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

web posted October 24, 2011

"Whenever the substance of the Occupy Wall Street movement troubles Democratic politicians their response is to hide behind platitudes about free speech. 'It's about their right to express themselves!' Well, no it's not. Free speech is important, but it's really not the issue. It certainly wasn't even much of a concern when it was the Tea Party expressing itself -- which it managed to do without inviting mass arrests. Back then, leading Democrats considered dissent racist or un-American. Now they celebrate free speech so they can hide from dealing with the issues at hand honestly. Democratic politicians think that this gives them cover. It doesn't. It just shows that they're afraid to disagree with the protesters either because they agree with them or because they know the protests are popular among their own supporters. Either way, it's proof that the much ballyhooed wall between mainstream radicalism and mainstream liberalism is more like a speed bump." --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced in a fundraising letter that it is seeking 100,000 signatures on a petition declaring 'I stand with the Occupy Wall Street protests.' And David Plouffe, the president's senior campaign advisor, sounded upbeat for the first time in a while. 'We intend to make it one of the central elements of the campaign next year,' he told the Washington Post. 'One of the main elements of the contrast will be that the president passed Wall Street reform and our opponent and the other party want to repeal it.' ... OWS is America's version of the Greek throngs in the streets -- screaming for more bailouts and subsidies when the well has run dry. It's a depressing image of self-delusion and national suicide. But far from the '99 percent,' OWS represents only a sliver of the electorate -- and the president's embrace of them only confirms his marginality in American politics." --columnist Mona Charen

"Obama entered office unorganized and unstructured. Nothing in his background suggested that he knew anything about management, organization, or leadership. Nor did anyone see the need for bringing in talent with these skills. As a result, the Hollywood mannequin was almost immediately exposed as nothing but flair, hype, and hot air. The public had bought a product that did not perform. Marketing can do many things, but it cannot sell a product that people have tried and rejected. ... Obama's reelection problem can be expressed in one simple sentence: 'Now, too many people know him.'" --columnist Monty Pelerin

"In some ways, [Occupy Wall Street protests are] not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party. Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government. They feel that their institutions aren't looking out for them." --Barack Obama

"I think that if you look at the Occupy Wall Street folks and the Tea Party folks, they come from the same perspective. They just have different solutions. What they're saying is, 'government is not working for me anymore.'" --New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

"Maybe [Republicans] just couldn't understand the whole [American Jobs Act] thing all at once. So we're going to break it up into bite-size pieces so they can take a thoughtful approach to this legislation." --Barack Obama

"The other thing I've hear from my friends who oppose this -- this whole jobs bill -- [is] that this is just temporary. Well let me tell you, it's not temporary when that 911 call comes in and a woman's being raped, if a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape. It's not temporary to that woman. It's not temporary to the guy whose store is being held up and there's a gun pointed at his head, if a cop shows up and he's not killed. ... I wish these guys who thought it was temporary, I wish they had some notion of what it was like to be on the other side of a gun, or [to have] a 200-pound man standing over you, telling you to submit." --Joe Biden

"On several occasions now, we've seen, quite frankly, the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe, quite frankly, in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 -- that's a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states. ... For another $100 billion, we bailout all of the cities." --Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)

"[Republicans] are not patriots, people who love this country want to see jobs created. ... They're not concerned about the economic well being of the country as a whole." --Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)

"Republicans think if the economy improves it might help President Obama. So they root for the economy to fail, and oppose every effort to improve it." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

"The other thing [the Occupy Wall Street movement] needs, and I don't want this to come out the wrong way -- not needs, but what will happen -- if we think back to the late 60s, what is the most stirring image of all the rebellion that happened? What do we remember? Kent State. Now, I'm not saying someone has to get killed. ... I'm not saying a death. I'm just saying we are a visual society." --MSNBC's Donny Deutsch

"Well, [the Occupy Wall Street protest] certainly is going to dovetail nicely into a big message that the president's selling, which is that the wealthy should pay more. He's also sort of picked up that banner of going after Wall Street and the banks, talking about unfairness that a lot of protesters that are complaining about. Unfairness in the economy and the tax code, in the ways of Wall Street with bank fees. ... I think the president's in a mode right now where he'd like to get out in front of this parade and really harness some of this energy." --NBC's David Gregory

