This Week In Quotes: July 25 – August 4


Welcome to the Cracked Head Club. — Joe Biden to Gabrielle Giffords

I think, frankly, (Obama’s) in over his head as to what to do about this economy. — Eric Cantor

A sugar-coated Satan sandwich. — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on the debt ceiling increase deal

Every fifth man you pass on the sidewalk does not work.

Every seventh person you pass on the sidewalk is now on food stamps.

The average time an unemployed America remains out of work is now a jaw-dropping nine months (36 weeks). The pre-Obama average: just three months (13 weeks).

The price for a gallon of gas has risen 104% from the time of Mr. Obama’s inauguration to today.

Unemployment has risen from 7.8% to 9.2% since Mr. Obama’s inauguration.

Incredibly, black Americans–who voted some 98% for Mr. Obama’s election–are now suffering their lowest levels of economic prosperity since the civil rights era of the 1960s; the black middle class is vanishing and setting back black economic gains at least a generation if not more.

Recent college graduates are now experiencing record unemployment–all but ensuring that their freshly minted skills will rust and grow stale as they struggle to find work. In 2006 and 2007, 90% of all college graduates found a job. In 2010, just 56% of college graduates were able to find a job.

Mr. Obama has added more to the national debt than all U.S. presidents from George Washington to Ronald Reagan–combined. — Wynton Hall

Even if some people say, well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that, they will hold the president responsible. Now I don’t want to even have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get, you get it, you know… you are stuck and you are part of the problem now and you can’t get away. — Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado)

The lucky thing for us is that we are in a race with Europe and Japan for ‘most financially irresponsible superpower. And right now, the Europeans and Japanese have substantial advantages in that race. — Walter Russell Mead

If we were real domestic terrorists, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn’t he? — Sarah Palin

With the president holding the American economy hostage, I would prefer to think of myself as a freedom fighter. — Rand Paul

In the ongoing battle of ideas for the future of America, Mitt Romney is a spectator with a record of cheering for both sides. — Tim Pawlenty

My Pomegranate Trees, I’m Told Are Blossoming … I Just Haven’t Seen. — Harry Reid

Personally, I’m tired of hearing the whole have-you-no-decency routine from people who have made quite clear that they possess none themselves. — Glenn Reynolds

The essential budget question is how much we allow federal spending on the elderly to crowd out other national priorities. All else is subordinate. — Robert Samuelson

In battle, when you accidentally shoot your own, it’s called friendly fire. When you deliberately shoot your own it’s called fragging. Republicans, stop fragging the American economy and the American people! — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

For God and country–Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo. Geronimo E.K.I.A. Enemy killed in action. — The radio transmission of the SEAL who shot Bin Laden.

If the IMF is correct (a big if), China will be the planet’s No.1 economy by 2016. That means whoever’s elected in November next year will be the last president of the United States to preside over the world’s dominant economic power. — Mark Steyn

Meanwhile, the Lockerbie bomber has been appearing at delirious pro-Qaddafi rallies. Remember the Lockerbie bomber? He was returned to Libya because he was terminally ill and only had three months to live. That was two years ago. It’s amazing what getting out of the care of the Scottish National Health Service can do for your life expectancy. Likewise, back in the spring, NATO declared that Qaddafi’s presidency only had three weeks to live. Like his compatriot, he seems disinclined to follow the diagnosis. — Mark Steyn

The Libyan War never caught the imagination of the American public, even though you’re paying for most of it. But in Tehran and Moscow and Beijing they’re following it. And they regard it as a useful preview of the post-American world. Absent American will, even a tinpot desert drag queen can stand up to the great powers and survive. The lesson of Obama’s half-hearted little war isn’t lost in the chancelleries of America’s enemies. — Mark Steyn

No president has won reelection when unemployment was higher than 7.2 percent in 50 years. — Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen

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