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The good and the bad...presented with permission from The Patriot E-Journal

web posted January 24, 2011

"Often, in politics, it doesn't matter what the facts are. What matters is how well you make your case to the voting public." --economist Thomas Sowell

"[T]he prime feature of political decision-making is that it's a zero-sum game. One person's gain is of necessity another person's loss. As such, political allocation of resources is conflict-enhancing, while market allocation is conflict-reducing. The greater the number of decisions made in the political arena, the greater the potential for conflict." --economist Walter E. Williams

"America is on a path to bankruptcy. It's easy to get bogged down arguing about lots of small cuts, but we'll only make progress by abolishing whole departments and entire missions. I hope the public understands it has to be done." --columnist John Stossel

"Unlike most of the 111 that preceded it, the 112th Congress must begin the process of restoring the national regime and civic culture the Founders bequeathed. This will require reviving the rule of law, reasserting the relevance of the Constitution, and affirming the reality of American exceptionalism. ... The American Revolution was a political, not a social revolution; it was about emancipating individuals for the pursuit of happiness, not about the state allocating wealth and opportunity. Hence our exceptional Constitution, which says not what government must do for Americans but what it cannot do to them." --columnist George Will

"The point Obama wanted to make [in his Tucson speech] was not that political rhetoric caused the violence but that such rhetoric -- like, for example, criticism directed at Barack Obama -- should be toned down. So even as he conceded that rhetoric did not cause the violence, Obama argued that it should be muted anyway. And he cloaked his appeal in so much emotionalism, in so many tear-jerking references to the recently departed, that some in his audience might not have noticed he was making the political point he wanted to make all along." --columnist Byron York

"As many have observed, the coming-together moment in Tucson after the shooting wasn't a memorial, it was an event. The White House put it on: 'Together We Thrive -- Tucson and America.' T-shirts carried the message, and signs were placed on seats for Obama's speech. To say this was in bad taste is an egregious understatement. Why didn't they just call it a campaign whistle stop?" --columnist Jon Rappoport

"[Republicans are] against reform because it would cover the uninsured -- and that's something they just don't want to do." --New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

"We're in the year 2011, we're coming off the horrific, horrific event in Tucson, yet as we celebrate Dr. King's Day, there's still this very strange state -- Arizona -- that does not recognize it. Maybe is there a time for a shift here? Should they secede from the nation?" --MSNBC's Donnie Deutcsh (Actually, Arizona does recognize MLK Day.)

"[Jared Loughner] became intrigued by antigovernment conspiracy theories, including that the Sept. 11 attacks were perpetrated by the government and that the country's central banking system was enslaving its citizens. His anger would well up at the sight of President George W. Bush, or in discussing what he considered to be the nefarious designs of government." --The New York Times (If Loughner hated Bush, doesn't that align him with the left and not the right?)

"I think older Americans, older white people still have a problem with this guy [Obama]. ... And I think that's a generalization and I'll stick with it. I think younger people do not see race as an obstacle. I don't think -- I think, they're much more non-judgmental. In fact, about ethnicity, they just say that's not relevant. In fact, they say it's irrelevant and don't even notice it, whereas older people notice it all the time." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"We may have passed a landmark reform bill, but many of us feel we ultimately lost a debate that was hijacked by Fox News, so-called 'death panels' and an unending stream of Republican misinformation. I'll be the first to say that I thought we could have done a better job correcting public misconceptions about health care reform that linger to this day. That's why the push to repeal health care is ultimately a Republican misstep and a Democratic gain. We're going to get a second chance to explain to Americans why this bill benefits every man, woman and child in this country. We'll have the opportunity to get the message right this time, and connect health care reform to our vision of how to build a stronger, more prosperous America." --Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)

"I believe that we all remember that when we passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we had to modify three or four times -- it was done in a bipartisan way. Same thing with the Voting Rights Act. So let us modify the health care law in a bipartisan way. But this whole stuff of repealing it, throwing it out and starting all over, that's not going to happen." --Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), who didn't mind cramming ObamaCare through in the first place on a completely partisan vote

"We have reached the point where the filibuster is being invoked by the minority not necessarily because of a difference over policy, but as a political tool to undermine the presidency." --Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)

"I am directing federal agencies to do more to account for -- and reduce -- the burdens regulations may place on small businesses. Small firms drive growth and create most new jobs in this country. We need to make sure nothing stands in their way." --Barack Obama in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, claiming to be poised to reduce federal regulations (Obama very begrudgingly agreed to extend tax rates for small businesses -- higher rates would have stood in their way.)

