New White House Press secretary, Jay Carney, when asked about the Stimulus, said, “The goals [of the Stimulus package] have been met.”
Jay Carney: “The reality, as time passed, was, the hole that we were in…was much deeper than we knew even in December or November.” Recall that the Bush recession was compared over and over and over again to the Great Depression.
DNC chairman Tim Kaine: “Governors and others in state houses across this country on the Republican side have decided what they want to do is wage a war against their own employees.”
Charlie Rangel: “Look, the attempt in Wisconsin is to use the budget process in order to crush the union movement . . . across the state, across the states of the United States of America.”
Harry Reid: “:Social Security is a program that works and is fully funded for the next 40 years. Stop picking on social security.”
Sheila Jackson Lee on defending public monies being spend on Planned Parenthood: “This is not about abortion, this is about saving lives.” Planned Parenthood gets about a third of its budget from the federal government and performs 300,000 or so abortions each year.
Wisconsin State Senator Mark Miller called CNN with a list of demands from his hiding place in Illinois, including this one: “We demand that the provisions that completely eliminate the ability of workers. to negotiate on a fair basis with their employers be removed from the budget repair bill and any other future budget.” That is, collective bargaining for public employees is sacrosanct.
Nancy Pelosi, about the Democrat congressmen who are hiding out, refusing to show up to debate and vote the Wisconsin budget: “I saw some of them speak on TV, and they were very proud of the action that they took. I’m very proud of what they are doing.”
Rachel Maddow: “I’m here to report that there is nothing wrong in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is fine. Wisconsin is great, actually. Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin’s finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year.”
Diane Sawyer (this is a news broadcast): Today, we saw America’s money trouble meet a reality, a human reality, as teachers, nurses, tens of thousands of state workers took to the streets in this country protesting cuts by the governors, saying to these governors, a promise is a promise. One lawmaker looked out at the crowds gathered in the Wisconsin capital today said it’s like Cairo moved to Madison.
Gwen Moore: “I would plead with my colleagues …not to de-fund Planned Parenthood…I know all about having Black babies…I hade my first baby at the ripe old age of 18, an unplanned pregnancy…I just want to tell you a little bit about what it’s like not to have Planned Parenthood. You have to add water to the formula; you have to give your kids Ramen noodles at the end of the month to fill up their little bellies so that they won’t cry; you have to give them mayonnaise sandwiches.”
Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner Rita Maran said that Gitmo detainees are “the kind of people you’d like to have living next door to you or dating your cousin.”
More civility from the left; sign in Wisconsin: “If TeaBaggers Are as Hot as Their Fox News Anchors. then I’m here for the gangbang.” ‘
AlterNet.org post concerning 2012 presidential hopeful Herman Cain for being a black conservative: “I find black garbage pail kids, black conservatives fascinating, not because of what they believe but rather because of how they entertain and perform for their white conservative masters.”
Ed Schultz to Rush Limbaugh “[go] wrap your fat ass in the flag.” Schultz continues to exemplify the high ideals of civility that the left is known for.
Another AlterNet comment on Herman Cain: “We always need a monkey in the window, for he/she reminds us of our humanity while simultaneously reinforcing a sense of our own superiority. ”
AlterNet describes its approach as an “editorial mix underscores a commitment to fairness, equality and global stewardship, and to making connections across generational, ethnic and issue lines.”
Steny Hoyer: “There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families.”
George Soros: “I think the people in the TEA Party are very decent people, hard-working. They have been hit by a force that comes from somewhere which they can’t fully understand. And they are being misled. And they are misled by people who are using it for their selfish purposes, namely to remove regulations and reduce taxation.”
Hillary Clinton: “I think it is absolutely clear to say number one, that it’s been American policy for many years that settlements were illegitimate and it is the continuing goal and highest priority of the Obama Administration to keep working toward a two state solution with both Israelis and Palestinians.”
The Food Liberation Army: As citizens we have lost faith in the political system and its values; politicians who are allowed to do anything and still remain in power. As consumers, we are tired of making a difference by our purchasing decisions, as well as faceless companies whose only value is money. We want our lives back.
Charlie Sheen’s advice for the youth of America: “Stay off the crack. unless you can manage it socially. If you can manage it socially, then go for it.”
Liberals from the Past:
Obama called the Stimulus bill: “the most sweeping economic recovery package in our history.”
Liberals making sense:
Joe Klein: “Revolutions everywhere-in the middle east, in the middle west. But there is a difference: in the middle east, the protesters are marching for democracy; in the middle west, they’re protesting against it. I mean, Isn’t it, well, a bit ironic that the protesters in Madison, blocking the state senate chamber, are chanting “Freedom, Democracy, Union” while trying to prevent a vote?”
Lawrence O’Donnell, Host: You’re living in your office. You’ve been living in your office for two years now in the House of Representatives?
Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-utah): No, I live in Alpine, Utah. That’s where my home is.
O’Donnell: Oh, that’s your answer on your tax return, right? Because have you filed on your 2009 tax return, have you filed the equivalent income you have in effect received by illegally living for free in a federal building?
