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web posted March 23, 2009

"One way or another, we're going to try to figure out how to get these resources back." --Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), who only a month ago made sure that these particular bonuses were exempt from regulation in the stimulus bill; Dodd is also the recipient of the most campaign cash from AIG ($103,000 in 2008)

"If you don't return it on your own, we will do it for you." --Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Congress' possible plan to take back AIG bonuses with a tax

"The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better towards them if they'd follow the Japanese model and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say I'm sorry, and then either do one of two things -- resign, or go commit suicide." --Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), who later sort of apologized

"This is not about ideology. This is about economic necessity. ... I know some of you are holding your breath with what we're doing. This is about the change we meant. We meant fundamental, foundational change. ... Folks, this is the real deal -- this ain't politics. This is life and death for a lot of people. ... Our friends on the right say we can't afford this budget. Well I say without equivocation -- I speak for Barack Obama when I say, we can't afford not to have this budget." --Vice President Joe Biden

"Climate change is not governed by a recession, it's governed by scientific facts about what's happening to earth. And you either accept the realities of the science or you don't. You don't enter a mutual suicide pact because the economy is having a hard time right now. You certainly have room to negotiate at what the rate and schedule is within that, but it doesn't mean you can sit around and do nothing." --Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions

"If Washington's newfound opponents of rewarding failure want to do taxpayers a favor, how about giving back their automatic pay raises? How about returning all their AIG donations? How about taking back all the bailout money to all the failed enterprises, from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to AIG, the automakers and the big banks? Barry? Harry? Nancy? John? Chris? Bueller? Bueller?" --columnist Michelle Malkin

"The president's confidence in his capacities is undermining confidence in his judgment. His way of correcting what he called the Bush administration's 'misplaced priorities' has been to have no priorities. Mature political leaders know that to govern is to choose -- to choose what to do and thereby to choose what cannot be done. The administration insists that it really does have a single priority: Everything depends on fixing the economy. But it also says that everything depends on everything: Economic revival requires enactment of the entire liberal wish list of recent decades." --columnist George Will

"Going for the grandest illusion of all, [Obama] ... told the New York Times: 'We've actually been operating in a way that has been entirely consistent with free-market principles.' Excuse me while I pick my jaw off the ground. Everyone knows -- or should know -- that putting more and more of the government in charge of more and more of the economy is entirely inconsistent with free-market principles. This means that the president's statement to the contrary is what is known as a big lie." --columnist Diana West

"Mr. Obama made clear in the campaign his intention to raise taxes on this income class [the top one percent] by letting the Bush tax cuts expire. What is becoming clearer as his presidency unfolds is that something deeper is underway here than merely using higher taxes to fund his policy goals in health, education and energy. ... The rancorous language used to describe these taxpayers makes it clear that as a matter of public policy they will be made to 'pay for' the fact of their wealth -- no matter how many of them worked honestly and honorably to produce it." --columnist Daniel Henninger

"Liberals have no intention of actually parting with any of their own wealth or lifting a finger to help the poor. That's for other people to do with what's left of their incomes after the government has taken its increasingly large cut." --columnist Ann Coulter

"[E]verybody's looking to take [Barack Obama's] measure, and he's got to not only be a popular president, but a powerful one and make his will fact in Washington. He really hasn't done that in the details yet." --Newsweek's Howard Fineman

"Liberals still have plenty of work to do, and if they want to be a governing majority for the foreseeable future, relabeling themselves as progressives is part of the task." --Newsweek's Eleanor Clift

"They [the Obama administration] feel caught in a bind. When they respond to this populist anger, they feel they get a very negative reaction from the business community and the stock market. When they try to appease the business community and the stock market, the public rises up. It's a tough dilemma." --ABC's George Stephanopoulos

"President Obama won the presidency promising change. There was more evidence of that in Washington today. His wife, now First Lady, Michelle Obama, and his former rival, now Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, a former First Lady herself, joining arms, joining forces. A study in style, substance and power, really." --NBC's Brian Williams, forgetting George W. Bush had the same thing

