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web posted April 25, 2011

"[E]ven confiscating all the income of the rich cannot sufficiently fund the reduction in deficits. Nor can slight-of-hand waste, fraud and abuse savings in the entitlements cover the gap. Ultimately, the Democrats either will not in fact deal with the deficit or they will have to do so by very highly taxing the middle class (either way, they want to keep spending, but they will try to hide those alternative realities). ... Politics is about to get much uglier -- but possibly more productive." --columnist Tony Blankley

"Barack Obama is a politician who likes to follow through on long-term strategies and avoid making course corrections. That's how he believes he won in 2008 and since then he's shown that he's not much into details. So he was happy to let congressional appropriators fill in the blanks in the 2009 stimulus package, and to let congressional leaders know he would be happy whether there was or wasn't a public option in the 2010 health insurance legislation. Whatever. In the long run the big things would work out his way. Except right now they aren't. And his partisan and petulant speech last Wednesday is unlikely to move things in the direction he wants." --political analyst Michael Barone

"It doesn't matter whether Mr. Obama and his wise men, so called, agree with S&P['s lowered credit outlook for the U.S.]. Like it or not, the highly regarded S&P credit assessment is out there, and when Wall Street talks a lot of money can walk. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the Republican majority leader in the House, calls the S&P assessment 'a wake-up call' for those who want to raise the U.S. debt limit without 'meaningful fiscal reforms that immediately reduce federal spending and stop our nation from digging itself further into debt.' ... [T]he public is fully awake now, with neither appetite nor tolerance for drowsy addicts of the Big Sleep." --Washington Times editor emeritus Wesley Pruden

"When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence 'all men are created equal,' he knew this wasn't literally true. He knew we are tall and short, fat and thin, smart and stupid, industrious and lazy, rich and poor, male and female, black and white, brown, yellow and red. What Mr. Jefferson meant is that we are entitled to equal justice under law. Equality before the law has been the cornerstone of our democracy. But maybe not for much longer. The Department of Health and Human Services has so far granted hundreds of waivers to Obamacare. ... The law Congress passed contains no language authorizing anyone in the executive branch to grant waivers. The Obama administration claims the authority is implied by the broad powers the legislation grants to the HHS secretary. The Founding Fathers beg to differ." --columnist Jack Kelly

"It's peculiar how the left embraces choice when it comes to aborting children, but opposes it for children languishing in failing public schools. These substandard schools virtually guarantee their students a life of poverty, teen pregnancy, near illiteracy and welfare dependence. ... By what moral standard do people embrace 'choice' when it comes to destroying a life, but oppose choice when it comes to saving one by way of a quality education? Liberal Democrats who favor 'choice' on abortion and oppose it on education are wrong on both counts." --columnist Cal Thomas

"Now, you know we just had Tax Day so nobody wants to pay taxes. Let me tell ya, I looked at my Tax Reform and I thought, 'hmm...' Ya know there was a moment there where you look at the figure you're paying and you say, 'Wow, let me think about my position on taxing the wealthy here.' I understand that. Nobody volunteers and says 'Boy, I'm just wild to pay more taxes.' But it's a matter of values and what we prioritize. And I certainly don't think my taxes should be even lower!" --Barack Obama

"You know, if you've got to drive to work every day and you don't have an option, in terms of the car that you're driving, and it's taking more and more out of your budget, that's a problem. Now, one good thing that we did was in December, an example of compromise that a lot of people didn't think was going to be possible, with Republicans -- we were able to pass a package of tax cuts that has helped to buffer some of that strain on families. So the total amount of tax cuts that we passed to boost the economy this year will probably be higher than the additional gas costs." --Barack Obama claiming that the Bush-era tax rate extension will offset the cost of rising fuel prices

"I think I can make that case, and I think that, in the debates that take place over the next 18 months, the American people will feel that I deserve a second term." --Barack Obama

"A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs. Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine." --Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)

"America pays its bills. I hope Majority Leader Cantor and those in Congress seizing upon debt ceiling pressure as a 'leverage opportunity' are listening to the markets today and thinking twice about their risky strategy." --Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) recklessly demanding a new infusion of cash for government overspending by boosting the debt limit

