This Week In Quotes: 7/22 – 7/28


It’s nice to see the good in people. It’s nicer for you if the good you see is actually there. — Amy Alkon

Part of the problem is today, only 53% pay any federal income tax at all; 47% pay nothing. We need to broaden the base so that everybody pays something, even if it’s a dollar. — Michele Bachmann

We’d be better off if president’s cabinet had at least run a lemonade stand. — Michele Bachmann

I know the president’s worried about his next election. But my God, shouldn’t we be worried about the country? — John Boehner

Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions or death. — Russell Brand

My name’s Ronnie Bryant, and I’m a mine operator…. I’ve been issued a [state] permit in the recent past for [waste water] discharge, and after standing in this room today listening to the comments being made by the people…. [pause] Nearly every day without fail – I have a different perspective – men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They can’t pay their mortgage. They can’t pay their car note. They can’t feed their families. They don’t have health insurance. And as I stand here today, I just … you know … what’s the use? I got a permit to open up an underground coal mine that would employ probably 125 people. They’d be paid wages from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. We would consume probably $50 million to $60 million in consumables a year, putting more men to work. And my only idea today is to go home. What’s the use? I don’t know. I mean, I see these guys – I see them with tears in their eyes – looking for work. And if there’s so much opposition to these guys making a living, I feel like there’s no need in me putting out the effort to provide work for them. So as I stood against the wall here today, basically what I’ve decided is not to open the mine. I’m just quitting. Thank you. — Ronnie Bryant

Obama would be impeached if he blocked debt payments. — Congressman Steve King

The reality, of course, is that we already have a centrist president – actually a moderate conservative president. — Paul Krugman

If Sarah Palin becomes president at any point, I would say ‘allegedly,’ I will move to Canada. I will go further north. I’ve been south but I will go further north. I will leave the United States of America. — George Lopez

“That’s the real crisis — the unemployment, not the deficit. We don’t have a deficit problem right now. In the long term, we have a deficit problem — we’ve got to get it under control but not right now. — Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) urged Boehner “appeal to [Obama’s] ego because its “bigger than the deficit.” — The Politico

Having built a small business into a big one, I can tell you that today the impediments that the government imposes are impossible to deal with. Home Depot would never have succeeded if we’d tried to start it today. Every day you see rules and regulations from a group of Washington bureaucrats who know nothing about running a business. And I mean every day. It’s become stifling.

…I’m not sure Obama would understand anything that I’d say, because he’s never really worked a day outside the political or legal area. He doesn’t know how to make a payroll, he doesn’t understand the problems businesses face. — Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus

Mr. President, the Republicans have passed a plan that avoids a downgrade by the rating agencies. Mr. President, the Republicans have passed the 2012 Ryan budget that saves the entitlement programs. Democrats have proposed nothing. Nothing at all. For an inexcusable 813 days, unprecedented in American history. Where’s the budget, Democrats? — Doug Ross

I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition. — Bernie Saunders

By the way, demographically speaking, these categories – “adolescents” and “retirees” – are an invention of our own time: They didn’t exist a century ago. You were a kid till 13 or so. Then you worked. Then you died. — Mark Steyn

Those (CBO) projections seem quaint now. The 2002 report predicted that it would take 39 years for federal spending to reach 24% of GDP. In fact, it took just seven. Today, federal spending as a share of GDP is 41% higher than the 2002 report predicted it would be in 2011 – a difference of $1 trillion. Meanwhile, local and state government spending has reached 17% of GDP, which means total government spending equals 41% of GDP. — Peter Tucci

It is a very elitist and in this case white institution that I think is struggling with the changing demographics of American society. And it struggles with the idea that there are capable thinkers and journalist and people who don’t fit into some box. — Juan Williams on NPR

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