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

web posted November 21, 2011

"The individual mandate is the poster child of this Administration and the liberals in Congress overstepping their authority to inject the government into the lives of its citizens. ... If the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate, as it should, it should also strike down the rest of the law in its entirety. But the second step (the 'severability' issue) is a closer question. The Court might get the first part right (striking down the individual mandate) but get the severability question wrong and not strike down the rest of the law. So, until the day the law is fully repealed, the job is not done." --Heritage Foundation's Nina Owcharenko

"A couple of months ago, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Beth Brinkmann was standing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, defending the federal law requiring Americans to buy government-approved health insurance, when Judge Laurence Silberman asked her about broccoli. Specifically, he wanted to know whether a law requiring Americans to buy broccoli would exceed the federal government's authority to regulate interstate commerce. 'No,' Brinkmann said. 'It depends,' she added. ... Imagine the fun that Congress could have coming up with mandates aimed at coercing healthier lifestyles once it has a constitutional blessing as well as a fiscal justification. ... If you value your freedom to spend your money as you choose, you should hope the Supreme Court rejects the Obama administration's open-ended view of the Commerce Clause -- no matter how you feel about broccoli." --columnist Jacob Sullum

"President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected for an unprecedented third term after two terms in which unemployment was in double digits for eight consecutive years. We may lament the number of people who are unemployed or who are on food stamps today. But those who give the Obama administration credit for coming to their rescue when they didn't have a job are likely to greatly outnumber those who blame the administration for their not having a job in the first place. ... There has probably never been a time in the history of this country when we more urgently needed to get a president out of the White House, before he ruined the country. But will the conservative Republican candidates let that guide them?" --economist Thomas Sowell

"President Obama was wrong to say at the Asia-Pacific economic summit that America has gotten 'lazy' in the past few decades at attracting foreign investment. What he should have said, in the light of his administration's handling of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is that America has become quite adept at blocking foreign investment. ... TransCanada wants to invest $7 billion in building a pipeline across the United States to carry oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. If we were merely lazy, we'd have accepted the project and the thousands of associated construction jobs long ago. That would be the path of least resistance, not to mention common sense." --National Review editor Rich Lowry

"The president is focused like a laser on passing the American Jobs Act, on making sure we put people back to work. We need some help from Republicans." --DNC chair and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

"President Obama is trying to make sure the middle class gets 17 different tax cuts for small business owners. Ninety-five per cent of Americans got a tax break at the outset of Obama's administration. We are focused on getting things turned around, and while yes, we've increased our debt, we've done so in a way that has made sure the economy can start to turn around, and we would make even more progress if the Republicans would stop rooting for the economy to fail." --Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"Folks, you [unions] fired the first shot. It's not about Barack Obama. It's not about Joe Biden. It's about whether middle-class people are going to be put back in the saddle again -- because you are the people who make this country move." --Joe Biden

"The very core of what this country stands for is on the line. The basic promise that no matter who you are or where you come from, what you look like, that you can make it in America if you try -- that vision is on the line." --Barack Obama

"Normally ... the way politics works is if the overwhelming majority of the American people aren't happy with what you're doing, you start doing something different. So far that hasn't happened in Congress -- and the Republicans in Congress in particular." --Barack Obama

"We've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We've kind of taken for granted -- 'Well, people would want to come here' -- and we aren't out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America." --Barack Obama

"What is extraordinary about the president is his demeanor. You know, as all around is in chaos, the president has always maintained a confident and assured demeanor. Does he know something we don't? Or is he just quite cool under pressure?" --CNN's Piers Morgan

"[A]t the [last] Republican debate, some of the hopefuls ... defended the practice of waterboarding which is a practice you banned in 2009. Herman Cain said, 'I don't see that as torture.' Michele Bachmann said that it's 'very effective.' So I'm wondering if you think that they're uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible?" --CNN's White House correspondent Dan Lothian to Obama

"What [the GOP presidential candidates] wanted to do was level attacks against President Obama, but that's going to be difficult as well. I don't think the Republican nominee for president really feels like [foreign policy] is the most vulnerable area for President Obama. His foreign policy by a lot of accounts has been very successful, particularly on the war on terror, and I think they want to focus on the economy." --NBC's David Gregory on Saturday night's GOP debate

"[Y]ou balanced the budget and cut the size of the government. How come you're not a hero of the Tea Party?" --Time magazine's Richard Stengel to Bill Clinton

