This Week In Quotes: June 6 – June 12


The minute these Tea Party groups went from “amateurs” to “professionals,” they became part of The System. And Professionals Get Paid — that is what defines the professional. Amateurs might do it out of love, patriotism, anger, or even simple boredom, but Professionals Get Paid. — Ace

It’s not like we haven’t seen this problem coming for over a year. And, it’s not like we haven’t seen, over the last five or six months, these terrorists moving in and taking control of Western Iraq. Now they’ve taken control of Mosul. They’re a hundred miles from Baghdad. And, what’s the president doing? Taking a nap. — John Boehner

The only thing worse than tyranny is anarchy, and we certainly recognize that. — Ammon Bundy

The most important thing I did was to help restore America’s leadership in the world. — Hillary Clinton

We’ve made a serious, serious geopolitical mistake. We’ve empowered the Taliban. The one thing they wanted more than anything was recognition from the U.S. government, so they can use that to propagandize against areas that are unsecure still in Afghanistan. — GOP Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on the Bergdahl swap

Still, you’d think the embarrassment of this latest surge — with thousands of recently arrived illegals being shipped all over the country, obviously never to leave —would be enough to kill amnesty, at least for this year. But you’d have thought the slack job market would be enough to kill amnesty, and you’d have thought Obama’s troubles (and the chance for GOPs to retake the Senate) would be enough to kill amnesty. You’d have thought Marco Rubio’s precipitous drop in the polls, after he championed the “Gang of 8? bill, would be enough to kill amnesty. And you’d have thought the administration’s release of illegal immigrant criminals back into the population would be enough to kill amnesty. But amnesty is hard to kill. It’s as if, at the height of the “welfare explosion” in 1970, Congress were seriously considering a bill to double welfare benefits – and Ronald Reagan was nowhere to be found. — Mickey Kaus

Eric Cantor forgot who his constituents are. Constituency became the Chamber of Commerce, donors, the Republican leadership, and even the president. All these guys are caught up in this notion that they can’t be confrontational. That that’s gonna kill them. It’s gonna wipe them out. They’ve got to be agreeable. They’ve got to be bipartisan. Well, look where it’s getting them. And, by the way, whoever said that there isn’t any confrontation in politics? Politics is all about confrontation. The tricks that the media and the Democrats have played on Republicans that they fall for continue to amaze me. — Rush Limbaugh

We can’t even prove that four million people have signed up for Obamacare. We have a government-run website that supposedly is collecting people’s personal information, including credit cards and whatever, and we can’t prove the people who’ve been there have been there, and they want to try to tell us that they’re gonna be able to do criminal background checks on all these people in the shadows, and weed out those who haven’t committed any crimes, and then grant them legal status? — Rush Limbaugh

“We can’t control the deficit, we can’t control the debt, we can’t control the border. What is government good at?” – Chris Matthews

If we wanted a program to help the majority of the population, we’d offer loan guarantees to help poor people get access to reliable cars so that they could have a better shot at getting — and keeping — a well-paying job. I know you’re thinking that sounds crazy, but if you spend any time listening to the problems of working-class people — many of whom lacked the opportunity, the interest or the academic ability to get through college — you’ll get an earful about the problems of driving a beater that constantly breaks down. A small amount of capital could make a much bigger difference in their lives than extra student loan relief for middle-class college kids would. — Megan McCardle

Going out across the desert I remember the feelings that you have, wondering if you’re going to make it out alive. Right now I wonder what that was all about. What was the point of all of that? — Former Iraq Vet, Republican Congressman Scott Perry on the collapse of Iraq

If you allow children to come here and remain legally, you’re going to create a precedent…We have to be very careful about that, because suddenly, you have, unwittingly, in an effort to do the right thing or a good thing, unleashed a massive humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border. — Marco Rubio

…Children are more likely to be abused when they do not live in a home with their married father. What’s more: girls and boys are significantly more likely to be abused when they are living in a cohabiting household with an unrelated adult–usually their mother’s boyfriend. Indeed, the report notes that “only 0.7 per 1,000 children living with two married biological parents were sexually abused, compared to 12.1 per 1,000 children living with a single parent who had an unmarried partner.” The results from this federal study are consistent with academic research (see here and here, as well) that indicates that “girls who are victimized are … more likely to have lived without their natural fathers,” and that the risk is especially high when a boyfriend or stepfather is in the picture. — Bradford Wilcox & Robin Fretwell Wilson

The administration’s crucial and contradictory statistics are validated the usual way, by official repetition; Joe Biden has been heard from. The statistics are: One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and only 12 percent of assaults are reported. Simple arithmetic demonstrates that if the 12 percent reporting rate is correct, the 20 percent assault rate is preposterous. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute notes, for example, that in the four years 2009 to 2012 there were 98 reported sexual assaults at Ohio State. That would be 12 percent of 817 total out of a female student population of approximately 28,000, for a sexual assault rate of approximately 2.9 percent – too high but nowhere near 20 percent. — George Will

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