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web posted September 21, 2009

"I don't even know about it. So you've got me at a loss, I don't know. ... I know we've done some stories about ACORN before, but this one I don't know about. ... [M]aybe this is just one you leave to the cables." --ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson

"The fallout continues from that extraordinary moment in the United States Congress. Presidents appearing there as respected guests have been interrupted before by boos and hisses, but this was different. A Congressman last [Wednesday] night calling a president an outright liar to his face. Just the latest indication of how ugly the debate over reforming health care has gotten." --CBS's Katie Couric

"You look at the image of the Republican Party, all white males with short haircuts. They look sort of angry. No women, no minorities, and it looks like they've sort of become unhinged." --MSNBC's David Shuster on the party that is run by Michael Steele, who is black, and featured a female vice presidential candidate in Sarah Palin

"Taxpayers deserve to know how ACORN and its vast web of nonprofit, tax-exempt affiliates are using their money (40 percent of the group's revenue comes from the government). The flagship group trains publicly funded ACORN tax advisers and mortgage counselors across the country." --columnist Michelle Malkin

"Maybe August was simply a long dream (or nightmare, for some politicians). Our leaders spent the month in town hall meetings, hearing from citizens who want nothing to do with government-controlled health care. But with August over, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to say, basically, never mind what happened last month. 'Now is the season for action,' Obama declared, in the course of a speech that advanced few new ideas and could pretty much have been written in July, or even January." --columnist Rich Tucker

"One of the secrets of being a glib talker is not getting hung up over whether what you are saying is true, and instead giving your full attention to what is required by the audience and the circumstances of the moment, without letting facts get in your way and cramp your style. Obama has mastered that art. Con men understand that their job is not to use facts to convince skeptics but to use words to help the gullible to believe what they want to believe. No message has been more welcomed by the gullible, in countries around the world, than the promise of something for nothing. That is the core of Barack Obama's medical care plan." --economist Thomas Sowell

"Can someone explain to me how President Barack Obama's grandiose scheme destined to reduce the quality of the best health care system in the history of the world, force millions of people who choose not to purchase health insurance to purchase it, greatly increase medical costs, our deficits and national debt, ultimately reduce patient choice, and place health care decisions in the hands of heartless bureaucrats is somehow a demonstration of compassion?" --columnist David Limbaugh

"The president claims he has 'no interest in putting insurance companies out of business,' but that is exactly what will happen if the government forces them to expand the services they cover while simultaneously preventing them from charging higher fees, especially if the expanded pool of beneficiaries includes many of the least healthy individuals. ... The president is beginning to sound like one of those late-night TV ad pitchmen. But no matter how many times he tries to repackage his product or promises the whole thing comes free, Americans aren't buying what he has to sell." --columnist Linda Chavez

"Part of the reason I faced a trillion dollar deficit when I walked in the door of the White House is because too many initiatives over the last decade were not paid for -- from the Iraq War to tax breaks for the wealthy. I will not make that same mistake with health care." --Barack Obama, who walked in the door to a $450 billion deficit

"I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American. ... That racism inclination still exists, and I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of belief among many white people -- not just in the South but around the country -- that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It's an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply." --Jimmy Carter, who wasn't qualified to lead America, either

"No one who is sane would think the president was going to make a partisan speech to school children. And yet, there's something about that, I'm sorry -- I know it drives conservatives nuts when you accuse them of racism -- but when you don't want the president just talking to your kids? I grew up in an all-white town in northern New Jersey, yeah New Jersey. That's what bedroom communities were after World War II. And I remember hearing parents talk when I was a kid, you know, they didn't want black people just talking to their kids. That's what this reminded me of." --HBO's Bill Maher

"I don't think [the 9/12 DC rally is] indicative of the nation's mood. ... One of the great things about our country is people can express themselves, even if they're not representative of the majority. [A CBS] poll, which was taken after the president's speech, suggests that they don't represent a mainstream view of this health care plan, and so, uh, you know, I -- I don't think we ought to be, uh, distracted, uh, by that. My message to [the protesters] is, they're wrong." --Obama adviser David Axelrod

"The little that was new [last] Wednesday night seemed taken from the scheme proposed earlier in the week by Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of one of the committees writing reform legislation. Mr. Baucus proposes penalties ranging to $3,800 on families without mandatory health care insurance. If the Baucus scheme works, it could be applied to other public policy dilemmas. We could cure homelessness, for example, by imposing stiff fines on the homeless who refuse to buy houses. (That would spur the housing market, too.)" --Washington Times editor emeritus Wesley Pruden