"I believe that budgets are moral documents. ... And I'm not so sure that this is not anything more than an immoral document where the poor are concerned. [The budget negotiations] effectively locked out the American people, namely, the poor. ... I don't understand why it is in this town that every debate about money always begins and ends with how we can further reward the rich and more punish the poor. I don't get that." --PBS's Tavis Smiley

"Why do these rich people need another tax cut? I mean, they're already rich. They seem to be doing pretty well as it is now. Why cut their taxes some more? ... I guess the part that I don't quite understand -- and I take your proposal to be a serious one -- but the part I don't understand is if the country is going bankrupt, if the country needs to borrow 40 cents of every dollar that it spends, how do you help that by reducing the amount of taxes that the richest people in the country pay? It would be seem to me that's where you get revenue." --CBS anchorhead Bob Schieffer

"In playing to the Tea Party, the potential candidates also will have a challenge. Recent polls show 47% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the movement. So candidates looking for Tea Party votes have to be careful not to alienate moderates." --CBS legal reporter Jan Crawford

"I don't think we should make too much out of that [credit rating hit]. What Standard and Poor's is doing is making a political judgment and it is one that we don't agree with." --Austen Goosbee, Barack Obama's "top" economist

"We shouldn't be playing chicken with our economy by linking the raising of the debt ceiling to anything." --White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

"We're not going to let money compromise safety. If safety is our number one priority and it takes additional controllers to get to the kind of zero tolerance that we want, that's what we will do. We will always find the money to make sure that safety is the number one priority for the flying public." --Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood

"What we have to do in this country is remember who we are and that's the reason why I like to travel and to get out because, look, no matter what people say, when they see you they're excited and they're proud and you know, everybody, everybody has their detractors and that's part of what the political process is all about. I want to embrace the country that I love. The country that I know is positive and fair and there's so much of that out there, that it's very easy to kind of push the other stuff aside and not take it in. It's easier than you'd imagine." --First Lady Michelle Obama

"It's a pretty good rule of thumb that, in Washington, whatever the Establishment is focusing on is a distraction from the real issue." --columnist Mike Needham

"Virtually every action taken by business to avoid taxation has a negative economic impact, since the greatest economic value is obtained when money goes where it wants to go, and transactions are conducted for the maximum mutual benefit of all parties involved. Dollars sheltered from taxation become pale and sickly, when they desperately want to go outside and play in the sun." --columnist John Hayward

"Joe Biden fell asleep in the audience while listening to President Obama's speech on the budget deficit. The cameras caught him snoozing away. The vice president's office said he wasn't being disrespectful, he was shooting a training film for air traffic controllers." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Obama called on Americans to have more grandchildren. Probably so there's more of them to pay off our debt." --comedian Jay Leno

web posted April 18, 2011

"Now that Obama is acknowledging the need for budget cuts and the role of entitlements in the deficit/debt crisis, he's stuck. The White House has to offer a plan that actually cuts entitlement spending enough to close the deficit gap, or they have to raise revenues. The question isn't whether a machete gets used, it's a question of where they plan to use the machete -- on entitlement spending, or on taxpayers? Now that Obama has engaged on the issue, those are the only two choices he has." --blogger Ed Morrissey

"From the moment they passed their first budget, Republican insiders decided to run the contest as a numbers game, and this may have been a classic miscalculation. Republicans promised $100 billion in cuts even before Rep. John Boehner was handed the speaker's gavel, but it has never been clear where this $100 billion number originated. Nevertheless, it became the standard for judging success. Unless Republicans change their spending narrative away from numbers, they will lose the larger budget debate: only a focus on themes and values will win the hearts and minds of Americans. Unless the GOP can touch independent Americans who are fearful we are moving towards national bankruptcy, they will lose the most important political cause of our generation." --Pajamas Media editor Richard Pollock

"President Obama has dedicated his time in office to soaking up applause and shifting blame. Last year, when Democrats owned the White House, the House and the Senate, Congress didn't even bother passing a budget. Obama didn't seem to mind. But when Republicans put together a stopgap measure to fund the military and prevent a government shutdown, Obama promised to veto it. Obama called the measure 'a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of fiscal year 2011.' There must have been a lot of distractions last year." --columnist Debra Saunders

