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Brooks Wilson's Economics Blog: Most Outrageous Political Statements

Friday, October 22, 2010

Most Outrageous Political Statements

My blog is dedicated to economics, but I couldn’t pass up pointing out a couple of over-the-top statements made by candidates for federal office.   

Senator Harry Reid said “but for me, we'd be in a worldwide depression.” 

Congressional candidate Stephen Broden said a violent uprising “is not the first option,” but it “on the table.”

If these statements reflect the quality of candidates and not just the stress of campaigns, we may be in trouble.

See “GOP Criticizes Reid's Worldwide Depression Remark” and “Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on the table'” for details.


  1. Ausitn Anderson26/10/10 9:26 PM

    You need to work on your pecs.
    Joe Biden
    To a reporter at US presidential campaign rally at College of Wooster in Ohio on September 17, 2008.

  2. Danielle Zimmerman1/11/10 6:03 PM

    Henry Reid and Stephen Broden take a position which is disagreeable for the following reasons:
    First, it is a bad policy to spend more money than you have. Second, to spend money that you have borrowed and can not repay makes things worse. I would suggest that the majority of tax payers in this country can not tell anyone how much thirteen trillion amounts to. I would suggest that Harry Reed and Stephen Broden are within that majority.

  3. Politicians are almost to a point of annoyance. As much as one may favor one party over another, there is always at least one individual who tends to screw the whole thing up. I think if more politicains would just learn to keep their mouths shut, then we all might be better off. And that doesn't mean that we would rather listen to a politician just tell us what we want to hear and what "sounds" appealing. We already are having to suffer from that for 2 more regretful years...

  4. Sabine Wohlschlag10/11/10 9:21 PM

    Senator Harry Reid's comment is over-the-top to the point of ridiculousness. It seems that many politicians will say whatever they can to get people to vote for them. It is truly becoming more and more important for the voter to genuinely inform themselves on a candidate’s credentials and stances on issues, so that they don't simply vote based on whatever the politician chooses to fabricate about themselves or their opponents.