President Obama: “The average income for the top one percent of Americans has risen almost seven times faster than the income of the average middle class family. And this has happened during a period where the cost of everything from health care to college has skyrocketed.”
President Obama: “Now, in this country, we don’t begrudge anyone wealth or success – we encourage it. We celebrate it. But America is better off when everyone has had the chance to get ahead – not just those at the top of the income scale. The more Americans who prosper, the more America prospers.” No one can argue with those sentiments. How, how exactly government spending $1.4 trillion more than it takes in accomplishes that, is quite a different matter.
President Barack Obama: “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.’”
President Obama: “I intend to do everything in my power right now to act on behalf of the American people with or without Congress. We can’t wait for Congress to do its job. So where they won’t act, I will.”
Obama: “The truth is, we can no longer wait for Congress to do its job. The middle-class families who’ve been struggling for years are tired of waiting. They need help now. So where Congress won’t act, I will.”
President Obama: “[Americans with federal loans] could see their payments go down by hundreds [of dollars] per month…[and] it won’t cost taxpayers a dime.”
President Obama on the changes which he unilaterally instituted: “[These changes] won’t cost taxpayers a dime but will save you money and will save you time.”
Michelle Obama: “Let’s not forget about what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices – (applause) – and for the first time in history, our daughters – and our sons – watched three women take their seats on our nation’s highest court. (Applause.) 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 here”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz : “My hair is an asset. As a politician, it helps me get noticed. It helps me get talked about.”
President Obama: “I am biased, but I think Nancy [Pelosi] was one of the best Speakers of the House this country ever had.”
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “It’s no use asking me about specific things until we see the whole package. I`m not making any judgment about any package until I see the fuller package that it’s a part of.”
Pelosi: “The American people are rejecting the Tea Party Republican agenda that puts tax breaks for the wealthiest people in our country ahead of creating jobs.”
Vice President Joe Biden at a Democrat party meeting in Walt Disney resorts: “It’s time to stand up. It’s time to fight back. We are looking for this fight.”
Former President Bill Clinton: “I have a pretty good idea how the 21st century works and (pause) there’s not a single successful country on the planet that operates on the theory that the government is the problem (pause) not one. Every successful country has both a strong private economy and a smart, strong government that work together to provide economic opportunity, educational opportunity, provide decent health care and get into the future.”
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: “These `supercommittee’ Democrats have put all their concessions on the table up front in the vain hope that the Republicans might reciprocate, but it doesn’t work that way. In this political climate, concessions beget more concessions – not a workable compromise.”
Eric Holder, U.s. Attorney General: “In this state, too many are willing to turn their backs on our immigrant past. By the way, we’re not going to let that happen at the United States Department of Justice.”
Liberals on the Occupy movement
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.): “When you listen to his [Obama’s] speeches, I think he really understands the message, the purpose and the goals of the [occupy] movement.”
Some Oakland occupiers chanting to the police: “This is why we call you pigs.”
Occupier Michael McCarthy, a former Navy medic in Providence, of the temperature drop in New York: “Everyone’s been calling it our Valley Forge moment.”
Occupy Phoenix flier: “Pick any example of abuse of power, whether it is the fascist “war on drugs,” the police thuggery that has become so common, the random stops and searches now routinely carried out in the name of “security” (e.g., at airports, “border checkpoints” that aren’t even at the border, “sobriety checkpoints,” and so on), or anything else. Now ask yourself the uncomfortable question: If it is wrong for cops to do these things, doesn’t that imply that the people have a right to RESIST such actions? Of course, state mercenaries don’t take kindly to being resisted, even non-violently. If you question their right to detain you, interrogate you, search you, invade your home, and so on, you are very likely to be tasered, physically assaulted, kidnapped, put in a cage, or shot. If a cop decides to treat you like livestock, whether he does it “legally” or not, you will usually have only two options: submit, or kill the cop. You can’t resist a cop “just a little” and get away with it. He will always call in more of his fellow gang members, until you are subdued or dead.”
Occupy Wall Street protester Daniel Zetah: “If we fail, this civilization that is known as America will collapse. It will turn into a police state and I will flee back to Australia and live in my little community in Tasmania and hope that it doesn’t reach over there.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney: “The president has said that he understands peoples’ frustration [from the Occupy Wall Street movment], he understands that those frustrations are are felt very broadly by the American people – at least those frustrations that have to do with the fact that the economy isn’t strong enough, the fact that unemployment is too high and the fact that Washington is dysfunctional.”
