Every single week, liberals and conservatives say a lot of things. When a liberal says a particularly dumb thing, it is all but ignored by the Obama Media Complex; when conservative says an intelligent thing, it is all but ignored by the OMC. For this reason, I recommend that you send these columns to your moderate friends (and to liberals who seem to simply be unlearned). Week after week, I believe that what people actually say will eventually sink in.
WH Press Secretary Jay Carney: “The fact is that the balanced budget amendment would be, is basically an admission by Congress that they can’t do anything, right? And that’s not true, as [evidenced by] these discussions that we’re engaged in right now. And it should not be true. And it’s a shame if people actually believe that. So no, we don’t support it.”
President Obama: “And I have tasked the men and women of NASA with an ambitious new mission: to break new boundaries in space exploration, ultimately sending Americans to Mars. I know they are up to the challenge – and I plan to be around to see it.”
White House senior adviser David Pouffe: “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers. People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: `How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”
Bill Clinton on many states passing voter I.D. laws in order to reduce voter fraud: “I can’t help thinking since we just celebrated the Fourth of July and we’re supposed to be a country dedicated to liberty, that one of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time. There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.”
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer: “We cannot ask the middle-class and seniors to bear all the burden of higher costs and budget cuts. We need a balanced approach that asks the very wealthiest and special interests to pay their fair share as well, and we believe the American people agree.”
Bill Maher: “If you can look at a crime where everything points to one answer and not see it, you’re a dumbass. And if you can look at the deficit and not see that the problem is that the rich stopped paying taxes, you’re a Republican.”
Richard Cohen: “The hallmark of a cult is to replace reason with feverish belief. This the GOP has done when it comes to the government’s ability to stimulate the economy. History proves this works – it’s how the Great Depression ended – but Republicans will not acknowledge it.” As an aside, the stock market and unemployment rates were back to normal during Eisenhower’s presidency.
Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel: “What would Jesus do this weekend [of debt-ceiling negotiations]? Or Moses. Or Allah. Or anyone else. I don’t want this book (debt negotiations) closed without the clergy having an opportunity to forcefully express themselves as well as I know they can do.”
New Black Panther Party‘s Malik Zulu Shabazz: “We want the president to do better but he hasn’t fired one shot at a white man yet. Everyone he shoots is black or brown.”
Louis Farrakhan: “If they’re successful at killing brother Kadaffy, this is not gonna be the end. This is the beginning of horrors, as you will see…all of you who love war will be drown in your own blood, as it is written, those wh olike to shed the flood of others, Allah will make drunk with your own blood, as sweet wine.”
The Liberal Press:
Washington Posts’s Bob Woodward: “I’m not sure the United States has been looked at as the grown-up nation for a long time…You travel around the world a little bit, and, and there’s, there’s not even tough love for the United States”
Liberals from the past:
Even though Attorney General Eric Holder claims not to have known anything about Operation Fast and Furious (aka, Operation Gunrunner), he said this in 2009: “Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail.”
Liberals being civil:
MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews: “Also, is the Republican Party willing to risk economic armageddon in the name of religion, that is the religion of no taxes? Well, the GOP has become the Wahhabis of American government, willing to risk bringing down the whole country in the service of their anti-tax ideology. This is no phony crisis. If you’re not careful, if we’re not careful, the country risks becoming Greece. Not ancient Greece, by the way, current Greece.” As an aside, it is easier to make the argument that nearly all Muslims are Democrats than it is to argue that Matthews is a newsman.
Chris Matthews: “The Tea Party Republicans who are ready to bring down this country’s economy in the name of ideology. This is really getting serious, and I believe scary, what’s really being perpetrated here. Possibly, the defaulting of United States government on our debt in the world. The party’s being driven by fanatics and they’re determined to bounce America’s savings bonds and have the United States begin to become like Greece.”
Chris Matthews: And I look around me with fanatics. I see fanatics, mostly on the right, some of the left. It seems to me that they’re quite willing when I hear them talking, your own colleague Senator Roy Blunt dismissing the debt ceiling deadline saying, quote, ‘the deadline is never really a deadline. I don’t think world markets are going to get roiled and I don’t think our creditors are not going to get paid.’ ”
Chris Matthews: “[Republicans want to] go right off the cliff and take this country into Greece, into the way the world watches us go down the hill.”
Richard Cohen: “This intellectual rigidity has produced a GOP presidential field that’s a virtual political Jonestown. The Grand Old Party, so named when it really did evoke America, has so narrowed its base that it has become a political cult.”
Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan: “There are two options the president can take [when dealing with incalcitrant Republicans]. The first is what you are told to do when a criminal or terrorist holds a gun to your head. You surrender.”
