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

web posted February 21, 2011

"The administration would have us believe that its enormous deficits are the new base line and that as long as we keep deficits at, say, $1 trillion, we are moving toward balancing the budget -- wholly ignoring that our national debt would be increasing by $1 trillion every year. You don't make progress toward balancing the budget by deliberately jacking up federal discretionary spending to unprecedented levels and then locking in those unsustainable figures with a spending freeze. You don't decrease deficits by first increasing them, and you can never make headway on reducing the national debt until you eliminate deficits altogether." --columnist David Limbaugh

"On Monday morning, President Obama dropped the bloated corpse of a bizarre, $3.73 trillion budget on the steps of Capitol Hill. It is a remarkable document, in that it extends the wildly irresponsible spending and Big Government devotion of Obama's first two years almost without hesitation, despite the historic pounding his party took in the 2010 midterm elections." --columnist John Hayward

"At last month's State of the Union, President Obama said America needs more passenger trains. How does he know? For years, politicians promised that more of us will want to commute by train, but it doesn't happen. People like their cars. Some subsidized trains cost so much per commuter that it would be cheaper to buy them taxi rides. The grand schemes of the politicians fail and fail again." --columnist John Stossel

"Now, [Hosni] Mubarak is gone [in Egypt]. And with President Obama's penchant for both engaging Islamist organizations in the U.S. and indulging even the ruthless Islamist leaders in Tehran, the [Muslim] Brotherhood knows the current administration won't dare use the lush U.S. financial support of Egypt as leverage to deny the Brotherhood a powerful role in the new government. Nobody knows this better than James Clapper. He cannot possibly believe the Brotherhood is secular. He can believe only that you can be duped into thinking the Brotherhood is secular. The administration has to do something because, in Egypt, a Brotherhood-influenced government is now inevitable. And we've seen in Turkey how Brotherhood-influenced becomes Brotherhood-dominated in short order. The Obama administration is preparing the political ground for failure." --columnist Andrew McCarthy

"Just like every family in America, the federal government has to do two things at once: It has to live within its means while still investing in the future. If your family [is] trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, you might put off a vacation, but you wouldn't want to sacrifice saving for your kids' college education or making key repairs in your house. So you cut back on what you can't afford to focus on what you can't do without, and that's what we've done with this year's budget." --Barack Obama

"What we're cutting here is not just waste, we have to actually cut some muscle. ... [Republicans] believe that we cannot afford these investments at this moment, and we believe we cannot afford not to invest at this moment." --Joe Biden using the trick word "investments" to describe outrageous federal spending

"I recognize that there are gonna be plenty of arguments in the months to come and everybody's gonna have to give a little bit. But when it comes to difficult choices about our budget and our priorities, we have found common ground before. Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill came together to save Social Security. Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress eventually found a way to settle their differences and balance the budget, and many Democrats and Republicans in Congress today came together in December to pass a tax cut that has made Americans' paychecks a little bigger this year and will spur on additional economic growth this year. So I believe we can find this common ground. --Barack Obama

"The most challenging problem [at the 2004 Democrat National Convention] was what tie to wear. And this went up to the very last minute. ... And then somebody -- I don't remember who it was -- turned and said, 'You know what? What about Gibbs' tie? What about Gibbs' tie? That might look good.' And, frankly, Robert didn't want to give it up because he thought he looked really good in the tie. But eventually he was willing to take one for the gipper, and so he took off his tie, and I put it on. And that's the tie that I wore at the national convention." --Barack Obama alluding to himself as The Gipper

"On Friday, House Republicans unveiled their proposal for immediate cuts in federal spending. Uncharacteristically, they failed to accompany the release with a catchy slogan. So I'd like to propose one: Eat the Future." --New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

"You know, freedom to make your own decisions and right to life don't always go together." --CNN's Kiran Chetry

"[Barack Obama is] a pragmatic centrist, I mean that's who he is. ... So I think, you know, they're trying to make inroads, but that's a specific community, the business community. But other than that tonal switch, he's still the same centrist he's always been." --NBC/MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell

"Obama is ... rebooting his operation to what he knows best: wizard of all things to all people and master of warm healing. He is acting as a multi-hued, but blank, canvas upon which a swath of Americans can project its diverse hopes and dreams. President Barack Tabla Rasa." --USA Today's Rich Benjamin

"Whenever you think progressives need to calm down and get real you should head over to something called CPAC. It's the right-wing jamboree that puts the zany in the same room as the zanier." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"I feel that everybody has a learning curve, and I feel that the reason why I was willing to step out for him was because I believed in his integrity and I believed in his heart. I think everybody complaining ought to try it for once. [The presidency is a position that] holds a sense of authority and governance over us all. Even if you're not in support of his policies, there needs to be a certain level of respect." --Oprah Winfrey calling on Barack Obama critics to show respect

"The term Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella term for a variety of movements. In the case of Egypt, it is a largely secular group." --Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

"I'm of the belief that had God appeared in front of President Obama in 2009 and said if he could do one thing on the face of the planet, and one thing only, to make the world a better place and give people more hope and opportunity for the future, I would venture that it would have something to do with finding the two-state solution to the Middle East. Time is not on our side, and a failure to act [in establishing a Palestinian state] may trigger other Egypt-like demonstrations in other countries in the region." --recently retired national security adviser Gen. James Jones

"The House leadership is clearly out of touch with the American people, as they are continuing to focus on legislation that takes away health care women currently have instead of focusing on jobs and the economy." --Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richard

"The president has just unveiled his proposed budget and it's huge, even bigger than expected.The centerpiece of this new budget seems to be an urgent call for gargantuan federal investments in public education and high-speed rail. And I'm staring dumbstruck at my television screen, counting my remaining pennies and worrying over the inflation that hits more items every time I go to the grocery store. I can't help but wonder whether the president has lost his bearings. Did President Obama just ask out-of-work, given-up-looking-for-work, under mortgage-water, penny-pinching Americans: 'Brother, can you spare an investment?'" --columnist Kyle-Anne Shiver

"Jaws dropped across the nation's capital at the audacious annihilation of the truth on the front page of the Feb. 15 Washington Post. The top headline read, 'Obama budget makes deep cuts, cautious trades.' It's another day at the Post, where every day is an April Fool's joke." --columnist L. Brent Bozell

"[S]ay we have two brothers raised in the same household. What I want to know is why it is that one will grow up to be honest, decent and intelligent, while the other sibling, who has shared all the same advantages, will turn out to be a Democrat." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"President Obama addressed an Internet convention in Michigan on Thursday where he urged the computer and software industry to use their huge profits to hire more workers. His plea fell on deaf ears. Only the U.S. government hires more people than it needs." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Keith Olbermann has a new job on Al Gore's Current TV as an investigative reporter. His job will be to find anyone that watches Current TV." --comedian Jay Leno

web posted February 14, 2011

"I know that many of you [small businesses] have told me that you are waiting for demand to rise before you get off the sidelines and expand, and that with millions of Americans out of work, demand has risen more slowly than any of us would like. But many of your own economists and salespeople are now forecasting a healthy increase in demand. So I want to encourage you to get in the game. So if I've got one message, my message is now is the time to invest in America." --regulator in chief Barack Obama with a pep talk to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

"If we're fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports, the benefits cannot just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those at the top. They have to be shared by American workers, who need to know that opening markets will lift their standard of living as well as your bottom line'" --Barack Obama

"There's nothing socialist about [the health care law]. That's saying to Americans, we're going each of us be responsible for our own health care." --Barack Obama

"I didn't raise taxes once." --Barack Obama ("Once" is the only true part of that statement. According to The Heritage Foundation, "All told Obamacare contains 18 separate tax increases that will cost taxpayers $503 billion between 2010 and 2019.")