"America, 2011: A man gets driven in a motorcade to sneer at a man who has to drive himself to work. A guy who has never generated a dime of wealth, never had to make payroll, never worked at any job other than his own tireless self-promotion literally cannot comprehend that out there, beyond the far fringes of the motorcade outriders, are people who drive a long distance to jobs whose economic viability is greatly diminished when getting there costs twice as much as the buck-eighty-per-gallon it cost back at the dawn of the Hopeychangey Era. So what? Your fault. Should have gone to Columbia and Harvard and become a community organizer." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them. But beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect those investments that will help America compete for new jobs. ... Some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful. I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances." --Barack Obama, taking credit for the spending cuts but also acknowledging that he didn't really want them

"What we have here is a flea, wagging a tail, wagging a dog. The flea are [sic] the minority of House Republicans who are hard right, the tail is the House Republican caucus, and the dog is the government. My experience is they lose politically, but much more importantly, they do what is wrong for the country substantively." --Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (At least he got one thing right -- government is the dog!)

"To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn't matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors. ... [E]lections shouldn't matter as much as they do." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who owes her current position to the last election

"We don't hear anybody saying -- and the president has not been saying what he should have been saying -- which is the country is not broke. We're simply not taxing the big corporations enough. ... We're not taxing the millionaires and billionaires enough." --Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

"The Republicans are trying to ... destroy the whole, wide world." --Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)

"I just miss -- I miss being anonymous. I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can't take a walk." --Barack Obama

"I just don't see why with top earners doing better than ever, why they can't be a part of this equation [in addressing the budget crisis]. ... [I]f you looked at the New York Times [Sunday], and you saw the top 30 earners, and how much money they are making all over again, including some of the people who drove us into the ditch -- all white men, by the way, just one woman -- and I didn't see any African-Americans -- I think we have a problem that we need to address as a society. ... [W]e need to balance things out [or] you're going to have class warfare on its worst level." --MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski

"The rich get off like scoundrels. ... [Paul Ryan is] not doing anything in terms of raising taxes." --Fox News' Juan Williams

"Mr. Obama not only helped avoid the first government shutdown in 15 years, but also pressured Republicans to remove provisions intended to restrict financing for Planned Parenthood and to limit environmental regulations. In doing so, he assumed the role of a level-headed referee, rising above the squabbling to take ownership of a solution rather than a problem. 'He's the undisputed grownup in the group,' said Jim Jordan, a Democratic strategist who has managed Senate and presidential campaigns across the country." --New York Times' Jeff Zeleny

"Will the Congress ever adopt a combination of some modification or cost-cutting, which we know has to come into place, somehow squeeze the costs of Medicare -- medical costs, and a tax increase for people who can afford it, as a -- as a more democratic, a more fair way to deal with this problem? Will they get that through and signed by the president, or is that just a posture? ... So, the plan is the president says, look, let them offer a big slash in Medicare, which is going to kill half the people who watch this show." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews (Out of five or six people, half really isn't all that many.)

"The only real solution is to cut spending and raise taxes. Until Republicans recognize that, they really aren't being serious, they're just being politically provocative." --former DNC Chief Howard Dean

"I hope the president decides he has to take a stand, and the sooner the better. Last December he caved in to Republican demands that the Bush tax cuts be extended to wealthier Americans for two more years, at a cost of more than $60 billion. That was only the beginning. ... [Friday] night he gave away more than half the sandwich -- $39 billion less than was budgeted for 2010, $79 billion less than he originally requested. Non-defense discretionary spending -- basically, everything from roads and bridges to schools and innumerable programs for the poor -- has been slashed. The right-wing bullies are emboldened. They will hold the nation hostage again and again." --former Clintonista Robert Reich

"The country could, actually, absorb some more debt in order to get the economy going." --billionaire leftist financier George Soros