"[The Republicans are] good at this. They're good at labeling you. And what I would say to you is I think [Obama] has presented balanced plans. If you look at this jobs plan, which I talk about in real detail in the book, several of the ideas, including the payroll tax cuts, in the president's plan, were first proposed by Republicans who now oppose them, probably just because he's for them. The president plainly has bent over backwards to try to cooperate with them, and still wants to. And I think that's the right position." --Bill Clinton

"I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings." --University law professor Michael Avery opposing Veterans Day

"[T]here are a lot of parallels between John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama: The age; they're both young politicians; they both spent a short time in the Senate; they both have beautiful wives; they both have beautiful kids. ... [T]here's also been this sort of atmosphere of real hate and obstructionism that surrounded both men. So, I began to think history repeats itself and at that point I thought to myself, 'You know I really would like to write this book.' And one of the things that I'd kinda like to say is, 'Here is where hate will get you eventually. This is what happens. Finally, it's the barrel of a gun.'" --author Stephen King on why he wrote his novel, 11/23/63

"The left is always shrieking that the Republicans are going to nominate some right-wing nut for the presidency; if only that were true. The Republican base's perfect candidate would be someone who emerged from his bomb shelter toting a shotgun with the sole purpose of dismantling government. We want someone who can barely restrain himself from violence when talking to the normal useless, arrogant, tax-and-spend politician. Someone who, when given a bill to raise taxes, wouldn't only veto it but would also publicly burn it and then hunt down the perpetrators who wrote it." --humorist Frank J. Fleming

"You know what you call a Democrat who makes as many verbal gaffes as Rick Perry? Vice president." --comedian Jay Leno

"President Obama cut $4 billion from his administrative budget, but will spend the money on other programs. I swear, if Obama were in a sinking boat, he'd drill a hole to let the water run out." --former senator Fred Thompson

"The Justice Department convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout Friday of selling weapons to South American terrorists. He broke all the rules. Under the WTO he's required to sell the weapons to the Justice Department, which gives them to a gun store on the border, which sells them to a cartel, which sells the weapons to the South American terrorists. That's how jobs are created." --Argus Hamilton

"When the Affordable Care Act is placed before the highest court in our country, all Americans will have a stake in the debate; therefore, all Americans should have access to it." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging the Court to allow C-SPAN to broadcast the arguments,who once stated, "[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

web posted November 14, 2011

"With nine days to go before the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) faces default, a Senate committee on Wednesday is expected to vote on a new plan to address the crisis. ... The legislation would ... provide USPS billions in cash from taxpayers. Specifically, it would hand over some $7 billion in supposedly 'surplus' contributions the government has made to the Federal Employees Retirement System. Such temporary surpluses, however, are common and are typically erased by normal financial swings or amortization over time. Transfer of the entire pot to USPS leaves taxpayers vulnerable if USPS later falls behind (which, given its condition, is not unlikely) while allowing needed structural reforms to be delayed. ... USPS, and mail delivery itself, faces an uncertain future. Comprehensive change is needed to prevent massive losses and virtual bankruptcy. The reforms being considered by the Senate, however, fall short -- while putting taxpayers even more at risk for the consequences of failure." --The Heritage Foundation's James Gattuso

"The Internal Revenue Service can follow individual people over the years because they can identify individuals from their Social Security numbers. During recent years, when 'the top one percent' as an income category has been getting a growing share of the nation's income, IRS data show that actual flesh and blood people who were in the top one percent in 1996 had their incomes go down -- repeat, DOWN -- by a whopping 26 percent by 2005. ... [M]ost people who are in the top one percent in a given year do not stay in that bracket over the years. If we are being serious ... then our concern should be with what is happening to actual flesh and blood human beings, not what is happening to abstract income brackets." --economist Thomas Sowell

"[T]he White House revealed that it would fight a GOP House subpoena for internal documents related to the half-trillion-dollar, stimulus-funded, now-bankrupt Solyndra solar energy loan bust. White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler fumed that the information request placed an 'unreasonable burden on the president's ability to meet his constitutional duties.' ... Ruemmler further complained that the subpoena represents 'a significant intrusion on executive branch interests.' ... While she paints the request as a last-minute surprise, the White House has been stonewalling on Solyndra all year long. And as Reason magazine's Tim Cavanaugh points out: Compliance would be 'the work of a few hours, at a time when the executive branch has 2.8 million employees. The whole thing could be done by staffers, leaving the president to focus on golf and fundraising and long, boring speeches.'" --columnist Michelle Malkin

