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Richard Keith "Dick" Armey (1940–) is a Republican former Representative from the 26th Congressional District of Texas from 1985 to 2003, serving as House Majority Leader from 1995 to 2003. He worked closely with Newt Gingrich on the "Contract
On With America" during the "Republican Revolution" of 1994.
As a member of Congress, Armey came out in favor of endless disastrous legislation. These laws included the Telecommunications Act, which accelerated corporate consolidation in the media; the Defense of Marriage Act, which set the Federal definition of marriage only between a man and a woman and allowed states to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages legal in other states; the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which repealed the Glass-Steagall legislation; and the USA PATRIOT Act, which opened up a Pandora's box of authoritarian crackdowns on privacy and civil liberties.
Just before he retired, Armey became the primary sponsor of the Homeland Security act, which brought us delightful agencies such as ICE and TSA. Finally, after being convinced by Dick Cheney that Saddam Hussein's family had al-Qaeda ties and he was developing nuclear weapons, Armey voted for the Iraq War.
Dick flaps it
After leaving Congress, Armey worked for DLA Piper, a major law firm and lobbying shop. He also chaired Conservative pressure group and astroturfing organization FreedomWorks,[note 2] which was notoriously responsible for causing organized disruptions of town hall meetings on universal health care.
Termed "the healthcare flap" by Politico (explaining our above chosen headline), Armey was later forced to leave his position at DLA Piper as a result of the obvious conflict of interest, one the one hand, between Armey's clients there — supportive of health care reform as they were — and, on the other hand, FreedomWorks' epic struggle against Obama's socialist death panels.
- Penn & Teller had tried to get a hold of Democratic representatives Charles Rangel and Nancy Pelosi (also then-House Speaker), but said politicians made the wise career move not to appear on a show called "Bullshit". However, Armey and Paul happily agreed to give impromptu interviews in their stead, the two of them being
less squirmy about profanityno strangers to bullshit themselves.
- The group got their name from Armey's extremely cheesy catchphrase "Freedom works. Freedom is good policy and good politics."
- "Dick Armey", Family Guy wiki
- No. 2 House Leader Refers to Colleague With Anti-Gay Slur The New York Times. Jan. 28, 1995.
- S. 652 (104th): Telecommunications Act of 1996 GovTrack. Jun 15, 1995.
- H.R. 3396 (104th): Defense of Marriage Act GovTrack. Jul 12, 1996.
- FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 570 Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. 4-Nov-1999.
- FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 398 Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. 24-Oct-2001.
- H.R.5005 - 107th Congress (2001-2002): Homeland Security Act of 2002 Library of Congress. 06/24/2002.
- Ex-lawmaker says Cheney misled him about Iraq The Los Angeles Times. SEP. 16, 2008.
- H.J.Res. 114 (107th): Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 GovTrack. Oct 10, 2002.
- See the Wikipedia article on Dick Armey § DLA Piper.