Say What? Aug 2, 2011 edition [Reader Post]



President Barrack Obama: “Today, I’d like to speak with you about the ongoing and urgent efforts to avoid a first-ever default and get our fiscal house in order.”  There is no looming default.  A default on our loans would be exclusively his decision.  Does the president not know this?

President Barrack Obama: “If we don’t address the debt that’s already on our national credit card, it will leave us unable to invest in things like education, to protect vital programs. So I’ve already said I’m willing to cut spending that we don’t need by historic amounts to reduce our long-term deficit – make sure that we can invest in our children’s future.”

President Obama: “We need to reach a compromise by Tuesday so that our country will have the ability to pay its bills on time – bills like Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits, and contracts we’ve signed with thousands of American businesses. If we don’t, for the first time ever, we could lose our country’s Triple A credit rating. Not because we didn’t have the capacity to pay our bills – we do – but because we didn’t have a Triple A political system to match it. And make no mistake – for those who reflexively oppose tax increases on anyone, a lower credit rating would be a tax increase on everyone – we’d pay higher interest rates on mortgages, car loans, and credit cards.”

Senate leader Harry Reid: “Unfortunately the Republicans who used to run Congress, the two Republican caucuses, are being driven by a radical right-wing that is so in-tune with the tea party.   They want their leaders to ignore the American people as they’re doing. They want their leaders to ignore the business leaders like the Chamber of Commerce, that they’re ignoring. And even a majority of Republicans around this country want something to happen and they’re refusing to do that.  They’d rather cut Social Security benefits than end taxpayer-funded giveaways for these billionaires and millionaires who have their corporate jets.  We should not let these extremists dictate the outcome of this debate for the direction of our country. The time for ideological extremism should end. Now is the time for cooperation and consensus building and that’s what legislation is all about.”

Harry Reid: “Reasonable Republicans have been offered absolutely everything they’ve asked for. Still, they refuse to take yes for an answer, all because of a cadre of unreasonable Tea Party-driven House Republicans.”

Harry Reid: “[my bill is] the only game in town.”

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi: “I think that this [Boehner] bill is perfect—in its absurdity.  His bill was perfectly absurd, perfectly absurd….it is very, very important that we all take a deep breath; we all have important work to do…[there is] not one red cent of revenue while we’re saying kids should pay more for their student loans.  So it’s time for us to end this theater of the absurd, it’s time for us to get real… the speaker chose, when he didn’t have the votes, instead of to reach out in a bipartisan way to see how we could work together, he chose to go to the dark side…and I repeat, he chose to go to the dark side.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) statement: “The current, so-called `debt crisis’ has been completely manufactured by House Republicans attempting to advance an extremist agenda. This should be a simple vote to allow the US Treasury to fund all of the programs and obligations of the entire federal government that are already in the law.”

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi statement: “It is clear we must enter an era of austerity; to reduce the deficit through shared sacrifice.”

President Obama from a week ago (this bears repeating): “We don’t need a constitutional amendment to do our jobs.”

The Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus to President Obama to sidestep Congress and hike the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit on his own: “[You have] both the authority and a moral obligation [to invoke the Constitution’s 14th Amendment] to avoid an economic catastrophe of historic proportions.  We must not allow a political deadlock to cause the United States to default for the first time in our history.  Now that Congress has borrowed money and incurred debt, we cannot – as a nation and under our Constitution – walk away.”

Jesse Jackson: “[Obama] has a propensity to be trusting, on the side of reconciliation.  He kind of underestimates how ideological these guys are and how determined they are to destroy him.”

Bill Maher on erecting a cross at Ground Zero: “The news from Norway reminds us that Christianity is also a religion with a bloody history, and perfectly capable of creating dangerous, violent extremists just as Islam does. Once you buy into the idea of things that are “holy”, you’re closer to buying into the idea of a “holy war.” Anders Breivik was a terrorist calling for a Christian war against Muslims. In this atmosphere, symbols about whose god “rules” are not helpful.”

Bob Beckel of the Nascar pastor: “That boy is missing some dogs from his front porch.”

