This Week In Quotes: April 8 – April 14

I’ll tell you another thing I never could have predicted: That the guy who bought himself a year’s worth of no-comment by deferring important questions to a commission, and then promptly ignored that commission’s recommendations, would then make a major announcement that he fully intends to appoint a new commission. — Ace

Status quo and stagnation are not an appealing platform, especially for one who campaigned as the candidate of hope and change. — Michael Barone

Well, instead of a baton I think he [Obama] should pick up a baseball bat and just start bashing ’em over the head, hoping that the Republicans will gain some common sense. — Earl Bender (Democratic Party Political Consultant)

Let’s face it: Obama loves when people question his place of birth. Every minute we spend discussing if Obama was born in Kenya is a minute we don’t spend saying that our weakling, perpetually golfing president has only made our economy worse and led us into a third war with nary a word of discussion. It’s time spent not pointing out that Obama promised the most outrageous things in the world – oceans would lower!–and delivered on exactly zero of those promises. Trump dragging this issue back into the spotlight is only good for one person: the American-born Barack Obama. — Ann Coulter

War is hell … if you’re in the war. For everyone else, it’s the whining that gets to us. The constant calls of “quagmire” and how everyone is dying for nothing and that we’re only making things worse and how we’re wasting money (yeah, the left used to pretend to care about that) really wear on us. I don’t know how our troops are doing with all the deployments, but all the civilians seem worn out from only hearing about war. — Frank J. Fleming

Americans long for a straight-talking businessman who can save the country from the political class that fouled everything up. The recent budget battle is only the latest sign of the cluelessness of Washington culture. Only in the nation’s capital could a group of people bicker for weeks over reducing the federal budget by either 1 percent or 2 percent, agree to do nothing about entitlement programs that will soon bankrupt us, and then get hailed by each other and by much of the media—from MSNBC to Fox—as courageous budget cutters. — Matt Latimer

From my point of view, taxes are not on the table, because we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. — Mitch McConnell

On so many levels (S.E. Cupp’s) a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work of Planned Parenthood does. — Keith Olbermann

These are no cuts. We will spend more this year than we spent last year. Forget about all the numbers, forget about all the baselines, forget about 6, 30, or zero, which is what the scored this yesterday, forget all about it. Ask your representative are we going to spend more this year than last year? If we’re spending more this year than last year, that’s not a cut. Ask your representatives, ask your Senators. Will the deficit be more this year than last year? The deficit will be bigger this year. We threatened to shut down government over nothing because we’re not cutting spending in any serious way. They want to blame it on the Tea Party because in their secret caucus meetings they’ve done a poll that says, ah, the Tea Party the villain. Say the Tea Party has taken over the Republican party. You know what the Tea Party believes in? Good government. We believe in balancing the budget. We believe in reducing spending. We have plans to fix social security. We introduced a plan yesterday. If the other side is serious about fixing the entitlements, we have a plan. Come to us and work with us. But don’t just come down here and call us names. Before you send any more money to Washington, ask your representatives, are they spending your money wisely? — Rand Paul

From Nigeria to Indonesia, Christians are under siege in virtually every single country in the Muslim world, the victims of countless acts of discrimination, depredation, brutality, and murder that are so widespread and systematic that it can rightfully be called the new Holocaust. This time, however, the perpetrators of this Holocaust aren’t wearing swastikas, but kufi skull caps and hijabs. — Patrick Poole

SO OBAMA’S PEOPLE ARE TALKING TAX INCREASES AGAIN. Here’s my proposal: A 50% surtax on anything earned within five years after leaving the federal government, above whatever the federal salary was. Leave a $150K job at the White House, take a $1M job with Goldman, Sachs, pay a $425K surtax. Some House Republican should add this to a bill and watch the Dems react. — Glenn Reynolds

I just couldn’t vote for this budget deal, which is a typical Washington deal. Our debt here is going to double in the next ten years. We have to start solving it now. We can’t wait any longer. We’re running out of time. And this deal just doesn’t do it. In fact, it’s full of a bunch of typical Washington, D.C. gimmicks. I’m just not going to be a part of that. — Marco Rubio

“Actually, I have great respect for Ms. Collins in that she has survived so long with so little talent.” — Donald Trump

Federal tax collections have been between 15 and 20 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product every year since 1960. However, between 1960 and today, the top marginal tax rate has varied between 91 percent and 35 percent. That means whether taxes are high or low, people make adjustments in their economic behavior so as to keep the government tax take at 15 to 20 percent of the GDP. Differences in tax rates have a far greater impact on economic growth than federal revenues. — Walter Williams

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