"I want to ask you about the thinking within the White House. Yesterday at a press conference one of my colleagues asked the president to respond to something Mitt Romney said. The president said, 'I didn't realize you were a spokesman for Mitt Romney.' Is the president feeling under siege from events right now?" --CNBC's John Harwood to Obama's Chief of Staff Bill Daley

"Herman Cain is pandering to white Republicans out there who don't like black folks." --MSNBC's Ed Schultz

"Here's the Republicans' problem. Everybody knows they're not for the middle class. They're mad at the president because the economy is in bad shape even though they don't blame him, they're still mad because they have to be mad at somebody. The president positioned himself now as a champion in the middle class, a champion of ordinary working Americans. That really is 99 percent." --former DNC chairman Howard Dean

"Whereas much of the Tea Party's programmatic ire seems directed at the very idea of government -- and instead trumpets the virtue of self-reliance and the inexorable righteousness of the free market -- Occupy Wall Street more sharply decries the collusion of corporate and political elites in Washington. ... To the outside observer, that may seem foolishly utopian -- and impracticable on a larger scale -- but it's a sign of the deep political commitment of many of the protesters gathering under Occupy Wall Street's banner. They want to fix government, not escape from it." --TIME magazine's Ishaan Tharoor

"He said he was going to end the war in Iraq. In a few months, we will have all our troops home from Iraq. He said he was going to up the ante and go after al-Qa'ida in a serious way in Afghanistan. Osama bin laden is gone. The leadership of al-Qa'ida is on the run. So when you say he wasn't prepared, maybe you should go ask Osama bin Laden if he thought he was prepared." --Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod

"After years of being exposed to the American media in all its forms, I've concluded that conservatives resent being lied to nearly as much as liberals hate being told the truth." --columnist Burt Prelutsky

"Maybe the smartest thing the protesters, and perhaps of lot of other Americans, could do would be to pressure businesses to stop making a college degree the ultimate criterion for getting a job. If one considers where the so-called 'best and brightest' among us have taken this country in the last few years, one could make a compelling argument that a college degree is the most over-rated product on the planet." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"Occupy Wall Street protesters entered their third week of New York park sit-ins this week following a march down Broadway. Interviews with the protesters make two things very crystal-clear. They don't know what they want and they want it now." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Warren Buffett's company reportedly owes the IRS a billion dollars in back taxes. When he said he wasn't paying enough taxes, he wasn't kidding." --comedian Jay Leno

"I believe all the choices we've made have been the right ones." --Barack Obama, whose hubris knows no bounds

web posted October 17, 2011

"The fun part of ['Occupy Wall Street'] is the sudden urge on the part of Democrats and liberals to hide behind the occupation forces, touting their cause for at least as long as it takes to beat out the Republicans' brains in 2012. Sure will be a sight when the campaigns start in earnest and the president has to decide for himself how to walk a fine line between hanging bankers and soliciting their campaign contributions." --columnist William Murchison

"In an amusing inversion of the Russian model, Van Jones became a czar after he'd been a Communist. ... Needless to say, a man who never saw a cobwebbed collectivist nostrum he didn't like no matter how long past its sell-by date is hot for 'Occupy Wall Street.' Indeed, Van Jones thinks that the protests are the start of an 'American Autumn.' In case you don't get it, that's the American version of the 'Arab Spring.' Steve Jobs might have advised Van Jones he has a branding problem. ... Even in my great state of New Hampshire, where autumn is pretty darn impressive, we understand what that blaze of red and orange leaves means: They burn brightest before they fall and die, and the world turns chill and bare and hard." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Here's a thought: Maybe Obama is just a big fan of public policy the way I'm a big fan of movies? ... But you know what? I don't have a frickn' clue how to make a Hollywood movie (and I've actually made some documentaries). ... The White House spent the first two years of this administration working from a slew of false assumptions not just about the economy, but about the political skills of the president. As Noemie Emery recently laid out, this president isn't nearly as good at politics as he and his advisors thought he was. Now they're explanation is that while he may not be great at politics, it's only because his true gift is for 'getting the policies right.' Good luck with that." --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"The transcontinental railroad lost tons of money. The government never covered its costs, and most rail lines that used the tracks went bankrupt or continued to be subsidized by taxpayers. The Union Pacific and Northern Pacific -- all those rail lines we learned about in history class -- milked the taxpayer and then went broke. One line worked. The Great Northern never went bankrupt. It was the railroad that got no subsidies. We need infrastructure, but the beauty of leaving most of these things to the private sector -- without subsidies, bailouts and other privileges -- is that they would have to be justified by the profit-and-loss test. In a truly free market, when private companies make bad choices, investors lose their own money. This tends to make them careful. By contrast, when government loses money, it just spends more and raises your taxes, or borrows more, or inflates. Building giant government projects is no way to create jobs. When government spends on infrastructure, it takes money away from projects that consumers might think are more important. When government isn't killing jobs by sucking money out of the private sector, it kills jobs by smothering the private sector with regulation." --columnist John Stossel