"The president laid out significant cuts to deal with the long-term debt. We are going to once again attempt to repeal the unnecessary $700 billion tax cut for people who make the top 2 percent." --Joe Biden, announcing a major tax increase on small business owners

"I haven't -- I didn't move to [the center]. I'm the same guy." --Barack Obama

"Over the first two years of my presidency, we had a complete disaster. Right?" --Barack Obama, who would have stumbled into the truth had he stopped there

"First, Reagan actually believed he could win the Cold War. He committed himself to that goal early and unequivocally. ... Reagan was seen as the ultimate Cold Warrior, giving no quarter to the 'Evil Empire.' Yet, his care for the everyday lives of human beings languishing in the USSR went largely unnoticed. That's too bad, as that concern is a moving testimony of where this president's heart guided him. That's something worth remembering as a nation remembers the life of Ronald Reagan this February 2011." --author and columnist Paul Kengor

"He didn't see himself as 'the great communicator.' It was so famous a moniker that he could do nothing but graciously accept the compliment, but he well understood it was bestowed in part by foes and in part to undercut the seriousness of his philosophy: 'It's not what he says, it's how he says it.' He answered in his farewell address: 'I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: it was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things.' It wasn't his eloquence people supported, it was his stands -- opposition to the too-big state, to its intrusions and demands, to Soviet communism. Voters weren't charmed, they were convinced." --columnist and Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan

"Now that two different federal courts have declared ObamaCare unconstitutional, the administration's answer is to call the courts guilty of 'judicial activism.' Barack Obama has a rhetorical solution for every problem. Remember the repeated claims of 'shovel-ready' projects that needed only federal stimulus money to get started? Last year the President quietly admitted that there were not many 'shovel-ready' projects, after all. But the phrase served its political purpose at the time -- and that was obviously all that mattered. Now, in the wake of rulings by two different courts that ObamaCare is unconstitutional, rhetoric is being mobilized again, without any fussy worries about facts." --economist Thomas Sowell

"Senate Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare went down on a strict party-line vote [last week], with every single Democrat voting against (except for independent caucus member Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and Mark Warner of Virginia, who didn't vote.) ... What Republicans are carrying into the 2012 election season is a lockstep vote from a Party desperately trying to defend a badly broken law that is hated by the people, unlawful in the judgment of a federal court, devastating to the economy, and beaten to the ground by the 26 states filing suit against it. It was already looking like a bad election for the Democrats, but now they have to run from the twisted monstrosity dragging itself behind them and vomiting waivers. [Last week's] vote was much more than a symbolic act." --columnist John Hayward

"This guy has game. If you want to add, make a long list -- what are all the reasons Barack Obama is favored for being re-elected? Forget the Electoral College, forget the unemployment rate and earnings and all that. That performance has a level of sophistication and skill that not one Republican on the field right now can duplicate." --Time's Mark Halperin

"This is a new president. The market is up 12 percent since he changed his ways. He doesn't say he's changed his ways, but boy business sure feels he has." --CNBC's Jim Cramer

"There is Reagan Airport, the Reagan Building, the Reagan Library. Then there is the church of Reagan, where candidates worship. ... In fact, you might say there is a Republican primary and a Reagan primary. Who can be the most Reagan-y?" --ABC's John Berman mocking 2012 candidates for trying to align themselves with Reagan

"Basically we have a president [Ronald Reagan] who treated the poor poorly, did not tend to the sick, broke laws, committed nearly impeachable offenses by your own reporting. Why should we be lionizing him in the broad public domain?" --PBS's Jon Meacham

"So the Muslim Brotherhood has a parallel role here with the Tea Party, they're the ones who keep you honest and decide whether you've stayed too long? Whether you've got a 'Sell By' date looming?" --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"If you had a problem, [Ronald Reagan would] give you the shirt off his back but then he would turn around and engage in policy making that was deeply hurtful to people. ... There were policy ideas he had, Reaganomics and others that just hurt the very people he sought, I think, to most help. ... Everybody wants to play the sort of 'Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War' game. ... It's one of the many myths we hear about him." --filmmaker Eugene Jarecki

"[Republicans are living] in a parallel universe divorced from reality with no facts." --Bill Clinton

"We don't believe this kind of judicial activism will be upheld, and we are confident that the Affordable Care Act will ultimately be declared constitutional by the courts." --Stephanie Cutter, deputy senior adviser on another court ruling ObamaCare unconstitutional

"It is inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control." --Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

