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web posted December 19, 2011

"The United States possesses 1.4 trillion barrels of recoverable oil, more than the oil the entire world has consumed during the past 150 years, according to an Institute for Energy Research report released last week. Add in an estimated 2.7 quadrillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas and 486.1 billion short tons of recoverable coal, and our energy reserves exceed those of any other nation on Earth. The American economy will not prosper until we get government out of the way and let the private sector power our future using the most efficient sources available. For that to happen, the next administration must reject any redistributionist U.N. treaty designed to soak billions from U.S. taxpayers based on bogus climate claims." --The Washington Times

"[Last] Wednesday, Politico ran a story about the International Association of Machinists Union at Boeing agreeing to approve a contract extension.... Democrats, including Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder ... abhor the idea of making voters bring some form of photo identification to the polls. Yet the IAM ... required a photo ID of all who wished to vote in a contract ratification election. ... [T]he photo-ID requirement in the union's elections would appear to be far from an isolated instance. Gosh, I wonder why? At some point during all these years of covering the voter-ID issue, you would think that someone in the press, much of which is unionized ... would have noted that unions at least occasionally and likely far more than occasionally require that members present a photo ID to be able to cast their ballots. Nope. How typically irresponsible." --NewsBusters contributing editor Tom Blumer

"In the end, last week's meeting of Eurozone leaders produced nothing more than an agreement to produce an agreement. ... Yet amidst the general ineptitude, there was one defining moment: British Prime Minister David Cameron rejected the deal. Apparently one leader in Europe still believes in the idea of national sovereignty. ... Yet who is kidding whom? Despite all the pie-in-the-sky pronouncements, coupled with threats of 'isolation' aimed at Britain for daring to resist the 'superior wisdom' of EU elitists, nothing has been done to address the immediate liquidity crisis affecting both European banks and governments. The ultimate arbiter of this latest agreement will be the worldwide markets, specifically the bond markets. They will ultimately reveal whether investors, as they were last Friday, can be sold yet another pig in a poke masquerading itself as yet another grand bargain." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"Some politicians claim that politicians create jobs. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, 'My job is to create jobs.' What hubris! Government has no money of its own. All it does is take from some people and give to others. That may create some jobs, but only by leaving less money in the private sector for job creation. Actually, it's worse than that. Since government commandeers scarce resources by force and doesn't have to peddle its so-called services on the market to consenting buyers, there's no feedback mechanism to indicate if those services are worth more to people than what they were forced to go without. The only people who create real, sustainable jobs are in private businesses -- if they're unsubsidized." --columnist John Stossel

"The reason they still support me is because they understand what an incredible mess had been made as I was coming into office, and we've been spending the last three years cleaning it up. The good news is that the economy is starting to strengthen. We've seen some positive signs. The unemployment rate has ticked down." --Barack Obama

"Millionaire job creators are like unicorns: They're impossible to find and don't exist." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

"Christmas is coming. ... We've got to put money into the pockets of the American people -- the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits extending -- and we cannot go home unless we do. ... It's not about where we have our Christmas dinner. It's about if the American people are going to have a Christmas dinner that they can pay for with some level of comfort." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

"I want to be judged as a good and faithful servant, and therefore, I will stand with my Democratic colleagues on these issues and stay here until we do take care of those who are considered the least of these. And I can't believe as we are in the season of advent, the celebration of the birth of our Savior. He came, yes to bring salvation, but also to bring equity and justice into the world, that we would be so heartless and unChristian. It goes against the precepts of all religions and even every human value that we would end unemployment insurance." --Rep. Donna Christenson (D-Virgin Islands), arguing that Christian tenants of individuals caring for the poor are actually government responsibilities

"The message I have for climate deniers is this: you are endangering humankind. It is time for climate deniers to face reality, because the body of evidence is overwhelming and the world's leading scientists agree. ... Problems do not go away by pretending they do not exist. And the longer that vocal minority insists on keeping their heads in the sand, the more it endangers billions of people around the globe and threatens to dramatically and negatively reshape the world as we know it." --Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

"They have attached a poison pill -- literally, colleagues -- because it will kill 8,100 more people more than would have otherwise been killed from pollution. So have that for a Christmas gift." --Barbara Boxer on Republicans trying to roll back a Clean Air Act provision

"That is simply not true [that unemployment has risen since Obama took office]. In fact, unemployment has now dropped below 9 percent. It's continuing to drop." --DNC chief and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) (Unemployment was under 8 percent when Obama took office.)