"To me the more significant aspect is that we allow people to get guns so easily, and not just any guns but semi-automatics, which can kill a large number of people in a very short time. That seems to me to be completely insane, and the U.S. is the only developed country in the world that does it. I think the NRA has blood on its hands, clearly." --Princeton professor Peter Singer, who says that mentally retarded humans are less human, and, by his own measure, has blood from abortions on his hands

"Because we don't have government health care, that's one reason why a crazy person gets a gun because, you know what, it's hard for a crazy person to get a job, so therefore it's hard for them to get heath care in a country that doesn't have government..." --HBO's Bill Maher, who never finished his incoherent thought

"Now, I want you teabaggers out there to understand one thing: while you idolize the Founding Fathers and dress up like them, and smell like them, I think it's pretty clear that the Founding Fathers would have hated your guts." --HBO's Bill Maher (Author and radio host Mark Levin responds.)

"I'm just convinced education is the civil rights issue of our generation and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. If we want our young people to have a chance to enter the mainstream of society and pursue the American dream, they can only do that through education." --Education Secretary Arne Duncan

"It was heartbreaking every time [I was away from my family]. In my second term of office, I did better. I tried to fly home every evening." --former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who really had it rough

"One friend says [Arizona shooter Jared] Loughner never listened to talk radio or watched the TV news. Throw in 'never read books' and you have the dictionary definition of a liberal. Being completely uninformed is precisely how most liberals stay liberal." --columnist Ann Coulter

"Mental illness is the only disease that has an influential lobby devoted to not treating it." --National Review editor Rich Lowry

"The American Bar Association reported Monday that the recession has resulted in fifteen thousand fewer lawyers in the U.S. They haven't disappeared. Yesterday at McDonald's the cashier at the drive-thru window spilled coffee on my lap, then offered to represent me." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Some people claim that liberals are just naturally more adept at spinning the news than conservatives, as if it were a gift, the equivalent of throwing a 98 mph fastball or hitting a major league curve. The sole reason that liberals have an advantage is because, as my friend Bernard Goldberg has been patiently pointing out over the past decade, the MSM widely circulates and gives credence to those on the Left, always ready and eager to pass off their baloney as filet mignon." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"Chinese President Hu Jintao will be at the White House [this] week. The good news is, he has no plans to foreclose. We can stay another month." --comedian Jay Leno

"I am going to go back to Washington and meet with the president of China. He is a dictator. He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have. Maybe I shouldn't have said dictator, but they have a different type of government than we have ... so we have to work in the system we have." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

"[Republicans] say it's a government takeover of health care -- a big lie just like [Nazi propagandist Joseph] Goebbels. You say it enough. You repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it. Like, blood libel. That's the same kind of thing. The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it and you had the Holocaust. You tell a lie over and over again and we've heard it on this floor, government takeover of health care." --Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), with yet another gratuitous Nazi reference from the Left

"The Fifth Amendment speaks specifically to denying someone their life and liberty without due process. That is what H.R. 2 [the ObamaCare repeal bill] does and I rise in opposition to it. ... [I]t is important that we preserve lives and we recognize that 40 million-plus are uninsured. Can you tell me what's more unconstitutional than taking away from the people of America their Fifth Amendment rights, their 14th Amendment rights, and the right to equal protection under the law?" --Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), who's definitely not a constitutional scholar

"Democrats are deriding [Wednesday] night's House vote to repeal ObamaCare as 'symbolic,' and it was, but that is not the same as meaningless. The stunning political reality is that a new entitlement that was supposed to be a landmark of liberal governance has been repudiated by a majority of one chamber of Congress only 10 months after it passed. This sort of thing never happens. More House Members -- 245 in total -- voted to rescind the new entitlement than the 219 Democrats who voted to create it last March." --The Wall Street Journal

web posted January 17, 2011

"In the final analysis, when we get the final answer [to] why did this fellow do this, the answer will come from psychology, not from sociology or political science." --former House Majority Leader Dick Armey on the Giffords shooting

"If crazed gunmen are sadly a periodic characteristic of American culture, so are political vultures who scavenge political capital as they pick through the horrific violence." --historian Victor Davis Hanson

"Those who try to connect Sarah Palin and other political figures with whom they disagree to the shootings in Arizona use attacks on 'rhetoric' and a 'climate of hate' to obscure their own dishonesty in trying to imply responsibility where none exists. But the dishonesty remains. ... [T]hose who purport to care about the health of our political community demonstrate precious little actual concern for America's political well-being when they seize on any pretext, however flimsy, to call their political opponents accomplices to murder." --law professor Glenn Reynolds

