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

web posted July 25, 2011

"No one thinks the federal government is spending too little money. The problem is, most of us think the government is spending too much money on programs which benefit someone else. ... I was listening to the all-news station on my way to the office and I was subjected to ad after ad from group after group telling me, in the most heart-wrenching terms, why the government must not cut funds from its program. Cut someone else. Every dollar of the $3.7 trillion dollars that the Federal government is scheduled to spend before September 30, 2011 has got a patron -- someone who believes that dollar is not just a good and necessary expenditure; but better and more crucial than any other of the dollars the government is scheduled to spend. Cut someone else. They all can't be the most important. Some of those dollars have to be less important than some of the other dollars. ... Well, boys and girls, the days of pretending we can have as much we want and for it we can pay as little as we want are over." --political analyst Rich Galen

"The same politicians who spent $1.7 trillion more than they collected, in just this year alone, say the problem is that private citizens are not paying enough. ... [B]ecause the political class has made the national debt so high, it is able to insist that taking a chance on the power of liberty is an irresponsible gamble. Because the government lives so far beyond its means, it would be irresponsible to provide it with reduced means. This is how we have reached the madness of a moment when the national debt is used as an argument against spending reductions, or growth-oriented tax and regulatory policies. The insane problem becomes a weapon against rational solutions." --columnist John Hayward

"Forget all the numbers being tossed around in Washington -- the millions and billions and trillions of dollars being taxed, borrowed, printed and spent as the country approaches the Aug. 2 debt-ceiling deadline. ... Forget the fact that such 'entitlements' as Social Security and Medicare -- social-insurance programs that the public long thought to be actuarially sound -- have been exposed as little more than legal Ponzi schemes, paying today's benefits out of tomorrow's borrowed receipts. Instead, just ask yourself this simple question: When did it become the primary function of the federal government to send millions of Americans checks? For this, in essence, is what the debt-ceiling fight is all about -- the inexorable and ultimately fatal growth of the welfare state." --columnist Michael Walsh

"Obama objects to the fact that owners of corporate jets can write off the cost of their purchases over five years instead of the seven required for commercial aircraft. ... The whole point of Obama's rants against corporate jets, of course, is to shame Republicans into going along with tax increases by portraying them as fat cats' lapdogs, salivating at the thought of balancing the budget on the backs of uneducated, untreated food-poisoning victims who don't even know whether the sun will come out tomorrow because the government can't afford to pay for meteorologists anymore." --columnist Jacob Sullum

"We don't need a constitutional amendment to do our jobs. The Constitution already tells us to do our jobs -- and to make sure that the government is living within its means and making responsible choices. ... We don't need a balanced budget amendment. We simply need to make these tough choices and be willing to take on our bases. And everybody knows it. ... It turns out that our problem is we cut taxes without paying for them over the last decade; we ended up instituting new programs like a prescription drug program for seniors that was not paid for; we fought two wars, we didn't pay for them; we had a bad recession that required a Recovery Act and stimulus spending and helping states -- and all that accumulated and there's interest on top of that." --Barack Obama, who blames Bush for even Obama's big spending

"You'll probably see the House vote on a couple of things just to make political statements." --Barack Obama

"This president has extended the respect and the courtesy to bipartisan House and Senate to listen, listen, listen, and listen to them talk about what their concerns are, their priorities, what their suggestion might be. Thursday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and now Wednesday -- unprecedented in terms of a president listening that much, bringing to the table complete knowledge of the subject. Nobody can out-debate him or out-statistic him on this information." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"A budget agreement cannot be considered bold or comprehensive unless it asks millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations to contribute to deficit reduction. They don't have to do the whole thing, but they've gotta do their share." --Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

