This Week In Quotes: May 29 – June 4

We think we can’t survive without deficit spending — but we soon won’t be able to survive with deficit spending, either. — Tony Blankley

International pressure — diplomacy only works if there’s leverage. It sounds wonderful — ‘Let’s go talk to people’ — but you better have leverage in order to make diplomacy work. — George W. Bush

Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right. — Hugo Chavez

The other questionable call is the government’s big ownership stake in both companies — 60% of General Motors and a much smaller share of Chrysler. The rationale is reasonable. The government is providing the $50 billion of financing needed to restructure GM so taxpayers might as well get something for their money. But this relegates unsecured lenders to the back of the line behind the government and the union. More worrisome, it invokes the question famously asked before the U.S. invasion of Iraq: You can go in, but can you get out? — Paul Ingrassia

Safe rule of American politics: Two-thirds of “GOP Insiders” are never right. — Bill Kristol

While I’ve always considered it hyperbolic to suggest there is no difference between the parties, I find it increasingly difficult to defend this position. Beltway Republicans, with notable exceptions, spend half their time groveling to the forces of political correctness, conceding the ideological turf wars to liberal Democrats and agreeing to operate within the four corners of the liberal- and relativist-dominant media culture without a fight. — David Limbaugh

If the GOP continues to surrender its principles, however, it won’t matter if it wins, because it will have morphed into that which it has professed to oppose. — David Limbaugh

Today the Republican Party seems more interested in condemning its supporters and its friends than in doing its job. — Rush Limbaugh

The Democrat Party defines plain and simple meanness, lousy manners. So how is it that people on our side believe that these precious non-ideological moderates have no quarrel whatsoever with the mean-spirited extremism and radicalism of Democrats, but they are intolerant of one harsh word or even a mild criticism! — Rush Limbaugh

When a right-wing Christian vigilante kills, millions of fingers pull the trigger. When a left-wing Muslim vigilante kills, he kills alone. These are the instantly ossifying narratives in the Sunday shooting death of late-term abortion provider George Tiller of Kansas versus the Monday shootings of two Arkansas military recruiters. — Michelle Malkin

But my point is that it’s all of the Republicans in Washington and conservative media people in Washington who have this fear of moderates and Republican voters going away in droves if the rhetoric is too strident. And they define rhetoric as too strident as simply being truthful. — Rush Limbaugh

If Obama’s lost Ted Rall….he’s lost un-America. — R.S. McCain

Horsepower is not a quaint leftover of linguistics or a vague metaphoric anachronism. James Watt, father of the steam engine and progenitor of the industrial revolution, lacked a measurement for the movement of weight over distance in time–what we call energy. (What we call energy wasn’t even an intellectual concept in the late 18th century–in case you think the recent collapse of global capitalism was history’s most transformative moment.) Mr. Watt did research using draft animals and found that, under optimal conditions, a dray horse could lift 33,000 pounds one foot off the ground in one minute. Mr. Watt–the eponymous watt not yet existing–called this unit of energy “1 horse-power.” — P.J. O’Rourke

You never want to have the government involved in your business. They’re not businessmen; they’re bureaucrats. They don’t understand capitalism, they don’t understand the profit motive and they don’t understand the financial industry. — Philip Orlando, who helps manage $410 billion as the New York-based chief equity strategist of Federated Investors Inc.

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. — Pravda

The president’s general line on the geopolitical big picture is: I don’t need this in my life right now. He’s a domestic transformationalist, working overtime — via the banks, the automobile industry, health care, etc. — to advance statism’s death grip on American dynamism. His principal interest in the rest of the world is that he doesn’t want anyone nuking America before he’s finished turning it into a socialist basket-case. — Mark Steyn

It is remarkable in just five years how the world has adjusted to the inevitability of a nuclear North Korea and a nuclear Iran. Nudge it on another half-decade: Whose nuclear ambitions will be unstoppable by 2015? Syria’s? Sudan’s? Selected fiefdoms in Somalia? — Mark Steyn

We are building a world in which the wealthiest nations on the planet, from Norway to New Zealand, are all but defenseless, while bankrupt dysfunctional squats go nuclear. Even with inevitable and generous submissions to nuclear blackmail, how long do you think that arrangement will last? — Mark Steyn

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