughout American history many of our social gains
and much of our progress toward democracy were made
possible by the active intervention of the federal government.
- Harold Washington

All too often in tough economic times,
it is the environment that gets left on the cutting
room floors of Congress as everyone scraps for limited federal dollars.
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I believe the public's confidence would be increased
if the federal government took over the functions of
airport security screening for all passengers.
- David Neeleman

We have to attack those things which stand in the way of America progress.
And what stands in the way of American progress right
now is the federal government.
- Tim Scott

The idea of a federal betting parlor on atrocities
and terrorism is ridiculous and it's grotesque.
- Ron Wyden

Now is the time for all Alaskans to come together and
reach out with our core message of taking power from
the federal government and bringing it back home to the people.
- Joe Miller

On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists,
who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding
in prison caused by the Drug War.
- Michael Badnarik

The first thing the federal government can do to help is get out of the way.
- Bob Schaffer

They're the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
and they will not do that.
They will not pull the trigger.
- Gray Davis

If we continue to allow the federal government to live beyond its means,
we will all soon have to live beneath ours.
- Joe Miller

The reason that the unions and the other stakeholders
have not cut a deal with the automakers is because
they believe the federal government is going to bail them out.
- Timothy Pawlenty

The Middle East is literally going up in flames,
as is California, and Katrina's problems haven't been solved,
and Congress' response is to criticize Federal judges.
- Alcee Hastings

Anyone who thinks you can pay $3,100 to the federal
government and thinks you can get that money back completely in services -
like I said -
he may go to M-I-T but he is an N-U-T.
- Louie Gohmert

In addition to demanding answers and accountability
from the Veterans Administration,
Congress had to act to ensure veterans do not suffer
because of the actions of a federal agency.
- Doc Hastings

You will read in the newspaper more often about federal courts,
but the law that affects people, the trials that affect
human beings are by and large in the state courts.
- Stephen Breyer

A massive state and federal effort, the likes of which
we've never seen is going to be needed.
We can do it for tsunami victims half a world away.
We can do it for our own citizens.
- Al Roker

So the idea that you could put Kurds,
Shiite Arabs, and Sunni Arabs in a nice,
liberal, federal system in Iraq in a short amount of time,
six months or a year, boggles the mind.
- William Odom

Mr. President, it may surprise my colleagues,
but I am no fan of federal disaster programs for agriculture.
They are difficult to pass and often a disaster to implement.
- Pat Roberts

It is proper that the federal government help alleviate
short-term disruptions and price spikes such as those
brought about by Hurricane Katrina.
- Mel Martinez

The West German population would protest passionately
if it knew what secret meetings between the federal chancellor,
McCoy, and foreign and Nazi generals are planning.
- Walter Ulbricht

Things are difficult enough about Iraq without the
Federal Government suppressing the truth about Iraq.
- Jay Inslee

One day after laying a wreath at the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr.,
President Bush appoints a federal judge who has built
his career around dismantling Dr. King's legacy.
- Hillary Clinton

I don't want the federal government to rush in and bail the out right away.
- Dennis Moore

I see a resurgence of interest in poetry.
I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts
when it comes to federal funding.
- Rita Dove

Thus, after finishing high school, I started with high
expectations and enthusiasm to study chemistry at the
famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
- Richard Ernst

They appear to have had a higher voter turnout in Iraq
than we did in our recent federal elections,
and we didn't have terrorists threatening to kill our families if we voted.
- Conrad Burns

It is up to us as lawmakers to provide the resources
and streamlined processes that will enable our federal
forest managers to become the best possible steward of our lands.
- Greg Walden

When it comes to federal elections law,
Tom DeLay and his special-interest friends live by one set of rules,
and everyone else lives by a very different set.
- Rahm Emanuel

There is nothing Federal about local volunteer fire departments.
- Bobby Scott

Low-income seniors who choose to enroll in a drug discount
plan will receive $600 of Federal assistance in 2004
and 2005 to further defray the costs of their medications.
- Jim Gerlach

In his 4 years in the White House, President Carter
worked to make the Federal Government more competent
and compassionate and more responsive to the American people.
- Nathan Deal

As our federal government has grown too large and too powerful,
the real loss has been the freedom of people to govern
their own lives and participate fully in the American dream.
- Steve Forbes

They may not be conscripted against their will as the
foot soldiers in a federal crusade.
- John Paul Stevens

My politics are of a practical kind -
the integrity of the country,
the supremacy of the Federal government,
an honorable peace, or none at all.
- Winfield Scott Hancock

There certainly is a lot of political pressure for
states to adopt the new federal tax codes.
But there is no law that requires them to do so.
- John Barry

Why should a city be mandated to do something by the
federal government or state government without the money to do it?
- Richard M. Daley

Too many vital education dollars that should be spent
in the classroom are bouncing around in the federal bureaucracy.
- Mark Kennedy

The frame of mind in the local legislatures seems to
be exerted to prevent the federal constitution from having any good effect.
- Henry Knox

Putting a stop to internet gambling is a necessary
reform that targets flagrant violations of state and federal laws.
- John Shadegg

In addition, the oil royalties the Federal Government
does not collect from big oil will starve the Land
and Water Conservation Fund of critical financial resources.
- Ron Kind

What Clinton severed with his welfare reform was the
obligation of the federal government to step in when
the states failed and to monitor these programs.
- Robert Scheer

It's not, 'We have a city to bid, now let's go check
in with the federal government'.
- Peter Ueberroth

I will continue to advocate for a strong federal government
role to establish the production,
storage and distribution networks needed to support a hydrogen economy.
- Albert Wynn

With respect to drugs, you know, there are a lot of organizations,
including an enormous budget and an army at the federal
government level that tries to deal with the drug problem.
- Burke Marshall

Among peoples who are geographically grouped together
like the peoples of Europe there must exist a sort of federal link.
It is this link which I wish to endeavour to establish.
- Aristide Briand

The American people depend on these federal employees to process,
investigate, and adjudicate applications for immigration
rights and benefits in a timely and thorough manner.
- Joe Baca


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