"If there is anything more frightening or sad about [the Arizona shootings], it is that anyone would try to lay the blame on anyone else's doorstep, other than that of the sick kid who carried this out." --Arizona's Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever

"Far from serving as fodder for the anti-gunners (save as they pervert the story to make it fit their template), the shooting in Tucson reminds us that when the criminal mind acts on its inclinations, its would-be victims must be prepared to take the necessary steps to stop the perpetrator in his tracks. Clearly, this is best achieved by lawfully carrying a handgun on our persons: a handgun with which we are familiar, and which we are willing to use to defend our own lives and the lives of other innocents." --columnist AWR Hawkins

"This shouldn't happen in this country or anywhere else, but in a free society, we're going to be subject to people like this. I prefer this to the alternative." --John Green, the father of 9-year-old Christina Green, who was murdered in Tucson

"It is facile and mistaken to attribute this particular madman's act directly to Republicans or Tea Party members. But it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge." --New York Times editorial

"We've been following the fallout from the Tucson shooting and there is a lot of blame to go around. People are blaming the vitriolic right-wing talkers and the Tea Party." --MSNBC's Contessa Brewer

"[W]e live ... in a dangerous, hair-trigger time when tempers always seem near the boiling point and patience seems a lost trait. ... We scream and shout, hurl charges without proof. Those on the other side of the argument become not opponents but enemies. Dangerous, inflammatory words are used with no thought of consequence. ... Those with sick and twisted minds hear us too, and are sometimes inflamed by what the rest of us often discard as hollow and silly rhetoric. And so violence becomes part of the argument." --CBS's Bob Schieffer

"It's all about taking down President Obama. [Republicans] don't want to create jobs. They're not about that at all. And I'll guarantee you, if you do see the numbers change, which I believe they will, you won't hear [Speaker John] Boehner or any of these new righties give one ounce of credit to the last Congress for fighting like hell for a jobs bill. This is an ideological war. I say it on camera tonight here on MSNBC -- I will fight these bastards every night at 6 o'clock because I know what they're up against. I know what they want to do. They want to take down American workers. They want to outsource jobs. They want to destroy the American dream. Concentrate the wealth to the top, and control minorities. That's what they're about." --MSNBC's Ed Shultz

"Republicans these days can't get through a sentence without tossing in their new favorite adjective, 'job-killing.' There's 'job-killing legislation,' in particular the health-care reform law. And 'job-killing regulations,' especially anything coming out of the EPA and the IRS. ... What's particularly noteworthy about this fixation with 'job killing' is that it stands in such contrast to the complete lack of concern about policies that kill people rather than jobs. Repealing health-care reform, for instance, would inevitably lead to thousands of unnecessary deaths each year because of an inability to get medical care. ... I wonder how Republicans and their media posse would like it if Democrats started referring to 'genocidal' deregulation or the 'murderous' repeal of health-care reform." --Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein

"[W]e have extremists in our country. A wonderful and incredibly brave young woman Congress member was just shot by extremists in our country. We have the same kinds of problems. So rather than standing off from each other, we should work to try to prevent the extremists anywhere from being able to commit violence. ... The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on the TV, that's not who we are, that's not who you are, and what we have to do is get through that and make it clear that that doesn't represent either American or Arab ideas or opinions" --Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, berating our nation in Dubai

"Again, we need to look at how this is going to work, to protect people, certainly citizens, and we have to look at what I can pass. I don't want to give the NRA -- excuse the pun -- the ammunition to come at me either. ... Guns kill. And those who glamorize gunplay or worship gun ownership do no service to humanity." --Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), who is preparing to introduce more gun-control legislation in the wake of the Arizona shootings

"There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don't want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward. That is certainly what democracy is about. So if we are going to move forward compromise is necessary." --Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

"All this stuff taking place in the [House] Chambers the other day, when the Constitution was being read -- all that stuff is uncalled for." --South Carolina Demo Rep. James Clyburn

"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government -- the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry." --Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnick, a Democrat, who has offered no evidence to support his theory

"[I]t used to be that politicians from different parties could sit down, forget about their ideology, and work on the country's problems. We don't see that happening today. As a matter of fact, we see exactly the opposite. We see one Party trying to block the attempts of another Party to make this a better country." --Sheriff Dupnick

"They [the White House] need to deftly pin this [Arizona shootings] on the tea partiers. Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people." --an anonymous "veteran Democratic operative"

"Sensible gun laws can save lives. Congress should move now to enact tougher restrictions on guns, ammunition, and who can legally possess them, and President Obama should help lead the way." --Paul Helmke, president of the Brady campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