The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown: “I think they’re the suicide bombers in all of this.” She was referring to the Republicans in the debt ceiling negotiations.
Liberals making sense:
President Obama, at the twitter townhall: “I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency. . . . As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I’ve seen it where people weren’t encouraged to work, weren’t encouraged to upgrade their skills, were just getting a check, and over time their motivation started to diminish. And I think even if you’re progressive you’ve got to acknowledge that some of these things have not been well designed.”
David Gregory last month was tough on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Obama’s economic record; and this week, he was just as tough on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner: “Talking about what’s good for the economy , a lot of this discussion about debt is ultimately to free up space for jobs to be created. It’s not happening. People are still out of work. Here’s the chart of the president’s economic record . This is based on government information, Treasury Department , U.S. Bureau of Labor Stats . Unemployment 7.3 percent Inauguration Day . Up to 9.2 percent with the latest report. Up 26 percent. You see the debt figures up 35 percent.” Every now and again, a member of the liberal press asks the liberal elite a real question.
Bill Maher, Host of HBO’s Real Time: I think the Teabaggers who are always.
Ann Coulter: Oh, please.
Maher: .always ill-informed. I, when they, ’cause they’re gonna, they’re against raising the debt ceiling no matter what. I think they think that this is money we haven’t spent yet. I think that they need to be educated.
Coulter: No, we know perfectly well it’s been spent.
Maher: You do.
Coulter: That’s why we want the debt ceiling.
Maher: You do. Not the rubes you talk to. You know.
Coulter: I do not talk to rubes except right here.
I recall E. J. Dijon (?) bragging about the wide ranger of viewpoints carried by NPR, and talked about how they would counter-balance him with David Brooks or someone even more conservative. David Brooks is the most conservative person on NPR, and he is a moderate. Charles Krauthammer expressed the same opinion:
Gordon Peterson, Host of Inside Wasington: “Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader’s talking about conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks‘ column on July 4th which he says the Republican Party is no longer a normal party. It’s been infected, Brooks says, by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical governing alternative. Its members, Charles, he says don’t accept the logic of compromise. What do you think of that?”
Charles Krauthammer: “Well, forgive me, but I have to correct your copy again. Conservative columnist? He’s a great columnist, but he’s not a conservative.”
Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary: “They [ordinary American voters] do not sit down analyzing the Wall Street Journal or other — or Bloomberg to analyze the numbers. Now, maybe some folks do, but not most Americans. I think that is the point David Plouffe was making. That’s the point the president was making just moments ago in the statement in the Rose Garden.”
Charles Krauthammer: “[What I heard] was the gun and God-clingers don’t read. This is pure Obama condescension. Numbers are stuff that we hear in the White House, we intellectuals, we in the political class observe, talk about, and read. But that’s abstract. All that ordinary people care about is what is happening in their home. Of course everybody cares about what happening in their home, but ordinary Americans are aware and they read and they think, and a number means something.”
Michele Bachmann: “Well, first of all it isn’t true that government would default on its debt, because, very simply the Treasury Secretary can pay the interest on the debt first and then from there we have to just prioritize our spending.”
Chris Matthews: “This, to me, is scary. What’s your view? That these people are willing to go right into armageddon, not face the warning signs. Go right off the cliff and take this country into Greece, into the way the world watches us go down the hill.”
Hasan Al-Arian, Muslim Brotherhood leader: “We need to give the West and the whole world a new, a new version of democracy.”
NBC’s Richard Engel: “The Brotherhood says it is not antagonistic to the United States, but it is staunchly anti-Israel.”
Al-Arian: “Israel cannot tolerate peace.”
Engel: “Why not?”
Al-Arian: “Because they want to live in war. It is the history of Jewish people.”
Senator Marco Rubio: “So you look at all these taxes that are being proposed and here’s what I say. I say he should analyze every single one of them through the lens of job creation, issue number one in America. I want to know which one of these taxes that they’re proposing will create jobs. I want to know how many jobs are gonna be created by the plane tax. How many jobs are gonna be created by the oil company tax that I heard so much about? How many jobs are created by going after the millionaires and billionaires that the president talks about? I want to know, how many jobs do they create?”
Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann on raising the debt ceiling: “It’s time for tough love. Don’t let them scare you by telling you that the country’s going to fall apart.”
Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty: “I hope and pray and believe they should not raise the debt ceiling. These historic, dramatic moments where you can draw a line in the sand and force politicians to actually do something bold and courageous are important moments.”
John Boehner: “Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground, the White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes.”
