Congressman shows off auctioneer skills
April 13th, 2011
07:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Congressman shows off auctioneer skills

Washington (CNN) - For a moment, Republican Rep. Billy Long sounded as though he were back in the auction house he owns in southwest Missouri.

He rolled the national deficit figures off his tongue Wednesday while introducing a bill that would pay tribute to his profession.

On the House floor, Long said that he and Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, another auctioneer serving in Congress, want to make the third Saturday in April National Auctioneers' Day.

Touting the role that auctions have played in the country's history, Long said, "Auctions are the last stronghold of the competitive free-market enterprise system and continue to be the most effective means of establishing a fair market value."

While Congress continues to hash out a plan to trim costs of entitlement programs and curb the nation's debt, Long employed his auctioneering techniques to keep track of the staggering numbers.

"The way our debt it running out of control they find it very handy to have Jeff Duncan and myself in Washington. We are the few people that can actually keep up with the national debt," Long said, optimistically adding, "We also can say those numbers backwards so when we get the spending under control here. I'll be back."

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Where are the jobs?? He has time for this drivle??

    April 13, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. me

    great, he doesn't belong in congress. That was the most embarrassing thing I have ever seen.

    April 13, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. Yanni

    I hope and pray US congress will never ever go lower than this point again till the end of time. What a sad moment to witness clowns acting us a leader in the people house. What a standard they are setting for the rest of us.

    April 13, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. notogop

    OMG!!!! This man was an embarassment to all in Springfield, MO and now he is going to embarass us nationally. Not only is he a physical misfit, he is proving to be an intellectual misfit as well. What else might we expect from a small-minded Republican. His auctioneering skills aren't even that polished. Oh well, maybe he won't get too much air time. Of course, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show will love the clown.

    April 13, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. shana

    proof that you can talk a lot without saying much.

    April 13, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. asche

    no wonder the rest of the world thinks we're morons. Camacho for president of americuh!

    April 13, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Squigman

    Impressive. Almost as impressive as his massive gut. You can tell he's never missed a meal, and more than likely he'll never miss a pay check. You on the other hand may not be so lucky? But after all he's important. This is another example of the real elitist among us. All of the governmental cuts in the world will never be experienced by our elected officals. Maybe it's for the better. If this clown ever looses his income there will be at least four supermarkets closed, resulting in massive lay-offs in the service industry. If these creeps ever have to live by the rules they make for us, there will be big changes coming. Until then it's going to be business as usual.

    April 13, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. CSM

    Medicare, Social Security...Going once...going twice...Gone!

    April 13, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. Republics whine about "class warfare" . . .

    What do you think getting rid of Medicare is?

    April 13, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican answer to everything, cut taxes for the wealthy, and give tax breaks to big oil and big corporations. Pay for this outrageous republican insanity by making seniors and the middle class pay for it. I am tired of republicans allowing corporations to get by paying no taxes on billions of profits. It is time for the rich to pay their fair share!

    April 13, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. CBR

    Oh yes. Let us add another day in honor of something. It is so much more important than the problems at hand.

    How long have they been serving in Congress?

    April 13, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. Aaron

    These 2 are loons even for being from SC. Nothing better to do (like demand Obama's birth certificate, take some bribes)?

    April 14, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  13. Marry

    Now, this sounds so much like GOP/TP! They mumble numbers without understanding them or knowing what to do about them. Thankfully we have President Obama. He and his administration not only know the numbers but also have the brain to go into the right direction to reduce them. However, it might just take a moment. With the expected “NO” and “HELL NO” of the GOP/TP it might just take a little longer!

    April 14, 2011 02:48 am at 2:48 am |