Chaffetz: I reject the whole premise of what you’re saying there. I live in Alpine, Utah. That’s my home. I work here in Washington.
O’Donnell: Where are you sleeping tonight?
Chaffetz: I work here in Washington, D.C. They asked me to come to the floor at 2:00 in the morning. I am not sure I’m going to be sleeping anywhere tonight because we’re going through a continuing resolution.
O’Donnell: Congressman, you have given yourself.
Chaffetz: That is the reality. The reality is I will not necessarily go to sleep tonight.
O’Donnell: Congressman, you have seized, you have illegally seized from the federal taxpayer a personal income benefit that saves you the rent money that you would pay in Washington like all of your fellow Congressmen who are responsible, who pay rent in Washington. How much money do you save by not paying rent in Washington? Would you say you save $20,000 a year off your $175,000 salary?
Chaffetz: Oh, it depends on month to month. I mean.
O’Donnell: Do you declare that savings as income as you are legally obliged to do or are you sleeping in your office as a tax criminal?
Chaffetz: I reject the whole premise of your question and the way you phrased it. I am trying to save money for myself, my family.
Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, in defending Planned Parenthood, went as far as implying that it is better to have an abortion than make a child be forced to live “eating Ramen noodles” and “mayonnaise sandwiches.” [I cannot find the entire quotation].
Lori Ziganto “So according to DemRep Moore, there is NO right to life. But there is a right to NO Ramen.”
Question: “In announcing the trip to the UK, in recent weeks the British Prime Minister, the French President, the German Chancellor have all denounced multiculturalism. Does the President share the view of his NATO allies?”
Jay Carny: “I’m not aware of those comments by those leaders.”
Allen West: “Over this past week I have watched and listened to members of the House of Representatives from across the aisle. I am appalled at their ignorance, belligerence, and dishonest rhetoric filled with empty emotional platitudes. Have they no shame in realizing that their inept, incompetent failures are the reason why we are debating this continuing resolution. They failed to pass a budget during the 111th Congress. Have they no honor in realizing that their fiscal irresponsibility over the past four years has resulted in our standing on the precipice of a fiscal canyon from which we may not recover.”
Allen West continues: “Also troubling are the events in the state of Wisconsin which mirror those that happened in Greece several months ago. We are witnessing the abject hostility of a unionized entitlement class that is being lauded by the liberal left, seemingly to include our President.”
Herman Cain: “Wisconsin is ground zero for the rest of the nation.”
Herman Cain: “My question to the other side is, what part of ‘broke’ do you all not understand?”
Dana Perino on Obama’s comment on the Wisconsin union demonstrations: “He nationalize the debate, and so here we are.”
Bill O’Reilly: “The key to education is not money; it’s discipline.” (Quoted from memory)
Niall Ferguson: “I do think that the President regards making touchy-feely speeches as a substitute for having a strategy, and I want to emphasize the risks that are currently being run in that region. If you look at history – and remember, I’m a historian – most revolutions do not lead to happy-clappy democracies, but to periods of internal turmoil, often to periods of terror, and they also lead to external aggression because the simplest way to mobilize people in a relatively poor and not very well-educated country like Egypt is to point to the alleged enemy within and then, of course, the enemy abroad. The scenarios that the Israelis are looking at involve a transition not to some kind of peaceful and amicable democracy, but to a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated regime, which then pursues an aggressive policy towards Israel. This is not a zero-probability scenario, this is a high-probability scenario, and as far as I can see the President isn’t considering it.”
Dally Caller columnist Carolyn May on Ted Kennedy’s new museum: “You’ve got to hand it to him, even in death former Democratic Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy can spend the taxpayer’s money.”
Letter to O’Reilly with regards to the Muslim attack on Lara Logan: “Can you imagine a Muslim woman being raped by a group of American thugs? The world would be on fire.”
DrJohn from Flopping Aces, article headline: “He’s only your president if you belong to a union.”
John Boehner: “I believe the president is a citizen; I believe he is a Christian.”
Rush Limbaugh: “You guys in the media, this is 2011. This is not 1995 or 1980. You’re dealing with a public that is far more informed than you think they are because they know what you’re not reporting.”
Rush: “Barack Obama is the first trillionaire in American history. He treats the federal budget as his money to spend and do with whatever he wants.”
Rush Limbaugh: “AFL-CIO national president Richard Trumka is expected to join thousands of demonstrators at noon in Wisconsin today. That’s sort of like the head of the Muslim Brotherhood showing up at Tahrir Square in Cairo.”
Rush: “This is not a democratic movement whatsoever in Wisconsin. In fact, they are trying to stop democracy. They’re doing everything they can to disrupt legally elected representatives from doing the work of the people, and Obama and his organizations are encouraging this.”
Rush: “I don’t know what to tell people, anymore. There isn’t any money for these unions. In your own home when there isn’t any money, what do you do? Do you go on strike against your own family?”
Rush: “Have you heard Governor Walker blame his predecessor? Have you heard him talk about the rotten situation he inherited, like our boy-child President Barack Obama always does? No.”