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Quotes of the Week: March 5, 2009
On Mighty (False) Claims of Curtailing the Size of the U.S. Government:
“If President Obama were to try to misrepresent his positions for the next four years, there would be nothing he could say that would approach the inaccuracy of his claim last week that he is not for big government. It is the essence of the man and his presidency. He doesn’t like America the way it has been since its founding, and it would take an abusively big government to realize his dreams of converting America into something quite different. If you don’t know that, you don’t yet know Obama.”
— Tony Blankley, Author, Syndicated Columnist and Former Washington Times Editorial Page Editor
“Addressing Congress last week, the president said he is strengthening government ‘not because I believe in bigger government — I don’t.’
“Chant it, everybody: Yes, you do.”
— George F. Will, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Regarding President Obama’s Budget-Busting Braggadocio:
“How lucky we are to have Barack Obama as president. He’s already come up with a revolutionary idea that escaped his predecessors: He’s going to scour the budget for … ‘waste and inefficiency’! ‘… go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs.’
“It’s astonishing that no one has thought of this before. Who knew programs could actually be eliminated just because they don’t work and waste taxpayers’ money?”
— John Stossel, Award-Winning News Correspondent and Co-Anchor of ABC News ‘20/20’
“In his speech to Congress last week, President Obama promised to ‘go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs.’ Although the process was not completed yet, he said, ‘we have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade.’
“But it turns out that tax increases account for half of those ‘savings.’ From Obama’s perspective, it seems, letting people keep their own money qualifies as a ‘wasteful and ineffective program.’ That makes sense if you believe all resources are the government’s to distribute as it sees fit, which is the premise underlying the multitrillion-dollar spending binge that Obama calls ‘A New Era of Responsibility.’”
— Jacob Sullum, Reason Magazine Senior Editor and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Douglas MacKinnon, Author, Columnist, Political Commentator and Former White House and Pentagon Official, On Falling Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions:
“Is it any wonder that readers and the majority of the American people have tired of the countless liberal indoctrination sheets masquerading as newspapers? The breaking point has been reached.
“While my liberal editor friend says the Internet and the economic meltdown are greatly accelerating the demise of these papers, he still believes it started with the biased and unethical behavior of far-left editors, reporters, and columnists. Unprincipled behavior that caused conservatives and centrists by the millions to cancel their newspaper and magazine subscriptions over the course of the last two decades.”
Regarding the Budget, the Economy and the Stock Market:
“Markets are not infallible. But the stock market has long been a ‘lead indicator’ of where the economy will be six months from now. What are the markets, the collective decisions of millions of investors, saying?
“Having fallen every month since Obama’s election, with January and February the worst two months in history, they are telling us the stimulus package will not work, that Tim Geithner is clueless about how to save the banks, that the Obama budget portends disaster for the republic.
“The president says he is gearing up for a fight on his budget.
“Good. Let’s give him one.”
— Patrick J. Buchanan, Syndicated Columnist and Founding Editor, The American Conservative Magazine
“The stock market reacts not to the past, but forecasts the future. With proposed income tax increases and a boost in the capital gains tax rate, the stock market has fallen at percentage rates last seen in the Great Depression. The elderly and those about to become older Americans are seeing their savings and investments built up over a lifetime wiped out. Where is the party of compassion? Can the elderly, who have increasingly voted for Democrats after being peppered with demagoguery that Republicans will end Social Security, wake up and realize that the more rich there are, the richer they become?
“President Obama can cling to liberal ideology and appease the left-wing fringe of his party, or he can do like President Clinton did and reduce capital gains taxes (how about eliminating them at least for a few years?) and watch the markets respond, re-filling individual retirement accounts and rekindling hope that millions of Americans won't have to abandon their lifestyles and their independence and become dependent on government.
“This isn't about politics. It is about doing what works. We know what works. The question is will the president and congressional Democrats stop worrying about the rich and start worrying about the potential for increasing the number of poorer people?”
— Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist
Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute President and CEO, On Proposals for Government-Run Health Care:
“The president’s budget repeats the popular claim that 45.7 million Americans are uninsured. The figure is taken as proof positive that the current system is failing — and that the government must step in to provide a remedy.
“But that misleading number includes millions we can hardly call uninsured. About 18 million of the uninsured make more than $50,000 a year — and almost 10 million have yearly incomes over $75,000. More than 10 million aren’t U.S. citizens. And as many as 14 million are already eligible for government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP — but haven’t signed up.
“For most folks, health insurance is simply too expensive. And ramping up funding for government health programs, as Obama proposes, won’t make insurance cheaper. In fact, it could cause private insurance to become more expensive.”
Regarding Rush Limbaugh:
“Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party, a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.”
— Jonathan Martin, The Politico
“Here we go again. Rush Limbaugh is public enemy No. 1.
“Liberal bloggers and media chin-strokers are aghast at Limbaugh's statement that he hopes Barack Obama fails.
“Well, given what Obama wants to do, I hope he fails too. Of course I want the financial crisis to end — who doesn't? But Obama's agenda is much more audacious. Pretty much every major news outlet in the country has said as a matter of objective analysis that Obama wants to repeal the legacy of Ronald Reagan and remake the country as a European welfare state. And yet people are shocked that conservatives, Limbaugh included, want Obama to fail in this effort?
“What movie have they been watching? Because I could swear that opposing the expansion of big government is what conservatives do.”
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review OnLine Editor-at-Large
“Rush is the target because he represents the real opposition. He's the leading voice for those who are really standing up for America and its founding ideals. Too much of our opposition is nominal only. Too much of our opposition is unaware we're in a war for the very survival of those precious principles.”
— David Limbaugh, Author, Syndicated Columnist and Political Opinion Writer
“As the tax-and-spend policies of the Obama administration extend and deepen the recession, the new administration's strategy to deal with the fallout becomes clearer and clearer.
“Blame Rush Limbaugh.”
— Larry Elder, Author, Attorney and Syndicated Columnist
“[M]any of us are hoping that all those in power fail, because those in power have a grating habit of being annoyingly self-righteous, hopelessly corrupt, resolutely incompetent and completely apathetic about the freedoms that they have sworn to protect.
“Embrace the failure. It's patriotic.”
— David Harsanyi, Denver Post Syndicated Columnist