"Well, I think we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn't taken all the steps that I took." --Barack Obama

"We were able to prevent America from going into a Great Depression. We were able to, after a series of quarterly GDP reports that were the worst that we've seen since the Great Depression, reverse it and get the economy to grow again. We've seen 20 straight months of consecutive job growth." --Barack Obama

"I have to tell you, the least of my concerns at the moment is the politics of a year from now. I'm worried about putting people back to work right now because those folks are hurting and the U.S. economy is underperforming." --Barack Obama

"From a policy standpoint I think it's really important to know that President Obama was a job creator from day one. Now, was the ditch that we were in so deep that when you're talking to people and they still don't have a job, that's any consolation to them? No. But I'll tell you this: If President Obama and the House congressional Democrats had not acted, we would be at 15 percent unemployment." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"We've taken every important piece of the jobs bill and demanded that we have a separate vote. But our Republican colleagues in the Senate have voted unanimously to vote down each and every part so far: to restore 400,000 jobs for teachers, police officers, firefighters, putting them back in classrooms, on the streets and in the fire houses. ... So, look, we can't wait. If the Republican Congress won't join us, we're going to continue to act on our own to make the changes that we can to bring relief to middle-class families and those aspiring to get in the middle class." --Joe Biden

"Well, I'm going to be pilloried for this. I think get rid of the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. I just think in the grand scheme of the rights that we have; the right of assembly, free speech, I mean, owning a gun does not, it does not tally on the same level as those other constitutional rights. And being more discreet about who gets to have a firearm and right to kill with a firearm, I think is something that would be in our national interest to revisit that." --Huffington Post's Alex Wagner when asked by HBO's Bill Maher what she would change about the Constitution -- she would take away the right that guarantees all the others

"Do you not feel that by opposing [a tax hike on millionaires to pay for Obama's jobs bill] you're basically out of step with the American people on this issue? ... Do you agree at all that there should be any kind of tax increases?" --ABC's Christiane Amanpour to Speaker John Boehner

"The American Dream is all about social mobility in a sense -- the idea that anyone can make it. ... The American dream seems to be thriving in Europe not at home." --CNN's Fareed Zalaria

"[Herman Cain] is just the latest purchase by the Koch brothers. They purchased Michele Bachmann, they purchased Sarah Palin, for this purpose: it's to go out and talk crazy talk. It's to talk about taking more things away from the middle class and giving more to the rich. It's about deregulating virtually everything to where the Koch brothers can go ahead and kill more people with their toxins." --radio talk-show host Mike Papantonio

"I've always thought that [allowing presidents a third term] should be the rule. I think as a practical matter, you couldn't apply this to anyone who has already served, but going forward, I personally believe that should be the rule." --Bill Clinton

"We need democracy in this country and not a democracy that is run by politicians that are bought by corporations. We need a democracy in this country where the people have the right to print money and not a nebulous Federal Reserve." --Occupy San Francisco protester

"I wanted to say something about, if they're trying to find out who instigated this, much of, we owe a lot to the Arab Spring and the Democracy movement that were and are taking place across the Arab world. And we owe a lot to that young man in Tunisia who couldn't take it anymore and set himself on fire to make this statement that really ignited this movement. But, but even before that, what got him upset? What got him politically charged was that he read the truth about the corruption of his own government that was supplied to him by Wikileaks. And where did Wikileaks get that information allegedly? From a young private, a gay soldier by the name of Bradley Manning. And, let's give it up to Bradley Manning." --leftist filmmaker Michael Moore to the Occupy Wall Street movement

Two weeks ago we published a humorous exchange during an interview between CNN's Piers Morgan and Michael Moore. When asked to admit that he was "in the 1 percent," Moore objected, "How can I be in the percent?" Morgan cut to the chase: "Because you're worth millions." This time around, Moore grew even more agitated when a CBS reporter again questioned him on his wealth. Here's the exchange:

Reporter: How are you helping these [Occupy protesters]?
Moore: Because I do well, I want taxes raised on people who do well, including mine.
Reporter: How are you helping these people with your $50 million?
Moore: I don't have $50 million.
Reporter: That's what it's rumored you are worth.
Moore: Well, really. Is that what you do is sell rumors?
Reporter: We're asking you for the truth.
Moore: You're just punk media is all you are. You lie. You lie to people. Stop lying to people. Stop lying.
Reporter: Are you not part of the 1 percent?
Moore: Just don't lie, okay?