"[W]hen you come into office and you want to put your mark on things ... you want to be able to spend. And what's crippled Obama's administration, as far as I'm concerned, is the financial crisis and it's prevented him from doing any new spending." --actor Alec Baldwin

"While it's true that Muammar Gaddafi is a brutal tyrant, that's par for the course in Arab and Muslim nations. In fact, the only thing I've noticed that sets him apart from the norm is that he appears to be a transvestite. So, why the heck are we looking to depose him? For offending the international dress code?" --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"Republicans want to 'end Medicare as we know it.' Cue cat shriek! This 'end Medicare as we know it' line -- and many like it ('end Medicaid as we know it,' 'end carbon-based life as we know it,' etc.) -- is the lead-off talking point for the entire Democratic Party in response to Rep. Paul Ryan's just-released budget proposal, 'The Path to Prosperity.' Here's the thing: Of course he wants to end Medicare as we know it. You know why? Because the way we know it right now, the program is barreling toward insolvency. Personally, if I were on a plane that had one engine out and was belching smoke, I would certainly hope somebody with some judgment and competence might calmly remove his oxygen mask long enough to suggest 'ending this flight as we know it.'" --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"President Obama said Thursday that green energy will be worth the expense. People can't believe their utility bills lately. With the price of water and power it's more cost-effective to go to Wal-Mart and buy a replacement shirt for a dollar than it is to do laundry." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"A lot of people wonder what a government shutdown would be like. I think a lot more people wonder what a government running properly would be like." --comedian Jay Leno

"Under [Republicans'] vision, we can't invest in roads and bridges and broadband and high-speed rail. I mean, we would be a nation of potholes, and our airports would be worse than places that we thought -- that we used to call the Third World." --Barack Obama in another budget speech Thursday

web posted April 11, 2011

"Keep in mind this fight is only over funding for the last six months of fiscal 2011. Democrats were supposed to pass this budget last year but failed to do so. House Republicans proceeded to cut $61 billion after two years of record spending, but Mr. Obama says he'll accept only $33 billion and most of that must come not from specific programs but from 'unobligated balances' that might not be spent anyway. Republicans now want $40 billion and cuts that are real. Inviting a shutdown sooner or later has looked to be the White House strategy since Mr. Obama unveiled his own budget in February that increased spending and dodged any serious budget reform. Our guess is that Mr. Obama's political advisers have concluded that the lesson from Bill Clinton's 1995 shutdown is that presidents win such showdowns. If they don't believe this, why risk a shutdown over $7 billion and a few policy differences like funding for Planned Parenthood?" --The Wall Street Journal

"This is making the federal government dysfunctional on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. These guys will support three wars. They'll support tax dodgers. They'll support the wealthiest Americans getting tax breaks. They want to cut into education and health care. This is an ideological battle." --Jesse Jackson

"When someone gives you a check and the bank informs you that there are insufficient funds, who do you get mad at? In your own life, you get mad at the guy who gave you a check that bounced, not at the bank. But, in politics, you get mad at whoever tells you that there is no money. ... Anyone who says that we don't have the money to pay what was promised is accused of trying to destroy Social Security, Medicare or Obamacare -- or whatever other unfunded promises have been made. It is like blaming the bank for saying that the check bounced." --economist Thomas Sowell

"Syria is a partner in nuclear proliferation with North Korea. It is Iran's agent and closest Arab ally, granting it an outlet on the Mediterranean. Those two Iranian warships that went through the Suez Canal in February docked at the Syrian port of Latakia, a long-sought Iranian penetration of the Mediterranean. Yet here was the secretary of state covering for the Syrian dictator against his own opposition. And it doesn't help that Clinton tried to walk it back two days later by saying she was simply quoting others. Rubbish. Of the myriad opinions of Assad, she chose to cite precisely one: reformer. That's an endorsement, no matter how much she later pretends otherwise." --columnist Charles Krauthammer

"The protests in Afghanistan about the burning of the Koran in Florida ... are [continuing]. Never mind that nobody even knew about the burning of the Koran -- it happened more than two weeks ago -- until these devout Muslims brought it up. And never mind that the Koran gets burned all the time when Muslims blow each other up in their mosques. And never mind that the U.S. burned Bibles in Afghanistan back in 2009. Do you remember that? ... The U.S. burned Bibles in Afghanistan in 2009 so as not to offend the locals." --radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh

"The pathetically weak responses from within mainstream, i.e., liberal, Christianity and Judaism have only added to the contempt for the Almighty and religion sown by beheadings and suicide bombings in Allah's name. The liberal Christian and Jewish responses have been to attack fellow Christians and Jews who have focused on Islamist terror. Instead of drawing attention to the damage radical Islam does to the name of the Almighty, liberal Christians and Jews focus their anger on co-religionists who do speak out on this issue and label them 'Islamophobes.' That the Almighty is not doing well in the Western world may trouble the Almighty. But it is we humans who should be most troubled. The moral, intellectual, artistic and demographic decline in Western Europe ... is only gaining momentum. And the consequences of that decline will be far more devastating than all the tsunamis and all the earthquakes that may come our way." --columnist Dennis Prager

"[I] have had the most successful legislative initiative of any president over the last 50 years." --the Most Humble Barack Obama, who kicked off his 2012 campaign last Monday

"We've bent over backwards and tried to be fair and reasonable. But we have one party that can't be fair and reasonable." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

"[Congressman Paul Ryan's budget plan will] protect tax breaks for millionaires, oil companies and other big money special interests, while slashing our investment in education, ending the current health guarantee for seniors on Medicare, and denying health care to tens of millions of Americans." --Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

"Nobody wants to see a government shutdown and this really highlights one issue: If we avoid a government shutdown on Saturday it will be because John Boehner, at last, has figured out a way to gain control of his caucus. He needs to figure out a working majority, which probably means cutting loose the radical members on [the Right] wing -- the quote-unquote Tea Partiers." --Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT)

"It's millions of people saying, Mr. President, we voted for you because you told us you were going to defend working Americans. Now is the time to stand up to the big-money interests, ask for shared sacrifice, don't balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the poor and the sick. If you do that, you're going to have tremendous popular support. I would like to see a couple of hundred thousand people come here to Washington, say hello to the president, say hello to the Republicans, say do not balance the budget on the middle class, the working families in this country, when the richest people are getting richer. They have not contributed one nickel to deficit reduction." --Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

"Americans are about to learn how much is at stake in our larger budget fight, how radical the new conservatives in Washington are, and the extent to which some politicians would transfer even more resources from the have-nots and have-a-littles to the have-a-lots." --Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne

"I have to ask you about what's happening here in Washington. Negotiations are going on to avoid a possible government shutdown. Do you think the president is not doing enough and he's giving in too much to Republican demands?" --ABC's Bianna Golodryga to Bill Clinton

"Remember, that there's been extension of the Bush tax cuts. And you're going on as if, 'you know what, we don't know in America how to help our own deficit problems.' We do. We just have to tax people." --Fox News' Juan Williams

"The thing to keep in mind that's very important here is that the Koran to Muslims, it is not -- it is not the same as the Bible to Christians. The Bible is a book written by men. It is acknowledged by Christians that it is written by men. It's the story of Jesus. But the Koran, if you are a believer, if you're a Muslim, the Koran is directly the word of God, not written by man. It is transcribed, is directly the word of God. That makes it sacred in a way that it's hard to understand if you're not Muslim. So the act of burning a Koran is much more -- potentially much, much more inflammatory than -- than if you were to burn a Bible." --Time Magazine's World Editor Bobby Ghosh

"I would be inclined to [arm the Libyan rebels]. ... We're trying to build a world in which people resolve their differences in nonviolent ways. And we're trying to build a world where no ruler can cavalierly kill its unarmed civilians." --Bill Clinton, who disarmed the American public with his 1994 gun ban

"This president has demonstrated a commitment to transparency and openness that is greater than any administration has shown in the past, and he's been committed to that since he ran for president and he's taken a significant number of measures to demonstrate that." --White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

"The president is committed to reducing spending -- cutting spending and reducing the deficit." --Jay Carney