"To take a page from Senator Harry Reid's book: if you're a woman anywhere to the left of [Westboro Baptist leader] Fred Phelps, I don't understand how you can in good conscience vote for the Republican Party." --blogger and Democrat Dante Atkins at Daily Kos in a post titled "The Rapeublican Party"

"[T]he Hawaii House is considering legislation that would outlaw the sale of toy guns to minors. Apparently some kids use these guns to spray other youngsters with dangerous dihydrogen monoxide. It seems to us this is a wrongheaded policy, not to mention a violation of the Second Amendment. Remember, squirt guns don't squirt squirts, squirts squirt squirts." --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"The head of Homeland Security told people at the game, if they saw anything not right give them a call. They got 50 million calls as soon as Christina Aguilera started singing the National Anthem. The good news, you can't accuse her of lip syncing." --comedian Jay Leno

"In his new book, Ron Reagan claims his father was already suffering from Alzheimer's while he was still in the White House. Personally, I suspect he's confusing the dazed look of a poor senile soul with the struck-dumb look of a typical American dad who's just been told that his son is planning to be a ballet dancer." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"Hillary Clinton urged Egypt's street protesters to remain calm Monday and she told the Egyptian Army to use restraint. Rioting and burning and looting followed. Nothing calms down a million observant Muslims like a Methodist woman telling them what to do." --comedian Argus Hamilton

web posted February 7, 2011

"Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals [of universal health care] in passing the [Affordable Care] Act, Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution. ... [T]his case is not about whether the Act is wise or unwise legislation, or whether it will solve or exacerbate the myriad problems in our health care system. In fact, it is not really about our health care system at all. It is principally about our federalist system, and it raises very important issues regarding the Constitutional role of the federal government." --Reagan-appointed U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in striking down ObamaCare in its entirety

"This case involves a majority of the states (26), and the National Federation of Independent Business. If not completely unprecedented, the very fact that more than half the states marched into federal court on behalf of themselves and their citizens to challenge an unconstitutional federal program falls into the category of 'beyond any recent memory.' The sheer magnitude of the parties involved guarantees that the courts on appeal will pay particular attention to this case." --Heritage Foundation's Robert Alt

"Disregard Barack Obama's rhetorical cotton candy about aspiring to be transformative. He is just another practitioner of reactionary liberalism and champion of a government unchastened by its multiplying failures. The word 'entitlements' was absent from his nearly 7,000-word State of the Union address -- a $183 million speech that meandered for 61 minutes as the nation's debt grew $3 million a minute." --columnist George Will

"To this day, the [Muslim] Brotherhood's motto remains, 'Allah is our objective, the Prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!' Still, our see-no-Islamic-evil foreign-policy establishment blathers on about the Brotherhood's purported renunciation of violence — and never you mind that, with or without violence, its commitment is ... to 'conquer America' and 'conquer Europe.' It is necessary to whitewash the Ikhwan's brutal legacy and its tyrannical designs in order to fit it into the experts' paradigm: history for simpletons." --columnist Andrew McCarthy

"No one can tell where this [the situation in Egypt] will all end, but it is already clear that President Obama, who was so eager to re-set America's relationships with the rest of the world is finding out that (a) it is tougher to be President than to run for President and (b) Bush's policies made more sense than Obama thought they did." --political analyst Rich Galen

"Let's turn now to health care. Major court ruling. Federal judge down in Florida targeted individual mandates, said that the President Obama health care reform is unconstitutional.... But, what he was talking about, specifically, was this requirement that people buy health insurance and you had exactly that same requirement in Massachusetts. Why is it right for a state to impose that kind of mandate and not the federal government?" --ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who apparently has never heard of 10th Amendment federalism

"There's talk this week about a word that wasn't in the [SOTU] speech at all: guns. ... Given all the recent headlines and calls for better enforcement of laws to keep guns out of the wrong hands -- that missing word has generated a cloud of its own." --CBS's Katie Couric

"Energy insecurity and climate instability have now become key factors in food insecurity, which in turn has become a key factor in toppling governments. ... Those who think that the serious impacts of climate change -- and our inane energy policies -- on the world economy and U.S. national security are decades away are simply not paying attention." --MSNBC's Joe Romm

