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Those Brave Bureaucrats, Enduring the Dangers of the Battlefields of Europe


Republican Lou Barletta notices that his opponent, incumbent Democrat Paul Kanjorski, has an exceptionally broad definition of “bureaucrat.”

Kanjorski, on Steve Corbett’s radio show:

KANJORSKI: I know it’s nice to campaign against lobbyists, its . . . in the same way it’s nice to campaign against quote bureaucrats, but the reality is the bureaucrat you’re campaigning against is the guy that delivers your mail every day. It’s the guy that is protecting us over in the battlefields of Europe, these . . . uh . . . or the Middle East. These are all the people that perform governmental functions whether they be in the military of the civilian force of the United States.

Barletta remarks:

He actually said that the brave men and women serving in our military are bureaucrats. Personally, I think they are heroes – citizen soliders who volunteer to protect our way of life. I guess after 26 years of living in Washington, Kanjorski either sees people as bureaucrats or funding sources.

But I would just note . . . which “battlefields of Europe” was Kanjorski thinking of? Kosovo? Normandy? Verdun?

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Something Lighter


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