"If it's obvious that we're not taking embryos that can -- that under any conceivable scenario would be used for a process that would allow them to be fertilized and become little babies, and I think if it's obvious that we're not talking about some science fiction cloning of human beings, then I think the American people will support this." --Bill Clinton, completely missing the fact that an embryo is a fertilized egg and a baby

"I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal. ... The president has made quite clear that keeping the American people safe and secure is the most serious job that he has each and every day." --White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Dick Cheney's remarks that Obama's decision to revamp policies on terrorism suspects would make the United States more vulnerable to attack

"Growth supposedly will cut the deficit in half -- growth and the $1.6 trillion 'saved' by first assuming, and then 'canceling,' a 10-year continuation of the surge in Iraq. Why, one wonders, not 'save' $5 trillion by proposing to spend that amount to cover the moon with yogurt, and then canceling the proposal?" --columnist George Will

"President Obama signed a budget bill with nearly nine thousand congressional earmarks despite his campaign pledge to end earmarks. He said these are the last earmarks he will sign. Cigarette smokers always say this is going to be the last one." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"So much for hope and change. And if this is audacity, what would be just plain old habit?" --columnist Paul Greenberg

"Here's a good idea: Instead of continuing to pick the pockets of American taxpayers, how about extending the tax cuts which are due to expire next year? Call it a Taxpayer Retention Bonus." --political analyst Rich Galen

"Now it turns out they gave $35 billion -- not million -- $35 billion of our money to bail out European banks. See, this is how a global economy works. Our hard earned tax dollars are used to bail out German banks for making bad investments in American companies that shut down because their Japanese owners moved the whole thing to India, China and Mexico. You follow?" -- Jay Leno

web posted March 16, 2009

"If you compare the vision of our nation's founders to the behavior of today's Congress, White House and U.S. Supreme Court, you would have to conclude that there is no longer rule of law where there is a set of general rules applicable to all persons. Today, we are commanded by legislative thugs who, with Supreme Court sanction, issue orders commanding particular people to do particular things. Most Americans neither understand nor appreciate the spirit and letter of the Constitution and accept Congress' arbitrary orders and privileges based upon status." --economist Walter E. Williams

"Barely two months into his Presidency, Obama is wreaking havoc, crippling the nation, oblivious to consequences and monumentally arrogant, believing the timbre of his voice and the manipulation of the media will win public confidence until the socialist utopia he believes in comes to fruition. Who knows how bad it will be in a year, let alone four?" --columnist Lance Fairchok

"Wall Street -- including the banking sector -- is burning itself down. The fire is fueled by panic -- the final stage in a decline of confidence -- and can only be put out by measures that restore confidence. ... But President Obama -- having first claimed that only government can solve the economic problems -- is failing to provide any solutions Wall Street can believe in." --Human Events editor Jed Babbin

"Obama is a great pretender. He repeatedly says he's doing things that he isn't, trusting his powerful rhetoric to obscure the difference." --Washington Post editor Robert Samuelson

"You can't expect people to unite behind you if you're trying to jam a whole bunch of things down their throat" --investor and Obama supporter Warren Buffett

"It's the government that's going to have to pull us out of this recession." --CBS reporter Anthony Mason

"President Obama's team, unlike Bush's team, demonstrates a thinness of skin that shocks me. When I somewhat obviously and empirically judged that the populist Obama administration is exacerbating the crisis with its budget and policies, as evidenced by the incredible decline in the [stock market] averages since his inauguration, I was met immediately with condescension and ridicule rather than constructive debate or even just benign dismissal. I said to myself, 'What the heck? Are they really that blind to the Great Wealth Destruction they are causing with their decisions to demonize the bankers, raise taxes for the wealthy, advocate draconian cap-and-trade policies and upend the health care system? Do they really believe that only the rich own stocks? What do they think we have our retirement accounts in, CDs? Where did they think that the money saved for college went, our mattresses?" --MSNBC's Jim Cramer