Bill Maher: “New rule, this Halloween stop fretting that some stranger’s going to put drugs in your kid’s candy and put the drugs in there yourself. Come on, this is America. Acid will be the healthiest thing they eat all day. Do it, put drugs in the Halloween candy. Now I know what you’re thinking: Bill Maher, what a thing to say. We all know that too much of any drug can cause permanent damage. Just look at Rush Limbaugh. You can’t just decide to give a bunch of innocent, drug-free kids some sort of psychedelic. What if it interacts badly with their Wellbutrin, their Abilify, their Adderall, their Ritalin, and their monster energy drink? The kids are on drugs, all right. The problem is they’re on the wrong drugs. They’re on a combination of processed sugar so they can be mini coke fiends and mind narrowing pharmaceutical crap like Ritalin that doesn’t open up their minds. It levels and controls them. These drugs are all about keeping bratty children in check, or as we used to call it. parenting.”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews explains what Republicans want: “Here’s a party [the Republican Party]—I’m just keeping the list—they want more people to fry, they love executions. The want people who 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 it, they’re there to be booed. If you’re homeless, foreclose—if you have a home, foreclose on the people. If you’re a teacher, a fireman or a cop, get rid of the guy! I mean this attitude of causing cruel pain on people and getting cheers for it.”
Mark Shields, PBS: “In 2005 and 2007, the after-tax income of the top fifth was greater than all the income of the other 80 percent. Now I don’t know why anybody objects to this because a rising tide lifts all yachts, and that’s really what we’re looking at. And I think that the distribution of income, its inequality, is in the final analysis a national security issue, and it has to be examined that way.”
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir: “So here’s a message to the House leadership, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Mr. Cantor. 68 percent of Americans and 68 percent of all millionaires believe that it’s time to raise taxes on the wealthiest individuals so that this nation’s economy can start moving again. And if you’re not prepared to do anything in response, then isn’t it time that you two did the honorable thing [and resign]?”
Meet the Press’s David Gregory: “The problem [with Rick Perry's flat tax proposal] is, this does help the rich. It hurts a lot of the poor and the middle class.”
The Compliant Press on Herman Cain
Len Burman of Forbes Magazine: Headline “Why is Anyone Taking Herman Cain Seriously?” In the body of the story: “But GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is taking stupid tax policy to a whole new level with his “9-9-9 tax plan.”
Karen Finney, MSNBC news analyst: “One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.”
CBS’s Bob Schieffer on the subliminal messages of the Herman Cain “smoking” ad: “It sends the signal that it’s cool to smoke.”
After Cain remarked that some found the ad funny, Schieffer shot back “Let me just tell you, it’s not funny to me. I am a cancer survivor like you. I had cancer that’s smoking related. I don’t think it serves the country well – and this is an editorial opinion here – to show somebody smoking a cigarette. You are the frontrunner now. And it seems to me you have a responsibility not to take that kind of tone.”
Washington Post humorist Alexandra Petri writes an entire column on how Herman Cain is a Joke candidate. Somehow, I was unable to uncover any humor in her piece.
Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland on NBC‘s Meet the Press: “I think when [members of the TEA Party] can vote for a Herman Cain and hear him say the things that he says they feel like, `Well, you know, I can, I support this guy and…so it shows that I’m not racist and I’m supportive.’ ”
ABC’s Donna Brazile: “[Herman Cain] reminds me of one of my uncles, who you pretty much like, but you don’t want him coming out to the house.” Brazile is a political commentator on the “Round Table.” Do you notice how this remark has absolutely nothing to do with nothing? It is devoid of analysis or thought. It is simply a personal attack, nothing more, nothing less.
Joy Behar to Herman Cain: “The Republican party hasn’t been black-friendly over the many centuries in this country.”
Toure from Time Magazine (I quoted this last week, but it is worth seeing again): “This presidential election has not lacked for clowns, and in a circus Herman Cain fits right in. But as the Black clown, Cain‘s foot-in-mouth moments mostly involve insulting the Black community.” Title of that article: “Is Herman Cain the Most Unctuous Black Man Alive?”
Liberals from the past
President Bill Clinton in 1996: “We will meet these challenges, not through big government. The era of big government is over, but we can’t go back to a time when our citizens were just left to fend for themselves.”
Time Magazine’s Joe Klein: “I know what I’m about to say is impolite, but Herman Cain strikes me as something of a jerk and an ignoramus.”
Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast, speaking of Herman Cain: “We’ll see again tonight if his [Cain’s] moronic marketing slogans can sustain his momentum. I’d merely note that he is less of a farce than Palin was – and she was anointed by the establishment. When the rot in a party has gone this deep, and when its presidential line-up is this thin, absurdities like Cain will keep emerging.”
Liberals making sense
James Carville on the economic numbers: “Nobody’s gotten elected with these kinds of numbers.”
NBC’s David Gregory: “Mitch McConnell said something several weeks ago that I think really resonated, which is: the president got everything that he wanted and it didn’t work. He got a big stimulus. He got health care reform, he got financial reform. The economy hasn’t moved.”
Marine Corps Sergeant Shamar Thomas about the police brutality toward the Wall Street occupiers: “Well, initially, you know, I had the idea that, you know, it’s just a few, few, you know, bad police officers out of the crowd who don’t know how to control themselves in these situations because a lot of police officers aren’t necessarily, you know, trained to deal with peace. They’re trained to deal with, you know, actual riots that are not peaceful.”
Billy Bob Thorton when asked about OWS: “Like when they asked Elvis Presley what he thought about the Vietnam War, he said `To tell you the truth sir, I’m just an entertainer.` I don’t know enough about anything to comment on anything. Honestly. I’m not that bright and not that informed.” Yea, Billy Bob!
Fox 5 News reporter John Huddy of a new Occupy Wall Street friend that he has met: “This is somebody I’ve come across several times for the last few days. He threatened to stab me in the throat with a pen. He ripped the mic out of my hand.” Huddy pointed out that this guy, who was arrested, was not representative of the protestors as a group.
CNBC‘s Maria Bartiromo: “How important are concessions about the regulatory environment? This is the final question here on this murky environment that we’re seeing. CEOs tell me all the time that they don’t know the details of Dodd Frank. It’s the law of the land and we’re still writing the rules. We’ve got the EPA making decisions and legislations. Supposed to come from Congress and it seems like we’re going around things and the EPA is coming out with its own rules. You’ve got the labor relations board, the situation with Boeing. I mean, for starters, do you think it’s right that Boeing has to close down that plant in South Carolina because it’s non-union?”
Nancy Pelosi: “Yes. I don’t think they close it down. I would hope they would make it union.”
Bartiromo: “But this is a corporate decision. Should government be getting involved in corporate decisions like that?”
Pelosi: “You asked me what I thought, and I told you what I thought.”
Dan Joseph of the Media Research Center: Who do you think is more dangerous to American society, Rush Limbaugh or Al-Qaeda?
Joseph: Both, equally?
Joseph: Both equally?
Joseph: Wow. Rush Limbaugh or Al-Qaeda?
Man: What’s the difference?
Man 2: Rush Limbaugh.
Joseph: Okay. Al-Qaeda or Rush Limbaugh?
Woman: Probably Rush Limbaugh.
Joseph: Why Rush Limbaugh?
Woman: Because he has a greater effect. He’s on TV every day speaking to us. Al-Qaeda’s not.
Piers Morgan: “I just one to pin you down on one thing. I need you to admit the bleeding obvious, I need you to sit here and say, ‘I’m in the 1% [highest income bracket].’ ”
Michael Moore, filmmaker and self-proclaimed revolutionary: “Well, I can’t; I’m not.”
Morgan: “You are then!”
Moore: “No, I’m not!”
Morgan: “You’re not in the 1%”
Moore: “Of course I’m not. How can I be in the 1%?”
Morgan: “Because you’re worth millions.”
Moore: “Listen, I do really well. I do well…even though I do well, I don’t associate myself with those who do well. I am devoting my life to those who have less, who have been crapped upon by the system. And that is how I spent my time, my energy, my money on trying to upend this system, which I think is a system of violence, it’s a system that’s unfair, to the average working person of this country and itw as a mistake to ever give me a dime…[to do] Roger and Me [his first film].”
Michael Moore later, in his blog, sort of admitted to being a millionaire, but didn’t really come clean even there:
Bill Maher, comedian, television show host, in 2011: “Since 2005, I think, the number of drone missions has gone up by something like 1200 percent, and for good reason. You know, we can do it a lot cheaper. It’s cheaper, we can get closer to the target and therefore kill less civilians. They can stay up longer. I’m sold. I’m going down to the dealership tomorrow. I’m hoping they have a hybrid…And I’ve heard people say, “Well, this is not good because, you know, this is like a video game.” Good. Why is that a bad thing that it’s like a video game? I don’t understand why it’s a bad thing. I know the argument is, “Well, you know, it makes us more likely to go to war if we don’t have to, you know, risk our troops.” How could we be more likely to go to war than we’ve already been?”
