Talk:Everett Dirksen

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Misattributed quote[edit]

This Dirksen quotation, considered above to be misattributed, is not. I actually heard the Senator say those words in his deliberate, sonorous voice, in the 1960s, on a television news interview, in Chicago. Whether it was a local news program or the national news I do not recall. It's quite possible that transcripts do not exist. It's also possible that the Dirksen Congressional Research Center just hasn't investigated those sources. But say it he did! One place where a patient researcher might be able to find the source is here: —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) on March 16, 2009 at 15.48 (UTC)

I am old enough and yet young enough to remember seeing Sen. Dirksen saying, "A billion here, two billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money," or something quite close to it, on live TV. I find it hard to believe that nobody can find a copy of that or some other instance of his saying this, as he was known to have said it on more than one occasion. Further, deleting a WikiQuote article on Sen. Dirksen, one of the most quotable members the U.S. Senate has ever been graced by, is to me one of the more absurd acts of the Wiki-world.


Published sources should be provided before moving these back into the article
  • Some of my friends support the measure, and some of my friends oppose it. I support my friends.
    • Answering a question about a controversial senate bill. Quoted on a political talk show on WBEZ FM in Chicago. [1]

"Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican"[edit]

I heard this attributed to Dirksen in the '70s, before it was attributed to Reagan. 01:57, 28 July 2011 (UTC)captcrisis