"Unrest in Egypt. Proving the Iraq war wasn't needed, these protests in Egypt, as well as in Yemen and Tunisia, are all aimed at dictators supported by the U.S. The demonstrations have not yet turned anti-American, but they could. These are the events the Bush administration hoped to encourage by lying about weapons of mass destruction and invading Iraq." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"I think the effect of Fox News on American public life has been to create a level of cynicism about the news in general. It has contributed to the sense that they are all just out there with a political agenda, but Fox is just more overt about it. And I think that's unhealthy. ... But it is true that the national discourse is more polarized and strident than it has been in the past, and to some extent, I would lay that at the feet of Rupert Murdoch." --New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller

"Political opponents of the Affordable Care Act are intent on doing in the courts what they could not do in Congress by rolling back these important protections." --Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) ignoring that Leftists such as himself revere the courts when it suits his purposes

"If everyone in America was very, very pleased with his or her health insurance and had no complaints and had access to quality, affordable health care in our country, it still would have been necessary for us to pass the health care reform bill, because we could not sustain the system." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"I also call upon the Egyptian government to reverse the actions that they've taken to interfere with access to the Internet, to cell phone service, and to social networks that do so much to connect people in the 21st century." --Barack Obama, who is pushing for both net "neutrality" and the Internet "kill switch" bill

"My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency. It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat." --Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), author of the U.S. Internet "kill switch" bill

"As I said, we will be out of Afghanistan by the end of this year. ... Combat operations in Afghanistan have ended." --Barack Obama twice confusing Afghanistan with Iraq

"You know, we have three branches of government. We have a House. We have a Senate. We have a president." --Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who needs a remedial civics class

"I'm not a lawyer, and I'm leaving those arguments to our legal team from the Department of Justice. But I think there are certainly lots of talented constitutional lawyers who feel that the Commerce Clause very much is broad enough to cover the interstate commerce of health care." --Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who also likened purchasing insurance to buying a TV

"Judge Vinson's decision is radical judicial activism run amok, and it will undoubtedly be reversed on appeal. The decision flies in the face of three other decisions, contradicts decades of legal precedent, and could jeopardize families' health care security." --Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA

"It is an education problem. I think we have to educate them." --John Holdren, Obama's top science adviser, on climate change skeptics

"'Let's Move' has never been about the government telling people what to do." --Michelle Obama, who's initiatives are only about telling people what to do

"The Muslim brotherhood has stayed out of it." --Jimmy Carter claiming that the protests in Egypt are not "orchestrated by extremist Muslims"

"In it's current configuration, the Republicans -- as both the minority party and the party nominally in favor of balanced budgets and a leaner, meaner welfare state -- think that if they can only educate the American people; if they can only, in [Speaker John] Boehner's words, make them 'understand how big the problem is,' then we get serious about reform. But anyone even marginally plugged into the political discourse in this country realizes that a dearth of entitlement doom-saying is not the problem -- pervasive NIMRODism (entitlement reform is great and necessary, as long as it does Not Impact My Retirement Options, Dude) -- is." --National Review's Daniel Foster

"I missed the middle section of Obama's State of the Union address when I took a break to read 'War and Peace,' but I gather he never got around to what I was hoping he'd say, which is: 'What was I thinking?'" --columnist Ann Coulter

"Congress is proposing a bill that would give President Obama a kill switch that he could use to freeze all activity on the Internet if there were a national emergency. The kill switch goes by the top-secret name Microsoft Windows." --comedian Conan O'Brien

"If Egypt falls -- immediately, or ultimately -- to the Muslim Brotherhood, it will embolden other fanatical revolutions throughout the region and world. Then they'll come after the big prizes: Europe, which is almost gone, and America, which still has time to save itself, if it will climb out of denial which, as the joke goes, is not just a river in Egypt." --columnist Cal Thomas

"Vice President Joe Biden has suggested to people out of work to just 'hang in there.' What a difference two years makes: Remember 'hope and change'? Now it's 'hang in there.'" --comedian Jay Leno

web posted January 31, 2011

"Now, I've heard rumors that a few of you have some concerns about the new health care law. So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you. We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses. ... As we speak, this law is making prescription drugs cheaper for seniors and giving uninsured students a chance to stay on their parents' coverage. So instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing and move forward." --Barack Obama in his State of the Union address

