This Week In Quotes: June 8 – June 14


I mean, I’d like to see (Mitt Romney’s) house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down. It would be kind of cool – the Mormon fire patrol. — Joy Behar

The private sector is doing fine. — Barack Obama

As my father-in-law once said, when they talk about taxes it’s always for teachers, firemen, and police – but when they spend your taxes, it always seems to go to some guy in a leather chair downtown you never heard of. — Glenn Reynolds

I love our president, you know, but he’s black and white, he appeals to all. That’s what I’m going for….We ignore the President’s whiteness, but it’s there, it’s there. — Chris Rock

The U.S. government will lose about $23 billion on the 2008-2009 bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. President Obama emphatically defends his decision to subsidize the automakers, arguing it was necessary to prevent massive job losses. But, even accepting this premise, the government could have executed the bailout with no net cost to taxpayers. It could have–had the Administration required the United Auto Workers (UAW) to accept standard bankruptcy concessions instead of granting the union preferential treatment. The extra UAW subsidies cost $26.5 billion–more than the entire foreign aid budget in 2011. The Administration did not need to lose money to keep GM and Chrysler operating. The Detroit auto bailout was, in fact, a UAW bailout. — James Sherk and Todd Zywicki

Thanks to medical gains, a 65-year-old man has a 60% chance of living to age 80 and a 40% chance of reaching 85. For women, the odds are 71% and 53%, respectively. All of this has made the 85-and-over age bracket the fastest-growing segment of the population. In an era of low interest rates, volatile financial markets, and rising costs for health and long-term care, finding money to cover those years isn’t always easy. — Anne Tergesen

The IMF calculates that to maintain present spending trend the United States will have to nearly double (88 percent increase) all federal taxes to maintain theoretical solvency. — Kevin Williamson

[The Right] have crappy sex lives, or they have really forced, coerced, nasty, you know, children, animals, what-have-you, people that they won’t recognize legitimate citizen status for. You know, they have all these really weird, twisted sex lives and so they’re shoveling their sh*t on us by projecting on our sex lives. — Elisabeth Fernandez-Kimmel, a Policy Advocate for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

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