"[Tuesday's] vote [to kill my 'jobs' bill] is by no means the end of this fight. Independent economists have said that the American Jobs Act would grow the economy and lead to nearly two million jobs, which is why the majority of the American people support these bipartisan, common-sense proposals." --Barack Obama Tuesday night on the defeat of his American Jobs Act by the Senate (The president failed to mention that two democrat Senators united with Republicans in voting against the proposal.)

"The Republicans talk about class warfare. Our goal is to make success available for everybody. ... Somebody -- an outstanding entrepreneur like a Steve Jobs -- somewhere along the line he had a teacher who helped inspire him. All those great Internet businesses wouldn't have succeeded unless somebody had invested in the government research that helped to create the Internet. We don't succeed on our own." --Barack Obama arguing that government is what makes a person successful

"Twenty-six years ago, another president said that some of these tax loopholes, and I quote, 'made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary, and that's crazy. It's time we stopped it.' That was 26 years ago. You know the name of that president? Ronald Reagan. So was that class warfare? By the way, taxes are much lower now than they ever were when Ronald Reagan was president." --Barack Obama

"The message of the protesters is a message for the establishment everyplace. No longer will the recklessness of some on Wall Street cause massive joblessness on Main Street. ... God bless them for their spontaneity. It's independent ... it's young, it's spontaneous, it's focused. And it's going to be effective." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"So you're saying that Republicans want to increase the disparity of wealth rather than decrease it. That's their intention?" --MSNBC's Martin Bashir to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)

"Never let a good crisis go to waste": "Do you think this president wasted it -- the crisis you talked about -- to do the big things at that moment, to really be a jobs president to create the demand in the economy that you're talking about through more government spending?" --NBC's David Gregory to none other than current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, original author of that crisis line

"[T]here's little sign that the Department of Energy has handed out money recklessly: the vetting process, which relied on three thousand outside experts, was unusually rigorous. ... Solyndra was a big bet that happened to go bad. But we probably need to be making more bets like it." --New Yorker journalist James Surowiecki

"Speaking of Wall Street, we thought we'd bring you up to date on those protesters, the Occupy Wall Street movement. As of tonight, it has spread to more than 250 American cities, more than a thousand countries -- every continent but Antarctica." --ABC's Diane Sawyer

"Well, [Congress] wanted us to keep doing what we were expected to do in Iraq, doing in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and, oh by the way, what you're trying to do in Yemen, what you're trying to do in Somalia, what you're trying to do in Sudan, etc., etc. But we don't want to give you as much money, so you just keeping doing that. It's a burden for us to keep making the case. But then I'll get called by a conservative member of Congress who asks, 'Why aren't we doing more in the Horn of Africa? Those people are starving.' And so we have to keep making the case, and we are." --Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacting to possible budget cuts

"It's pretty obvious what [the Tea Party is]. The division of the country is not about the government having too much power. I think everything right now is geared toward getting that guy out of office, whatever that means. It's not politics. It is not economics. It all boils down to pretty much to race. It is a shame." --actor Samuel L. Jackson