"Reversing course. President Obama lifts the ban on embryonic stem cell research... But is the president going far enough?" --CBS's Julie Chen

"And we should say, this under President Bush was not banned or illegal, except now we're getting federal funding." --CBS's Maggie Rodriguez later in the segment

"It was hard for me to believe that you were entirely serious about that socialist question." --Barack Obama to New York Times reporters who dared ask such a thing about his policies

"We're going to make sure that in every policy, every decision, we don't lose sight of the folks that brought us to the dance. And toward that end, we have to make sure that the jobs we're creating come with fair wages and decent benefits." --Vice President Joe Biden to the AFL-CIO Executive Committee

"Never waste a good crisis ... Don't waste it when it can have a very positive impact on climate change and energy security." --Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

"That there is something inherently evil, wicked or criminal or wrong with ... [political pork earmarks], it's just not the case. Otherwise, what happens? We give the money to the agency downtown and they decide where to spend it. It isn't as if the money won't be spent. Oh, it will be spent. But it may not be spent as effectively or for projects that are as valuable." --Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

"The scientific community has gone through this chapter and verse. We have long since passed the time when we should pretend this is a 'on the one hand, on the other hand' issue. It's not a matter of theory or conjecture, for goodness sake." --Al Gore

"President Obama's a good friend of mine, and I'd just like to think about him and, you know, I know -- you know Rush Limbaugh and a lot of jackasses give him a hard time right now. They always trying to divide and conquer the country. They've already ruined the country, and now he's trying to save the country, and I want him to keep his head held high." --former NBA star Charles Barkley

"If you are just fed up, at some point, just lean out your window and scream, 'I'm mad as hell,' 'cause that's what's happening to me. I'm losing my mind, because I don't understand why -- like they -- one of the things that I saw recently, they have this whole thing about taxing 'the wealthy.' Okay. Now, I don't mind that. I don't mind paying a little more tax 'cause I make a good living. But I don't want to get it coming and going. I don't want to get the federal raised and then the state raised and then the phone tax raised and then the television tax raised and then the city tax. Back off me!" --entertainer Whoopi Goldberg

"[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." --columnist David Harsanyi

"Obama brags -- albeit dishonestly -- that he's only raising taxes on rich people. Ninety-five percent of the American people will get a tax cut, the president insists. Well, which is it? Do the times demand shared sacrifice from us all, or from just 5 percent of Americans? If I say to 10 co-workers, 'We all need to chip in together to get this done,' and then say, 'So, Todd, open your wallet and give five bucks to everyone else in the room,' it would sound ridiculous. But when Obama says the same thing to 300 million Americans it's called 'leadership.'" --columnist Jonah Goldberg

"President Obama defended his plan for higher taxes on the rich. He is determined to level out the distribution of wealth in America. It wasn't historic enough for him to be our first black president, he also wants to be our first red one." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"There's talk President Barack Obama wants to lift trade restrictions with Cuba, which is great news for anybody here looking to buy a '58 Buick." -- Jay Leno

"Five percent of the Taliban is incorrigible, not susceptible to anything other than being defeated. Another 25 percent or so are not quite sure, in my view, the intensity of their commitment to the insurgency. And roughly 70 percent are involved because of the money, because of them being -- getting paid." -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden making some numbers up on the spot

"We told the conservatives who were intellectually dominant for too much of this period that they were wrong. They had a very simple view. Namely, if you are nice to capital -- if you let the people with money alone, if you don't tax them, if you don't regulate them, if you don't try to restrict their ability internationally to send their money wherever they want -- we'll all be better off. Reality has kicked the daylights out of their theories and that gives us the opportunity to make the changes that need to be made." --Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), who, as head of the House Financial Services Committee, continually refused to investigate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the massive quasi-governmental organizations that are at the heart of our current economic predicament

