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The last month in quotes...

"We have a president who's told the world, 'I am a liar, I am a perjurer.' I think that places this president in a very weak position and our nation at risk abroad," Rep. Bob Barr of (R-Ga.) on Clinton's mea culpa

"Perjury is not excused by an apology compelled by overwhelming evidence and delivered under pressure ... This is no longer a question of private morality or political popularity. I have concluded that President Clinton should resign or face impeachment," " Rep. Paul McHale (D-Pa.). "

I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife," U.S. President Bill Clinton Clinton

"If a President of the United States ever lied to the American people, he should resign." Bill Clinton, July 1974

"My trust in his credibility has been badly shattered," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

"Wasn't that pathetic? I tell you, what a jerk," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, expressing anger at the president's attacks on Ken Starr during the 'apology'.

"Can someone who lies about small matters and large, when it counts and even when it doesn't, ever be relied upon?" -- Mona Charen

"This man will never stop lying...every word he utters is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'." -- Michael Kelley

"I think the question now is not whether Bill Clinton deserves compassion as a human being, but is he qualified to be...the man to whom we look up to in this country.... I say, if he has done
these things, he is not qualified to be the leader." -- Sam Donaldson

"Ken is a very, very professional person, very, very straight guy and he is hardly out of control. He's doing his job." -- N.Y. Mayor, and former federal prosecutor Rudolph E. Giuliani, on Ken Starr.

"The Republican Congress dragged him kicking and screaming to sign a balanced budget, to sign welfare reform and provide tax cuts. Now he takes credit for the economic success. ... Clinton vetoed welfare reform twice, and signed it only under the pressure of the impending 1996 presidential elections, but now, you'd think he invented the idea." -- The RNC's Jim Nicholson

"But what mercy has the White House shown to others? None. Future witnesses against any president can only hesitate to come forward, considering how the White House quickly moved to impugn the reputation of both Kathleen Willey, who had testified in a deposition that Clinton groped her, and Linda Tripp, whose taped conversations with [Monica] Lewinsky led [independent counsel Kenneth W.] Starr to investigate in the first place. [Starr and his staff] likewise have been vilified. If the president lied, all of them were wrongfully maligned." -- USA Today on Mr. Clinton's speculation that the American public will have "mercy."

"[Mental health] funding was cut 25 per cent during the Reagan administration." -- NBC's Katie Couric blaming President Reagan for the recent Capitol shooting.

"The women's movement brought change and power to millions of American females. Virginal brides surrendered to the sexual revolution. Modern fashions exposed body parts previously reserved for
the bedroom. Entering the work force meant the old ways that women met men were ancient history. And a new breed of superwoman said 'I can have it all'...The search for pleasure leads some women to shop [video of sex toys] and some to stray...And experts say many husbands and wives can become stronger individuals, and on rare occasions, might even find that cheating recharges their marriage." --CBS This Morning co-host Jane Robelot

"I've heard the critics of affirmative action. I've heard those who say we have a color-blind society. They use their color blind the way duck hunters use a duck blind -- they hide behind it and hope the ducks won't notice." -- Al Gore with a little race baiting

"I would disagree to say that we're moving away from honor, but rather toward a greater honor, toward a greater honesty and away from the hypocrisy that has historically surrounded this kind of abuse of power by men." -- NOW's Patricia Ireland on the Bill Clinton.

"[Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas] is a shill and cover for the most insidious form of racism... He must not be allowed any comfort from any of us. ... He should be reduced to talking to only white conservatives. He must be shut out [by blacks]." -- San Francisco Mayor
Willie Brown

"[We should judge Mr. Clinton] in totality as the person he is. He is a wonderful father and a good man who did something wrong." -- James Carville

"OK folks, here's a test for you. Scan the below numbers and then tell me what global super power they are associated with:

  • 709 000 regular service soldiers;
  • 293 000 reserve troops;
  • Eight standing army divisions;
  • 20 air force and navy air wings with 2 000 combat air craft;
  • 232 strategic bombers;
  • 13 strategic ballistic missile submarines with 3 114 nuclear warheads on 232 missiles;
  • 500 ICBMs with 1 950 warheads
  • Four aircraft carriers, and;
  • 121 surface combat ships and submarines.
  • Plus all the airfields, support bases shipyards and logistical assets to sustain these assets.

Is this country Russia? No. Red China? Nope. Great Britain? Wrong again!

Give Up? Well don't feel too badly if you are unable to identify this global superpower because this country no longer exists. It has vanished."

Answer: "These are the American military forces that have disappeared since Bill Clinton took office. Think about the implications!"

Gary Halbrent, Editor of Forecasts & Trends

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