Sally Quinn of Anders Breivik: “I say the guy’s a Christian.”

Cynthia McKinney on Iranian television: “There was a time when we [peacemakers] almost won.  We almost won in the 1960’s, but, unfortunately, because we were so close to winning, the authorities fought back.  We were so close to winning, and then they killed John Kennedy, our president; they killed Malcolm X; they killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; they killed…”

Iranian interviewer: “They were killed by the authorities?”

McKinney: “Yes, yes, this is all documented.”

NBC terror expert as interviewed by Martin Bashir: “Let’s turn back the clock to last summer and let’s remember the debate that’s been taking place since then. We’ve seen protests here in New York outside the Park 51 complex, saying that Islam is coming to take over America and that [the mosque] can’t be built . . . you had individuals showing up at political rallies in Arizona carrying assault rifles. Look, I mean, it’s not that much of a jump from that to this [bombing in Norway].”

The Liberal Press:

Rush Limbaugh on the media: “With these people, I don’t trust anything. I don’t trust anything I read. Everything is a political calculation. We know that the mainstream media is on Obama’s team. We know he’s there to advance his agenda, and we know that they’re into manipulation of thinking.”

NY Times Thomas Friedman: “Today’s Republicans [are] being led around by an extremist Tea Party faction, with no adult supervision.”

CNN’s Don Lemon to Rand Paul: “The TEA party position appears to most people, remains rigid.  The question is, have you made your point by continuing to go on with this, or do you feel like you are overreaching and you are going to lose the clout, and really the respect you have gotten, because you’ve really made your point here and most people would say, ‘You’ve done a good job at it’ but do you feel like you are overreaching right now?”

Chris Matthews: “I spent two years in southern Africa, it [the Republican debt approach] sounds like what the whites talked about doing. Eventually going into some sort of little circle, like Custer’s last stand against the United States.”

NY Times, front page headline: “As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist.”

From a Rush Limbaugh montage of Democrats and news reporters (you cannot tell them apart except for their names):

STENY HOYER: (rotunda noise) The Republicans are holding hostage the credit of the United States of America.

DEBBIE “BLABBERMOUTH” SCHULTZ: …our Republican colleagues to hold our economy hostage.

DINGY HARRY: The Republican Party is holding our economy hostage.

CHUCK-U SCHUMER: (rotunda noise) It didn’t say, “Hold America hostage.”

LOUISE SLAUGHTER: …hold the debt ceiling hostage.

SHELDON WHITEHOUSE: One party is holding the country hostage.

JOHN OLVER: The debt limit has never before been held hostage.

BARBARA LEE: Republicans are holding our economy hostage.

EARL BLUMENAUER: …willing to take hostage the debt ceiling.

JASON ALTMIRE: Stop holding America’s credit rating hostage.

ROSA DeLAURO: The Republican majority continues to hold the American economy hostage.

CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Let’s not hold the entire American economy hostage.

JOHN LARSON: …ideological HOSTAGE situation…

LLOYD DOGGETT: The only belt they’re really tightening is right around the neck of those hostages.

JAMES CLYBURN: Holding the American economy hostage.

JESSE JACKSON, JR.: This President is being treated differently!

SPEAKER PRO-TEM: (gavel banging)

JACKSON: No other President has been stuck up, shook down, or held hostage!

CNN host Fareed Zakaria: “Instead of accepting some compromise that can get through the democratic process, what they`re saying is we’ll blow up the country if you don’t listen to us.  We’ll hold hostage the credit of the United States, the good standing of the United States and we’ll blow it’s an extraordinary act of hostage-taking.”

NY columnist Maureen Doud: “The world is watching in fearful – and sometimes gleeful – fascination as the Tea Party drives a Thunderbird off the cliff with the president and speaker of the House strapped in the back. The Dow is hiding under the bed with a glass of single malt. Can it get more excruciating? Apple has more cash than the U.S. government.

Amid the chilling anarchy, there’s not a single strong leader to be seen – not even a misguided one. All the leaders are followers. You have to wonder if President Obama at some level doesn’t want to lead. Maybe he just wants to be loved.

