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Rep. Alcee Hastings invokes Thomas Edison: ‘No rules around here — we’re trying to accomplish something’

by George Bennett | March 20th, 2010

South Florida’s own U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, is taking heat in the conservative blogosphere today for remarks at a Rules Committee hearing in which he defended a controversial “deem and pass” strategy for approving health care overhaul that Democratic leaders ended up abandoning.

(Click here to see Hastings’ entire statement, which begins at 4:44 on the C-SPAN video.)

Hastings said Republicans often used the same tactic when they were in charge of the House from 1995 to 2007. Hastings said it was time to “stop all of the rhetoric and get to the business of what’s at hand. The fact of the matter is that a lot of our fellow Americans are hurting and they don’t have affordable health care and for the life of me I cannot understand why we all should not be willing to share in order to help the least of them.”

Hastings then added:

“I wish that I had been there when Thomas Edison made the remark that I think applies here: ‘There ain’t no rules around here — we’re trying to accomplish something.’ And therefore, when the deal goes down, all this talk about rules, we make ‘em up as we go along, and I’m here now 18 years, and a significant amount of that time here on this committee under the leadership of the Republicans…”

Edison is widely quoted as saying “Hell, there are no rules here—we’re trying to accomplish something.”

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19 Responses to “Rep. Alcee Hastings invokes Thomas Edison: ‘No rules around here — we’re trying to accomplish something’”

  1. Ed Fulop Says:

    One can appreciate Representative Hastings’ “nose-to-the-grindstone” work ethic, when you remember that he was indicted for accepting a $150K bribe in 1981 (back when $150K was a lot of money) as a federal judge. Being the 6th federal judge in history to be removed from the bench by the Senate gives him a keen understanding of the flexibility of rules for the purpose of governing. In 2008, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal, he spent $24,000 in taxpayer funds to lease a luxury Lexus hybrid car for himself. Another interesting little fact about “the honorable” Representative Hastings: one of his staffers is his long-time girlfriend (also a disbarred lawyer), whom he pays a salary of $160K annually — with taxpayer money, of course. House rules prohibit hiring spouses or relatives for staff positions, but there is no provision barring unmarried significant others. Think he’ll ever make an honest woman out of her?!

    Flip This House. Restore Honor.

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  2. Ed Zackery Says:

    The old USA was indeed a place where the likes of Alcee Hastings could not fail. Just the fact that this corrupt POS made it to the Federal bench and was set up and indicted and impeached made for his congressional life of corruption. What opportunities we have provided these corrupt bass turds who was able to use their color to their advantqage. Right up to the Obama zone. How dare anyone oppose him he is a minority. God forbid anyone state the truth.

  3. Bill Says:

    Thomas Edison was talking about using his own talent and ingenuity to create something out of nothing.

    Hastings is talking about the making of law, the rules by which we live.

    My three year old knows the difference between the two. My three year old also knows that there is a difference between choosing to share and having another kid grab something out of your hand because he wants it and is bigger than you.

    But this peawit sitting in a race protected congressional district does not know what my three year old knows.

  4. Thomas Says:

    Only a dimwitted liberal (but is there any other kind of liberal?) like Hastings would believe that using the force of government to seize money from one at the point of a gun to give to another is “sharing”.

  5. Moira Says:

    Alcee Hasting. That name sounds familiar. Is he the judge that lost his judgeship because of illegal activities?

  6. John Says:

    When hasAlcee Hastings ever cared about the rules?

  7. ER White Says:

    My God, not one reference to this guy being impeached and removed from Judicial Office for taking bribes….

  8. Truth Says:

    and all the good drones will vote for him again.

  9. Ken Says:

    alcee you scumbag crook….glad you got impeached…….you crook……

  10. Bill Says:

    What is wrong with us, the people of this country, when a guy like this gets impeached from the bench and we turn around and elect him into Congress. Wake up America! This country is being taken away from you.

  11. C.Neel Says:

    Well that just explains the value of our constitution to the empowered Democrats.No rules? Then let’s just fire him.
    It gets more astounding daily.

  12. Rosa Says:

    This disgusting excuse for a human being needs to be thrown our on his ass! Get rid of the bum!

  13. Curt R. Says:

    Come November . . .

    WE will remember

  14. it's no contest Says:

    Thomas, only a dimmer-witted conservative would think there were only dimwitted liberals.

  15. Rodney Says:

    Apparently Hastings has little respect for the Constitution. I guess the question that needs to be asked is his opinion representative of the overall Black Caucus in Congress?

  16. Elizabeth Says:

    It sounds like Rep Alcee Hastings and much of our Congress is playing Calvinball. Make up the rules as you go along.

    Actually November is not soon enough. I encourage you in his district to call for his resignation NOW. I may even do so; his decision directly affects me even though I am out of district.

  17. Thomas Berry Says:

    With impeachment for accepting a $150,000 bribe and being only the sixth federal judge to be removed from office by the Senate in his past, Misrepresentative Hastings’ statement is a description of what he thinks acceptable. His history is one of disregarding the rules – as in the law – and making up his own. Bribes are illegal? Not according to the rules made up by then-corrupt judge, now-Misrepresentative Alcee Hastings.

    It is absolutley laughable that you clodhoppers are trying to justify this man’s blatant contempt for the law by linking it to, of all people, Edison’s efforts to unshackle his inventive genius.

    Hastings was saying, in essence: So what if the Constitution is supposed to he the rules which Congress follows? We just make up our own rules as we go, to suit whatever outcome we want. And to hell with the will of the people, and to hell with the law of the land, if either one stands in the way of what I want. That was his judicial “ethic,” and that is his “ethic” as a Misrepresentative.

  18. kennedy Says:

    I love the quotes of Jefferson…Crooks are tyrants. Look up Alcee Hastings on Wikepedia.

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    It is its natural manure.”

    We need gallows on the capital steps.

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