"You gave up a lot. You said you wanted a balanced approach. You didn't get it. You cut a trillion dollars and set up the framework to cut another trillion plus, and the Republicans gave up nothing. ... It seems to be all the compromising is being done by you." --CBS's Steve Kroft to Barack Obama

"People are accusing [Barack Obama] now of class warfare. It seems a bit trite to say that, because in any kind of society where you have this kind of financial meltdown, isn't it instinctively the right thing to do that the rich should contribute a little bit more to the recovery than those with no money?" --CNN's Piers Morgan

"Nobody in the Justice Department has lied." --Attorney General Eric Holder on the botched "Fast & Furious" scandal

"[Lying] all has to do with your state of mind and whether or not you had the requisite intent to come up with something that can be considered perjury or a lie." --Eric Holder when asked about the difference between "lying" and "misleading"

"As we work to avoid future losses and further mistakes, it is unfortunate that some used inflammatory and inappropriate rhetoric about one particular tragedy that occurred near the Southwest Border in an effort to score political points." --Eric Holder on the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry

"There are people who can afford to give a little bit more. And you know what? In the end, we'll get it back. It's certainly better to do that than finance -- than be secretive billionaires financing the Tea Party because you have untold needs for untold wealth. For what reason?" --Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

"I think that we will end up taxing the rich, and that's just fine by me. ... [A]ll the rich people I know, like Ted Turner and Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, they're all saying, 'Tax us.'" -- Jane Fonda

"Joe Biden visited Greece last week on the debt crisis. I don't want to say the vice president doesn't know much, but he kept asking for John Travolta." --comedian Jay Leno

"Vladimir Putin slammed the U.S. government for noting how his United Russia Party stuffed ballot boxes and cheated to win on Tuesday. He misunderstood. When the U.S. president and the Secretary of State are both from Chicago there's a real chance it was a compliment." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Citing budget cuts, the Obama administration will reduce the number of National Guard troops protecting the US-Mexico border. The remaining troops will be tasked with holding up 'Welcome to America' signs." --Fred Thompson

"One of the most egregious aspects of this bill [the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011] is that it promotes state drug testing for workers to qualify for unemployment benefits. Mr. Speaker, did the authors of this provision know about the Constitution of the United States of America?" --Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), unaware the U.S. Constitution does not mention unemployment benefits either

"The unemployment insurance extension is not only good for individuals. It has a macroeconomic impact. As macroeconomic advisers have stated, it would make a difference of 600,000 jobs to our economy." --House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), making up numbers

web posted December 12, 2011

"Only in a world of low expectations could an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent be considered good news. ... In November, the ranks of the unemployed fell by 594,000 but not because everyone landed a new job. ... [A]s many as 300,000 simply left the workforce, and not all did so voluntarily. A good portion of the 120,000 new jobs reported last month appear to be driven by the needs of the holiday season. ... A bump in seasonal employment is certainly better than no jobs at all, but what's needed is a solid improvement in long-term employment. ... For now, under Mr. Obama's watch, there's more interest in seeing the federal government prosper and grow. So long as that remains the case, millions of Americans will continue looking for jobs and won't find them." --The Washington Times

"How's this for a waste of taxpayer money? According to Energy & Environment News, the Department of Energy is paying $230,000 for a website to promote career paths in the green energy sector -- and it has, ironically, prohibited the listing of actual jobs in the industry. ... Maybe the Obama Administration is operating under 'The Field of Dreams' theory -- if they build a website, the jobs will come. A better strategy would be to get the federal government out of the way and let the free market thrive instead of spending taxpayer money on quarter-million-dollar PR projects." --Heritage Foundation's Mike Brownfield