The citizens of this country tremble at the thought that these are the people governing them. Should we stick our money under our mattresses? It’s not only the economy that gets nourished by confidence; it’s also politics.

The maniacal Tea Party freshmen are trying to burn down the House they were elected to serve in. It turns out they wanted to come inside to get a blueprint of the historic building to sabotage it.

Like gargoyles on the Capitol, the adamantine nihilists are determined to blow up the country’s prestige, their party and even their own re-election chances if that’s what it takes. (Many are worried about primary races with even more dogmatic challengers, which is a truly scary thought.) If they can drag President Obama off his pedestal, even better. They think he looks down on them and sneers at their values.”

This isn’t even the half of it; here are a number of different voices, all in the Obama Media Complex, all singing the same song with their own words:

Or check this out: the media is clearly an arm of the Democratic party (this is not some editorial; this is the liberal media in their own words).

I predicted some time ago that the press would pull out all of the stops for the next election; it looks like they have already started.

Liberals from the past:

Representative David Wu, back in 2007: “This president [Bush] has listened to some people, the so-called Vulcans in the White House, the ideologues. But you know, unlike the Vulcans of Star Trek who made the decisions based on logic and fact, these guys make it on ideology. These aren’t Vulcans. There are Klingons in the White House. But unlike the real Klingons of Star Trek, these Klingons have never fought a battle of their own. Don’t let faux Klingons send real Americans to war.”

Cynthia McKinney, 5April 2011: “I knew that dissent would be intolerable under an Obama Administration, enforced both from the Black political consensus and from the Democratic Party wingnuts–quashing dissent even with all of the attendant special interest burdens that come with any aspect of the Democratic Party.”

Cynthia McKinney, 3June 2011: “And let us not forget this Administration’s efforts to quash the Goldstone Report”

McKinney, who does not keep a single thought to herself, has no concept of what it means for the government to quash free speech (I said that).

Liberals being civil:

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky: “In battle, when you accidentally shoot your own, it’s called friendly fire. When you deliberately shoot your own, it’s called fragging. Republicans, stop fragging the American economy and the American people.”

One of the things the left supported back during the Vietnam War, was the fragging of officers.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.): “I think in the last 24 hours, we’ve confirmed what many people suspected, which is that the tea party Republicans may be a noisy and effective protest movement, but they’re unfit to govern.”

Chuck Schumer: “There are 100 people in the House who don’t care if we default, who are extreme and ideological.  100 people do not represent America.”

Crazy Muslims:

Not everyone believes that the Norway terrorist is a Christian.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major-General Hassan Firouzabadi: “Any examination [of the] causes and intentions behind the Norway attack will be useless without searching for hands of Zionists involved in the attack.”

Liberals making sense:

Senator Barack H. Obama, March, 2006: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”


Anders Breivik, the Norway killer (who, in big headlines, is called a Christian terrorist by some newspapers and a Christian fundamentalist terrorist by others: “As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science, and it must always continue to be that way. Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic.”  So, why is he not called a man of logic?  Why is he said not to be excessively religious?  Why is he not called a scientist?

Anders Breivik: “If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian.”

Moody’s Investors Services: “The limited magnitude of current deficit reduction proposals suggest that even a timely increase in the debt ceiling will lead to the assignment of a negative outlook on the rating.”  Attention all Republicans and Democrats.

Sacramento’s Mexican consul general, Carlos González Gutierrez: “It’s now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico.  We have become a middle-class country.”

King Bill Compton on True Blood: “Vampires have often found it advantageous to maintain a hidden presence in humanity’s most powerful institutions. In the 1600s, it was the Catholic church, and today, as you all know, it’s Google, Fox News.”

Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft:  “What kept me at the table the last four-and-a-half months was seeing the players who represented the player representatives, who represented the league’s players.  They didn’t just look at the short-term interests of their own playing careers, but they looked long-term, especially Jeff Saturday and Domonique Foxworth. I was so impressed with them, that they acted as principals at the table, looking out what was good for the game. I believe you’re going to see a very great NFL over the next decade and I hope we gave a little lesson to the people in Washington because the debt crisis is a lot easier to fix than this deal was. Thank you.”


