This Week In Quotes: Aug 12 – Aug 18
The entire Democratic Party is currently promising to “save” Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in their present form. According to Obama’s own Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, in less than 10 years, spending on those three entitlement programs, plus servicing the national debt, will consume 92 cents of every dollar in the federal budget.
The Democrats are openly lying to voters. It is a mathematical impossibility for these programs to continue without major reform now, or complete bankruptcy later — and not very much later. — Ann Coulter
When blacks were only four generations out of slavery, their illegitimacy rate was about 23 percent (lower than the white illegitimacy rate is now). Then Democrats decided to help them! Barely two generations since LBJ’s Great Society programs began, the black illegitimacy rate has tripled to 72 percent. — Ann Coulter
But you only need to look at the Congressional Budget Office’s figures to see that, contra the Obama-Buffett school of economics, America does in fact have a progressive tax system. As the CBO stated in late 2010: “In 2007, households in the bottom fifth, or quintile, of the income distribution paid about 4 percent of their income in federal taxes, while the middle quintile paid 14 percent, and the highest quintile paid 25 percent.”
What’s more, the CBO is also clear that those who earn more have been paying an increasing share of the tax burden. “The share of taxes paid by the top fifth of the population,” it states, “grew sharply between 1979 and 2007.” Indeed, this group was paying almost 70 percent of federal taxes by 2007. — Samuel Gregg
Yeah. This could be Bull Connor with a smile. — Chris Matthews on Rick Perry
If this guy prints more money between now and the election. I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we — we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous — or treasonous in my opinion. We’ve already tried this. All it’s going to be doing is devaluing the dollar in your pocket and we cannot afford that. We have to learn the lessons of the past three years that they’ve been devastating. The President of the United States has conducted an experiment on the American economy for almost the last three years, and it has gone tragically wrong and we need to send him a clear message in November of 2012 that new leadership is coming. — Rick Perry
(Obama’s) gonna talk about jobs. But I think the only job he cares about is the one he’s got. I think it’s fair for Iowans to ask the president tomorrow, where are the jobs that you promised, Mr. President? That’s a fair question to ask this man. — Rick Perry
This is the logical dead end of the Nanny State. When William Beveridge laid out his blueprint for the British welfare regime in 1942, his goal was the “abolition of want” to be accomplished by “co-operation between the State and the individual.” In attempting to insulate the citizenry from life’s vicissitudes, Sir William succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. As I write in my book: “Want has been all but abolished. Today, fewer and fewer Britons want to work, want to marry, want to raise children, want to lead a life of any purpose or dignity.” The United Kingdom has the highest drug use in Europe, the highest incidence of sexually transmitted disease, the highest number of single mothers, the highest abortion rate. Marriage is all but defunct, except for William and Kate, fellow toffs, upscale gays and Muslims. From page 204: “For Americans, the quickest way to understand modern Britain is to look at what LBJ’s Great Society did to the black family and imagine it applied to the general population.” — Mark Steyn
So you have this 21st century plantation that has been out there where the Democrat party has forever taken the black vote for granted. And you have established certain black leaders who are nothing more than overseers over that plantation. And now the people on that plantation are upset because they’ve been disregarded, disrespected, and their concerns are not cared about. So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kinda lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility. — Allen West
Welcome to the Cracked Head Club. — Joe Biden to Gabrielle Giffords I think, frankly, (Obama’s) in over his head
Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love
It occurred to me, after the Sandy Hook murders, that blaming guns is a secular substitute for blaming the devil.