"President Obama warned Congress Wednesday that people will die if we do nothing about health care. Of course, people will also die if we do something. If history proves anything it is that nothing is more recession-proof than the funeral business." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"The Obama team is saddled with a foundering health-care strategy. But it has a fallback plan -- relying on the sheer dimwitted gullibility of the American public. How stupid do they think we are? ... Stupid enough not to be offended at how contemptibly stupid they think we are." --National Review editor Rich Lowry

"It appears as if ACORN is not just into soup kitchens, daycare, voter fraud and town hall intimidation; they will also help a young wannabe Madame jumpstart a whorehouse. ShamWow, folks! Community organizing, indeed! I mean ... what community is complete and feels truly organized without some hookers in the hood? God bless 'em. It brings a tear to your eye, now doesn't it? Hope and change, folks. Hope and change." --radio talk-show host and columnist Doug Giles

web posted September 14, 2009

"[When it comes to government giveaways,] the word 'free' should be banned and replaced with the following phrase: 'paid for with money stolen from your neighbors, who have worked to earn the money but are not permitted to keep what they've earned so that you can have a fill-in-the-blank.'" --author and "serial entrepreneur" Dan Kennedy

"America will be spending more to service its debt than it will spend on education, the environment, infrastructure, scientific research, national defense and all the other things our Founding Fathers thought were important to the nation. Our debt is on an unsustainable path." --former GOP Sen. Pete V. Domenici

"It will be the president's job to convince the public that the need to pass a national health care bill is so urgent that it ranks alongside war and other national emergencies. It can't be done. No matter what Obama says on Wednesday, the audience will see the speech for what it is: A president speaking not as the nation's leader in time of crisis but rather as a salesman pushing a troubled product." --columnist Byron York

"[T]he primary purpose of the president's address to Congress is to make a sales pitch for his proposal that would vastly expand government involvement in the health-care industry -- a proposal that has already sparked a nationwide popular revolt. Because Obama insisted on launching a war that should have never been waged, and then doubling down on a failed strategy, the war in Afghanistan has been ignored. If Afghanistan burns while the president is fiddling with health insurance, he could be remembered for one of the greatest abdications of responsibility in the history of the American presidency." --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth. What happened to bring his popularity down further than that of any new president in polling history save Gerald Ford (post-Nixon pardon)? The conventional wisdom is that Obama made a tactical mistake by farming out his agenda to Congress and allowing himself to be pulled left by the doctrinaire liberals of the Democratic congressional leadership. But the idea of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi pulling Obama left is quite ridiculous. Where do you think he came from...?" --columnist Charles Krauthammer

"It's a pretty familiar arc, but I gotta say I've never seen a midnight Saturday resignation. It's not quite the Saturday Night Massacre, by any means. Listen, this is a summer squall. What Van Jones said he shouldn't have said, it was going to cause some problems for the White House. But the fact they got it out of the way before the end of the Labor Day weekend ... I think will contain any kind of damage. This is someone I'm sure the President didn't want to have to let go, but he had no choice." --ABC's George Stephanopoulos

"The ability of the conservative media machine to generate a controversy for this White House is amazing." --MSNBC's Chuck Todd

"I never saw anywhere in the news a Democrat carry a picture to any kind of a rally with a picture of Adolph Hitler putting them close to a characterization of President Bush. Never saw that!" --MSNBC's Ed Schultz, who apparently was under a rock for the last eight years

"I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms..." --Barack Obama

"Get the f--k out of here or I'll throw you out the window." --Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) to TV documentarian Jan Helfeld, who asked him about the national debt and the economy

"This is my town hall meeting for you. And you're not going to tell me how to run my congressional office. Now, the reason why I don't allow filming is that usually the films that are done end up on YouTube in a compromising position." --Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN)

"[T]here is no place in the Constitution that specifically says health care. There's no place in the Constitution that specifically says education. There is no place in the competition, in the Constitution, there is no place in the Constitution, there is no place in the Constitution, there is no place in the Constitution, there is no place in the Constitution that talks about you ought to have the right to get a telephone, but we have made those choices as a country over the years." --Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

"I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can get the federal government back in the housing business." --Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide." --newly resigned "green jobs" czar Van Jones whining about being on the receiving end of "the treatment" he dishes out to his opponents

"You've got to understand, Van Jones is a star. He really is. He has an extraordinary background. He was a guy who is really going to help this country, and now he's unfortunately just not able to do it and I think that's too bad for the country." --former DNC Chief Howard Dean

"Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil. You have to eliminate it and replace it with something that is good for all people and that something is democracy." --Village documentarian Michael Moore at the conclusion of his new film, "Capitalism: A Love Story"

"The president has made the mistake of believing his own publicity -- or, at any rate, his own mainstream-media coverage, which is pretty much the same thing. They told him he was the greatest orator since Socrates, but, alas, even Socrates would have difficulty playing six sets a night every Open Mike Night at the Soaring Rhetoric Lounge out on Route 127." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Obviously, therefore, it's preposterous for Democrats to say national health care will merely extend Medicare to the entire population. This would be like claiming you're designing an apartment building in which every apartment will be a penthouse. Everyone likes the penthouses, so why not have a building in which every apartment is a penthouse? It doesn't work: What makes the penthouse the penthouse is all the other floors below. An 'all-penthouse' building is a blueprint that could make sense only to someone who has never run a business and has zero common sense, i.e., a Democrat." --columnist Ann Coulter

"On the issue of the 'public option' here's my suggestion: Every Republican Member of the House and Senate should commit to supporting an amendment to whatever bill comes to the floor stating, in essence, 'All civilian Federal employees shall be covered by the 'public option' because it is such a good idea.' See how Pelosi likes that." --political analyst Rich Galen

"Labor Day picnics were held across the Midwest by labor unions Monday. The day is intended to give working people a chance to forget about the problems of the world and to enjoy an afternoon with nothing to do. It's like being vice president for a day." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. ... Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true." --Barack Obama, in his speech to Congress

"It was disgusting and it was reprehensible and it was predictable. ... The office of the president of the United States was demeaned last night. President Barack Obama gave a grossly inappropriate and ... embarrassing speech, a campaign speech disguised as a big speech to a joint session of Congress. It was grossly inappropriate in content. There were lies, falsehoods, distortions, it was embarrassing in tone. He called his critics liars when his own positions have been proven to be untrue. ... It was dishonest. It demeaned the office of the presidency. ... It was an awful speech. He was petulant; he was childish; he was a community organizer and agitator; he lied; he was divisive; he attacked me; he attacked Sarah Palin; he attacked conservative Republicans in Congress who dare to challenge government-run health care. He continued to attack tens of millions of Americans who spent the summer attending town hall meetings. It was crude. It was disgusting. The most crude and disgusting performance by any president I have seen." --radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh

web posted September 7, 2009

"Those who are pushing for legal action against CIA agents may talk about 'upholding the law' but they are doing no such thing. Neither the Constitution of the United States nor the Geneva Convention gives rights to terrorists who operate outside the law. There was a time when everybody understood this. German soldiers who put on American military uniforms, in order to infiltrate American lines during the Battle of the Bulge were simply lined up against a wall and shot -- and nobody wrung their hands over it. Nor did the U.S. Army try to conceal what they had done. The executions were filmed and the film has been shown on the History Channel." --economist Thomas Sowell

"History does not allow for controlled experiments, so there is no way of knowing if innocent Americans would in fact have been killed in terrorist attacks had the CIA treated KSM with TLC, as now seems to be U.S. policy under the Obama administration. Indeed, a paradox of antiterror efforts is that their success tends to undermine them. As there has not been a major attack in the U.S. in almost eight years, it seems at least plausible to claim that 9/11 was a one-off and that the 'war on terror' that followed was an overreaction." --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"Edward Moore Kennedy, whose memory was endlessly praised in the mainstream media over the weekend, conspired with our Cold War enemy, the Soviet Union, against the interests of the United States Government. The effort was to thwart the national security goals being championed by the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.... What is not generally known is that Kennedy collaborated with the Soviets well before Reagan was elected, and had a direct hand in crafting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. As a result of his efforts -- which appear in retrospect to have been crafted to prevent detection of his seditious activities -- the FBI was prevented from accessing critical intelligence that could have warned of 9-11." --columnist James Simpson

"If that had been your daughter, or my daughter, that he left to drown, how much torment and pain would we have suffered through the years as we watched this guy giving noble speeches for decades, and even having the temerity to run for president? All the contrived rhetoric since then about him having compassion for the little guy is nothing more than the liberal left in constant pursuit of a decent legacy for an unprincipled and pathetic excuse for a human being. Perhaps now, Mary Jo can rest in peace." --columnist Bob Weir

"President Obama has previously told us that questions about life were 'above his pay grade.' He has now pivoted to claim that his health care reform is a matter of life and death. If he is now going to invoke religious authority, his opponents are entitled to recall not only that Barack Obama has a perfect pro-abortion voting record, but also that just a few years ago he spearheaded opposition to legislation that would have simply required that an infant who accidentally survived an abortion be given medical attention." --columnist Mona Charen

