Friday, July 22, 2011

LA TIMES discovers our "Smack talking Auctioneer"

Yep, Congressman Billy Long, our own 'smack talking auctioneer, made the LA TIMES with this article by Andrew Malcomb:Missouri Rep. Billy Long shows how D.C.'s deficit talks could be improved.

Here's a little Friday entertainment we've been saving for crunch time in Washington's deficit talks that have been going on longer even than the heat wave back there in Washington. Or, wait a minute. Heat wave. Swamp. Hot air. Congress.

Anyway, here's a little video from the good folks over at C-SPAN who capture virtually everything official in D.C. It's a brief speech by Rep. Billy Long of Missouri. He's a former auctioneer. And he wants a day to honor auctioneers.

We thought the new House management was doing away with this sort of celebratory hooey. But Long got the floor and goes on about the economic import of those fast-talkers who peddle for a fee just about anything anyone wants to sell.

Auctioneers, Long asserts, annually sell nearly twice as much stuff in value as the nation's $14.2 trillion in national debt. and who knew that auctioneering has been going on for 2,000 years? Or cares?

But hang in there. Billy gives a little sample of his trade on this deficit doodah. and it occurs to us maybe if Speaker Boehner and President Obama got to talking this way, we could get this unending hot air wave over with sooner.

Take a listen. Or give one:

Frequent bus riders will recall that the Auctioneers asked Billy to "drop a bill" and of course, he obliged.

Billy's words:
The National Auctioneer's Association called the office and they said, "We want you to proclaim the third Saturday in April, which a lot of states already have an auctioneer's day, a lot of cities already have an auctioneer's day. They say, "We'd like for you to 'drop that bill'.


Anonymous said...

Billy Big Time!

Anonymous said...

Geez that's just a swell way to get SW MO on the map.

My hope is that eventually Roy Blunt will have to experience some discomfort when this type of humiliation continues.

Timeshare Jake said...

Tweet of the day comes from Will Lynch, a Republican law student from Joplin. He tweets, "I'd be happy if my Congressman didn't embarrass me all the time"

Timeshare Jake said...

By the way Jim, isn't this the second time in about a month that a paper in California singled out Ozark Bill in "not a good way?"

Anonymous said...

Free Bozo!

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna hafta stop getting the News-Leader. When the N-L endorsed Long, I crapped my pants. When I read the 'Our Voice' today where the N-L said 'Fed Up' was wearing a little thin, I crapped my pants. I'm running out of pants.

Anonymous said...

I think Billy is a Nine Percenter.

Neanderthals had sex with humans, says DNA
Nine percent of humans everywhere except Africa may be part Neanderthal

By Stephanie Pappas
updated 7/23/2011 1:42:15 PM ET 2011-07-23T17:42:15

The CDM said...

Any word if Lampe is going to run against this 400lb embarrassment?

avoterinmo said...

Wardell is mulling it so says the grape vine.