Joe Scarborough (of MSNBC): “I have got to clear this up. Mika heard two days ago on Capitol Hill Democrats all saying the same thing. And that is, this president has been invisible, he is not a leader. They said this all behind closed doors. Democratic leaders, Democratic rank-and-file. In fact, 40, 50 of the most powerful Democrats on the Hill. I will just stop right there. The complaints were all the same. The president has vanished. He has left us here alone again like he did with health care. Where is he? Now, they didn’t call him a loser, but they sure as hell didn’t call him a leader.”  Although I like Joe, I see him as more of a moderate than a conservative.


John Stossel, holding up a picture of John Boehner: “Who’s this?”

Man on the street: “The gay actor on 30 Rock?”

Rather than being sidelined on the debt talks, President Obama decided to make an injudicious use of twitter, whereupon, he lost 40,000 followers:

“Honestly, @BarackObama, I’m going to have to unfollow you if you don’t stop filing up my Twitter inbox soon,” tweeted Bostonian @melisthreadgill, a self-described “Progressive activist”.

“Can’t believe I had to unfollow @BarackObama for spamming Twitter. Really, really strange behavior,” wrote @Arevill inConnecticut.

“I want to unfollow @BarackObama but his desperation is too entertaining,” tweeted @rdpatrick of Lavonia, Georgia.


Newt Gingrich on his global warming commercial that he made with Nancy Pelosi: “I was trying to make a point that we shouldn’t be afraid to have a debate with the left, even on the environment,” Gingrich said on WGIR radio of the 30-second television commercial. “Obviously it was misconstrued, and it’s probably one of those things I wouldn’t do again.”

However, in January, Gingrich said: that he “meant exactly what [he] said in that commercial.”  In the video, he said, “our country must take action to address climate change.”

Here’s the video:


Bill O’Reilly on whether Anders Breivik is a Christian or not: “Does he have a Keep Christ in Christmas on his Volvo?”

Rand Paul: “I’m not trying to make a point; I’m trying to do what’s best for the country; and adding 7 to 8 trillion dollars of debt over the next 10 years, I don’t think is good for the country.”

Rand Paul: “When they tell you they’re going to cut a trillion [from the debt], it’s from a proposed increase in the debt—it isn’t meaningful.”

Boehner spokesman Mike Steel: “Speaker Boehner’s long-standing support for a Balanced Budget Amendment has nothing to do with Darth Vader.”

TEA party conservative Rand Paul: “It’s crazy that we are called extreme because we want to cut a pinny [out of each dollar].”

Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan: “An analysis released by Citigroup on Monday found that our Cut, Cap, and Balance Act is the only actual legislation that would not put America’s AAA credit rating at risk of a downgrade.”

Senator Marco Rubio: “If we had $1 billion for every time I heard the words `tea party extremist,’ we could solve this debt problem.”

Bankrupting America, on the side of a bus: “Next Stop: Greece.  Raising the debt ceiling without cutting spending is our own Greek Tragedy.”

Laura Ingraham: “When Washington starts sacrificing, instead of actually increasing the salaries of individuals within the executive offices of the presidency—when they start sacrificing, we can talk about the real meaning of sacrifice.”

Columnist Kevin L. Martin: “While President Obama, Senate Democrats and inside the beltway Republicans remain addicted to spending more money they do not have, a brave bloc of Congressional Members have stood up and said, no.  These 22 brave members of Congress bucked their party leadership and voted against Speaker Boehner’s debt ceiling bill. These lawmakers understand full well that they were elected to represent the American People and to reject the Washington D.C. wheeling and dealing that got us in this mess in the first place.”

Marco Rubio: “In the two years before I even came here, this chamber neither proposed or passed a budget…For the last two years, this government has operated without a budget…Do you know how long it’s been since this chamber proposed a budget?  Forget passed a budget—proposed a budget?  822 days—that’s a long time.”