"You know the real trouble with socialism? There are no good guys. You're either on one end of the equation sucking up whatever you didn't earn and telling yourself you're entitled to it, or you're on the other end trying to prove you're smarter and more beneficent than everyone else, when you don't have a clue. You're either the drug addict or the drug dealer." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"[Barack Obama] says all patriotism is equal -- the patriotism of Greeks, of British, of everyone. He rips American 'arrogance' while overseas. He excoriates American consumerism, all the while maintaining that if we don't consume more, we'll go bankrupt. He says it's unfortunate that America has a leading role in the world. ... The rest of the world still despises us, only now they think of us as easy marks, too. ... The American public now has the responsibility of solving his psychological dissonance by throwing him out of office, allowing him to fully embrace his global agenda without the baggage of his national identity." --columnist Ben Shapiro

"A man from Kenya won the New York City Marathon. This was a huge upset, because everyone thought a different man from Kenya would win the marathon." --comedian Conan O'Brien

"Occupy Wall Street protestors complained that homeless people have infiltrated the park for the free food. They're just furious about it. Everybody's sitting around wishing that there was a way to help the downtrodden without a lot of losers trying to get in on it." --comedian Argus Hamilton

web posted November 7, 2011

"Obama's ceaseless attack on the 'rich' and his effort to divide Americans on the basis of their income and wealth can best be seen as a diversion, an attempt to distract Americans' attention from his failure to address our interrelated economic malaise and fiscal crises. ... Obama blames the rich for problems he's causing, despite the absence of causal relationship between the distribution of our national income and wealth and the economic and debt problems we face. Why? Simply because that's what demagogic community-organizing, Marxist-leaning Alinsky disciples do -- and it's disgraceful." --columnist David Limbaugh

"In truth, if the Obamavillians want jobs, their interests run counter to those of the unions, which are far more interested in maximizing pay and benefits for people who already have jobs. When forced to choose between layoffs and reductions in compensation, unions almost always opt for the former. And whereas unions are devoted to seniority, many denizens of Obamaville are so junior that they have yet to land entry-level positions. Unions must really be in trouble if they are looking for support in such an unpromising crowd." --Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"What should the West do about the gross violations of human rights so prevalent in North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere? My short answer is to mind our own business. The only case in which we should interfere with Middle Eastern affairs is when our national defense or economic interests are directly threatened. That is, for example, if Iran were to meddle with Middle Eastern oil shipments or if we discovered good evidence of its building nuclear weapons, then we should militarily intervene. What they want to do to one another is none of our business." --economist Walter E. Williams

"The only way we can put hundreds of thousands of people, millions of people back to work is if Congress is willing to cooperate with the executive branch and we are able to do some bold action. Like passing the jobs bill. That's what we need. And that's why I'm going to keep forcing these senators to vote on a common sense, paid for jobs proposals, and I'm going to need you to help send them the message. ... But listen, we're not going to wait, though. We're not waiting for Congress." --Barack Obama

"I'm less interested in allocating blame then just making sure that we're taking every step we need to, to move the economy forward." --Barack Obama

"People are right to be frustrated. We see a Congress that is dead locked. I have to say I've done everything I could to try to reach out to the Republicans in Congress. We tried to reduce the deficit in a balanced way. So we agreed to over a trillion dollars worth of cuts, [but] let's make sure the wealthy Americans are paying their fair share and closing some loopholes, and it got rejected." --Barack Obama

"Thirty million Americans, including a lot of people in Florida, are going to be able to get health care next year because of that law." --Obama on ObamaCare

"The middle class and those who aspire to it have been sacrificing for the better part of 30 years right now and have seen their income go down and the share of taxes that they pay has been significant and so I think that right now what we need to create fairness [and] ask those who have benefited so much from things that we have all paid for -- for roads and the education of their workers and all the things that we all pay for -- I think it's time for them to pay their fair share. This isn't about revenge. This isn't about punishment. This is just about fairness." --Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

"I know others disagree, but we have very lax laws when it comes to guns. My concern ... is that there's been a lot said about Fast and Furious, and perhaps mistakes were made. But I think this hunt for blame doesn't really speak about the problem. And the problem is, anybody can walk in and buy anything." --Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) arguing for a national gun registry, ironically, no sooner than Canada moved to abandon their own