Bill Maher, 2001: “We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.”
Sean Hannity: “I want dirtier air and water.”
Noelle Nikpour: “We all do.”
Greg Gutfeld of the man who is suing the Catholic University because there are crosses and pictures of Jesus, which might upset the Muslims: “It’s like going to a Halloween party and being upset there are costumes there.”
Presidential candidate Herman Cain: “We of the nation have complained about the tax code since dirt, but no one wanted to just throw it out and start with something fresh.”
Herman Cain: “There’s no racism in this TEA party movement.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner: “We’ve got the 15 bills that have been passed by the House and continue to sit in the United States Senate. Many of these bills passed the House with bipartisan support, 15 common-sense bills that will help get our economy moving again. The president says `we can’t wait’ to take action on jobs, and I agree. Mr. President, help us with the United States Senate to pass these bipartisan, common-sense bills that will get our economy moving once again.’”
Toby Smith on Fox’s Bulls & Bears: “Investment is the lifeblood of an economy.” [quoted from memory]
Charles Gasperino of the FoxBusiness Channel: “Stock traders are notoriously stupid and short-sighted.” [quoted from memory]
John Layfield, FoxNews commentator and radio show host, imitating a new Congressman: “Oh, my gosh, I’m here in my office and what should I do? Let’s throw midgets and give away free diapers.” [quoted from memory]
James Taranto, WSJ writer: “The thing about Biden, is when you don’t give him a script, he says the most wonderfully absurd and entertaining things. ”
Rush Limbaugh: “You know, it’s amazing. These 20-year-old, 22-year-old punk kids, if they think college is expensive, wait ‘til they get divorced.”
Rush Limbaugh: “My personal slogan when it came to going to college: ‘Resist We Much!’ Even before I knew that was my slogan, that was my slogan.”
Rush Limbaugh: “I understand liberals. I know how they try to control. I know how they try to limit people’s freedom. I know how they try to dumb down people in order to get them compliant and dependent. Gosh, the damage they’ve done to this country and the people of this country is just incalculable. It breaks my heart and ticks me off at the same time.”
Jon Huntsman: “You can’t be a perfectly lubricated weather vane on the important issues of the day. Romney has been missing in action in terms of showing any kind of leadership.”
Mary Matalin on Mitt Romney’s core beliefs: “In the core of their concern is what you’ve just raised—what is his core?”
Rush Limbaugh: “Do you know that if you earn $50,000 a year or more, you are in the upper 10% of wage earners in America? I love telling people that statistic. They don’t believe it.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Obama’s ideas are unworkable. His policies are stupid. His ideas are naive and dangerous. His record is a disaster. He is the most unqualified, irresponsible, disastrous candidate.”
Rush Limbaugh: “You note that nobody ever, ever really criticizes Big Education for its out-of-control price increases, never, ever. Because that’s where the Chosen Ones work: Liberal unionized professors.”
Rush Limbaugh: “When candidates like Cain and Perry start talking about seriously changing the tax code, they are talking about the bread and butter of the elites — and that’s when the long knives come out, and that’s when the criticism rises up and mounts and that’s when we start hearing, ‘What a kook!’”
Rush Limbaugh: “So here we have the Occupy Wall Street cooks, now part of the 1%. (laughing) They’re the haves. They’re part of the 1% who won’t feed the homeless. They won’t share the organic wealth.”
Rush: “With a half million dollars in the bank, isn’t Occupy Wall Street part of the 1% now?”
Rush: “Yes, my friends, the Occupy Wall Street crowd has a stash. They got 500 grand but they’re not redistributing the money to all the protesters. That’s right, the top 1% of the protesters have the money, and you know what they did with it? They put it in a bank. (laughing) Banks are what they are protesting.”
Rush: “Folks, you’re gonna have to have a really tough backbone for the next 12-13 months, because any news like we had with this 2.5% growth rate, the media will say, ‘We’re back! See? It was worse than we knew when Obama was inaugurated, and it’s taking longer for his policies to work than we knew — and now they’re finally working, so don’t change horses.’”
Rush: “Folks, we’re gonna have to have job creation at 150,000 a month for four years just to get down to eight or seven percent unemployment! We’re nowhere near getting back down to the 4.7 or 5% that we had just three years ago before Obama assumed office.”