Bill O’Reilly on the debt and debt ceiling: “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco; this ain’t no foolin’ around.” {words first immortalized by the Talking Heads, then quoted many times, by people like BrainSpank, who had hoped that the Obama administration would destroy FoxNews].

Ken Langone, the former director of the New York Stock Exchange and the co-founder of Home Depot: “[Obama is] not bringing us together. He’s willfully dividing us. He’s petulant. Ronald Reagan would never go into the Oval Office without his jacket on – that’s how much he revered the presidency.  Divide us and we all lose. And this has got to stop. And if [Obama’s] listening, or one of his people are listening, and you can quote me exactly for what I say, he is not acting presidential, he is behaving in a way designed, in my opinion, to divide us and make us look at each other with skepticism, with suspicion.  That’s the end of America as we know it when that happens.”

Rush Limbaugh: “We are on a disastrous trajectory. For the first time in my lifetime there are people who are actually talking about the country imploding financially.”

Rick Perry: “I probably needed to add a few words after that `it’s fine with me,’ and that it’s fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue. Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn’t changed.”

Rush Limbaugh: “I cringe when I keep hearing Boehner and the Republicans talk about the moral obligation we have not to default.  We’re not going to.”

Rush: “A bunch of Tea Party people who can’t be bought are now being tweeted.  Tweeting them is going to pressure them.  Is that not hilarious?  They’re going to tweet harass ’em.”

Rush: “You are listening to the EIB Network, the home of Industrial-Strength Ideological Purity.”

Conservatives not making any sense:

John McCain [reading an article from the Wall Street Journal): “The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue and the public will turn en masse against Barack Obama….Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea party hobbits could return to Middle-earth…This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP nominees. The reality is the debt limit will be raised one way or another.”  I love and respect John McCain.  I think it is time for him to retire.

Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski: “You have folks who are so black-and-white, who are so absolutist, that we are in a process now where we are on the brink.”


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Wow, Gary! Are you sure you didn’t miss something? Great post letting everyone shoot themselves in the foot!

Obama (by how he would have spent the limited funds) might have had the power to allow the nation to avoid or go into default, but he goes beyond that and claims this debt ceiling deal prevents ratings agencies from downgrading the USA.
Not true.
We may still be downgraded.
Likely we will be.

@Nan G:

We may still be downgraded.
Likely we will be.

The downgrading has already begun.

@Nan G:

I’d imagine that this “deal” has put us at AA, and that the insanity of it will place us much closer to further downgrades.

And the debt service amount will become larger and larger, meaning more and more debt must be taken on to pay for everything.

More liberal tolerance
Tucson Newspaper Political Cartoonist Fantasized About Obama Sending SEALs to Assassinate Tea Party Republicans

And yet–
it is all just smoke and mirrors.
There is an insane notion abroad inside the Beltway as follows: any change in the mandated increases in spending for various items in the Federal “budget” is a CUT.
Any Federal subsidies paid to voters in exchange for their votes (vote-buying) [Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, AFDC, housing, agriculture price supports, union enforcement] is a Benefit, and dare not be changed with sabotaging our Nation.
How does reducing the increase become a cut?
How does buying votes make us a representative Republic?
How does printing money without the necessary collateral constitute wise financial action? A private party doing this would go to jail. But another $2 trillion will be issued without benefit of backing. A bank would go out of business. A state would go into receivership. Germany got Adolf Hitler. Zimbabwe got permanent poverty. So what do we get? Reid, Schumer, Graham, Pelosi, Obama, Biden, and the rest of the clowns, laughing as they drive us over the cliff.

The Tea Party activists have done something unthinkable: they have opened up the debate.
We will now see whether anyone is listening.

What exactly is in that water they drink out there in California or how much of that wacky weed are they inhaling? Curt you should put this on G+
“Semper Fi”

@Hard Right: Great catch. I’ll try to remember to feature this next week.

With those on the left identifying us as racists, as little Hitler’s, and now as terrorists, where can they go from here? Is there something worse that I can’t think of?

@gary kukis:

I’m sure some form of rapist and child molester tag will be thrown out soon.