"Republicans won the 2010 Congressional elections. They were supposed to come to Washington and make a deal with the Democrats, one favorable to their side and the people who voted for them, but a deal nonetheless. ... The Tea Party Republicans rejected a consensus. They deserve the whack they're now getting in the polls. Nine percent of the country approves of the job Congress is doing. Got it, Mr. and Mrs. Tea Party? You are less popular -- not just less than Jimmy Carter, not just less than Barack Obama -- but any president in history." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"There are people in the streets, here in New York ... [and] in other cities around the country and around the world. Does the Republican Party, if they ignore the Occupy Wall Street group, do they do so at their own peril?" --NBC's Matt Lauer

"The conservative view, as you know, is, 'Look, we're one of the only countries in the world literally propping up the housing market.' You've got two of the big mortgage giants in the country guaranteeing 90 percent of the mortgages. They are now, in effect, owned by the federal government. We're not allowing the market to bottom itself out and for the true correction to happen. Is that just harsh conservative orthodoxy talking?" --NBC's David Gregory

"[I]n fact, Obama stands to the right of Ronald Reagan on issues like entitlement reform: no other President of either party has proposed raising the retirement age for Medicare. ... What Obama is supporting are not policies that divide America, especially on the major economic issues, but a sane, moderate program of action that a significant majority of Americans favor. ... To ask the President not to support those policies, as forcefully as he can, defies not only reason and best politicial [sic] practices, but also the best interests of this country." --Time Magazine's Joe Klein

"Six weeks ago what was all the media talking about? ... What was the national discussion? ... The debt ceiling. The debt. The debt ceiling. The deficit. We've gotta reduce the deficit. We've gotta reduce the deficit. Over and over and over, all summer long. The debt ceiling. The deficit. The debt ceiling. The deficit. Can I ask you honestly, when's the last time in the last few weeks you've heard them talking about the debt ceiling? Or the deficit? This movement has shut down that bull---- discussion." -- Michael Moore

"Let's not forget about what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices and for the first time in history, our daughters -- and our sons -- watched three women take their seats on our nation's highest court. But more importantly, let's not forget the impact those decisions will have on our lives for decades to come -- on our privacy and security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly, and love whomever we choose. That is what's at stake [in 2012]." --Michelle Obama

"[Barack Obama's re-election] is going to require each of you to grab somebody by the shoulders and make them understand what's at stake. ... It's up to each of you to work like you've never worked before." --Michelle Obama

"I have a pretty good idea how the 21st century works and there's not a single successful country on the planet that operates on the theory that the government is the problem. Not one." --Bill Clinton

"Sloppy words and sloppy thinking often go together, both in the mobs and in the media that are covering them. It is common, for example, to hear in the media how some 'protesters' were arrested. But anyone who reads this column regularly knows that I protest against all sorts of things -- and don't get arrested. The difference is that I don't block traffic, join mobs sleeping overnight in parks or urinate in the street. If the media cannot distinguish between protesting and disturbing the peace, then their education may also have wasted a lot of taxpayers' money." --economist Thomas Sowell

"What [Obama] spoke about [last week] was tweaking the student loan program, which he now controls. ... [I]t turns out what he is offering the students is between $4.50 and $7.70 a month of relief. ... If his audience had known how minuscule is the benefit, he would have been laughed out of that auditorium." --columnist Charles Krauthammer

"President Obama made new rules to lower student loan payments which don't apply to delinquent borrowers. The program is only open to people who are current on their payments. Helping people who aren't in financial trouble is what he accused Bush of doing." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"President Obama invited trick-or-treaters to the White House Saturday night and they had a very scary party. They sat in a circle, turned off all the lights and the kids read the president his poll numbers." --comedian Jay Leno

"If you are running for president of the United States and have a sexual-harassment complaint or two in your background -- no matter how specious -- what possible excuse can you have for not knowing how those complaints were resolved, well before you announce that you are running for president? Especially if the resolution reflected well on you? How can you possibly justify your not being in command of basic facts about your own career -- the career that is the centerpiece of your campaign?" --National Review's Kevin Williamson on the scandal surrounding Herman Cain