"I think capitalism will be different, and the financial distribution will be dramatically different. It's already dramatically different." --Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the stimulus bill

web posted March 9, 2009

"Shouldn't we start with the presumption that any federal function not specifically delegated to the federal government in the Constitution bears the burden of proof to remain a government function?" --National Tax Limitation Committee President Lewis Uhler

"[President Obama] is declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital funds. That is the meaning of his anti-growth tax-hike proposals, which make absolutely no sense at all -- either for this recession or from the standpoint of expanding our economy's long-run potential to grow." --economist Larry Kudlow

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.'" --columnist Jacob Sullum

"Enough. In a word, that is the message of disgusted taxpayers fed up with the confiscatory policies of both parties in Washington. George Bush pre-socialized the economy with billion-dollar bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Barack Obama is pouring billions more down those sinkholes. It isn't just the camel's back that's broken. His neck and four legs have all snapped, too." --columnist Michelle Malkin

"I have been wondering whether Barack Obama will turn out to be another Jimmy Carter or another Franklin Roosevelt. The least bad option is Carter: a leader whose policies are disastrous for the economy and for US foreign policy, but who ends up being rejected by the American people and voted out of office after only one term -- as opposed to a leader like FDR, whose policies are also disastrous, but who ends up being loved by the American people nonetheless and voted back into office." --Intellectual Activist and TIADaily.com editor Robert Tracinski

"The economic crisis, as it did for Franklin D. Roosevelt, will serve as a stepping stone to a radical shift in the relationship between the people and their government. It will bind Americans to their government in ways not experienced since the New Deal. This tectonic shift, if successful, will be equal to the forces of public authority set in motion by Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. The Obama presidency is going to be a radical presidency." --Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger

"The president deserves the high marks he is getting from the public for his first month in office. Most presidents get to spend their first month putting up the draperies. This one had to spend his picking up the pieces of a collapsing economy. When the Republicans decided to just say no, he pushed ahead and got going without them. That the country is more united in its support for the president than is the Congress is not a surprise: Those who are not professional politicians find it easier to put politics aside." --columnist Susan Estrich

"The tenets of the Republican Party are amazing and they seem warm and welcome. But when I watch it be applied -- like you didn't have to go much further than the Republican National Convention.... It literally look[s] like Nazi Germany." --CNN's D.L. Hughley

"Is [Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius] gonna get through the, the terrorism of the, of the anti-abortion people?" --MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who later tried to clarify that he meant "verbal terrorism," a tactic with which he is quite familiar

"Judged by his own standards, President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus program is deeply disappointing. For weeks, Obama has described the economy in grim terms. 'This is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill recession,' he said at his Feb. 9 news conference. It's 'the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.' Given these dire warnings, you'd expect the stimulus package to focus almost exclusively on reviving the economy. It doesn't, and for that, Obama bears much of the blame." --Newsweek and Washington Post editor Robert Samuelson

"I don't think the White House has the ability to tell us what to." --House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) telling the White House to leave Congress alone about earmarks

"Our goal ... is to continue to reach out and it's our desire that the Republicans would work with us and try to be constructive, rather than adopt the philosophy of somebody like Rush Limbaugh." --White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

"The United States is prepared to engage in aggressive diplomacy with all sides in pursuit of a comprehensive settlement that brings peace and security to Israel, the Palestinians and their Arab neighbors." --Hillary Clinton

"President Obama's new budget is, well, audacious -- not just because it includes several big, audacious initiatives (universally affordable health care, and a cap-and-trade system for coping with global warming, for starters) but also because it represents the biggest redistribution of income from the wealthy to the middle class and poor this nation has seen in more than 40 years. ... It's about time a presidential budget unequivocally redistributed income from the very rich to the middle class and poor. ... Fairness is at stake but so is the economy as a whole. This Mini Depression is partly the result of a widening gap between what Americans can afford to buy and what Americans, when fully employed, can produce. And that gap is in no small measure due to the widening gap in incomes, since the rich don't devote nearly as large a portion of their incomes to buying things as middle and lower-income people. The rich, after all, already have most of what they want." --former labor secretary Robert Reich

