A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 29, 2010
“Honesty in politics is like oxygen—the higher up you go, the scarcer it becomes”

"Honesty in politics is much like oxygen—the higher up you go, the scarcer it becomes” is a humorous saying about politics that’s cited frequently on the internet. George D. Madison used the saying on June 25, 1991 in the newsgroup soc.motss; a month later, a message in another newsgroup gave Madison credit.


Google Groups: soc.motss
Newsgroups: soc.motss
From: (George Madison)
Date: 25 Jun 91 06:29:12 GMT
Local: Tues, Jun 25 1991 12:29 am
Subject: Re: male strippers

Honesty in politics is much like oxygen.
The higher up you go, the scarcer it becomes.

George D. Madison, a/k/a Furr

Google Groups: comp.mail.elm
Newsgroups: comp.mail.elm
From: (Jess Anderson)
Date: 16 Jul 91 02:19:11 GMT
Local: Mon, Jul 15 1991 8:19 pm
Subject: Good Grief

Honesty in politics is much like oxygen.  The higher up you go, the scarcer it becomes.—George Madison

Politics SMS
Honesty in politics is much like oxygen
Posted on January 10, 2010 by admin
Honesty in politics is much like oxygen.
The higher up you go,
the scarcer it becomes.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Monday, November 29, 2010 • Permalink