"God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work." --Barack Obama

"I'll tell you this: If President Obama and the House congressional Democrats had not acted [with the 2009 stimulus], we would be at 15 percent unemployment." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), repeating her unprovable claim

web posted October 31, 2011

"[T]he President now says that 'we can't wait' for Congress to act. What he's missing, though, is that Congress isn't acting because the American people don't want their representatives in Washington to go along with Obama's spend-more-tax-more scheme. It seems that the only audience that might be receptive to the President's message is the protesters who are camping out in solid opposition to the capitalist system, advocating for the government to bail them out, just like it bailed out the banks and the automakers. ... One thing is certain: Regardless of the answer, America cannot wait for President Obama to stop circumventing Congress." --Heritage Foundation's Mike Brownfield

"President Obama couldn't have chosen a more fitting slogan than 'We can't wait' to promote his latest legislative elixir for our ailing economy. ... Audacious is no longer an adequate word to describe this president. He forced through his first stimulus through crisis-leveraged fear-mongering and then never really used but a fraction of that money for so-called stimulus purposes. Why would anyone still believe a thing he says? Who is he to tell us 'we can't wait' on the proper constitutional safeguards against such precipitous executive action? He is not America's king. The Framers deliberately placed safeguards in our system to prevent such capricious executive action. ... [H]e doesn't believe he needs authority, only 'noble' intentions." --columnist David Limbaugh

"For all the blood-for-oil nonsense, if America wanted Iraq's oil it could have saved a lot of blood and simply bought it. Saddam Hussein would have been happy to cut a deal if we only lifted our sanctions. ... We never levied taxes in Iraq either. Indeed, we're left holding the tab for the liberation. And we most certainly are not in political control of Iraq. If we were, we wouldn't have acquiesced to the Iraqi government's desire for us to leave. ... Some partisans will undoubtedly say that the key difference is that Barack H. Obama, and not George W. Bush, is president. But this lame objection leaves out the fact that Obama acceded to a timeline drafted by the Bush administration. Moreover, Obama has moved closer to Bush than anybody could have predicted." --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"The Communists rewrite history all the time, with grand flourishes and straight faces. And many American liberals do too. ... In Massachusetts, however, it's real history that's being shoved into the closet. A Somerville, Massachusetts public school principal, for instance, has banned the celebration of Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, calling them American 'atrocities' parading under the guise of historical holidays. Her decision, motivated by a desire to spare students and school personnel the pain of feeling insulted by the celebrations, further distorts history at the expense of ever-growing victim groups. ... Now more than ever, parents need to keep tabs on the history their children are learning in school. First, check to see if your children, especially middle schoolers and high schoolers, ever have the opportunity to read original sources, like the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. ... Read historical fiction and biographies to your children, highlighting the self-sacrificing commitment to freedom shown by America's greatest leaders and heroes. ... And finally, remember that your educational choices extend far beyond one public school or an agenda-driven principal. If -- when -- the liberal indoctrination gets out of control, investigate charter schools, religious schools, private schools, homeschooling -- and consider running for your local school board." --columnist Rebecca Hagelin

"The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don't work even harder than we did in 2008, then we're going to have a government that tells the American people, 'you are on your own.' If you get sick, you're on your own. If you can't afford college, you're on your own. If you don't like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you're on your own. That's not the America I believe in. It's not the America you believe in." --Barack Obama

"[L]ast week, we had a separate vote on a part of the jobs bill that would put 400,000 teachers, firefighters and police officers back on the job, paid for by asking people who make more than $1 million to pay one-half of 1 percent in additional taxes. For somebody making $1.1 million a year, that's an extra $500. Five hundred bucks. And with that, we could have saved 400,000 jobs. Most people making more than $1 million, if you talk to them, they'll say, I'm willing to pay $500 extra to help the country. They're patriots. They believe we're all in this thing together. But all the Republicans in the Senate said no." --Barack Obama, questioning the patriotism of pretty much everyone

"This is going to be a tough election. The country has inherited very difficult political and economic times. Why wouldn't it be tough? Elections should be tough. They're tough choices. I think we're going to win." --Joe Biden

"Nobody can look you in the eye and tell you that the Recovery Act ... did not create jobs and did not do very good things for the economy. The problem was, in the beginning, the economists said that in fact we wouldn't go above 8 percent, because they didn't know until this last quarter that the economy shrunk in the last term of the Bush administration almost 9 percent. Everybody thought it was more like 5.5 percent. And so the point was, we were all operating off of what the blue chips were looking at, and the numbers were wrong." --Joe Biden