"[W]hat is the Republican solution to these outrageous [racial] inequalities? There isn't one. And that's the point. Denying racism is the new racism." --HBO's Bill Maher

"The Tea Party, whatever it pretends, is just the latest manifestation of the right wing's refusal to accept the idea of Democrats running the government. Every time one gets elected, there's this crazed right-wing upheaval. The Wall Street protests are a cry of pain from a generation that feels it's been cheated, and for good reason" --New York Times columnist Gail Collins

"Is this the time though that we can change the discussion in this country away from just deficit cutting toward really how we distribute the wealth in this country?" --"Reverend" Al Sharpton

"Take a good long look at the Occupy protesters. Virtually every one of their demands is textbook anti-capitalist, radical environmentalist big-government-is-our-savior progressivism. The overarching commonality? An irrational me-first ignorance so entrenched, only a precious few would recognize the irony of railing against capitalism using products created, developed and funded by capitalists." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"The protests were like a stumbling little fawn trying to find its legs. They'd been in existence for about two weeks, and NBC was already suggesting the 'potential' for what the Tea Party achieved in 2010 -- a massive Democratic wave election in 2012. Journalists are either easily impressed or very energetic practitioners of wishful thinking." --columnist L. Brent Bozell

"New York's Occupy Wall Street protesters argued among themselves about whether they should sew their own sleeping bags with winter coming or engage in capitalism and buy them. Also, they argued over whether to beg for food or buy donuts. It took two hours in the real world to convert the entire movement to supply-side economics." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Christopher Columbus claimed America for Spain. If the British had never come here, we would all be speaking Spanish -- as opposed to just half of the country speaking Spanish. --comedian Jay Leno

web posted October 10, 2011

"We need to make sure our kids get the right message. I'm out to show Republicans that they don't love this country as much as we do." --MSNBC's Ed Schultz at a Democrat fundraiser (Just out of curiosity: What happened to the rules prohibiting campaign donations and fundraising for MSNBC employees?)

"Here's the question: Are Republican debate crowds bloodthirsty?" --CNN's Jack Cafferty

"I mean Obama, to be fair to him, when he came in to power, he said look, I'm going to try to change all of this partisan crap that's going on. I'm going to try and do it a better way. What he's found is he can't at the moment. I mean, it's like he's up against this express train of bile. And he can't get anything done. So he's now having to get angry." --CNN's Piers Morgan

"By and large, [Occupy Wall Street protesters] is a movement being driven by teenagers and people in their twenties who are looking at a world that thirty years of Reaganomics has handed them, or a country, anyway, that's a disaster explicitly because of crony capitalism, bought-off politicians, and supply-side economics." --radio talk-show host Thom Hartmann

"The way I think about it is this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft, and we didn't have that same competitive edge we needed over the last couple of decades." --Barack Obama ("Seriously, in 2008 we elected a community organizer, state senator, college instructor first term senator over a guy who spent five years in a Vietnamese prison. And now he's lecturing us about how America's gone 'soft'? Really?" --columnist Jonah Goldberg)

"Well, I don't think [Americans are] better off than they were four years ago. They're not better off than they were before Lehman's collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we're going through. I think that what we've seen is that we've been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy, but the unemployment rate is still way too high. And that's why it's so critical for us to make sure that we are taking every action we can take to put people back to work." --Barack Obama

"It's time for congress to get its act together and to pass this jobs bill so I can sign it into law." --Barack Obama

"Look, we should be [passing this $450 billion American Jobs Act] even if we were growing by 8 percent, even if there was a 3 percent unemployment rate in America. We need better roads, we need better bridges, we need safer streets." --Joe Biden

"So when [Republicans] want to talk about class warfare, as Warren Buffet said, yeah there was class warfare and his class won. ... We think that they can say all they want about class warfare. Am I missing something here? Perhaps you'll tell me during the Q&A as to why that is an illegitimate charge in a country that has life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as part of its founding documents and has fairness and opportunity as some of its guiding principles." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"The president is opposed to meeting our 'fiscal responsibilities' by 'abdicating every other responsibility we have.' But what is his plan to meet those responsibilities? The president doesn't say. He never has. Not when he submitted his budget in February. Not when the Simpson-Bowles commission submitted its report. Not when he promised a deficit speech in April (but actually delivered a slashing political attack on Rep. Paul Ryan's budget). ... Whenever the president is in one of his preachy moods, which is often, he tells us that 'who we are as a nation' is generous and tolerant, and inclusive and fair. If only he would consider adopting some of those traits himself." --columnist Mona Charen

