Auctioneer in the U.S. House


THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
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HONOR ONE OF THE CORNERSTONES MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM AND MY PROFESSION FOR OVER 30 YEARS, WHICH IS AUCTIONEERING. THEY SELL ABOUT $20 TRILLION IN ASSETS EACH YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES, AND THIS FIGURE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MILLIONS OF TRANSANGSTS THAT OCCUR ONLINE WITH ONLINE AUCTIONS. IT’S ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE 20,000 AUCTIONEERS IN THE NATION, THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHICH ARE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. AUTO AUCTIONS MAKE UP THE LARGEST VOLUME OF AUCTIONS WITH OVER $80 BILLION IN VEHICLES BEING SOLD BY AUCTIONEERS ANNUALLY IN THE UNITED STATES. IF YOU DRIVE A USED CAR, CHANCES ARE IT’S BEEN ACROSS THE AUCTION BLOCK. AUCTIONS AND AUCTIONEERS HAVE BEEN HERE OVER 2,000 YEARS. IT WAS THE FORMATION OF COMMERCE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. AUCTIONEERS FIRST ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN THE PILGRIMS ARRIVED. YOU GO TO AN AUCTION IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, PORTLAND, OREGON, TUCSON, ARIZONA, MIAMI, FLORIDA, ANYWHERE YOU GO TO AN AUCTION IN THIS COUNTRY WE ALL GO BY ONE HANDLE. THAT HANDLE IS COLONEL. YOU CAN WALK UP TO AN AUCTIONEER IN ANY AUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES, YOU DON’T KNOW THAT AUCTIONEER’S NAME, YOU SAY, HEY, COLONEL, THEY’LL TURN AROUND AND ANSWER YOU. WHY COLONEL? THAT DATES BACK TO THE CIVIL WAR IN THIS COUNTRY. AFTER THE CIVIL WAR THEY NEEDED A WAY TO GET RID OF THE MULES AND TACT AND THINGS THEY LEFT OVER AND SUPPLIES SO THEY DID THAT BY MATTER OF PUBLIC AUCTION. THEY NOMINATED THE ARMY
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AUCTIONEER. OCCURRENCE TO SERVE AS THE NOW, THEY DIDN’T HAVE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AS AUCTIONEERS. HOWEVER, THEY WOULD JUST HAVE A DOLLAR FOR THIS SADDLE, $1.50. SO WHEN YOU HEAR THE TURN COLONEL, THAT’S WHERE IT ORIGINATED, BACK IN THE CIVIL WARS WAR. THEY SOLD CROPS, IMPORTS, LIVESTOCK, TOOLS, TOBACCO, FUR AND FARMS. EVEN PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS AN AVID BUYER AT PUBLIC AUCTION. FOR OVER 30 YEARS, I HAD THE HONOR OF SELLING REAL ESTATE AT PUBLIC AUCTION AND I’D SELL
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DEPRESSED, STRESSED REAL ESTATE. ONCE IN A VERY GREAT WHILE. BUT I SOLD REAL ESTATE AS PEOPLE’S FIRST OPTION. NOT THEIR LAST RESORT. SO KEEP IN MIND AUCTIONS CAN BE A WAY TO ACHIEVE THE HIGHEST VALUE IN THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME. YOU GET A HOT PROPERTY, INSTEAD OF HAVING IT LISTED AND SOLD IN ONE DAY, TWO DAYS, PUT IT UP AT PUBLIC AUCTION AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. THEY WORK WITH BANKS, ATTORNEYS, ACCOUNTANTS, BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO LIQUID ATE PROPERTY SEIZED. THEY CREATE A COMPETITIVE
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MARKETPLACE AND CONNECT BUYERS WITH SELLERS EVERY DAY. THE NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION AND ITS MEMBERS STRIVE TO ADVANCE THE AUCTION METHODS OF MARKETING AND UPHOLDING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONALISM TO THE
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. NATIONAL PUBLIC. FOR OVER 20 YEARS NATIONAL AWKEER DAY HAS BEEN OBSERVED BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. FOR THOSE REASONS AND MORE, JEFF DUNCAN, ANOTHER FRESHMAN AUCTIONEER MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND MYSELF, WANT TO MAKE THIS THE THIRD SATURDAY IN APRIL NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY, WE’LL DROP A BILL TO THAT EFFECT. THIS WILL HEIGHTEN THE AWARENESS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY AUCTIONS AND AUCTIONEERS TO THE HISTORY OF THE NATION AND ITS ECONOMY. AUCTIONS ARE THE LAST STRONGHOLD OF COMPETITIVE FREE MARKET ENTERPRISE SYSTEM AND CONTINUE TO BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS OF ESTABLISHING A FAIR MARKET VALUE. ALSO ONE OTHER THING, BEING AN AUCTIONEER IN CONGRESS, THE WAY OUR DEBT IS RUNNING OUT OF CONTROL THEY FIND IT VERY HANDY TO HAVE JEFF DUNCAN AND MYSELF HERE IN WASHINGTON. WE ARE ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT CAN ACTUALLY KEEP UP WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT. $5 TRILLION, NOW $2 TRILLION, NOW $4 TRILLION, $4 TRILLION. $8 TRILLION DOLLAR. $10, $10, $11 TRILLION, $13 TRILLION, $14 TRILLION, NOW $15 — I HAVE SOLD AT $14 TRILLION. THANKFULLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE ALSO CAN SAY THOSE NUMBERS BACKWARDS
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CONTROL HERE. SO WE GET THE SPENDING UNDER I’LL BE BACK. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE
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BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MR. RANGEL FOR FIVE MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS
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CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.
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WITHOUT OBJECTION.

