This Week In Quotes (Special Triple Edition)

by John Hawkins | April 18, 2014 3:52 am

We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts. — Hank Aaron[1]

You know, the eleven million people living in the shadows, I believe, they’re already American citizens… These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to contribute fully. And by that standard alone eleven million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view. — Joe Biden[2]

To those quote “survivors,” My God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth… It was worth it. I mean this sincerely, just to hear each of you speak. You’re truly, truly inspiring. I’ve never heard anything so beautiful with what all of you just said. — Joe Biden[3]

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close. — Michael Bloomberg[4]

Frankly, Mrs. Pelosi is somebody who was briefed on the program. She forgot she was briefed on the program, later had to admit it. And I have to say that when I heard those comments yesterday, I was reminded of something that Margaret Thatcher once said about one of her political opponents. Mrs. Pelosi’s problems is that her spine doesn’t seem to reach her brain. — Liz Cheney[5]

According to the California Hospital Association, health care for illegal aliens is costing state taxpayers well over $1 billion a year. Eighty-four hospitals across California have already been forced to close because of unpaid bills by illegal aliens. — Ann Coulter[6]

If Mexican farm labor is so much cheaper, maybe we should be growing our fruits and vegetables in Mexico. There’s absolutely no reason to import Mexicans to do something they could do at home and then sell to us. I believe this is what economists call “competitive advantage.” — Ann Coulter[6]

The Times quotes a report by two pro-amnesty farmers groups, Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, complaining that American consumption of foreign-grown produce has increased by 80 percent since the late 1990s. I see why rich farmers are alarmed by that, but why should Americans care? If food can be grown cheaper in other countries, isn’t it the very essence of libertarian free trade principles to buy it from them? No. Apparently, we’re required to wreck the country by bringing in millions upon millions more poor people so we can save the buggy whip industry. — Ann Coulter[6]

I care more about my fellow Americans who can’t get well-paying jobs than I do about multimillionaire farmers, demanding that the rest of us pay to support an industry that claims it can’t compete without taxpayer-subsidized illegal alien labor. — Ann Coulter[6]

“We should be afraid of sharia law” in America, and Muslims here who want to practice sharia should go back to where they came from, “to those nations that recognize sharia law.” — Franklin Graham[7]

Now, I’m for interracial marriage. I’m for same-sex marriage. I’m the one that introduced the bill to have same-sex marriage. I don’t care who marry who. If a man meet a little mule and he wanna get married to the little mule, as long as he and the little mule get along all right, that’s fine with me. It doesn’t bother me any kind of way. — Alvin Holmes[8]

A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism. — Charles Koch[9]

If he was feeling optimism before the interview I think it was gone after the interview. And, I don’t think its a matter of fire in the belly, or if he’ll be tough enough or mean enough on the Democrats. I mean that statement he made about illegal immigrants being an “act of love” is kind of bizarre. I grant him the complete sincerity and honesty of his view. He’s always had that kind of approach. But that’s leading with your chin. After all, there are millions of people around the world equally compassionate about the future of their children who are waiting patiently and legally in line. — Charles Krauthammer[10]

But, you know, the NRA members are the current incarnation of the brownshirts from Germany back in the early ’30s, late ’20s, early ’30s. Now, of course, there came the Night of the Long Knives when the brownshirts were slaughtered and dumped in the nearest ditches when the power structure finally got tired of them. So I look forward to that day. — Mike Malloy[11]

Cultures don’t rape people. Rapists rape people. — Robert Stacy McCain[12]

Everybody is against rape, except rapists. The problem, which is rampant on university campuses, is that there is a Hook-Up Culture, a Friends With Benefits Culture, and a Let’s Chug Vodka Until We’re Nearly Comatose Culture, all of which lead to situations in which “consent” is a he-said/she-said dispute, where evidence is ambiguous or non-existent, and where some people want us to disregard all due process protections for the accused. — Robert Stacy McCain[12]

Gallup notes that “today’s seniors were once Democrats.” In 1993, today’s seniors voted Democrat by 12 percentage points. But they have shifted with time and age, driven by Obamacare and his Medicare cuts. — Dick Morris[13]

It’s like that movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ except it’s not funny. If they tried to sell this sandwich at Zingerman’s, they’d have to call it the stinkburger or the meanwich. — Barack Obama[14]

I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set. — Gwyneth Paltrow[15]

The American economy has grown by 3.3% annually, on average, since 1950. To break it down: real GDP grew by 3.6% in the 1950s, 4.3% in the 1960s, 3.2% in the 1970s, 3.3% in the 1980s, and 3.5% in the 1990s. Since 2000, however, things have slowed markedly. RGDP growth has averaged just 1.8% through 2013, 2.6% in the 2001-2006 period and 1.1% in the 2007-2103 period. — James Pethokoukis[16]

Those people (at the Bundy Ranch) who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists, I repeat: what went on up there was domestic terrorism. — Harry Reid[17]

Sixty percent of the long-term jobless are 35 or older; 36 percent held professional, technical, managerial and administrative jobs (the rest were scattered in sales, service and blue-collar occupations). The public policy question is, “What can we do about the long-term unemployed?” And the candid answer is, “We don’t know.”

We don’t know because, since World War II, long-term unemployment has not been a big problem in the United States as it has been in Europe. In Germany, France and Italy, the share of the unemployed who have been jobless for more than six months routinely exceeds 50 percent. By contrast, that share in the United States hit a then post-World War II peak of 26 percent in June 1983 and fell one month later. Now that’s changed. In December 2009, this share passed 40 percent and peaked at 45 percent in September 2011. It remained above 40 percent until October 2012 and is now 35.8 percent. — Robert Samuelson[18]

You can’t turn around and assume or think that people from other races are gonna ever to be fair to you if you aren’t willing to exercise fairness yourself. Lay back, listen to the facts, and then accord justice where it should be served. — Stephen Smith[19]

Foreign policy is a shambles from Russia to Iran to Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And, the recovery is unprecedentedly bad. So, what do you do? You say anyone who criticizes us is a racist. It’s become a joke among young people. You go to a campus where this kind of political correctness reigns and some young person says, ‘It looks like it’s going to rain.’ And, the person next to him looks and says, ‘You’re a racist.’ It’s so inappropriate. The constant invocation of this that it is becoming a national mirth. — George Will[20]

Tell you what: We can have a nice, interesting debate about the rule of law – but not while Lois Lerner is at large and Charlie Rangel is a prominent feature of public life. Not until a guy who owns a car lot in Waxahachie gets the same deal on his back taxes that Tim Geithner did. But I have the strangest feeling that a great many residents of Washington would not fare especially well under any robust interpretation of the rule of law. It all makes you not want to think too hard about the fact that President Obama has ordered the assassination of more than one U.S. citizen with no obvious legal authority for doing so. — Kevin Williamson[21]

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  4. Michael Bloomberg:
  5. Liz Cheney:
  6. Ann Coulter:
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  8. Alvin Holmes:
  9. Charles Koch:
  10. Charles Krauthammer:
  11. Mike Malloy:
  12. Robert Stacy McCain:
  13. Dick Morris:
  14. Barack Obama:
  15. Gwyneth Paltrow:
  16. James Pethokoukis:
  17. Harry Reid:
  18. Robert Samuelson:
  19. Stephen Smith:
  20. George Will:
  21. Kevin Williamson:

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