"Personally, I'm hoping for this thing to grow to the point where one of two things happen. (1) The Occupy Wall Street 'movement' serves as a de facto primary challenge to Obama, sapping his strength, his glamor and his party's enthusiasm. Or, (2) Van Jones and his ilk succeed in making this motley bunch into the 'leftwing tea party' of their dreams. If every Republican candidate is responsible for the rare dumb or 'extreme' statement of a tea partier, I look forward to the Democrats having similar problems with the Marxist belches and burps that will emanate with increasing frequency from the pseudo-revolutionary maw. Either way, it will be entertaining and beneficial. And, so far, things are looking good." --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"According to a Congressional Research Service report titled 'Social Security Reform' (October 2002), by Geoffrey Kollmann and Dawn Nuschler, workers who retired in 1980 at age 65 got back all they put into Social Security, plus interest, in 2.8 years. Workers who retired at age 65 in 2002 will have to wait a total of 16.9 years to break even. For those retiring in 2020, it will take 20.9 years. Workers entering the labor force today won't live long enough to get back even half of what they will put into Social Security." --economist Walter E. Williams

"Judicial Watch said the U.S. Air Force provided a C-32 -- a Boeing 757 modified by the military for the purpose of flying big-wigs around the world -- to fly the First Lady and her entourage to and from Africa, at a cost of $424,142. Another $928.44 was listed as the cost of providing 192 meals for the 21 people who made the trip. The Obama daughters were listed on the manifest as 'senior staff.' 'This trip was as much an opportunity for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a trip to conduct government business,' said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. 'This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our overextended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.'" --Washington Examiner editorial page editor Mark Tapscott

"Listening to some establishment Republicans grousing about the field of GOP presidential candidates should serve as a warning. Republicans, if they are not careful, are in danger of catching the same virus that infected Democrats in 2008. That would be a messiah complex, the belief that one man (or woman) can deliver us from our collective economic, social and foreign policy 'sins' and bring redemption to a nation from the consequences of too many wrong-headed choices. ... The strength and heart of America is not in Washington. It is in 'we the people.' ... The Founders gave us a great document -- the Constitution. Now the question is, to paraphrase Ben Franklin, can we keep it?" --columnist Cal Thomas

"We are going to build a progressive counterbalance to the tea party. ... We know that jobs are more important, and this phony, made-up deficit stuff they talk about. ... And you're going to see an American fall, an American autumn, just like we saw the Arab spring. ... Hold onto your hats. We're going to have an October offensive to take back the American dream and to rescue America's middle class." --former Obama "green jobs czar" Van Jones

"We got a long way to go, and the road will be rocky, and it'll be rough, and we'll fall down, and we'll get up, and we'll keep marching and rallying and fighting. When we call for jobs, they'll say, 'government can't create jobs.' And we'll say, 'Just you watch.' We'll make government create jobs, because government action is the only way to create jobs right now." --AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

"There's not a single example on our planet, not one, where an anti-government strategy has produced a vibrant economy with strong and broad-based growth and prosperity." --Bill Clinton

"I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty. ... I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount then they should, you know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn't help, then being beheaded." --actress and "comedian" Roseanne Barr

"People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity say you can say 'Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look we have a black man.'" --actress and "comedian" Janeane Garofalo

"The Barack Obama presidency has been disastrous. The economy is in shambles, and Obama's only response has been to try and waste as much of our money as he can. Jobs are a scarce commodity, and yet Obama is trying to raise taxes. And his Department of Justice is apparently selling guns to Mexican drug cartels. All of this raises the obvious question: What did we do to make Obama hate us and want to destroy us?" --columnist Frank J. Fleming

"I went in business to create jobs and opportunity, create opportunity, create value for myself and my investors. And that's what the president should be praising, not demagoging us simply because Warren Buffett says he pays more than his secretary. He should pay the secretary more and she will pay more." --Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Robert Johnson