"Here's the thing about Obama. He ran as a transformational president. He sees himself as transformational. He always has. What occurred between 2008 and 2010 is the Tea Party. And the Tea Party has stopped that kind of transformation from occurring because it has hijacked the Republican Party and the John Boehners of the world who would have cut a deal with the president of the United States. It has hijacked the Republican Party and it has now become substantially just a no-tax party as opposed to a party that cares about the deficit. I think no tax trumps their caring and concern about the deficit." --CNN's Gloria Borger

"[T]here has been, I have to admit, an element of comic relief -- of the black-humor variety -- in the spectacle of so many people who have been in denial suddenly waking up and smelling the crazy. A number of commentators seem shocked at how unreasonable Republicans are being. 'Has the G.O.P. gone insane?' they ask. Why, yes, it has. But this isn't something that just happened, it's the culmination of a process that has been going on for decades. Anyone surprised by the extremism and irresponsibility now on display either hasn't been paying attention, or has been deliberately turning a blind eye." --New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

"And to say there's no issue with climate? You know, a friend of mine ... lives up in Alaska, [and] she says we're going to be able to -- maybe this is good for shipping -- we're going to start having trade routes across the Arctic Circle! We're going to start having -- you know what I mean? People are going to be going to Norway in boats and we're going to have shipping lanes doing it. Don't tell me we don't have a climate thing going on. There's something strange going on." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"The president doesn't have a vote in this. It's Congress that has to act. The president didn't stand up here yesterday and say, hey, show you a lot of charts and graphs about how previous Congresses under a Republican president accumulated enormous amounts of deficits and debt and that this is what they needed to vote to deal with and it wasn't his problem. He didn't say that because he doesn't believe that. He believes it's his responsibility as the president of the United States to lead, to work with Congress, to resolve these issues together for the American people." --White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

"Isn't the Tea Party -- I'm not trying to call them names or anything. I just want to ask a very serious question: Aren't they exactly what the Founding Fathers feared most? Which is people who are ignorant about the way the world works come to power. That is what the Founding Fathers hated the most. They were not for direct democracy" --HBO's Bill Maher (Sam Adams, a Founding Father, participated in the first Tea Party, objecting to high taxes. Furthermore, the current Tea Party certainly isn't "direct democracy.")

"Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT! I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us. I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths. In this case, they denied a lot of people the chance to hear about a book that can help make life better, easier and more fulfilling." --Hanoi Jane Fonda on QVC's decision to cancel an interview promoting her newest book

"Jane Fonda, who was set to appear on the QVC home shopping channel to promote her new book, got axed instead. She blamed it on 'well funded and organized political extremist groups.' I guess that's what aging leftists call Vietnam Vets. Yet with her foot only half-way in her mouth, Fonda decided to finish the job with a little historical revisionism. 'I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us,' said Hanoi Jane. The title of her book is 'Prime Time.' In a better world, it would be 'What I Learned in Prison Serving Time for Treason.'" --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"Meanwhile, the World's Greatest Orator bemoans the 'intransigence' of Republicans. OK, what's your plan? Give us one actual program you're willing to cut, right now. Oh, don't worry, says Barack Obluffer. To demonstrate how serious he is, he's offered to put on the table for fiscal year 2012 spending cuts of (stand well back now) $2 billion. That would be a lot in, say, Iceland or even Australia. Once upon a time it would have been a lot even in Washington. But today $2 billion is what the Brokest Nation in History borrows every 10 hours. In other words, in less time than he spends sitting across the table negotiating his $2 billion cut, he's already borrowed it all back. A negotiation with Obama is literally not worth the time." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Starting next year, all U.S. savings bonds will be electronic rather than printed. So they'll be paperless, as well as valueless, useless, and worthless." --comedian Jay Leno

"President Obama scheduled a big fundraising party in Chicago on his fiftieth birthday on August third. It's the day after the U.S. runs out of money. Lots of men have a midlife crisis on their fiftieth birthdays, but they don't usually bring the whole country along on the Apocalypse." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"What a sham. What a scam. I'd be tempted to just blow it off if it were not so cruel, stupid and dangerous. ... It could cut, cap and kill the future of our country." -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski on the passing of "Cut, Cap and Balance" in the House of Representatives