"The longer Congress fails to act, the more we risk that investors here and around the world will lose confidence in our ability to meet our commitments and our obligations. Default by the United States is unthinkable." --Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

"'The problem is not solely the [Libyan] rebels' lack of more powerful weapons,' says Chris McGreal of the Guardian. 'In the past [week] their disorganization has shown as they have been badly outmaneuvered by better-trained forces that have outflanked them with sweeps through the desert. The revolutionaries lack any defensive plan. Instead they fire wildly at the enemy and argue among themselves about what to do next and who should be giving orders -- before turning and fleeing.' That sounds a lot like what's going on among the aimless 'leaders' of the coalition of the grudging." --Washington Times editor emeritus Wesley Pruden

"[O]bama and the media are effectively reinforcing the principle that violent intimidation works: They knew that somewhere in the world Muslims were going to behave like rabid dogs because of the burned Koran, and instead of telling them to grow up and act like civilized people, they are demanding that free people change the way they behave to adjust to this case of rabies." --author Robert Spencer

"According to a poll, 55 percent of college students approve of the job President Obama is doing. That may change once they graduate and try to find a job." --comedian Jay Leno

"Hillary Clinton notched her highest job approval rating ever in the Gallup Poll Friday at sixty-seven percent. She's twenty-five points ahead of Obama's number. President Obama is so unpopular that Kenyans have begun claiming he was born in the United States." --comedian Argus Hamilton

web posted April 4, 2011

"[The kinetic military action in Libya] is just the foreign policy outworking of Obama's campaign to fundamentally transform America. Notice the common thread. He is using domestic policies to effectuate 'economic justice' at home, trying to cut 'wealthy' Americans down to size. Now he is using foreign policy to diminish America's role and stature in the international community to cut wealthy, imperialistic America down to size." --columnist David Limbaugh

"In last Saturday's Wall Street Journal, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) wrote that what is taking place in the Middle East 'could be the most important geostrategic shift since the fall of the Berlin Wall.' That's the wrong analogy. When the Berlin Wall fell, people were liberated. What is happening in the Middle East could be the most important geostrategic shift since communists came to power in Russia and China, oppressing and killing millions. This is just the beginning. Saudi Arabia is next and already the fault lines in that creaking monarchy are visible. The hand of Iran is behind much of this turmoil and behind Iran is al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden's vision for the toppling of every regime in the region, each to be replaced by the most religiously fundamentalist and politically repressive of leaders." --columnist Cal Thomas

"The real warriors ... all say the same thing: spend my life if you must, but don't waste it. A bond of trust based on that contract must exist between a president and the troops. If the president is willing to risk their lives in the absence of a compelling need to defeat a threat to America, that trust is violated. President Obama violated that trust by entering the Libyan civil war in the absence of any compelling and urgent American interest. He risks the future of our all-volunteer military by, without good cause, risking the lives of U.S. pilots and those who support them in combat." --columnist Jed Babbin

"Leftists like to think of themselves as clear-thinking realists who are sensitive to nuance and irony. In reality, they are like little children who regard fairy tales as non-fiction. For instance, they champion socialism even though the past hundred years have proven time and again that it doesn't work in practice the way it does in theory. On the contrary, in every country where it has existed, it has inevitably led to loss of liberty, widespread poverty and mass murder on a scale that has no parallel in human history. Point out this obvious fact to a liberal, and once he gets done calling you a greedy, heartless, bloodthirsty reactionary, he'll insist that we haven't yet seen true socialism. Actually, we have, though. We've seen it in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, in China, Cambodia, North Korea and Cuba." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"In the past, we have seen [Moammar Gadhafi] hang civilians in the streets, and kill over a thousand people in a single day. Now we saw regime forces on the outskirts of the city. We knew that if we wanted -- if we waited one more day, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world. It was not in our national interest to let that happen. I refused to let that happen." --Barack Obama (How can our "interest" be threatened when we don't even know what they are? Even Def Sec Robert Gates admits we don't have a "vital national interest" in Libya.)