"No organisation anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than Wikileaks but when senior politicians and attention-seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed they should be charged with incitement -- to murder. Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger." --WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

"Illinois officials report that drug sniffing dogs are wrong as much as 70 percent of the time -- probably because they're sniffing drugs all day." --comedian Jay Leno

"When pesky literalists object to wishful constitutional law by reciting text, remind them that laws written more than 100 years ago are necessarily incomprehensible. Who's to say the Reconstruction Senate didn't intend the 14th Amendment as a proto-Equal Rights Amendment -- just as who's to say Mark Twain wouldn't want us to redact the bad words from Huckleberry Finn? Pretend the Constitution says what you want it to say and call someone a hater when they say otherwise." --author Daniel J. Flynn

"The Tucson atrocity has prompted the usual tedious calls for more gun laws. The distinguishing characteristic of every 'gun-free utopia' on earth is a mountain of bullet-riddled corpses. The great wisdom of our Second Amendment is that self-defense is an inalienable right of free men and women. Stripped of that right, they are sheep, whose 'protection' consists of endless attempts to outlaw wolves." --columnist John Hayward

"But don't forget, the people who conclude that the actions of a lunatic prove that the Tea Party inspires violence are the same people who conclude that record cold winters are proof of global warming." --columnist Ross Kaminsky

"We still would have lost the election because we had 9.5 percent unemployment. Let's take it where that came from. The policies of George W. Bush and the Republican support for his initiatives, tax cuts are for the wealthy, recklessness by some." --Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"It is not our intention to govern or to nation-build. As President [Hamid] Karzai often points out, this is the responsibility of the Afghan people, and they are fully capable of it. We stand ready to help you in that effort. And we will continue to stand ready to help you in that effort after 2014. The United States, if the Afghan people want it, are prepared, and we are not leaving in 2014. Hopefully we will have totally turned over [the lead on security] to the Afghan security forces ... but we are not leaving, if you don't want us to leave." --Vice President Joe Biden, in a joint press conference in Afghanistan with President Karzai, completely changing the emphasis of U.S. policy

"The speech was a good speech, probably the best of his presidency (somewhat surprisingly, that's not as high praise as it might sound). The president, who campaigned as a post-partisan, spent two years in office as a rank and intellectually disingenuous partisan. For two years, conservatives have been decrying and denouncing Obama for failing to live up to his own standards. [Wednesday] night Obama took our advice. He gave what may have been the least self-involved speech he has ever given -- and the most presidential. It was high-minded and empathetic, open-hearted and civil. It was inspiring without belittling those not on his side." -- Jonah Goldberg, on Obama's speech at the memorial service for the Arizona shootings

web posted January 10, 2011

"[Reading the Constitution aloud in Congress is] a gimmick. I mean, you can say two things about it. One, is that it has no binding power on anything. And two, the issue of the Constitution is not that people don't read the text and think they're following. The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done." --Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein

"One of the things the Tea Party has talked about is dismantling health care. And we're wondering if, in the end of the day, that ends up being a fool's errand. ... It will face a certain veto. Is it worth the effort to try to do?" --CBS's Harry Smith

"Tax cuts add to the deficit no less than spending increases do." --Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne

"Nothing much happened in 2010. Oh, I know there was a lot of frothing and screaming. There was outrage aplenty. There was an election. Wars were fought. Humongous pieces of legislation were passed, but -- with the exception of health care reform -- few broke new ground and many, like financial reform, were compromised and massaged to the point of lugubrious semi-relevance. Even the enactment of health care reform, a true American milestone, was kicked down the road to 2013. ... 2010 will be regarded by historians, I fearlessly predict, as something of a neon hologram." --Time Magazine's Joe Klein

"The Tea Party was a bunch of angry white guys who went around and put up racist signs at these events ... who had nothing better to do on weekends than sit on lawn chairs with signs suggesting Obama was a Muslim who wasn't born in this country." --Fox News' Alan Colmes

"[T]he bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface this year. Of course, a lot of noise was made about the Islamic Center, mosque, down near the World Trade Center, but I think there wasn't enough sort of careful analysis and evaluation of where this bigotry toward 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and how this seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims, which I think is so misdirected, and so wrong -- and so disappointing. ... Maybe we need a Muslim version of The Cosby Show. ... The Cosby Show did so much to change attitudes about African-Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don't understand." --CBS's Katie Couric

