This Week In Quotes: March 4 – March 10

by John Hawkins | March 11, 2011 2:05 am

At this point, feminism is chiefly a guild interested in securing advantage for its members at the disadvantage of its non-members, and can and should then be treated as such by non-members. — Ace[1]

Public sector workers are pursuing their own narrow financial interests to the detriment of everyone else in their states. That’s fine, but can we stop pretending it’s virtuous? — Ann Coulter[2]

Fine, we like teachers, firemen and police officers. We appreciate them. (And for the record, it is statistically more dangerous to be a farmer, fisherman, steelworker or pilot than a cop or fireman. Soldiers also have pretty dangerous jobs, and they don’t get to strike.) Does that mean we should pay them $1 million dollars a year? How about $10 million? After all, these are the people who educate our kids, run into burning buildings and take dangerous criminals off our streets! Assuming the answer is no, then apparently we’re allowed to discuss government workers’ compensation — even though they do important work. — Ann Coulter[2]

Western leaders, and the United States especially, have developed a strange habit of ordering particular dictators to step down while declaring their resort to savage violence “unacceptable.” What does “unacceptable” mean – to whom and how exactly so? One did not hear Churchill ordering Hitler to step down in 1940, or Truman demanding that Kim Il Sung leave in 1950, apparently because they either could not realize such threats or were first striving to create the conditions under which such monsters would be nullified by deeds rather than words. Usually those with inferior military power are the loudest; those with overwhelming force calibrate their rarer rhetoric in accordance with the planned use of force. — Victor Davis Hanson[3]

Now, you might say, ‘What are you doing up there? Aren’t you rich?’ The answer is, ‘Thank God, yes.’ And you know what? As a rich person, I pay 28% taxes. What I want to ask you is, why don’t I pay 50%? Why is everybody in my bracket not paying 50%? The Republicans will say, from John Boehner to Mitch McConnell to Rick Scott, that we can’t do that because, if we tax guys like me, there won’t be any jobs. It’s bull! It’s total bull! — Stephen King[4]

America is not broke … Wisconsin is not broke. The only thing that’s broke is the moral compass of the rulers. — Michael Moore[5]

You returning to normal, you gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something. — David Petraeus[6] to Robert Gates

This is a fakery. If they care at all about their children or grandchildren, and sometimes I doubt that — I think, you know, grandchildren now don’t write a thank-you for the Christmas presents, they’re walking on their pants with the cap on backwards listening to the enema man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dogg, and they don’t like them! — Alan Simpson[7]

The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers. Unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations and politicians are for politicians. — Thomas Sowell[8]

The most fundamental fact about labor unions is that they do not create any wealth. They are one of a growing number of institutions which specialize in siphoning off wealth created by others, whether those others are businesses or the taxpayers. There are limits to how long unions can siphon off money from businesses, without facing serious economic repercussions. — Thomas Sowell[8]

This was what they called “liberal interventionism,” which boils down to: The fact that we have no reason to get into it justifies our getting into it. — Mark Steyn[9]

As any Homeland Security official can tell you, “Allahu akbar” is Arabic for “Nothing to see here.” — Mark Steyn[9]

I see that recent polls supposedly show that huge majorities of Americans don’t want any modifications to Medicare or Social Security. So what? It doesn’t matter what you “want.” The country’s broke, and you can vote yourself unsustainable quantities of government lollipops all you like, but all you’re doing is ensuring that when, eventually, you’re obliged to reacquaint yourself with reality, the shock will be far more devastating and convulsive. — Mark Steyn[9]

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