December 07, 2011 4:35 pm ET - by Walid Zafar
In a long-winded speech on the House floor last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) touched on a myriad of issues, including the European debt crisis, the Pilgrims' experiment with socialism, his frustration with the Occupy Wall Street movement for being "envious and jealous" of others, military strategy during the Vietnam War, and finally, his explanation of how Congress is 'luring' young women to have children out of wedlock by being fiscally irresponsible and running debt. As Gohmert explained it, teenage pregnancies are a consequence of being bored with high school and of Congress not incentivizing work.
GOHMERT: Our problem is a selfish problem. Any time we spend more money than we have, with complete and utter disregard, gross negligent disregard, even intentional disregard, for the future of our children and one day their children and one day their children. Complete disregard. We want to spend it on ourselves now. It's time to tell Greece, to tell everyone, let's hold hands and do this together, not jump over the cliff by spending good money after bad. Let's do it by not spending money we don't have. And there's no way a country would not be upgraded when S&P and the world see these people are really serious about not spending more than they have coming in.
This is a brave country. They know how to make commitments. And that would get us back to having true freedom and not having the American citizens have to come begging to Congress. "Please, please. Throw us more morsels." Instead, Congress would be a body that inspired greatness and inspired potential again and wouldn't lure young women into the rut of having children out of wedlock because they're bored with high school. It would instead give them incentives and encouragement. Reach your potential. Finish high school, go to college. Let's have incentives not to stay out of work. Let's have incentives to get back to work. Let's have incentives to sell our products around the world.
Gohmert rarely comes to the House floor during debate over legislation; that's not really his thing. Instead, his bread-and-butter contribution to the legislative process seems to be his almost-daily speeches at the conclusion of the legislative schedule, where he utters every single trite thought that's been brewing in his brain during the day.
You would imagine that most lawmakers might hesitate to say the sort of mindless and conspiratorial nonsense that Gohmert has become a spokesman for, but few enjoy the kind of popular mandate that Gohmert has been granted by his constituents. In 2010, he was reelected with 90 percent of the vote.
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