"We turned the economy around. When you see 23, 24 months of consecutive job growth in our private sector and you see the president standing up today saying, look, it's not a bailout to help police officers and teachers and help people stay in their homes. These are not bailouts. These are Americans." --Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

"We led from the front [in Libya]. We introduced the resolution in the United Nations that allowed us to protect civilians in Libya when Gadhafi was threatening to slaughter them." --Barack Obama

"[Republicans] want more people to fry. They love executions. They want people that don't have insurance to die on the gurney in the hospital bed. They want that to happen. They want -- forget about illegal aliens. Gay soldiers, forget about them. They're not -- they're to be booed. If you have a home, foreclose on the people. If you're a teacher, fireman or a cop, get rid of the guy. I mean, this attitude of causing cruel pain on people and getting cheers for it, what's that about?" --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"How many more dictators does [Obama] have to take down with NATO before the Republicans will give the president any credit at all without political calculation involved? This is another reason why those protesters are out in the streets of our country." --MSNBC's Ed Schultz

"As one of my callers said this morning on my show, the Republican Party is like some of the banks down south, right? They refuse to give a black man credit. Period. I mean, he could carry their mother out of a burning building, and they wouldn't give him any credit." --radio talk-show host Bill Press

"[Obama] has done these incredible things. He killed bin Laden! He set off the Arab Spring by going to Egypt and saying, 'Tear down these dictators,' and they did! He's ending the war in Iraq. He has fundamentally transformed our health care system. ... [He] has done so many very good things ... and the media doesn't even acknowledge it. The Democrats aren't doing a good job of messaging it." --radio talk-show host Thom Hartmann

"We have the chance to re-elect the first African-American president, and that's what we ought to be doing. And I'm not afraid or ashamed to say that as black people, we should do it because he's a black man." --radio talk-show host Tom Joyner

"I would enact a 50% inheritance tax, because nothing is more un-American than an inherited elite that perpetuates itself." --TIME columnist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria

"The only way we can truly attack our economic challenges is with bold, bipartisan action in Congress. The president will continue to pressure congressional Republicans to put country before party and pass the American Jobs Act, but he believes we cannot wait, so he will act where they won't." --White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer

"[I] want [Obama] to stand up on his hind legs and fight these rat bastards. And he has got do it. ... [I] think he's got to indict these guys from Wall Street. Somebody's got pay for that mess. And I don't think it's the American public." --actress Kathy Bates

A humorous exchange: CNN's Piers Morgan asked millionaire documentary maker Michael Moore about his support for the Occupy Wall Street protests and how that squared with his riches: "I need you to admit the bleeding obvious. I need you to sit here and say, I'm in the 1 percent, because it's important."
Moore: "Well, I can't. Because I'm not."
Morgan: "You are, though."
Moore: "No, I'm not. I'm not."
Morgan: "You're not in the 1 percent?"
Moore: "Of course I'm not. How can I be in the 1 percent?"
Morgan: "Because you're worth millions."

"We have entered a new phase of the endless Occupy Wall Street sleepover. Not working is hard work. After a month of tying up the police, generating mounds of trash, railing against Jews while holding up 'Nazi Bankers' signs, grappling with pervs, rapists and thieves in their ranks, communing with avowed communists, and hobnobbing with 1 percenter celebrities donning 99 percenter costumes (phew!), the Occupiers are rallying around a new mascot: Robin Hood." --columnist Michelle Malkin

"Occupy Wall Street's Finance Committee has nearly $500,000 in the bank, and now some protesters are angry that they're not sharing. Coming soon: Occupy Occupy Wall Street." --former senator Fred Thompson

"Wall Street protesters reported that thieves are stealing their cellphones and iPads and laptops and cash as they sit in the park. It was a lesson for the young protesters to learn. They were all for social justice until somebody poorer than them wanted their stuff." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Liberals love mob movements because you can't get mobs to think, which is perfect for Democratic ideas." --columnist Ann Coulter

"The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don't work even harder than we did in 2008, then we're going to have a government that tells the American people, 'you are on your own.' If you get sick, you're on your own. If you can't afford college, you're on your own. If you don't like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you're on your own. That's not the America I believe in. It's not the America you believe in." --Barack Obama
The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto responded, "[D]o you know what they call people who rely on themselves? Adults."

"We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge." -- Barack Obama, blaming the American people at a fundraiser in San Francisco



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