"The sad reality is that America no longer has a two-party system. One of our two parties has morphed into a kind of a cult driven by a singular fixation and obsession -- preserving and expanding tax breaks for the wealthy at all costs. This so-called balanced budget amendment would make it all but impossible to raise [taxes] in the future." -- Sen. Tom Harkin on the passing of "Cut, Cap and Balance" in the House of Representatives

"$438 billion was the record-breaking federal deficit in 2008. That's all of three years ago. In 2011, it's getting on four times as big. ... Obama did that. The Democrats did that. 'Trillion' is their word. They mainstreamed it, and very effectively, in nothing flat. But it's not a fact of life. It's a fact of their life, and they should be on the defensive about it. What do we have to show for the trillionization of government? The dead-parrot economy, the underwater property market, the flatline jobs market. But lots more bureaucracy and regulation. Obama wants to demonize 'millionaires'? Who's he kidding?" --columnist Mark Steyn

web posted July 18, 2011

"The ignorance about our country is staggering. According to one survey, only 28% of students could identify the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Only 26% of students knew that the first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. Fewer than one-quarter of students knew that George Washington was the first president of the United States. ... Ignorance and possibly contempt for American values, civics and history might help explain how someone like Barack Obama could become president of the United States. At no other time in our history could a person with longtime associations with people who hate our country become president. ... The fact that Obama became president and brought openly Marxist people into his administration doesn't say so much about him as it says about the effects of decades of brainwashing of the American people by the education establishment, media and the intellectual elite." --economist Walter E. Williams

"It's a common refrain among those who lust to increase government's size and power: Every failed measure justifies more of the same. Poverty programs make it harder to escape poverty? We need more poverty programs! Racial preferences heighten racial division? We need more racial preferences! And a diversity manual for every janitor in the country! When ObamaCare ends up driving the costs of medicine up and the quality and availability down, you can bet the people who created that monstrosity will claim it failed only because it didn't go far enough. Let's generalize this into the First Rule of Liberalism: Government failure always justifies more government." --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"Speaking for himself on July 11, the president offered that he had 'hundreds of thousands of dollars that I don't need.' The president is of course welcome to donate as much of his extra money as he likes to the federal treasury. He knows Timothy Geithner personally and can probably get a guarantee that his check will be cashed without delay. And since the president is so ready to impute unpleasant motives (like greed) to those who oppose tax increases, perhaps we should impute some sort of moral failing to him for not having thus far contributed his spare change to the government." --columnist Mona Charen

"[T]he sheer incompetence and, in some cases, mendacity, of the current crop of statist politicians in both the legislative and executive branches seem likely to bring on an economic crisis that will actually force Americans to decide between a constitutional restoration and a full embrace of statism. ... This pantomime deficit-reduction process is evidence that those in charge have lost their mental grip on the true dimensions of the fiscal crisis. Once they have lost their mental grip, their economic grip -- and then their political grip -- also will soon slip away, followed, perhaps, by a restoration of liberty." --columnist Tony Blankley

"Welfare mostly subsidizes people in poverty, helping few escape from it. In their hearts, most people who are poor would like to be rich, or at least self-sustaining, but this president never talks about how they might achieve that goal. Instead, he criticizes those who made the right choices and now enjoy the fruits of their labor. Rather than use successful people as examples for the poor to follow, the president seeks to punish the rich with higher taxes and more regulations on their businesses." --columnist Cal Thomas

"Let's get this [debt ceiling] problem off the table ... [and] with a solid fiscal situation, we will then be in a position to make the kind of investments that I think are going to be necessary to win the future." --Barack Obama

"So, when you hear folks saying 'Well, the president shouldn't want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.' Nobody's looking to raise taxes right now. We're talking about potentially 2013 and the out years." --Barack Obama

"You go talk to your constituents and ask them, 'Are you willing to compromise your kids' safety so some corporate-jet owner can get a tax break?'" --Barack Obama (Obama and his jet-setting entourage are the biggest spenders in the world. How about we reverse the question?)

"Let me distinguish between professional politicians and the public at large. You know, the public is not paying close attention to the ins and outs of how a Treasury auction goes. They shouldn't. They're worrying about their family, they're worrying about their jobs. They're worrying about their neighborhood. They have got a lot of other things on their plate. We're paid to worry about it." --Barack Obama, scoffing at the fact that more than two-thirds of the electorate oppose increasing the debt ceiling

"What would Jesus do this weekend? Or Moses? Or Allah? Or anyone else? I don't want this [debt negotiations] book closed without the clergy having an opportunity to forcefully express themselves as well as I know they can do." --Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)

"Now, without re-litigating the past, I'm absolutely convinced, and the vast majority of economists are convinced, that the steps we took in the Recovery Act saved millions of people their jobs or created a whole bunch of jobs. And part of the evidence of that is as you see what happens with the Recovery Act phasing out." --Barack Obama arguing that current job losses are proof that the stimulus worked

"I cannot guarantee that those [Social Security] checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this [debt debate issue]. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it. This is not just a matter of Social Security checks. These are veterans checks, these are folks on disability and their checks. There are about 70 million checks that go out." --Barack Obama

"Is the Republican Party willing to risk economic Armageddon in the name of religion, that is the religion of no taxes? Well, the GOP has become the Wahhabis of American government, willing to risk bringing down the whole country in the service of their anti-tax ideology. ... The Party's being driven by fanatics and they're determined to bounce America's savings bonds and have the United States begin to become like Greece." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"Every fresh report of 'progress' on the debt-ceiling talks produces new reasons to feel profoundly uneasy. The talks were misbegotten from the beginning, made necessary only by the irresponsible refusal of Republicans to pay the nation's bills unless they got everything their way on government spending and taxes. ... It is already clear that the Republicans have succeeded spectacularly in their insistence that the agreement be mostly about spending cuts rather than building back the money lost from the Bush tax cuts that was the principal cause of the deficit." --The New York Times

"Wall Street wants to make it look like Fannie [Mae] and Freddie [Mac] were the drivers behind the mortgage collapse, when in fact Wall Street led the way and Fannie and Freddie basically caught up. I think, you know, Fannie and Freddie were the product of government policy, both parties, and President Bush championed the ownership society, and pushing low-cost mortgages were part of the Republican inroad into the Hispanic community. So this wreaks of politics, but you cannot say that Fannie and Freddie led the way with all those financial instruments." --Newsweek's Eleanor Clift

"I think it will take a long time still. This is a very tough economy. And I think for a lot of people, it's going to feel very hard, harder than the experience in a lifetime for some time to come. And that is because that is the tragic effects of a crisis this deep and this bad caused by a long period of lost opportunities to do things that made the country stronger." --Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner

"This is about bringing fiscal soundness so the world and Americans can know that we can solve our problems ourselves, and do it in a way that there is shared pain, and there is shared responsibility. And that is what the president is fighting for." --White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley

"There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the voter Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit a franchise that we see today. ... Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they've paid their price? Because most of them in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics and would tend to vote for Democrats, that's why." --Bill Clinton on voter ID laws

"For years, Americans and Mexicans have watched in horror as Mexican drug cartels have used assault rifles trafficked from America to kill thousands of people and export drugs to our country. Now, after some in Congress unsuccessfully tried to block this new reporting tool, the Department of Justice has finally announced they are implementing it to help investigators take down illegal gun traffickers. It's an encouraging sign that the administration is taking the bloodshed at the border seriously -- and taking action to address it." --Boston Mayor Thomas Menino of "Mayors Against Illegal Guns"

"As the late Joseph Sobran quipped, 'The Constitution poses no threat to our form of government.' That is, unless We the People begin to apply it to hold the Obama administration and its toadies accountable for unleashing legal and fiscal anarchy on our country." --columnist Robert Knight

"[F]or those of you who want [to] spread the blame equally between the parties, understand this: Republicans have proposed a budget for this year and the next. Democrats have proposed nothing. Republicans have proposed fixes for entitlements. Democrats have proposed nothing. Republicans have proposed reforming the tax system. Democrats have proposed nothing. Why? Because something, with a healthy dollop of media assistance, can be demagogued to death, detail after media-skewed detail. Nothing? Nothing is nothing." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"The U.S. is now in serious danger of defaulting on our foreign loans, which explains why today, China showed up and broke the Statue of Liberty's kneecaps." --Jimmy Fallon

"You know what the scary part is? Not that the government will cease to function, [but] that they think this is actually the government functioning. They think it is working well." --comedian Jay Leno

"I do not want and I will not accept a deal in which I am asked to do nothing. In fact, I'm able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don't need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they've got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans." --Barack Obama

"If you read between the lines, which doesn't take much decoding, President Obama effectively believes that any income you have which you don't 'need' belongs to the government." --author John Steele Gordon

web posted July 11, 2011

"[P]resident Obama is not going to lead on the debt ceiling issue. Nor is he going to compromise or play a mediating role. He is more interested in blaming others for his troubles, demagoguing other solutions and running for re-election. This is why conservatives need to be reminded not to yield to scare tactics. ... President Obama is intent on laying the groundwork to blame Congress if a deal is not reached. It's why the President pointed his finger at Congress several times [last week], saying it was 'their job' and 'these are bills that Congress ran up' and finally excusing himself: 'I've been doing Afghanistan, bin Laden and the Greek crisis.' Apparently for the President, the economy of Greece is more important than preventing the American economy from collapsing ... like Greece's." --Heritage Foundation's Rory Cooper

"As a result of lower tax rates on the top income earners, not only do they pay a much larger share of all taxes, but they pay much more taxes total -- and revenue to the government has increased. This is because lowering taxes on the rich creates more rich people and richer rich people. The federal government gets much more revenue if you impose a 40 percent tax on a large number of very wealthy millionaires than if you impose a 70 percent tax on a small number of less wealthy millionaires." --Mario Loyola, director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Studies

"With Obama's statements, are we witnessing larger symptoms of a progressive push to reshape and redefine the Declaration's inalienable rights and, even more fundamentally, their very source? ... Progressivism is nothing more than moral relativism at the political level. Truth is never constant, with no fixed starting point, whether (theologically) in Sacred Scripture or (politically) in sacred political documents like the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Truth is determined not by an absolute, single authority but by the individual -- or, here, progressive individuals en masse -- who are always marching and ever-advancing toward evolving truths revealed somewhere down the road." --author and columnist Paul Kengor

"I saw a poll recently that insisted that only 16% of voters think that congressional incumbents should be re-elected. But that's entirely misleading. The real question is whether they want to replace their own congressman. ... In politics, clearly love is blind. So the fact that five out of six American voters think incumbents should be evicted from Congress is meaningless because they're referring to every incumbent but their own. That, in a nutshell, is how incumbents become incumbents." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"It's time we return to the type of fiscal discipline Democrats brought to Washington in the 90s when Democrats in Congress and the White House balanced the budget and used the surplus to do what Mr. President? To pay down the debt." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who was with the minority Democrats in the 90s

"When the ... unemployment rate is high, it's hard for the incumbent to win. I remind you though, we're not the incumbent. The Republicans are the incumbent. ... I feel comfortable about our ability to win it back. I have a sense of responsibility to win it back, a plan to do so, and a confidence that it is very much possible to do so." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the 2012 election

"We need to start asking yourselves an uncomfortable question: Are Republicans slowing down the recovery on purpose for political gain in 2012? And now it's becoming clear that insisting on a slash-and-burn approach may be part of this plan. It has a double benefit for Republicans: It's ideologically tidy, and it undermines economic recovery which they think only helps them in 2012. If the public comes to believe that Republicans are deliberately sabotaging the economy, it will backfire politically." --Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

"'I am proud to be one of the senators cosponsoring the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act in the Senate because marriage equality is one of the most important things we can do to make it better for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans." --Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) on the video entitled "A Message of Hope from the United States Senate," encouraging LGBT youth to persevere

"And, Philadelphia, I know there are some of you who are frustrated because we haven't gotten everything done that we said we were going to do in two and a half years. It's only been two and a half years. I got five and a half years more to go." --Barack Obama at a Philadelphia fundraiser

"So the same conservatives back then, who were called Tories, are really no different from the same conservatives we have today that call themselves teabaggers. They only can accept what they know. ... Understand, it was the same kind of inflexible, frantic bunch of social political conservatives who wanted to murder Galileo. They wanted to murder Copernicus. Because those two men had ideas that were different from the world that conservative knew. And now we're only a thousand years later and we have the same conservatives in charge of the idea that change is terrifying." --MSNBC's Mike Papantonio

"The reality is that the framers -- posed in paintings as though frozen on an American Olympus -- they were not gods, they were guys -- guys who didn't give women the vote and let slavery stand for the time being and who, by the way, were trying to create at the time a stronger central government, of course not too strong, leaving to us a Constitution that we could fix, as needed -- sorry, make that amend -- which we've now done 27 times." --ABC's John Donovan

"There may be a reckoning in the winds. Attitudes about gays and lesbians, and about same-sex marriage in particular, are now changing so fast that American culture is suffering from cognitive dissonance: still prone to habits of homophobia while simultaneously aware that overt bigotry is no longer acceptable in much of the public square." --The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott

"Well, listen to the record: The white media called me controversial ... white folk called me controversial and you believe white folks. ... White folks say Columbus discovered America. They lied. White folks said black people were not human beings in the Constitution. They lied. White folks said that Jesus was white. They lied. White folks said Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9-1-1 '01. They lied. White folks said Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were close buddies. They lied. White folks said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. They lied. White folks said Barack Obama was not a real citizen. They lied. White folks said Barack was a Muslim. They lied. So when white folks say I'm controversial, they are still [points microphone to audience who shout, 'lying!'] If telling the truth makes me controversial then I'm going to my grave telling the truth." --Obama's former "spiritual mentor" Jeremiah Wright

"[The debate about climate change] lingers because, um ... as I say, science is partially ideology. If there was a 1% chance that the plane you were getting into this morning to fly here was gonna crash would you get on that plane? The answer is always no. Okay. So let's assume that there's only a 20% chance that climate change science is right. Do you take the risk of not responding to it?" --Conservation International Cofounder and CEO Peter Seligmann

"I think there is a conscious strategy. I call it 'ruin in order to rule.' I think their calculation are sending into a second recession or reverse the recovery. I think their calculation is they benefit politically. It's a reckless gamble if the Republicans do it. It's irresponsible, but I think it is a conscious strategy." --Democrat presidential consultant Bob Shrum

"Fear Bachman bc she is raising so much money. Anyone that inarticulate and full of s--- who is raising money that fast ... is beholden to some mighty thuggish interests." --actor Alec Baldwin on Twitter

"The big-government advocates at the Center for American Progress recently released a series of charts designed to prove America is a low-tax nation. I wish this was the case. The United States does have a lower overall tax burden than Europe, which is shown in one of the CAP charts, but that doesn't exactly demonstrate that taxes are low in America. Unless, of course, you think weighing less than an offensive lineman in the NFL is proof of being skinny." --Cato Institute blogger Daniel J. Mitchell

"What's left of that founding vision on this less than Glorious Fourth of July 2011 in the Brokest Nation in History? 'You go talk to your constituents,' President Obama taunted Republicans on Wednesday, 'and ask them are they willing to compromise their kids' safety so that some corporate jet owner continues to get a tax break?' In the Republic of Brokistan, that's the choice, is it? Give me safe kids or give me corporate jets! No corporate aviation without safe kiddification!" --columnist Mark Steyn

"President Obama told the country Wednesday that his two daughters Sasha and Malia are more diligent than Congress. He got their ages wrong while praising them. For one reason or another the accuracy of birth information is always a problem with this particular president." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"The Senate canceled their vacation to work on the budget. Either they really can't agree or they're looking for an excuse to not go on vacation with their families." --comedian Jimmy Kimmel

"We actually now have the lowest tax rates since the 1950s. Our tax rates are lower now than they were under Ronald Reagan. They're lower than they were under George Bush -- senior or George Bush, junior." --Barack Obama

"According to The Tax Foundation's Federal Individual Income Tax Rates History table, the top marginal tax rate is currently 35 percent. In 1992, under President George H.W. Bush the top marginal rate was 4 points lower than today's rate at 31 percent. In 1988, under President Ronald Reagan the top marginal rate was 7 points lower than today's rate at 28 percent. It is true, however, that tax revenues collected as a percentage of GDP are at historic lows." -- Washington Examiner's Conn Carroll

web posted July 4, 2011

"On economic growth, real GDP has risen 0.8% over the 13 quarters since the recession began, compared to an average increase of 9.9% in past recoveries. From the beginning of the recession to April 2011, real personal income has grown just .9% compared to 9.4% for the same period in previous post 1960 recessions. The standard response from Obama apologists is that recession of 2008 and 2009 was different because, as former Clinton administration economist Robert Shapiro puts it, 'this was a financial crisis, and these take longer to recover from.' In fact, in most cases, the deeper the recession, the stronger the recovery to make up for lost ground." --columnist Stephen Moore

"Right now America is nothing more than Greece with better PR. And note I said right now, because at the rate we're going, we're well on our way to making that country look like amateurs by comparison." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"The salient feature of America in the Age of Obama is a failed government class institutionally committed to living beyond its means, and a citizenry too many of whom are content to string along." --columnist Mark Steyn

"A recent poll showed that nearly half the American public believes that the government should redistribute wealth. That so many people are so willing to blithely put such an enormous and dangerous arbitrary power in the hands of politicians -- risking their own freedom, in hopes of getting what someone else has -- is a painful sign of how far many citizens and voters fall short of what is needed to preserve a democratic republic." --economist Thomas Sowell

"Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a president, I've always run into you guys. And for some reason it's always in some rough spots. First time I saw the 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn't receiving it posthumously." --Barack Obama speaking to the 10th Mountain Division. (Note: Jared Monti was actually killed in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006. Obama did award him the Medal of Honor, but he did so posthumously in September 2009. Obama presented the first Medal Of Honor to a living recipient who served in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, last year.)

"Of course, there's been a real debate about where to invest and where to cut, and I'm committed to working with members of both parties to cut our deficits and debt. But we can't simply cut our way to prosperity." --Barack Obama

"The fact of the matter is, we have on the table all kinds of revenue raises that [Republicans] keep calling tax increases. How do you call closing loopholes to oil companies that are making billions of dollars in profits, closing up these loopholes that would generate $40 to $50 billion in revenue, how do you call that a tax hike? We are not asking anybody to raise anybody's rates. We want us to have an effective tax collection and close these loopholes, stop giving billions of dollars in breaks to millionaires and billionaires." --Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

"The U.S. government cannot default on its debt, largely accrued by President George W. Bush." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"Now, when you look at the ... German Constitution, apparently as I've read it once, [it] is very similar to the American one, but it's sort of more modern, more streamlined. It doesn't have some of the kinks you know, for example, people point out that the Second Amendment is a grammatical mess, whatever you may think of the right to bear arms. ... So are there things that constitutional scholars look at and say, you know, these were really -- these have been problems for 222 years?" --CNN's Fareed Zakaria wanting to "modernize" our Constitution

"I covered the Bush White House. He started the war in Afghanistan. But it took President Obama to finally capture and kill [Osama] bin Laden. There have been more drone attacks under the Obama administration than the Bush administration. There's an argument that can be made, and there are numbers that support that Obama has more aggressively prosecuted the quote unquote War on Terror -- if you like that phrase, some don't -- than Bush did." --CBS's Norah O'Donnell

"Here's your chance to 'Talk Back' on one of the big stories of the day. New York passes a law allowing same-sex marriage. And our question: Is it time for marriage equality in America? Is it time for it to be essentially throughout the country? Federal law even?" --CNN's Suzanne Malveaux

"This weekend, when the vice president was laying out all the things that you have to do and how much -- when he said you have to ask those who are struggling in this economy to bear the burden and let the most fortunate among us off the hook, he said that borders on being immoral. Does the president agree with that?" --CBS'S Chip Reid to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who answered in the affirmative

"Are you a flake?" --Fox News' Chris Wallace attempting to discredit conservative presidential candidate Michele Bachmann

"If I picked one favorite, favorite food, it's French fries. Okay? It's French fries. I can't stop eating them. ... But eat your vegetables. And exercise." --Michelle Obama

"We obviously believe a balanced approach [to the federal debt] is the right approach and we're not alone here. It's important to remember, there are a number proposals out there in this time period that have been made. The only one that doesn't take a balanced approach has been the House Republican proposal." --White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

"The only thing I can think of is we just have to keep working, just like we are doing now, and get as much publicity as we possible can for the issue, and increase the amount of the debate, and persuade people with ... the evidence, which is overwhelmingly in favor of climate change being a serious problem, probably the most serious -- and in all fairness -- the most complex problem that humanity has ever faced." --media mogul Ted Turner

"Slavery. Segregation. Black codes. Jim Crow. What, what did they all have in common? Anybody getting scared? Government sponsored racism. Now I want you to connect one more dot on that chain of the African American history in this country, and tell me if I'm crazy. Federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms into our urban centers across this country that are killing our black and brown children. ... We've got to get the gun debate back to center, and it's got to come with the recognition of who's paying the price for the gun manufacturers being rich and living in gated communities." --Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy

"And then there is the work that our embassy team in Rome has been doing. Two weeks ago they played an instrumental role in bringing Lady Gaga to Italy for a Euro Pride concert. Now as many of you know Lady Gaga is Italian American and a strong supporter of LGBT rights. And the organizers of the Euro Pride event desperately wanted her to perform and a letter to her from Ambassador Thorne was instrumental in sealing the deal." --Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

"There are no more alarming words in the English language than 'the government is eager to...' (with the possible exception of '@RepWeiner is now following you on Twitter')." --blogger Doug Powers

"If you're a single man in New York state, we have some good news. Soon there will be a way for you to get married and never have to worry about your wife complaining about the toilet seat or taking half your stuff in a divorce. Now for the bad news..." --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"In Kandahar as in California, all that matters is excess: It's not working? Then you need to spend more. More more more. What does it matter? You're not spending anything real. America would have to find 15 trillion dollars just to get back to having nothing in its pocket. But who cares? As long as we're united in our commitment to excess, no CBO debt-GDP ratio graph is too steep for us to take to the next level, and no horizon -- 2060, 2080, 2104 -- is too distant to serve as a plausible estimate for significant deficit reduction." --columnist Mark Steyn

"[P]resident Obama has released 30 million barrels of oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. He said it was in response to what he called a real emergency: his poll numbers." --comedian Jay Leno

"We've spent a lot of money that we don't have. And we've made a lot of commitments that are going to be hard to keep if we do nothing. And like families all across America, government has to live within its means." --Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Philadelphia

"When I look around this room, I see America's future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our congressman, our senators and maybe our president." --Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to illegal aliens at a Senate committee hearing



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