34 comments

@cowboyx1970

Democrats took power in 2006 and have continued to increase the debt astronomically. We'll never get anywhere if people don't realize this country is being run into the ground bipartisanly

@MrKrautman you mean like when Obama put the war spending on budget instead of hiding it like GW did? 9 of the 14 trillion debt came from republican presidents (and you can add to that the war spending since Obama came to office since it is GW's war). or maybe you mean the balanced budget and projected surplus under Clinton? or maybe when John Kerry said he wanted the wars PAID for not borrowed for…remember "Ivoted for it before I voted against it"? for which he was crucified by the repubs

@MrRedPajamas I think you missed the point…. not every auctioneer is liquidating assets just to stay afloat. Auctions also provide great deals to people who don't have alot to spend! Without auctions, there wouldn't be eBay, overstock, craigslist, etc. etc. And there wouldn't be people who could buy or sell stuff from home. So don't be so quick to judge something you have had direct or indirect contact with.

Dear Congressman – your interest is appreciated, but please – there are many more pressing issues to spend your time on in Congress than creating a sweet little ol bill to recognize auctioneers! Hows about working to create fair trade and tax status of auctions across our country and the internet

Congressman Long says the auctioneer industry accounts for $25 trillion in business each year in the US. The GDP is only $14 trillion and some change.

@kingx989 funny you should mention free markets in a video related to Congressman Long. Check out the Deleted Sarah Steelman Interview on YouTube, which she asks Congressman Long how do you keep a free market free. It involves nails and a sweater.

"For over 20 years National Auctioneers Day has been observed by state and local governments…"

It seems our dear Congressman doesn't understand what a national holiday is.

Let me hear $5, $5, $5, $5.50, $6, $7, $10 for Mr. Long from the lobbyist in the Armani suit. Can I get $20, can I get $20, $13, bid is at $13, Can I get $14, can I get $14, $13 going once, $13 going twice, Mr. Long's integrity sold to the woman with the Bible over her lap for $13.

❤❤❤ This was GREAT !!! I grew up going to auctions as a child…nothing sounds beats the sound of the "song" of a good auctioneer. Mr Long, your title should be, "Rep. Bill (Colonel)
Long". That was THE BEST come back that I EVER saw in response to disruptive behavior !!! Thank you sir SO MUCH !!! ❤❤❤

Thomas, I object to you telling people to go fuck themselves, but I KNOW it's not for the reason you're thinking. Listen, even if you're doing it yourself, fucking is GOOD. George Carlin said so, and he's right. Don't wish people something good as an insult! Wish that they sould eat shit AND LIVE to be able to relive that memory every day. Or wish them something else truly bad.

Billy Long is a straight up 🐖, I live next to him. Not only because he is fat because just a pig in general. He is nothing but a lowest life irreputable used car salesman . Fuck Trump Billy Long and the rest of the the GOP

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