"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" - Albert Camus

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Commentary On Various Quotes Of The Week

Out of touch quote of the week:
"What we have here is a flea, wagging a tail, wagging a dog. The flea are [sic] the minority of House Republicans who are hard right, the tail is the House Republican caucus, and the dog is the government. My experience is they lose politically, but much more importantly, they do what is wrong for the country substantively." --Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
News flash for the good senator from the empire state: We are at the door step of insolvency and the American people have spoken on November 2010.


Delusional quote of the week:
"We don't hear anybody saying -- and the president has not been saying what he should have been saying -- which is the country is not broke. We're simply not taxing the big corporations enough. ... We're not taxing the millionaires and billionaires enough." --Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Rep. Nadler is apparently in need of better aides who will inform him that even confiscating 100% of the net profits of corporations would not make up projected $1 trillion plus annual deficits as far as the eye can see.

Hysterical quote of the week:
"The Republicans are trying to ... destroy the whole, wide world." --Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)
No comment necessary (other than pointing out why the present day Democrat party is but a shadow of its former self!)


"Desperately seeking attention to boost my non-existing ratings" Marxist quote of the week:
"I just don't see why with top earners doing better than ever, why they can't be a part of this equation [in addressing the budget crisis]. ... [I]f you looked at the New York Times [Sunday], and you saw the top 30 earners, and how much money they are making all over again, including some of the people who drove us into the ditch -- all white men, by the way, just one woman -- and I didn't see any African-Americans -- I think we have a problem that we need to address as a society. ... [W]e need to balance things out [or] you're going to have class warfare on its worst level." --MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski
Mika, you are forgetting hispanics and the LGBT community - you wouldn't want them to be offended them, would you? 


"Government is too small" quote of the week:
"I hope the president decides he has to take a stand, and the sooner the better. Last December he caved in to Republican demands that the Bush tax cuts be extended to wealthier Americans for two more years, at a cost of more than $60 billion. That was only the beginning. ... [Friday] night he gave away more than half the sandwich -- $39 billion less than was budgeted for 2010, $79 billion less than he originally requested. Non-defense discretionary spending -- basically, everything from roads and bridges to schools and innumerable programs for the poor -- has been slashed. The right-wing bullies are emboldened. They will hold the nation hostage again and again." --former Clintonista Robert Reich


"Off the wall" comment of the week:
"If you want to have balance, and you think that the only (entities) who have rights are humans or companies, then how can you reach balance?  But if you recognize that nature too has rights, and (if you provide) legal forms to protect and preserve those rights, then you can achieve balance."  --Pablo Salon, Bolivia's ambassador to the UN on introducing a document that would give "Mother Earth" same rights as humans; and whose 2008 U.N. pamphlet "Ten Commandments" start with the need to "end capitalism".

When are they going to retain Van Jones as a consultant?


Finally a conservative quote:
"Republicans want to 'end Medicare as we know it.' Cue cat shriek! This 'end Medicare as we know it' line -- and many like it ('end Medicaid as we know it,' 'end carbon-based life as we know it,' etc.) -- is the lead-off talking point for the entire Democratic Party in response to Rep. Paul Ryan's just-released budget proposal, 'The Path to Prosperity.' Here's the thing: Of course he wants to end Medicare as we know it. You know why? Because the way we know it right now, the program is barreling toward insolvency. Personally, if I were on a plane that had one engine out and was belching smoke, I would certainly hope somebody with some judgment and competence might calmly remove his oxygen mask long enough to suggest 'ending this flight as we know it.'" --columnist Jonah Goldberg

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