"That terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed last week, was American-born and was a top recruiter for al-Qa'ida. You don't often see an American taking a foreigner's job." --comedian Jay Leno

"President Obama got his lowest job approval numbers recently. Years ago during rush hour Michelle called him to warn him that a crazed idiot was driving on the wrong way on the freeway. Barack replied that he'd already counted about four hundred of them." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Without the Recovery Act and accompanying federal interventions, whether from the Fed, or Cash for Clunkers, or other initiatives, the unemployment rate last year at the time of the election would have been 14.5 percent, not 9.5 percent." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"I don't think [Americans are] better off than they were four years ago." --Barack Obama

"The real question for everyone is: Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?" --Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

"[C]lass warfare is dangerous. The only problem is that the wrong class is winning." --Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT)

web posted October 3, 2011

"The entire [Fast & Furious] operation ended with only 20 indictments of straw purchasers -- indictments that could have happened immediately upon transfer of the weapons, stopping the flow. In fact, the straw purchasers, at issue, were known to be straw purchasers from the get-go. The indictments only took place at all because U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered using the weapons authorized for free flow by ATF and DOJ. ... So what was the real goal of the DOJ and ATF? It certainly wasn't to shut down access to arms for the cartels -- the ATF was agreeing to such access. It wasn't to stop straw purchasers -- the ATF was signing off on the straw purchasers. It wasn't to track the movements of the cartel -- there was no way to do that. It was, very simply, to establish for political reasons that American guns were being used in crimes by foreign cartels." --columnist Ben Shapiro

"Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was telling everyone who would listen that they needed billions to replenish their disaster relief fund right now, or else they would run out of money today. ... Then, suddenly, FEMA told Senate Democrats that all of their previous warnings were overblown. The agency was able to recover $40 billion from ongoing long-term projects, and instead of being broke, they actually had $114 million in the bank, just enough to get them into the next fiscal year. Which is convenient, because that allows them access to all of next year's budgeted disaster relief spending. Since there is now no need for unbudgeted disaster relief spending this year, there is now no need for spending offsets. ... If anybody ever wants to know why conservatives never believed Secretary Tim Geithner when he said the government was going to run out of money this August, this $114 million FEMA find is a great example why." --Washington Examiner columnist Conn Carroll

"The night before the Florida straw poll, Morgan Freeman appeared on CNN. He is maybe the country's most beloved actor. He declared the Tea Party racist, and the Republicans at large racist. He said our attitude is, 'Screw the country. We're going to do whatever we [can] to get this black man out of here.' Apparently, Tea Party activists want to replace 'this black man' with Herman Cain. But does the Left regard Cain as black? He was raised by his janitor father and housemaid mother in Georgia. President Obama was raised by his white grandparents in Hawaii. But he's a left-winger, you see. So he wins -- he's blacker than thou, or blacker than Cain." --National Review's Jay Nordlinger

"If European governments and the U.S. Congress ceased the practice of giving people what they have not earned, budgets would be more than balanced. For government to guarantee a person a right to goods and services he has not earned, it must diminish someone else's right to what he has earned, simply because governments have no resources of their very own. ... It turns out that if Congress taxed away our entire $14 trillion 2011 GDP and put it in the bank, it would just barely cover Social Security and Medicare liabilities. That observation suggests that we can't tax our way out of our fiscal mess. In order to avoid permanent stagnation or total economic collapse, governments must start the process of reducing welfare spending. I wouldn't recommend cold turkey for a heroin addict, neither would I recommend cold turkey for all those people who have been addicted and made dependent upon government handouts. We must find a compassionate way to wean people off government." --economist Walter E. Williams

"From the moment I took office what we've seen is a constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make our economy work better and give people more opportunity." --Barack Obama

"Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do." --Barack Obama to the Congressional Black Caucus and dropping a lot of "g's"

"Here's the thing, I never promised you easy. If you wanted easy you would not have campaigned for Barrack Hussein Obama. But what I said was if you are willing to stick with me, hang in there, I was positive we could achieve our dreams. America has been through tougher times." --Barack Obama

