Statements about History

"The federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan" gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.

The General Assembly "has no explicit constitutional authority to impose income, sales, estate and the myriad of other taxes upon us."

"The (New England) Patriots were led by an explosive offense that scored the second most points in the NFL."

On foreign policy, Joe Biden was against aid for Vietnam, said the fall of the Shah was "a step forward" for human rights in Iran, opposed Reagan's defense build-up and voted against the first Gulf War.

During the lead-up to the American Revolutionary War, "some guy in Boston got his head blown off because he tried to secretly raise the tax on tea."

"By the word religion in the First Amendment, the founders meant Christianity."

The minimum wage "in real terms right now is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office."

"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."

"Black people kill more black people every six months than the KKK did in 86 years."

"Under Mayor Cicilline, [Providence] was a sanctuary city."

"In the history of the United States, 168 presidential nominees have been filibustered, 82 blocked under President Obama, 86 blocked under all the other presidents."

Says Thomas Jefferson said, "You might be able to fool the people for awhile, and they may go astray, but sooner or later the American people are going to wake up and they will correct the course."

I am "the first Latina to run for governor of Texas."

In 1929, the Secretary of State shut down a program that was "collecting information to protect America" because it was "unseemly," but that move led to "millions and millions" of deaths in World War II.

"Woodrow Wilson borrowed $30 billion to fund World War I in 1917. That money has not been paid back. And we are still paying interest on it."

Says under President Barack Obama, the debt increased by 23 percent, which was less than under any president going back to Ronald Reagan.

"Neville Chamberlain told the British people: ‘Accept the Nazis. Yes, they will dominate the continent of Europe, but that is not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We cannot possibly stand against them.’"

Louie Gohmert of Texas "compared the current general-in-charge in Egypt to George Washington."

Shutdowns are "a normal part of the constitutional process," with 12 shutdowns under Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill and two during his own speakership.

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