"So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. This would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president. This freeze will require painful cuts. Already, we have frozen the salaries of hardworking federal employees for the next two years. I've proposed cuts to things I care deeply about, like community action programs. ... I recognize that some in this Chamber have already proposed deeper cuts, and I'm willing to eliminate whatever we can honestly afford to do without. But let's make sure that we're not doing it on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens." --Barack Obama

"We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution." --Barack Obama

"Don't start the serious spending cuts, the deficit reduction, until we're clearly out of the recession in 2013. We learned in history ... that after the Great Depression, when they started hitting the deficit brakes too soon, they went into a double-dip recession and higher unemployment." --Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

"I think part of the reason why the American people have lost some of our characteristic confidence in recent years is not just the terrible recession, but the fact that, when they turned to their government in Washington, what they saw is people having partisan mud fights, not thinking about what they could do for them, the American people." --Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

"The president would like the public to think that Obamacare is mainly about new insurance rules, which is why he now calls it 'health-insurance reform.' But, of course, that's not really an accurate description of Obamacare. It's a massively expensive government takeover of American health care. It will spend trillions, raise taxes and premiums, and lead to inferior-quality care. ... Based on what he said last night, the president would seem to be willing to jettison just about everything else in Obamacare -- the entitlement expansions, the exchanges, the Medicare cuts, the taxes, the new long-term-care insurance program -- so long as new insurance rules to remove lifetime caps and allow 26-year-olds to stay on their parents' plan are retained. Perhaps Republicans should take him up on it." --former Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget James C. Capretta

"When Democrats accuse Republicans of hateful speech, you might notice that they never supply specific examples. On the other hand, Steny Hoyer (D-MD) made this generalization about millions of Tea Party members: 'My presumption is that they have unhappy families.' My presumption is that Mr. Hoyer is very presumptuous. But if millions of decent, patriotic Americans are unhappy, perhaps it's because louts like Hoyer are doing everything they can to destroy the country." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"President Barack Obama penned a witty Wall Street Journal op-ed [last] week, titled 'Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System.' In it, he extolled the virtues of a free market system. And to prove that his admiration of capitalism has nothing to do with naked political expediency, Obama signed an executive order that will 'root out regulations that conflict, that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb'... When Obama was in a place of political comfort, the free market was a place of unhinged self-interest, unfairness and misery. Nearly all of our troubles were portrayed as a case of regulatory neglect -- and nearly every dilemma was met accordingly. Nothing's changed but the political conditions." --columnist David Harsanyi

"Few things rile me more than demands that pro-lifers -- especially those motivated by their faith -- keep out of politics. Quite the contrary, many did just that, quietly going to church and reading their Bibles, until one day they awoke to learn the Supreme Court had passed Roe v. Wade ... and the hellacious assault was on. They entered pro-life activism reluctantly, as a reaction to what was thrust upon their culture and country. The last thing they wanted was to get involved in politics. The Death Culture came to them." --author and columnist Paul Kengor

"If the president follows Republican and Democratic tradition tomorrow night and says not a word about gun and ammunition control, if he does not use this moment of his increasing popularity, if he does not believe he has the communication skills to convey the necessity to control the capacity of automatic weapons, then I, for one, will become disappointed in him for the first time. And he will become part of the problem." --MSBNC's Lawrence O'Donnell

"Isn't there some political risk here, though, for the president getting too cozy with the business community, given the fact that there are a lot of people in this country who are still very, very, angry at the CEOs and at Wall Street for helping create this mess in the first place?" --ABC's Dan Harris

"If I didn't know better and had my eyes closed I might have thought that was President Reagan talking. It sounded very much like a speech that a Republican would make. Are Democrats really going to be serious about this, Senator Schumer? And how is the Left in your party going to take this idea of this new focus on cutting spending?" --CBS's Bob Schieffer on Barack Obama's "preview" for his SOTU speech

