“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), on why the repeal of the federal estate tax was important even thought it benefits very few American farmers, The Des Moines Register, December 2, 2017. Senator Grassley is 84 years old and served In the Iowa House of Representatives, 1959-75; the US House of Representatives, 1975-81; and in the Senate since 1981.
“I believe in helping those who cannot help themselves, but would if they could. I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves – won’t lift a finger – and expect the federal government to do everything."
-Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), on renewing the lapsed Children's Health Insurance Program, US Senate, December 2, 2017. Senator Hatch is 83 years old and was elected to the Senate in 1976 after asking of the incumbent, "What do you call a Senator in office for 18 years? You call him home."