"The Fed signals that it intends to hitch our national wagon to Europe just as Europe is going over the edge, and the Dow jumps 4 percent. Maybe I'm missing something. All that Bernanke & Co. did ... was to lower the dollar-financing cost for banks in Europe, where inter-bank lending is locking up -- for good reason. But Europe's problem is not its banks and their access to dollars. Europe's banks are in trouble because European government bonds are in trouble, and European government bonds are in trouble because European governments are in trouble. European governments are in trouble because they spend too much money. ... The question is: What is the Fed thinking? Is it looking out for the United States, or is it looking out for the banks?" --National Review's Kevin D. Williamson

"For the last three years, the Obama administration, the Feds, and a host of the usual suspects in Congress have told Americans that what is now known to be a $7.7 trillion bank bailout program 'saved' the world's financial institutions from 'systemic failure.' Really? Then why are we right back in the same soup -- or worse? And where is Congress, who ought to be making it crystal clear that the United States Federal Reserve has no business bailing out an EU that steadfastly refuses to put its own house in order? You won't see too much about any of this in the news. But you can bet your life this is the essence of what the 2012 election is all about." --columnist Arnold Ahlert

"We still have a health care system that has to get more efficient and that has to improve its quality. And so we're going to have to implement the Affordable Care Act in 2014, and that means I've got to win in 2012." --Barack Obama

"I know you hear a lot of folks on cable TV claiming that I am this 'big tax and spend liberal.' Next time you hear that, you just remind the people who are saying it that since I've taken office I've cut your taxes. ... We have cut taxes for small businesses, not once, not twice, but 17 times." --Barack Obama

"This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home and secure their retirement." --Barack Obama

"[I]t's important for us to keep in mind the central message of this season, and keep Christ's words not only in our thoughts, but also in our deeds." --Barack Obama

"We're not claiming victory [in Iraq]. What we're claiming here is we've done the job the administration said it would do." --Joe Biden

"[Republicans have] a collection of candidates who are desperate to do anything, say anything to woo their electorate, their voters to support them, rather than stick to principles and embrace the notion that when you're running for office or when you're serving in office, you have to stand up for the courage of your convictions and be measured on those convictions, not stick your finger in the wind and choose a conviction on any given day that works for you politically." --DNC head Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

"This [Tea Party] crowd doesn't want to deal because they believe the word 'deal' is bad. Think about that -- they come to Washington with the idea that deals are bad. Compromise is bad. That is un-American. ... You come here, meet the other side, listen to their arguments and try to find common ground. That's why we have a Congress, coming together. That's what it's called a Congress -- it comes together. And they don't want to do that, so the American people have to decide if they want this crowd to run the country because they're running it right now. The Tea Party is basically enforcing George W. Bush economic policies, or worse." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"I would imagine that you guys are feeling fairly chipper, aren't you? I mean you had an extraordinarily successful week in many ways. Unemployment dropping below 9 percent for the first time in the president's reign at the White House, and coming at the same time as a resurgent stock market saw its highest week's performance since 2009. ... In a sense, [Barack Obama's] personable, he's handsome, he can be funny. You know, abroad he has this great image for America. A lot of things are just perfect about Barack Obama." --CNN's Piers Morgan to Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod

"If you want to have the broadest reach and do the most good, for the most people, the federal government is one of the places you should think about. You need to think about it because the scale of your impact is greater than anywhere else you can be engaged and involved." --John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), addressing graduate students in Chantilly, Virginia

"Extending unemployment benefits kept 3.2 million Americans out of poverty last year alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A year ago President Barack Obama reached a bi-partisan compromise that kept seven million Americans from losing these very important benefits. ... I'm here to tell you that we need to do everything we can to convince members of both houses -- and the Senate -- to do the right thing. It's the American thing to do." --U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

"There is significant anger and resentment and, yes, perhaps sometimes hatred and indeed sometimes an all too growing intimidation and violence directed at Jews generally as a result of the continuing tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories and other Arab neighbors in the Middle East." --Howard Gutman, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium

"The United States is becoming rapidly one of the most unjust societies in the world. And that is raising basic questions about the relevance of the West to a world that is now universally awakened, stirring, restless, conflicted." --Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to Jimmy Carter