"Barack is now the last [Kennedy] brother. ... Ted Kennedy, last year, basically designated [Barack Obama] the new brother and I don't mean that in an ethnic sense or a black sense. I mean a brother of the Kennedy tradition. And I think he's the new brother, not that last brother." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"In a sense he was the classic American hero, the imperfect man who was sorely tested and yet in that testing found a way to overcome personal flaws and go on to accomplish great things. ... Ted Kennedy made a difference." --CBS's Bob Schieffer

"Kennedy's strong Catholicism coexisted with his commitment to preserving a woman's right to choose, and is one more in a long list of reasons why he will be missed as the health-care-reform battle crescendos this fall. ...[T]he anti-reform movement is gearing up to make abortion the next big donnybrook." --Newsweek's Eleanor Clift

"I like making liberals shoot guns -- I just don't think we should be allowed to bring them home. It's like I mean you go to the carnival you know, like the roller coasters -- it's fun. But that doesn't mean you get one to come home with. Doesn't mean you get to do your own home roller coaster -- just leave it there, it's a game." --MSNBC's Rachel Maddow

"We have a problem in America and it's called the private insurance industry." --Sen. Harry Reid

"These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation: that is, that we look out for one another; that is, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper. And in the wealthiest nation in the world right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call." --Barack Obama using government as the be all and end all in "compassion"

"[Blue Dog Democrats] just want to cause trouble. They're for the most part, I hate to say, brain dead, but they're just looking to raise money from insurance companies and promote a right-wing agenda that is not really very useful in this whole process." --Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (D-CA)

"It was just mentioned to me by our esteemed speaker, 'Did anyone say anything about the Cuban health system?' And let me tell you before you say, 'Oh, it's communist,' you need to [go] down there and see what Fidel Castro put in place. ... Now, you can think whatever you want to about Fidel Castro but he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met. ... And, you know, the Cuban revolution that kicked out the wealthy, Che Guevara did that -- and then after they took over they went out among the population to find someone who could lead this new nation, and they found.... Well, just leave it there. Ha-ha! An attorney by the name of Fidel Castro." --Rep. Diane Watson

"You need to back these congressmen and let them know you're not going to let them be steamrollered by a bunch of people who have been frightened. Don't let anybody tell you that President Obama wants to ration health care. We are rationing health care in America. I'm not a very good politician any more; I just say what I think. But I have been waiting for this for 40 years ... to recreate the American dream." --Bill Clinton

"Here is why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that the more stuff you put in, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason why tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on, and that is the plain and simple truth." --former DNC Chairman Howard Dean

"Both a plane crash in Massachusetts in 1964 and the ugly automobile accident on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 almost cost [Ted Kennedy] his life." --Kennedy sycophant Ted Sorensen, who apparently missed the fact that Kennedy's passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, did lose her life. Indeed, Kennedy survived her by more than 40 years.

"Under Obamacare, the details of your life would be shared like a joint and a hooker in the Democrat caucus." --Rush Limbaugh

"It is beginning to look as if the various fascists, racists and astroturfers who have been showing up at town halls may have stopped Obama from taking his next step in destroying America. But Obama and his cronies are like those creatures in scary movies; just when you think they're dead and buried, they reach a hand up from the grave and grab someone's ankle." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"Ted Kennedy's friends laughingly recalled Friday the time N.Y. Daily News photographers caught him making love to a woman on a boat on the Riviera. The opposition loved it. Republicans saw the photos and thought he'd changed his position on offshore drilling." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"The new 'High Value Interrogation Group' President Obama is setting up will be forbidden to use even mild coercive tactics such as playing loud music or sleep deprivation. I have doubts about how effective an interrogation unit that treats terrorists with hugs will be." --columnist Jack Kelly

"So much of the debate about President Obama has been politicized in an effort by some to delegitimize his presidency. This is clearly much ado about nothing. We're talking about the president of the United States speaking to school kids. Why wouldn't schools want this to happen? That's why our kids are so dumb today, because they don't want to have basic common sense in the classroom." --CNBC contributor Keith Boykin, trying to de-link the upcoming Obama Big Brother speech to school children from good ol' American horse sense

"It ain't [America] no more, okay?" -- Fairfax County (VA) School District Police Officer Wesley Cheeks Jr. tells a protester that he can "charge [him] with whatever I want to" because the protester has an anti-ObamaCare sign the officer doesn't like



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