"[D]espite its 13% approval rating there are those who are hailing the 111th Congress for its myriad legislative 'accomplishments.' Not surprisingly, many of those touting those 'accomplishments' are the very members of Congress who voted for the legislation in the first place. ... Americans should expect better results from the 112th Congress, that is, if the newly-elected representatives heed their electoral mandate: less spending, lower taxes and limited government. But Americans should also be aware that even if Congress stays in line, President Obama can still pursue a big government agenda with more regulations from unelected bureaucrats. As the president said when the Democrats lost the House and failed to enact cap-and-trade, 'I'm going to be looking for other means to address this problem.' America, look out." --Heritage Foundation

"The same organization [the FCC] that forced all consumers to buy Ma Bell-made telephones for decades, the same FCC that enforced speech codes via radio 'fairness doctrines,' the same FCC that took two decades after its invention to OK cellular technology for the marketplace and acted similarly sluggishly with cable and satellite innovation has no business online. It has a history of hurting consumers, not protecting them." --columnist David Harsanyi

"[T]he 13 'Republicans' who helped provide Barack Obama and Harry Reid with the super majority required to pass START, they were Corker and Alexander from Tennessee, Snowe and Collins from Maine, Brown (Massachusetts), Bennett (Utah), Murkowski (Alaska), Voinovich (Ohio), Cochran (Mississippi), Gregg (New Hampshire), Isakson (Georgia), Johanns ( Nebraska) and Lugar, the pride of Indiana. The reason that the vote was 71-26 when there are 100 members of the Senate was because three Republicans, Bond (Missouri), Bunning (Kentucky) and Brownback (Kansas), all decided to play hooky because they apparently had more important things to do than vote on a major arms treaty. I'm sure that Obama's only regret is that he didn't ask Santa for Cap & Trade, card checks and the opportunity to make Ramadan a national holiday, while he was at it." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way. I'm going to be looking for other means to address this problem." --Barack Obama on looking for ways to bypass Congress to fight climate change

"While we are very happy with the result, we won't be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren't out of the woods yet. This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the 'death panel' myth. ... We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are 'supporters' -- e-mails can too easily be forwarded. ... Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it." --Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) seeking to keep hidden new regulations for end-of-life counseling

"The reckless Republican repeal of health care is a budget busting bailout for insurance companies that will kill jobs, raise Americans' taxes, and deny critical care to women and children. It is unconscionable that Republicans plan on ramming the bill through the House without exploring the disastrous impact repeal will have on Americans." --Rep. George Miller (D-CA)

"With the evidence showing that health reform is helping our economy, I can only imagine that Republicans are trying to appease the extremist elements who have taken over their party. I expect cooler heads will prevail in the Senate." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

"Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us. It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go." --former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"[Obama's] biggest regret is that when he took office, because of the crisis presented to him, he had to spend almost every waking hour in Washington." --Valerie Jarrett on Barack Obama who was on Air Force One approximately 172 days out of the last year

"The impact on the economy would be catastrophic. That would be a worse financial economic crisis than anything we saw in 2008. I don't see why anybody's talking about playing chicken with the debt ceiling. If we get to the point where we damage the full faith and credit of the United States, that would be the first default in history caused purely by insanity." --Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers

"Anyone who supports WikiLeaks is committing an act of patriotism." --documentarian Michael Moore

"Diligent English farmers of old once shared a motto about the blessings of work: 'Industry produces wealth, God speed the plow.' Indolent New York City union officials who oversee snow removal apparently live by a different creed: Sloth enhances political power, Da Boss slow the plow. ... Let the snow-choked streets of New York be a lesson for the rest of the nation: It's time to put the Big Chill on Big Labor-run municipal services." --columnist Michelle Malkin

"Virginia sheriffs reported somebody robbed a bank while wearing a Hillary Clinton mask. The thief had the element of surprise. Every time the security guards see someone from the Obama administration walk into the bank they assume they are bringing money, not taking it." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"2010 was a disaster. To make absolutely sure that we do not repeat it, let's remind ourselves just how bad it was. Let's put this year into a full-body scanner and check out its junk, starting with January, which begins grimly, with the pesky unemployment rate remaining high. Every poll shows that the major concerns of the American people are federal spending, the exploding deficit, and -- above all -- jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs: This is what the public is worried about. In a word, the big issue is: jobs. So the Obama administration, displaying the keen awareness that has become its trademark, decides to focus like a laser on: health-care reform. The centerpiece of this effort is a historic bill that will either (a) guarantee everybody excellent free health care, or (b) permit federal bureaucrats to club old people to death. Nobody knows which, because nobody has read the bill, which in printed form has the same mass as a UPS truck." --humorist Dave Barry in his 2010 Year in Review



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