"Iranian mobs stormed the British Embassy in Teheran Monday and took five hostages, sparking an international stand-off. Right now unemployment is high, prices are high, morale is low, and Iran just took hostages. If Barack Obama were any more like Jimmy Carter he'd have a farm with peanuts on it instead of an economic plan with peanuts in it." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"An upcoming Republican debate will be moderated by Donald Trump. It will take place in the Trump Forum for the Future of Democracy and Casino." --comedian Conan O'Brien

"To save money, the U.S. Postal Service announced the end of next-day service. That's a good way to get people to come back, isn't it? Make your service even slower than it already is." --comedian Jay Leno

"[T]here is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let's ... just cut more regulations and cut more taxes [and] our economy will grow stronger [and] then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. They argue, even if prosperity doesn't trickle down, well, that's the price of liberty. Now, it's a simple theory. And we have to admit, it's one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That's in America's DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here's the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked. It didn't work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It's not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the 50s and 60s. And it didn't work when we tried it during the last decade. I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory." --Barack Obama, who for some reason, doesn't see that it is socialism that has failed repeatedly

"I simply do not know where the money is." --Jon Corzine, former CEO of MF Global and Democratic governor of New Jersey on the bankruptcy of the company and the whereabouts of $1.2 billion of client money

"Let's translate that Jon Corzine quote into Latin, engrave it in stone, and make it the official motto of Congress." -- National Review's Kevin D. Williamson

web posted December 5, 2011

"If you thought Rep. Barney Frank was bad, his likely replacement is worse. Rep. Maxine Waters is Congress' most anti-bank member -- unless she owns stock in one, that is. ... When in 2003, the publicly created mortgage giants [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] became dangerously overleveraged with weak mortgages, Waters pushed them to underwrite even 'more products where you have no down payments.' She accused critics of the quotas of discriminating against minorities and the poor. ... She lobbied to exclude them and their government-mandated affordable housing charter from the 'sweeping financial reforms.' And she got her wish. She also got another wish: a provision exempting minority-owned banks from the new oversight. Quite interesting. Because at the same time she got that little gem added to the bill, she was under investigation for steering federal bailout money to a troubled minority-owned bank in which she and her husband held a large financial stake." --Investor's Business Daily

"Under a new 893-page proposal unveiled last week, automakers must hit a fleet-wide fuel economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 -- double today's 27.3 standard. The government says it would cost automakers $8.5 billion per year to comply, which means a spike in sticker prices of at least $2,000 to $2,800, according to official projections. ... The Obama Administration is pointing to the supposed benefits of the new standards -- including a fuel savings of $1.7 trillion -- but as [Heritage Foundation's Diane] Katz writes, that number is 'pure speculation given that actual savings would depend on the price of gasoline,' which can't be predicted 14 years into the future, much less next summer. ... The EPA should not be in the business of picking and choosing what kind of cars and trucks Americans can drive, and neither should President Obama." --Heritage Foundation's Mike Brownfield

"Last week, 5,000 files of private email correspondence among several of the world's top climate scientists were anonymously leaked onto the Internet. Like the first 'climategate' leak of 2009, the latest release shows top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully and silence opponents, and displaying far less certainty about the reliability of anthropogenic global warming theory in private than they ever admit in public. The scientists include men like Michael Mann of Penn State University and Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia, both of whose reports inform what President Obama has called 'the gold standard' of international climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)." --columnist James Delingpole

"This country has never had a congressman like Barney Frank, and the House of Representatives will not be the same without him." --Barack Obama

"Barney is a fighter for fairness in financial services and civil rights for all, including minorities and LGBT Americans. Because of his leadership, the Financial Services Committee has been one of the most productive committees in Congress. ... I hope to use my experience to continue and expand his work in the committee. I will continue to champion practical regulations, while making sure they work for consumers and the financial sector, a sector which has the right to be profitable but the obligation to be fair, two concepts which are not mutually exclusive." --Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

"If I were to run again, I would be engaged full-fledged in a campaign, which is entirely appropriate. Nobody ought to expect to get elected without a contest. But the fact that [the district] is so new makes it harder in terms of learning about new areas, introducing myself to new people. And I have other obligations; one is to continue to serve the people I currently serve." --Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), who is avoiding mentioning the writing on the wall for Democrats in 2012