"If this winter seems especially brutal, scientists say you're right. ABC News contacted 10 climate scientists to ask their take, if an extreme winter like the one we're having is the way of the future. The consensus? Global warming is playing a role by shifting weather patterns in unpredictable ways. Many say the forecast for the future calls for record-breaking precipitation and extreme temperatures year round. And that means winters with more snow." --ABC's Linsey Davis

"I think the best way to understand the health reform package is that it is not a recipe for everything that's to be done but is, in fact, a toolbox." --Dr. Atul Gawande, Harvard School of Public Health

"You'd be hard pressed to find another time when a leader of China said they needed to do something about improving human rights." --White House spokesman Robert Gibbs

"These [Tea Party] voters ... are older ... [and] they're all white. ... For them, change is for the worse. After all, there's an African-American in the White House. That's sort of beyond their cultural experience. The American population is darkening. That's also beyond their experience. ... And you know, I don't have any data on this, but I am absolutely sure that sex is very important in what is happening to older people." --Frances Fox Piven practicing her "civility" re the Tea Party

"We cannot wait any longer. We cannot turn our backs on this national calamity any longer. ... With our country still mourning the victims of Tucson, we believe it is an opportunity for our president to make a strong pledge to fix our gun laws." --New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who views every gun crisis as "an opportunity" to take away guns

"Of the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S., 19 out of 20 vote Democratic. How much longer can the Dems continue the lie of representing the interests of the common man? What they represent is the interest of those who can take advantage of government in the most selfish manner." --columnist Bruce Bialosky

"Minnesota wrestling coach Jacob Volkmann was suspended by his school after he won a UFC match and challenged President Obama to a fight. He thinks Obama is a socialist. The coach was put on salaried leave, so in Obama's honor he will be paid for doing nothing." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"If you like the efficiency of the Post Office, the competence of FEMA and the compassion of the IRS, you will love the nationalized health care bill." --Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)

"Even though President Hu was only in Chicago for two days, by the Rahm Emanuel standard, he was able to establish residency and can now run for mayor of Chicago." --Jay Leno

"Guns don't kill people, metaphors do. It's true. Words have consequences. I tested it: Used a sports analogy just yesterday and a pick-up game of hoops broke out. This is liberal-think. Silly, isn't it? Yes, words can have consequences. Except for when they don't." --columnist Matt Barber

"We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children. That's the project the American people want us to work on. Together. We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans' paychecks are a little bigger today. Every business can write off the full cost of the new investments they make this year. These steps, taken by Democrats and Republicans, will grow the economy and add to the more than one million private sector jobs created last year."

"Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows. I know that debate will be difficult and take time. But tonight, let's agree to make that effort. And let's stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation."

"And if we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break. It's not a matter of punishing their success. It's about promoting America's success. In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them. ... Let me take this one step further. We shouldn't just give our people a government that's more affordable. We should give them a government that's more competent and efficient. We cannot win the future with a government of the past."

"In the coming year, we will also work to rebuild people's faith in the institution of government. Because you deserve to know exactly how and where your tax dollars are being spent, you will be able to go to a website and get that information for the very first time in history. Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done: put that information online. And because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren't larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it."

"Even supporters of the president and the Alinskyite radicalism that dominates his party will find it hard to acclaim [Barack Obama's] decision to spend 60 minutes sermonizing about government being more important than suffering Americans give it credit for during a hard recession. Are you impressed with the Internet? With your iPad? With that gadget on your car's dashboard that gets you back on the Interstate after you get lost in a strange city? Thank Washington, because according to the president Washington 'planted the seeds for the Internet. That's what helped make possible things like computer chips and GPS. Just think of all the good jobs -- from manufacturing to retail -- that have come from these breakthroughs.' If you don't remember Presidents Carter or Reagan or Clinton bragging about the initiatives of their administrations that would one day bear the fruit of global social networks like Facebook, handheld communication devices like BlackBerrys, and the mobility revolution of Wi-Fi, it's because they didn't. Government didn't bring us any of those things; the private sector did. ... Yet all we heard for much of nearly 7,000 words were exhortations to appreciate Washington's ever-growing role in the U.S. economy." --Investor's Business Daily



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