"I don't know who he was talking to, because we're certainly not complaining." --Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) finding Obama's comment "curious"

"Has anybody been watching the debates lately? You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay." --Barack Obama

"We're the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad." --Barack Obama

"If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew -- as a janitor -- makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that as a badge of honor. I have no problem with that." -- Barack Obama

"The rage of the rich has been building ever since Mr. Obama took office. And among the undeniably rich, a belligerent sense of entitlement has taken hold: It's their money, and they have the right to keep it." --New York Times columnist Paul Krugman (The nerve of those productive small business owners and merchants to think they are entitled to keep their income.)

"George H.W. Bush had the courage, knowing it might cost him re-election, knowing for sure it would cost him support with his conservative base, to violate the central domestic policy pledge of his campaign, 'read my lips, no new taxes.' And he called everybody out to Camp David at Andrews Air Force Base and he agreed to a package that caused him to violate that promise. ... Should the Republicans learn from George H.W. Bush and sit down with the president and cut a deal?" --CNN's John King to Dick Cheney

"I can describe the legal arguments and the judicial conclusions, but on a fundamental level, I just don't get the attack on [ObamaCare]. I don't understand people who voluntarily, without claiming poverty, let their children go uninsured. I don't understand the moral compass of the owner of the fancy car I saw the other day that sported the bumper sticker: 'Repeal Obamacare.'" --New York Times columnist Linda Greenhouse

"Do you have a sense as you've looked at politics in America that there are some white voters who will vote for an African-American say once? And they will hold that person to a very rigorous standard. Perhaps a much higher standard than they would a white politician. And they'll give them one shot and then they'll dump them the next time." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"[Obama] wanted to work with the opposition. But when he's tried, the Republicans have stamped on his head. ... Having been trashed all summer, he's finally come out and went, OK, if this is the way you're going to play it, I'm going to get dirty too. I mean, you can't blame him." --CNN's Piers Morgan

"I hear all this, you know, 'Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever.' No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody." --Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth Warren

"It seems like the Republicans are doing everything they can to protect the wealthiest people in this country, through policy and through rhetoric. And I guess I'm just not understanding why. And I'm having a problem. This decade has not been a bad decade for the wealthiest of Americans, and if they are the job creators, why are they not creating?" --The Daily Show's Jon Stewart

"[A]s you prospered [in the old days], the wealth was shared with your employees, with the government. Everybody had a piece of the pie. You, who started the business or invented the light bulb or whatever, you got a bigger piece of the pie. And you know what, nobody cared because you invented the light bulb. That was a pretty cool thing. ... None of the major religions, in fact they all, say it's one of the worst sins you could commit, is to take such a large piece of the pie while others suffer." --filmmaker Michael Moore

"The reason why you have to wait sometimes in those countries [like Canada and Britain] is they let everybody in the line. We take 50 million people out of the line so the line is shorter, so sometimes you don't have to wait as long. If you are a patriotic American, you want every American to be covered the same as you." --Michael Moore

"During the Johnson administration, Lyndon B. Johnson was at an airport and about to get into the wrong helicopter. An army staff sergeant ran up and redirected him: 'Mr. President, that is your helicopter over there.' To which the president replied, 'Son they are all my helicopters.' Obama suffers the same delusion. He believes all the money the citizenry earns is his money." --columnist R. Emmett Tyrrell

"It sounds like the new [Obama] slogan is no longer 'hope and change.' It's, 'Hey, it could've been worse'. Great bumper sticker, Debbie. I hope it works for you." --RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York Thursday where he assured the world that the U.S. remains strong. He began the speech by declaring that the U.S. dollar is sound. It always helps to get the crowd on your side by opening with a joke." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Obama says he will be reforming No Child Left Behind. That's not to be confused with Michelle Obama's childhood obesity campaign, 'No Child Left With a Big Behind.'" --comedian Jay Leno

"Even though 50 some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that's not relevant. What's relevant is we're in charge." --Joe Biden

"Ethics is about right and wrong, but if you'd ask me what my favorite subject was back in 8th grade ... I don't think ethics would have made it on the list." --Barack Obama



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