Needs this, wants that Wendy says ‘Uncle Sam’ is like teenagers

Mary-Glenn Smith
Wendy Vitter, wife of Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter addressed the Ascension Republican Women, comparing federal government with her three teenage daughters.

Wendy Vitter, wife of Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter, was keynote speaker Thursday at Region 6 Louisiana Federation of Republican Women luncheon, hosted by Ascension Republican Women at Sno’s Seafood and Steak Restaurant.

In her speech, Vitter, the mother of three teenage daughters, reflected on similarities of her daughters to the federal government.

“At 17, 13 and 13-years-old, the girls are constantly saying ‘I need this, I want this’ and all of a sudden it struck me our federal government is a lot like our teenage girls,” Vitter said. “They share a lot of characteristics, in fact I would say Uncle Sam has turned into a teenage girl.”

Vitter noted three typical characteristics she notices similar of teenage girls, and broke it down to apply to the federal government.

“One--they want everything they see, two--they try to bend or break every rule, every chance they get and three--they spend far more than they have, because most of them don’t make any money; they are spending our money,” Vitter said.

On her first point, Vitter explained that like the girls, the federal government wants everything they see. She used banks, the auto industry and healthcare as examples.

“The government wants it, they see it and they are going to take it,” Vitter said.

Next, she mentioned how teenage girls try to bend and break every rule they can.

She explained that like in her family’s household, the federal government also has a set of rules; in the U.S. Constitution, she referred specifically to the 10th Amendment.

“The powers not delegated in the document are left to the state and to the citizens,” Vitter said. “Parish Council people should be the ones making rules for our parish council and not the federal government; not someone in Washington reaching down into local politics.”

“That is exactly what the constitution wanted to prevent,” Vitter explained. “The foresight they had to see that was amazing, it has with stood rebellion, terrorism, crime; it has to withstand a teenage girl in the White House.”

The last characteristic she mentioned was teenage girls spend far more than they have.

“Our spending in this country is out of control,” Vitter said. “When Bush left office in ‘08  we were 200 billion dollars in debt, shame on us, but now just two years later it’s 1.3 trillion dollars of debt,” Vitter added. “Budget doesn’t mean anything anymore.”

Vitter, former assistant district attorney of Orleans Parish, was born and raised in New Orleans.

She attended Sam Houston Sate University as a Government/English major, before graduating from Tulane School of Law in 1986.

 During her law career, Vitter, prosecuted the first murder trial in Louisiana using DNA evidence. Today she is active in numerous community organizations and busy with her husband’s campaign.

After the speech, Vitter opened up a question and answer session for the audience.

When asked her opinion on the decision to shut down all the drilling in gulf following the oil spill, Vitter replied, “If there is a plane crash, we don’t shut down Delta, Jet Blue, Continental and every other airline. We might shut down all of Delta if they have been flagrant violators and we see that they have bad, and, truthfully, I think that is what happened with BP.”

“I think they have just been playing fast and loose and cutting corners and probably need to be smacked down, but to punish our state, region and entire gulf coast, I think is a crime,” Vitter explained.  “Eleven people lost their lives, but now people are losing their livelihood. I think we need to rise up against it and we need to fight it every place we can fight it.”