"Eva Braun, Hitler's girlfriend. That is exactly the type of woman that responds really well to Rush [Limbaugh]. ...[A]ny female or person of color in the Republican Party is struggling with Stockholm Syndrome." --actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo

"I believe there is no challenge so great or so difficult that it cannot be overcome by America, Britain and the world working together. That is why President Obama and I will discuss this week a global new deal, whose impact can stretch from the villages of Africa to reforming the financial institutions of London and New York -- and giving security to the hard-working families in every country." --British PM Gordon Brown on his and Obama's plot to bankrupt and bring socialism to the entire world

"Back in September, we were told to put our faith in Bailoutman. Then in January, Bailoutman went to his tailor, had the long underwear redesigned and relaunched himself as Mister Stimulus. A few weeks later the Obama crowd noticed that 'stimulus,' like 'bailout,' had become a cheap punch line and decided the approved term was 'recovery.' So Captain Recovery swung into action. ... If you find it hard to keep track of all these evolutions, the president in his address to Congress finally spilled the beans and unveiled our new hero in his final form: the Incredible Bulk, Statezilla, Governmentuan, a colossus bestriding the land like a, er, colossus." --columnist Mark Steyn

"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?" --columnist John Stossel

"If Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi took three buckets of water out of a lake, ran to the other side of the lake, and poured those three buckets into the lake, do you really believe there's more water in the lake? That's their spending plan: Take money out of the productive economy, walk around, and hand it to the politically connected - 800 billion times." --Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist

"President Obama offered a budget of $3.6 trillion. It includes $2 million for swine odor research and manure management. Summer is coming and they need to fix the air conditioning in the U.S. Capitol building." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"The Obamas are expecting the arrival of the first dog in April. Actually, it's Obama's second choice of a dog. The first dog, he had some tax problems." -- Jay Leno

web posted March 2, 2009

"I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity." -- Barack Obama

"I would be very happy if there was some way to make it a misdemeanor for people to talk about reducing the budget deficit without including a recommendation that we substantially cut military spending." -- Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

"You know, I'm embarrassed -- you know the Web site number? (looks off camera) I, shh-uhhh, I should have it in front of me and I don't. I'm, I'm actually embarrassed. Ah, ah 'scuse me, it -- no, it is recovery.gov -- recovery.gov, .gov." -- Vice President Joe Biden, who doesn't seem to know much about the Internet, when asked about the "accountability and transparency" Web site run by the Obama administration

"Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line and saddle future generations with debt. Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It's irresponsible. And it's no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs or build a prosperous future for our children." -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in his rebuttal to Obama's address Tuesday night

"[President Obama's line in Tuesday night's speech,] 'We have identified more than two trillion dollars [in savings] over the next ten years' drew applause from the Congress, but wait'll they see which of their favorite programs -- which go to their favorite constituents and donors -- get whacked." -- political analyst Rich Galen

"Let's remember that most folks -- even those with underwater mortgages, where the loan value is more than the home value -- do not walk away from their obligations. They don't want to wreck their credit -- and their homes are their castles. That's the American way. But if we penalize the good guys and subsidize the bad ones, we are undermining the moral and economic fabric of this country." -- Lawrence Kudlow

"Disgraced Democratic Sen. John Edwards was right about one thing: There are two Americas. One America is full of moochers, big and small, corporate and individual, trampling over themselves with their hands out demanding endless bailouts. The other America is full of disgusted, hardworking citizens getting sick of being played for chumps and punished for practicing personal responsibility." -- columnist Michelle Malkin

"Racial 'sensitivity' requires not eradicating racial stereotypes but keeping them alive -- and not only keeping them alive but remaining acutely conscious of them at all times." -- Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto

"If black people continue to accept the corrupt blame game agenda of liberal whites, black politicians and assorted hustlers, as opposed to accepting personal responsibility, the future for many black Americans will remain bleak." -- economist Walter E. Williams

