Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) gave his valedictory speech in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. He retires after 23 years of service with no great sense of accomplishment:
"In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without Congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history."
[Other than that, we're #1.]
If you prefer it straight from the horse's mouth, here it is: