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

web posted August 27, 2012

"There are some very serious issues at stake in this year's election -- so many that some people may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Individual issues are the trees, but the forest is the future of America as we have known it. The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular issues. For example, the merits or demerits of President Obama's recent executive order, suspending legal liability for young people who are here illegally, presumably as a result of being brought here as children by their parents, can be debated pro and con. But such a debate overlooks the much more fundamental undermining of the whole American system of Constitutional government. The separation of powers into legislative, executive and judicial branches of government is at the heart of the Constitution of the United States -- and the Constitution is at the heart of freedom for Americans." --economist Thomas Sowell

"The voters now face a stark choice. They can let Barack Obama's rambling, solipsistic narrative continue until they find themselves living in some American version of Europe, with low growth, high unemployment, even higher debt -- and real geopolitical decline. Or they can opt for real change: the kind of change that will end four years of economic underperformance, stop the terrifying accumulation of debt, and reestablish a secure fiscal foundation for American national security." --Niall Ferguson in Newsweek magazine's cover story

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare [for rape victims to get pregnant]. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." --GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) with an incomprehensibly stupid defense of his laudable opposition of abortion even in cases of rape

"Honestly, what is Todd Akin thinking? He's saying he's staying, even though the overwhelming sentiment of the sentient wing of the GOP is screaming for him to get out. ... Still, he has a few diehard defenders, who are fighting the wrong battle on his behalf. This isn't about abortion or rape or 'women's health.' Nor is it about 'defending our own' and not capitulating to the Left. ... It's about winning control of the U.S. Senate and putting a crucial swing state into the GOP column in November. Nothing -- nothing -- else matters." --National Review's Michael Walsh

"It is fascinating to watch someone on a national stage who truly fails to comprehend the reality of what he is doing. Mr. Akin seemed genuinely oblivious to what it means when all of his peers ... ask him to step aside for the sake of his cause, his beliefs, his goals, and his party's chances in November. ... [H]is statement that he acts on principle, while 'others' only consider 'politics,' evinces his failure to understand the political landscape in which he is running, the political consequences of stupid, offensive speech in public at the wrong time, and the reality that politics ain't beanbag. Bigger things -- the course of our nation -- are at stake. His vision of himself making a stand for all the unborn babies who might perish without him really needs to be subjected to the reality that he has harmed his cause by making it look nutty." --Lisa Schiffren, senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum

"Now, [Todd] Akin's choice of words isn't the real issue here. The real issue is a Republican party -- led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan -- whose policies on women and their health are dangerously wrong. I'm outraged at the Republicans trying to take women back to the dark ages." --DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

"We've come too far to turn back now. We've got too much work to do to implement health care. We've got too much work to do to create good jobs." --Barack Obama, who has without question brought us too far
Narcissist: "I'm not going to let [Mitt Romney] win ... so that he can take all the credit when the economy turns around." --Barack Obama (The economy will really turn around only when Obama is gone.)

"The centerpiece of my opponent's entire economic plan is a new, $5 trillion tax cut, a lot of it going to the wealthiest Americans. And his new running mate, Congressman Ryan, put forward a plan that would let Gov. Romney pay less than 1 percent in taxes each year. Here's the kicker: he expects you to pick up the tab." --Barack Obama

"[I] don't think ... anybody who's been watching me campaign would suggest in any way we have tried to divide the country. We've always tried to bring the country together." --Barack Obama

"Romney wants to let the -- he said in the first hundred days, he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains." --Joe Biden to a largely black audience
Misplaced praise: "And let's not forget that this is the commander in chief who finally led the mission that brought Osama bin Laden to justice." --Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

"Look, again, it's now clear: We would have unemployment below 8% if it weren't for the fact that Republican policies have forced cities and states to lay off 700,000 people." --Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

"This obstruction of the president is something quite new. We got a good deal done when President Bush was president because we said, 'How can we work together to get results -- to solve problems for the American people?' But [Republicans] have just made a decision to obstruct President Obama. And that's just not right for the American people." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"Regardless of who wins the presidential election, if you're middle class, one outcome is certain: Your taxes are going up. ... If they were being honest, both presidential candidates would likewise acknowledge that taxes must be raised. And there's no way to make the arithmetic work without some revenue from the middle class. So vote for whomever you like this November. Either way, your taxes are going up." --Bloomberg editorial

"[I]f the stimulus hadn't been passed, then what would have happened to the economy? Didn't that to a large degree help the economy? You're not going to argue certainly that it didn't?" --CNN's Soledad O'Brien to Rep. Mike Burgess (R-TX)

"Jesus' teachings regarding wealth are nowhere to be found in Ryan's budget proposal. As near as we can tell, Jesus would advocate a tax rate somewhere between 50% ... and 100%.... [U]nder [Ryan's] budget plan, according to a recent analysis in the Atlantic, Romney would pay only 0.8% of his income in federal taxes. ... When it comes to paying taxes, Ryan is Romney's wing man. ... Jesus' distaste for wealth is an uncomfortable reality that many Christians ignore at the ballot box. It's one thing to lower taxes for rich people, but these plans actually hurt the poor. That's not noblesse oblige; it's cruelty." --Time Magazine contributor Erika Christakis, trying to make the case that Jesus was a Commie

"What matters is that the views that Todd Akin has espoused and the legislation he's supported is exactly in line with what the perspective Republican vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, believes and supported. ... Todd Akin is the Paul Ryan of Missouri." --former Newsweek editor Howard Fineman

"Absent some profound shift in our penchant for burning coal, oil and gas, the Earth is expected to warm as much as 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 100 years, causing more weather-related destruction. It's only responsible to force a shift away from fossil fuels by enacting a carbon tax. The U.S., which accounts for about 19 percent of global emissions today, should take the lead in doing so as part of broader tax reform." --Bloomberg editorial

"Number one nobody's come across the border [illegally] in a long time. I mean we spend a fortune on technology, and if you want to come to America illegally, don't waste your time going across the border and through the desert. It's dangerous. Just get on an airplane, fly here, and overstay your visa. We have absolutely no ability to track who you are and get you back." --New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

"All the federal government's got to do is say, 'We're gonna welcome here in this country -- first come, first serve -- [immigrant] families, if they're willing to come here under the following terms: We're going to assign you a city -- let's say Detroit -- you gotta agree to not be arrested and not take any federal, state or city money, and you've got to live there for seven years, and if you survive seven years, we'll make you and your family full citizens.'" --Michael Bloomberg

"Well I think if [Rep. Paul Ryan] wants to protect Medicare for his mother then he should thank -- first of all should thank President Obama for what he's done in the past few years to extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund, to help seniors with their prescription drug costs, to help seniors get free preventive care." --Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs

"Show us your sealed college records and Operation Fast and Furious White House memos, and we will all show you our tax returns." --Rep. Allen West (R-FL)

"If we want to keep our nation's secrets a 'SECRET' then we should store them where President Obama stores his college transcripts and birth certificate." --Mike Huckabee

"It turns out the Family Research Council Shooter is a liberal gay rights activist who bought food at a Chick-fil-A right before the shooting. Gay rights groups were outraged -- not that he shot someone, but that he went to a Chick-fil-A." --NewsBusted's Jodi Miller

"President Obama urged Iowa voters to tell Paul Ryan to pass the farm relief bill in Congress. The House already passed the farm relief bill. It's stalled in the Senate, where Democrats are waiting for Barack Obama to point at the clouds and order it to rain." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Mitt Romney is predicting that as president, he will create 12 million jobs in his first term. Well, President Obama says a Romney presidency would result in lost jobs. Yeah, his and Biden's." --comedian Jay Leno

"The truth of the matter is you can't just make stuff up. That's one thing you learn as president of the United States." --Barack Obama, who specializes in making stuff up

web posted August 13, 2012

"Often as not, the qualification for receiving stimulus funds is the absence of work or income--such as banks and companies that fail, solar energy companies that can't make it on their own, unemployment benefits and the like. Quite simply, government taxing people more who work and then giving more money to people who don't work is a surefire recipe for less work, less output and more unemployment. Yet the notion that additional spending is a 'stimulus' and less spending is 'austerity' is the norm just about everywhere." --economist Arthur Laffer

"Senator Harry Reid called attention to himself last week, accusing Mitt Romney of not having paid taxes for 10 years. ... If Harry wants to look at someone who's in violation of the law, the nearest mirror should do the trick. Americans need to ask themselves which is more important, Mitt Romney's missing tax returns -- or the Senate's missing budget? The Senate Majority Leader has refused to pass one in more than three years, abandoning his primary responsibility as a leader, and violating the Constitution in the process. ... In other words, it's still all about the economy, no matter how hard weasels like Harry -- along with his fellow weasels in mainstream media -- try to divert our attention." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"Whether it's the academic community, the media elite, stalwarts of the Democratic Party or organizations such as the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, Green for All, the Sierra Club and the Children's Defense Fund, there is a great tolerance for the ideas of socialism -- a system that has caused more deaths and human misery than all other systems combined. Today's leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from those of Nazi, Soviet and Maoist mass murderers. One does not have to be in favor of death camps or wars of conquest to be a tyrant. The only requirement is that one has to believe in the primacy of the state over individual rights." --economist Walter E. Williams

"Liberals are always eager to ban guns, but even after the Oklahoma City bombing, you didn't hear them talk about banning fertilizer. That's probably just as well because sane people would have then been forced to point out that manure doesn't kill people; people kill people. One of the creepy things about liberals is that they only wish to discuss actions and inevitable consequences when the actions can be traced to conservatives. You never hear them reprimand parole boards, which are nearly always comprised of social workers, psychologists and other college degreed morons, when one of the felons they release murders or rapes another victim. You never hear liberals blaming people like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama, for bringing on the financial meltdown by insisting that home loans be given to people who couldn't come up with a down payment, all because they knew that the votes of those new homeowners could be so easily bought and paid for with the tax dollars of the solvent." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"I want all Americans to have opportunity. I'm not the president of black America. I'm the president of the United States of America, but the programs that we have put in place have been directed at those folks who are least able to get financing through conventional means, who have been in the past locked out of opportunities that were available to everybody. So, I'll put my track record up against anybody in terms of us putting in place broad-based programs that ultimately had a huge benefit for African-American businesses." --Barack Obama

"It's like Robin Hood in reverse. It's Romney Hood." --Barack Obama on Mitt Romney's tax plan, which would cut taxes by 20 percent across the board

"In order to afford just one $250,000 tax cut for somebody like Mr. Romney, 125 families like yours would have to pay another $2,000 in taxes each and every year." --Obama

"[Friday's] jobs report is small step in the right direction. But more needs to be done." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him. It is a fact." --Nancy Pelosi, defending Reid's unsubstantiated charge that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes

"Because of the Citizens United decision, Karl Rove and the Republicans are looking forward to a breakfast the day after the election. They are going to assemble 17 angry old white men for breakfast, some of them will slobber in their food, some will have scrambled eggs, some will have oatmeal, their teeth are gone. But these 17 angry old white men will say, 'Hey, we just bought America. Wasn't so bad. We still have a whole lot of money left.'" --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

"Bless their hearts, [Republicans] act upon their beliefs. It's an ideology -- we shouldn't have a government role. So, reduce the police, the firemen, the teachers. Reduce the role. Give tax cuts to the high end, that will stimulate the economy, everything will be good. And I say to them, do you have children who breathe air? Do you have grandchildren who drink water? ... As a mom, I was vigilant about food safety, right moms? I mean, if you could depend on the government for one thing it was that you had to be able to trust the water that our kids drank and the food that they ate. But this is the E. coli club. They do not want to spend money to do that." --Nancy Pelosi

"What is infuriating about Pelosi's comments is the silence that greets them from the same cloying mob of bleaters and emoters who demanded a 'new tone' not so long ago. How is saying the Republicans want to kill your children less 'extreme' and irresponsible than anything uttered by Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin? Why hasn't it occurred to all of these media outlets currently reporting the news that Jared Loughner has pled guilty to mass murder to do a story on how the new tone they demanded hasn't materialized with Nancy's Pelosi's repugnant musings as exhibit A? Perhaps it is because the whole 'new tone' censorial fraud was always aimed rightward. When liberals accuse conservatives of wanting children to die, that's hardball politics. When conservatives put banal targets on congressional maps, that's incitement to murder." --National Review's Jonah Goldberg

"When that TV screen flashes the list of athletes and we inevitably profile the competitors by nation, we do so not just because we experience natural feelings of solidarity with fellow countrymen. We likely do so also because of that deeper desire to publicly showcase American preeminence -- a desire we've been programmed to haughtily express since the end of the Cold War.... [I]'ve outgrown the lust for an overpowering victory that has us, medal-count-wise, leaving everyone else in the dust. I've outgrown it because while I know our athletes deserve our support and respect, I also know that the same respect is due all the competitors from all the nations at the games." --Salon's David Sirota in his article "Don't chant U.S.A.!"

"Do you think that Mitt Romney, the challenges he faced in [the] 2002 [Olympics] in Salt Lake City, compared at all to what you faced here in London?" --NBC's Matt Lauer to British Prime Minster David Cameron

"Isn't this kind of like Joe McCarthy back in the era when he said, 'I have here in my hand the names of 400 people in the State Department who are communist?' It turned out he didn't, and he was saying the way to prove that they're not is for them to come forward here." --CBS's Bob Schieffer on Harry Reid's accusation about Mitt Romney's taxes

"Before 1980, excessively hot summers were practically non-existent." --Discovery News' Emily Sohn

"The household survey showed that the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3% in July (or, more precisely, the rate rose from 8.217% in June to 8.254% in July)." --Alan Krueger, chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, quibbling over one-one-hundredth of a percent

"While there is more work that remains to be done, [Friday's] employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. ... [I]t is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available." --Alen Krueger (That would be 42 months of employment over 8 percent.)

"I think Nancy Pelosi is the greatest person ever. She is strong. She's tough. She's smart. She gets beat up in the press and nobody sticks up for her and says, 'Hold on a second, everything you don't like about the Democrats -- you think the Democrats are too weak -- would be a thousand times worse if we didn't have Nancy Pelosi, who's been the backbone throughout this whole last couple of years.' I desperately want her to get that speaker's gavel back." --former Obama "green jobs" czar Van Jones

"[The entire Republican party] want Obama fired so they don't care how many Americans are in economic pain. The more Americans, in fact, [that] are in economic pain, the more they see for themselves political gain. And so that's why you've seen not just the Tea Party but the entire Republican party refuse to step up to the plate on common sense stuff like tax cuts for small businesses, tax help for veterans." --Van Jones

"I think [Obama] was surprised that the right wing would actually let this country fall apart just to get the black guy out of office. ... White people are cool with black people at work, living in the neighborhood and having a few as friends. But let someone black marry their daughter or let a black man run the free world and you see the real feelings. ... He believed that people are basically patriotic. They are until there's a black head of state." --"comedian" D.L. Hughley

"We now know that the chances these extreme weather events would have happened naturally -- without climate change -- is negligible." --NASA climate hack James Hansen

"Here's a question for Dingy Harry. As majority leader he is paid $193,000 a year. How did he get to be worth $10 million?" --radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh

"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel criticized Chick-fil-A, saying it didn't have 'Chicago values.' I guess because they stuff chicken boxes instead of ballot boxes." --Fred Thompson

"The White House denied that Barack Obama returned Churchill's bust to the British Embassy when he took office. You know the defense. Obama says he didn't do that, the bust traveled back to the British Embassy over roads and bridges built by somebody else." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Nothing is more idiotic than rich, moron actors who earn millions to pretend to be useful people whining about the rich having all this money they didn't earn. Here's my own super logical idea for actors and their pay: An actor should always earn less than someone who actually does the occupation he's pretending to do. Since people who do things are superior to people who pretend to do things, this just seems fair. So if an actor plays a teacher, he has to get less than the average teacher's pay. And if he plays a soldier, he gets less than the average soldier's pay. Of course, I bet the consequence of this would be that all the big name actors will only accept roles where they play CEOs or a Romney-type investor, but, hey, this is all about fairness." --humorist Frank J. Fleming

web posted August 6, 2012

"During [the last housing market] meltdown the banks, realizing that government would force them to make questionable loans in the sub-prime market, expanded the irresponsible practices to the entire mortgage market. Then they bundled the loans together and sold them to investors worldwide. When the market tanked, so did the economy, and taxpayers were left holding the bag in order to 'save' the entire financial system. Yet as far as this administration is concerned, one global meltdown was not enough. In a society where the entitlement mentality has run amok, they have unilaterally determined that access to credit is a right, one where 'diversity,' 'fairness' and 'social justice' count just as much -- if not more -- than one's ability to handle loan payments. That is fiscal insanity enforced by government fiat." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"The problem with money in politics is that government is involved in running big business, small business and your business. When Obama says 'You didn't build that,' it's not so much a declaration as it is a manifesto. It's Obama's Little Red Phrase. Mao wrote a whole book to sum up his philosophy. Obama just needed a sound bite. If you want to solve the money-in-politics issue, then get the government out of the board rooms. As soon as that happens, the board rooms will go back to minding their own business, instead of minding the government's business." --columnist John Ransom

"[Rahm] Emanuel and Co. would never unsheathe their rhetorical swords toward a Muslim affirming his faith. They reserve their wrath for Christians who espouse the views that -- until three months ago -- were the official position of the president of the United States. ... Beyond hypocrisy and selective outrage, the Chick-fil-A story reveals a totalitarian temptation among liberals. Note that Chick-fil-A is not being accused of discrimination, either in hiring or in service. The franchise is being targeted by Democratic office holders merely to punish the company's owner for his religious and social beliefs. ... President Obama placed a call to Sandra Fluke when he felt that she had been unfairly targeted for her views. Fluke's critic was a private citizen. Cathy's are public officials. Can Dan Cathy expect a call from Barack Obama?" --columnist Mona Charen

"[Mitt Romney] is dead wrong. We did not build this country from the top down. We built this country together -- individual entrepreneurs taking advantage of opportunities and putting their sweat and tears into it.... If Mr. Romney does not understand that, then he doesn't understand what it takes to build an economy where everybody has a shot to succeed." --Barack Obama

"Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that is a bad idea. I've got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices. We're not going backwards, we're going forwards." --Barack Obama
This might be completely untrue, but I'm going to say it anyway: "[Mitt Romney] didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain. But obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look? His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

"This isn't hyperbole or exaggeration: If we don't win this election, it will be because we didn't close the spending gap when we could. ... And the only way someone like Mitt Romney ... defeats someone like Barack Obama, is if the other side spends us into oblivion. ... Barack and I honestly wish we could thank everyone who contributes to this campaign personally. You're our second family, you know." --Joe Biden

"[T]he Republican Tea Party people -- not all the Republican[s], but the Tea Party people -- held up passing a debt relief increase and the CBO said that cost the economy a trillion dollars in increased costs. That's just irresponsibility, that's not equally shared responsibility." --Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

"The Affordable Care Act is in place. The Supreme Court approved its terms a couple, three weeks ago. And it will do some things that, in my opinion, needed to be done. It will stop the discrimination against people with prior illnesses or injuries or, say, some of the folks who were shot in the [Colorado] theater. They would be uninsurable now that they've had that wound, but under the Affordable Care Act, they can't be discriminated against starting in 2014." --Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)

"People are hurting out there, perhaps they are ready to start a conversation about whether an AR-15 belongs in the hands of a citizen, whether a citizen should be able to buy 6,000 rounds on the Internet." --NBC's Brian Williams in an interview with Mitt Romney
Correction -- the politicians feel strongly: "[In England], they feel so strongly about their health care system, they're actually celebrating it as part of the Olympic opening ceremony." --NBC's Matt Lauer

"So Mike Huckabee says that Aug. 1 should be Chick-fil-A appreciation day, asking people to go out there and support them that day. So if you like marriage equality and you're for marriage equality, and you go there that day -- you're a chicken-eating Judas." --MSNBC's Thomas Roberts

"Mitt Romney: A Candidate With a Serious Wimp Problem" --Newsweek Magazine headline

"Well, I think part of [why Romney made an appearance in Poland] was a desire to portray President Obama as something of a wimp, and say he's abandoned Eastern Europe. ... Now it's a smaller percentage of the population -- of the voting population -- than it used to be, but white voters are still much more Republican than any other group in the electorate. They went for McCain in 2008 by 55%. And I think that getting those ethnic voters excited is really what Romney has in mind here. It's more for the folks at home -- the descendants of the people that he will be speaking to -- in Poland." --NPR's Cokie Roberts

"Now, if the founding fathers could have looked into a crystal ball and seen AK-47s and a Glock semiautomatic pistols, I got a feeling they wouldn't -- I think they'd wanna leave a little note behind and probably tell us, 'you know, that's not really what we mean when we say bear arms.'" --filmmaker Michael Moore

"So what I'm saying to you is Mitt Romney, he's speaking to a population of this -- a segment of the population, who does not like to see people other than a white man in a White House or in any other elected position. ... He's speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody other than a white person in a leadership position. ... They don't want President Barack Obama in office as president and for all the reasons that you and I and a lot of other people understand." --Obama campaign surrogate State Senator Louise Lucas (D-VA)

"The last thing we want is the Republican Party -- a party that's been hijacked by an extremist fringe -- to win the White House and tighten its grip on Congress." --Al Gore

"There isn't anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton. He can really articulate the choice that is before people." --Obama senior adviser David Axelrod

"There seems to be something 'liberating' about ignorance -- especially when you don't even know enough to realize how little you know. Thus an administration loaded with people who have never run any business is gung-ho to tell businesses what to do, as well as gung-ho to tell the medical profession what to do, lenders whom to lend to, and the military how to fight wars." --economist Thomas Sowell

"Due to the added burden of new EPA regulations, two Pennsylvania coal companies announced they're laying off 225 employees. Well, they can always get jobs with solar companies as bankruptcy lawyers." --Fred Thompson

"Al Sharpton blamed racism for GOP opposition, saying Barack Obama doesn't look like most Americans. That's easily fixable. If the Environmental Protection Agency would just require tanning bulbs in all refrigerators, we'd all be the same color in a week." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"We got 1.5% growth in GDP this last quarter -- basically nothing. So what's happened? Hasn't Obama built more roads and bridges so businesses would magically spring up? But don't worry, Obama has a big tax hike planned on the rich which will help business by taking more money out of it. It's basically the bloodletting theory of economics -- you know, you bleed a person out to make him feel better. Similarly, we're going to tax people to economic health." --humorist Frank J. Fleming

"So the word's out that [Mitt Romney] hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn't." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) still harping on Romney to release more tax returns by making unsubstantiated allegations against the GOP presidential nominee

web posted July 30, 2012

"[T]he gun lobby is the majority of the American people. It's not a lobby that's stopping all this [gun control legislation]. The reason that the lobby is strong is because it represents overwhelming opinion in the United States. And how do we know that? The president of the United States, who had this tremendous opening if he wanted to push the issue of guns after a tragedy of this magnitude could easily have done it and he has assiduously stayed away from it because he knows it's a losing political proposition." --columnist Charles Krauthammer

"[T]he chain that owns the theater where the [Colorado] massacre took place has a no-weapons policy, which oddly enough did not deter the shooter any more than Colorado's strict laws against murder did." --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"When a radio host asked me what I thought of the massacre in Aurora, Colo., I had to ask for clarification. I said: 'What do you mean? Who could deny it's an unspeakable tragedy?' What he was really asking me was to address it in a political context. The problem is that I don't believe there was any political context to the shooting; not everything is political. But unfortunately, elements of the left seemed determined to graft political implications onto the event, irrespective of the absence of any factual basis for doing so. They seized on it both to demonize grass-roots conservatives and to pump new life into their perennial campaign against the Second Amendment." --columnist David Limbaugh

"The news media ... believe they have a higher calling than reporting news. In order to understand this, I offer this anecdote. A number of years ago, I was asked to moderate a panel of judges that included a former, very liberal, California Supreme Court justice. At one point, the justice said that his role as a judge was to fight inequality, poverty and racism. ... People on the left think the way the judge did. The primary purpose of every profession, as they see it, is to increase what they call social justice. ... So when [ABC's] Brian Ross linked the Aurora mass murderer to the Tea Party, in his mind, he was doing the right thing. Is there one person in America who believes that if Ross had discovered a James Holmes in Aurora active in the ACLU, he would have reported it? ... [D]efeating the right is more important than moral or factual accuracy." --columnist Dennis Prager

"There's a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it's Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado." --ABC's Brian Ross, jumping to conclusions (He later apologized, though not to the innocent man that he unfairly and falsely implied had committed a heinous crime.)

"It turns out this shooter, this alleged shooter in Colorado, had no rap sheet, so he was able to buy his guns in a store legally. But even if he had a violent criminal record he still could have bought them. This morning we're about to show you how easy it is for anyone, even criminals, to buy assault weapons." --NBC's Jeff Rossen

"[If the weapons used in the Colorado shooting] had been stockpiled by a person who was more likely to look reasonably offensive -- a Muslim or another minority -- do you think that the red flag would have gone up sooner than with this seemingly innocent young white man, who under cover and protection of appearing normal, was out to do some heinous deeds?" --MSNBC's Michael Eric Dyson

"Suspected Aurora Shooter Amassed Huge Arsenal Online With No Background Checks" --Huffington Post headline

"Nationally, there have been about 60 multiple shootings in the past 18 months. A recurring theme, say gun-control activists, is the ability of the shooters to obtain high-powered weapons, such as the AR-15 assault rifle and Glock pistols used by alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes. But the powerful National Rifle Association has blocked any move for stricter gun laws, meaning that, for now, beefed-up security and greater vigilance may be the best protection against horrific attacks like the one in Aurora." --NBC's Michael Isikoff

"Guns provide the illusion of safety and it is an illusion. People who own guns are more likely to die from gun violence than those who do not own guns. ... Trust in God means obedience to what God wants for human life; it requires that believers act together with others, including people of other faiths and humanist values, to create a society where guns are regarded as the problem, not the solution. Jesus' teaching on this could not be clearer. ... This is Jesus' challenge to Christians: put away the guns." --Washington Post "On Faith" contributor Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

"Our economy is getting stronger. It may not be going fast enough, but by every measure our economy is getting stronger." --former DNC Chief Howard Dean

"[Lawmakers] have been cowed by a handful of advocates who think that the right to bear arms allows you to go out and kill people at random." --NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

"I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say we're gonna go on strike, we're not gonna protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe." --Bloomberg, who we doubt would go without his armed entourage

"Because of the Aurora, Colorado, tragedy, the American Congress must review its mistaken legislation on guns. It's doing damage to us all." --Mexican President Felipe Calderon, continuing to blame the U.S. for his own country's problems -- 55,000 drug- and gang-related deaths during his tenure

"In 2008, I tried to only make promises that I could keep, or work on keeping. And I told you then I was not a perfect man and I wouldn't be a perfect president. But I also told you I would always tell you what I thought, I'd always tell you where I stood. And most of all, I would wake up every single day, every single day and spend every waking hour thinking about you. Fighting as hard as I knew how for you. Because I see myself in you." --Barack Obama

"Just like the 20th century, the 21st is going to be another great American Century. For we are Americans, blessed with the greatest form of government ever devised by man, a democracy dedicated to freedom and committed to the ideals that still light the world. We will never apologize for our way of life; we will never waver in its defense." --Barack Obama (Meanwhile, here's a look at Obama's top ten apologies for America.)

"Because we're leading around the world, people have a new attitude toward America. There's more confidence in our leadership. We see it everywhere we go." --Barack Obama

"I believe the only way to create an economy built to last is to strengthen the middle class. Asking the wealthy to pay a little more so we can pay down our debt in a balanced way. So that we can afford to invest in education, manufacturing, and homegrown American energy for good middle class jobs. Sometimes politics can seem very small. But the choice you face, it couldn't be bigger." --Barack Obama

"[W]e tried our plan -- and it worked." --Barack Obama

"When I run for president of the United States, you can hold me to that standard [of being required to release my tax returns]. ... [Romney] is running for president of the United States. His party is calling on him to release his returns. It's up to him to take the consequences of not doing it, or doing it, but not to deflect [the issue] to say, 'Well, if he has to do it, why doesn't everybody else have to do it?' Because everybody else isn't running for president of the United States, and that's the last thing I'm going to say about it." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

"Instead of gun control, has anyone thought about making mass shootings illegal?" --humorist Frank J. Fleming

"Blaming guns for murder is like blaming forks for obesity. Someone misused a gun; therefore no one's allowed to have one. This is what passes for logic among the left." --radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh

"President Obama spoke to two thousand people outdoors in Virginia recently. At least twenty people fainted during his speech. They really need to hand out the food stamps at the start of the president's speeches and not make everybody wait until the end." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"A new poll shows that 37% of voters say they're better off now than they were 4 years ago. The other 63% said that no, they don't work for the government." --Fred Thompson

"If U.S unemployment remains above 8 percent or, worse yet, ticks up from its current top-line rate of 8.2 percent it will be very difficult for the Obama campaign to blame the economic situation on Romney's tax returns." --political analyst Rich Galen

"Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional committee the economic recovery is weakening. But the good news is most Americans will not be affected because they had no idea there was a recovery." --comedian Jay Leno

"The economy is not growing fast enough. Unemployment is very high." --Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

"Just like we've tried their plan, we've tried our plan, and it worked." --Barack Obama

 

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