"Over the last decade, we became a country that relied too much on what we bought and consumed." --Barack Obama

"[N]o matter how tough things are right now, we still give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny. The problems we face didn't develop overnight, and we won't solve them overnight." --Barack Obama, the man who wants to take away the chance for each American to determine his own destiny

"[I]'m not going to get caught up in ... what a hypocrite [Barack Obama] is. It doesn't matter. ... Because that will all come out in the wash. So, what's great is that the Republicans clearly don't want to win and that's good for Obama." --MSNBC's Mike Brzezinski on Newt Gingrich's ascendency

"The Republicans have a problem. They are consumed by hate, so consumed they can't think positively of whom they may want to lead them." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews

"If you take all the taxes paid in the United States and you compared them against other countries, the U.S. overall taxes are the lowest as a percentage of the economy among developing countries. About one out of every four dollars in the whole economy is paid in taxes. That's lower than any other country in the developed world. In Denmark it's as high as about 50 percent." --CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings

"But the notion that tax cuts or tax increases somehow impact economic growth, we know historically that's simply not the case. ... Isn't that one of the falsehoods that's peddled in Washington?" --NBC's David Gregory

"Why should 1990s taxes be considered the outer limit of revenue collection? Think about it: The long-run budget outlook has darkened, which means that some hard choices must be made. Why should those choices only involve spending cuts? Why not also push some taxes above their levels in the 1990s?" --New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

"[U]nemployment insurance has been recognized by outside economists and by members of both parties as vital assistance to an economy to help it grow and create jobs. It is a direct injection, if you will, into the bloodstream of the economy. And so we very much support extension of unemployment insurance. If we do not do that, approximately six million Americans will lose their benefits over the course of next year. And that will obviously have very negative impact on their lives, but a negative impact on the economy." --White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

"Occupy Wall Street people understand that not only are more difficult times possibly around the corner, they know that the current government will likely do as it has historically done, which is to protect the rich and powerful at the expense of the long term interests of the middle class. Some of the most financially successful people in America continually remind us all that capitalism is a contest. There are winners and losers. And the winners want to enjoy their success and they want the losers to keep it down." --wealthy actor Alec Baldwin

"Poor children need more than just a $1,000 for their family, they need a war against poverty to make it a major priority in the way which we have a priority for Afghanistan, and a priority to bail out banks, and a priority to defend corporate interests when it comes to environmental issues. ... [The push for more entitlements] is going to be fought in the streets. ... That's why the Occupy movement is so important because some of this is going to be fought in the streets." --Princeton professor Cornel West

"It's the Democrats whose position is that the only problem in Washington, D.C., is the peasants aren't sending enough cash in for the king to spend." --Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

"If Democrats could balance the budget tomorrow and quadruple government spending, they'd refuse the deal unless they could also make Republicans break their tax pledge. That is their single-minded goal. But the media are trying to turn it around and say that it's Republicans who are crazy for refusing to consider raising taxes no matter how much they get in spending cuts." --columnist Ann Coulter

"The Occupy movement, as many Democratic strategists view it, possibly out of desperation, with no other issue available to them, signals mainstream America's disgust with big money and its desire for a cut of same. That would contradict the basic American understanding -- leave aside tantalizingly worded poll questions -- that taking other people's money solves nothing in the long run. ... 'Equality' -- find it if you can. There's no such beast." --columnist William Murchison

"Congressman Barney Frank accused some members of Congress of being vegetables. Is this wise? If Barney Frank accuses some members of Congress of being vegetables he opens himself up to the deduction that some members of Congress are fruits." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Over the weekend, President Obama took his daughters to a bookstore. Barack bought Malia 'The Phantom Tollbooth,' while Malia bought Barack 'Economics for Dummies.'" --comedian Jimmy Fallon

"Our kids are going to be fine. And I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don't worry about you. ... [T]hey're on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful. But that's not our vision of America. I don't want an America where my kids are living behind walls and gates and can't feel a part of a country that is giving everybody a shot." -- Barack Obama at a $35,800 a plate fundraising dinner



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