"And so nine days ago, after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress, I authorized military action to stop the killing and enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973. ... And tonight, I can report that we have stopped Gadhafi's deadly advance." --Barack Obama, who neglected to mention Gadhafi's renewed advance just before the speech

"We will safeguard the more than $33 billion that was frozen from the Gadhafi regime so that it's available to rebuild Libya. After all, the money doesn't belong to Gadhafi or to us -- it belongs to the Libyan people. And we'll make sure they receive it." --Barack Obama

"I voted against H.R.1 [the GOP budget-cutting bill]. I thought it was a simply a meat-axe approach without any consideration of priorities." --Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (The bill would have cut $61 billion from a $3.7 trillion budget. That's a "meat axe"?)

"The Tea Party Republicans in Washington claim they're concerned about the budget balance. But it's a disguise! It's not true! It's a lie! That's not [what] they want. They want to -- they want other people not to be able to have their opinions. They don't deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution, but we'll give them to them anyway." --Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

"With his speech [Monday], President Obama placed himself in a great tradition of American presidents who have understood America's special role in the world. ... This was a Kennedy-esque speech." --Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan

"All Obama is saying is give war a chance." --Foreign Policy's Tom Ricks

"So nobody's calling this a war -- I mean, it's called military intervention, it's called military strikes, it's called United Nations Security Council enforcement -- but they're not calling it a war. Are there other cases in history where you've had Congress throwing such a fit over the UN Security Council making a resolution, the United States supporting that resolution, and our lawmakers going 'Now wait a minute, you have to come and ask us about this'?" --MSNBC's Contessa Brewer

"Many Americans find themselves scratching their heads about America's military intervention in Libya, and part of the reason, they say, can be summed up in one word: overload. ... Or maybe it is compassion fatigue." --The New York Times' Kirk Johnson

"A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people. ... Police said it was a 'terrorist attack' -- Israel's term for a Palestinian strike." --Reuters "news service"

"We want to hear what they [Congress] think, and if they have suggestions for what we should be doing, obviously the president wants to hear that." --White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on the kinetic military action in Libya

"The president has argued our interests and our values cannot be separated. These values have caused the people of Libya to risk their lives on the street." --White House aide Samantha Power

"If I was head of DNC, I would be quietly rooting for [shutting down the national government]. I know who's going to get blamed -- we've been down this road before. ... From a partisan point of view, I think it would be the best thing in the world to have a shutdown." --former DNC chief Howard Dean

"More than ten years after leaving the Oval Office, no one on either side of the aisle denies that Bill Clinton continues to shape the world we live in. His leadership stresses unity over division, policy over party, and hope over fear. He raised the bar for what it means to be a public servant and set new benchmarks for what a private citizen can accomplish to make the world a better place. ... I am inspired by the example that he sets for all of us.... Simply put ... the world is a better place because President Bill Clinton is in it." --Barbra Streisand

"Hillary Clinton revealed Wednesday she will step down as Secretary of State after the first term ends. She said the job requires her to spend all her time away from home. That prompted Bill Clinton to call the president and volunteer to take her place." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"When you have Islamic jihadists going toe-to-toe with a mass-murdering thug and his followers, humanitarianism is in dangerously short supply. So, apparently, is sanity. If Colonel Cuckoo wins, we have the makings of a terrorist-led pariah state that hates the West in general, and the United States in particular. If the rebels win, we have the makings of a terrorist-led pariah state which hates the West in general, and the United States in particular. Is there clarity in redundancy?" --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"Moammar Gadhafi says of the no-fly zone, 'In the short term we will beat them, and in the long term we will beat them.' Which is Libyan for 'Bring it. Winning. Bring it. Winning.'" --comedian Jay Leno

"President Obama's speech on Monday night was, at best, OK. It got tongues wagging about the 'Obama Doctrine' which appears to be: 'If it won't drag Iran into the fight we'll take a look.' To use a hated football metaphor, it was a speech which should have been given in the locker room before the combatants ran out onto the field (remember this is a metaphor). ... Obama's speech was the equivalent of calling time-out in the middle of the first quarter and telling the troops to get in there and fight, fight, FIGHT!" --political analyst Rich Galen

"I'm tired of reading the Constitution and all the silly things we've done for the last 13 weeks." --Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)



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