"This was the most ambitious president we've heard in this chamber in decades. The first half of the speech was FDR, fighting for the New Deal. The second half was Lyndon Johnson fighting for the Great Society, and we've never seen those two presidents rolled together in quite this way before." -- CNN political analyst David Gergen

"Do you think the Republicans are digging themselves in a hole by not being more supportive of the president's proposals?" -- CBS anchor Katie Couric to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

"If we fail to acknowledge the reality of the growing role of government in the economy, insisting instead on fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century terms and tactics, then we are doomed to a fractious and unedifying debate. The sooner we understand where we truly stand, the sooner we can think more clearly about how to use government in today's world.... Whether we like it or not -- or even whether many people have thought much about it or not -- the numbers clearly suggest that we are headed in a more European direction." -- Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas in Newsweek's recent lead article

"The success of the stimulus package may be measured less by visible achievements than by what does not happen -- the home that is not foreclosed, the family that doesn't slip into poverty, the disease that does not go undiagnosed." -- the Associated Press, crediting Obama for what doesn't happen

"I like to say that, in some ways, Barack Obama is the first president since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. I mean, from visionary leader of a giant movement, now he's got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way." -- ABC's Terry Moran

"[W]hat America needs to remember is that this nation is built on the backs of you -- workers who have dedicated their lifetimes to working on behalf of the issues that are so important to this nation. And before we do anything here in this town -- in this country -- we thought it is important to say 'thank you' for the work that you've done, thank you for the work that you're gonna do because we're going to need you working so very hard over the next several years." -- Michelle Obama to Department of Agriculture bureaucrats

"It's a mistake. It's a colossal mistake. And, you know, we've seen this happen before ... We've seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson's presidency, burn up in the furnace of war. I fear that this brilliant young man, this hopeful new administration, could easily burn their prospect of a great presidency in the war in Afghanistan or elsewhere." -- unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers on Obama sending 17,000 troops to Afghanistan

"[Britain's] Home Secretary, [Jacqui Smith], is best known for an inspired change of terminology: Last year she announced that henceforth Muslim terrorism (an unhelpful phrase) would be reclassified as 'anti-Islamic activity.' Seriously. The logic being that Muslims blowing stuff up tends not to do much for Islam's reputation -- i.e., it's an 'anti-Islamic activity' in the same sense that Pearl Harbor was an anti-Japanese activity." -- columnist Mark Steyn

"Hillary Clinton met with China's President Hu Jintao in the palace in Beijing. She sat grim-faced as China's president issued a stern warning. The last thing the Obama administration wants to hear right now is that Communism doesn't work." -- comedian Argus Hamilton

"And now, on top of everything else, Obama has irritated John Galt." -- political analyst Rich Galen

"Being gracious winners, this week, liberals howled with delight at George Bush for coming in seventh-to-last in a historians' ranking of the presidents from best to worst. This was pretty shocking. Most liberals can't even name seven U.S. presidents." -- columnist Ann Coulter

"[T]he American people are already doing something to create wealth and hasten the recovery, even if we are the ones forgotten in the battle over what Washington should do. Americans are going to work every day and providing for their families ... increasing their savings rates, making much needed capital available to the private sector ... imagining new and more efficient ways to use valuable resources." -- economist Steven Horwitz

"The 'Stimulus Czar' Joe Biden was asked to explain how the trillion-dollar stimulus bill will help a small business owner. Here's the best Czar Biden could come up with: 'For example, it may very well be that she's in a circumstance where she is not able, her customers aren't able to get to her, there's no transit capability, the bridge going across the creek to get to her business needs repair, may very well be that she's in a position where she is unable to access the -- her energy costs are so high by providing smart meters, by being able to bring down the cost of her workforce.' Clearly, Joe Biden has never run a business in his life. If this entrepreneur is worried about energy costs now, smart meters won't do any good unless they can block Obama's $300 billion carbon tax on utilities. And, what entrepreneur would put his or her business in a location that 'customers aren't able to get to'?" -- Gary Bauer



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