Sen. Marco Rubio: “We don’t need new taxes. We need new taxpayers, people that are gainfully employed, making money and paying into the tax system. Then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again.”
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on the possibility of a budget-debt ceiling agreement in Congress: “It sounds as if it’s heading towards a deal. It’s not a deal that I’m going to like, I suspect, and I think it’s going to be a bad deal for conservatives and Republicans. But I think they are intimidated. The president has been running around talking about corporate jets and the rich and how the sky is going to fall unless Republicans cave. And I think they’re getting ready to cave in a pretty big way on Sunday.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner: “There is no agreement, in private or in public. . . It’s not like there is some imminent deal about to happen.” I like John; I just hope that I can believe him this time around.
Rick Santelli, of CNBC: “Nothing will pass the House if they stick together.”
Rick Santelli: “I think what we need to do is live within the revenue intake…and do not ask taxpayers for more money or an increased tax ceiling until you give us a darned budget…there are going to be plenty of people who don’t get programmed money—I understand that…the right think is to create a better environment to create jobs by not living in the red.”
Herman Cain: “This is demonstrably and empirically the worst economic `recovery’ in American history”
Michele Bachmann: “I will not vote to raise the debt ceiling.”
George Will: “The question is, has the congressional power to regulate interstate commerce been so loosely construed that now Congress can do anything at all, that there is nothing it cannot do. Let me ask the three of you. Obviously, obesity and its costs affect interstate commerce. Does Congress have the constitutional power to require obese people to sign up for Weight Watchers? If not, why not?”
Fox News contributor Nina Easton: “This President has this M.O. in which he’s always scolding people. So we go back to he was scolding Supreme Court Justices at the State of the Union. He was scolding his own colleagues as ‘sanctimonious’ when they didn’t like extending the tax breaks. He invited Republicans to that speech earlier this Spring about the budget and scolded them right to their face after extending an invitation. And then this week, we hear him scold them because they’re not like his daughters, they’re not able to complete their homework assignment on time.”
Allen West: “[Operation Fast and Furious] is just another sad chapter in the Eric Holder book of ineptness and incompetence. Eric Holder needs to be brought before an investigative committee and if those charges are warranted he needs to be held accountable. At least the president needs to realize that Eric Holder needs to be removed from the Department of Justice . . . or else it appears President Obama is complicit and in approval of the actions of his attorney general.”
Sarah Palin, article headline from Facebook: The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar; Now We Need New Leaders
Statement issued by The Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative group led by Bob Vander Plaats: “Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President”
Rush Limbaugh: “Obama can warn about the risk of defaults with what seems like genuine concern. He can smile, scowl, lecture and chide. He can talk about the full faith and credit of the United States and the dollar, but on the reality side of life, he’s saying all this stuff after he spent and committed the money for years to come.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Obama is in as full a political retreat as this town has seen in years. Nothing he’s doing is working. You can’t point to anything and say we need to keep doing more of this, so why are we even talking about doing more of it?”
Rush: “The ATF’s Special Operation Fast and Furious sold 2,500 guns in Arizona to straw purchasers under the assumption that those guns would end up in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. We’re talking about a potential impeachable offense, one worse than Watergate.”
Rush: “When 47% of US households pay no income tax at all and get money back, that’s one hell of a tax loophole.”
Rush: “The Democrats have already bought close to 43% of the population. That’s the percentage of people who get some kind of government money to live.”
Rush: “So basically, David Plouffe is saying you people are a bunch of selfish twits. As long as your personal situation is okay, you don’t care if the country’s going to hell, you’ll vote for the guy taking it there.”
Conservatives from the Past:
Sarah Palin from 2009: “We also have to be mindful about the effect of the stimulus package on the national debt and the future economic health of the country. We won’t achieve long-term stability if we continue borrowing massive sums from foreign countries and remain dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas.”
Conservatives not making any sense:
House Speaker John A. Boehner: “Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground, the White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes. I believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a smaller measure, based on the cuts identified in the Biden-led negotiations, that still meets our call for spending reforms and cuts greater than the amount of any debt limit increase.”
Tim Pawlenty: “I like Congresswoman Bachmann. I’ve campaigned for her. I respect her. But her record of accomplishment in Congress is non-existent. It’s non-existent. So, we’re not looking for folks who just have speech capabilities. We’re looking for who can lead a large enterprise in a public setting and drive it to conclusion. I’ve done that, she hasn’t.”
Presidential hopeful Thaddeus McCotter tweeted: “Unemployment rising, people struggling in the Obama-Romney economy.”
He later explained: “We have Obama as the champion of big government, we see Romney as champion of bail out banks in Wall Street bailout. They are less rivals than they are running mates”