Friday, October 23, 2009

"I Don't Stink" and Other Quotes to Consider

* "Some people sing in the shower, in the shower half an hour. No kids, three minutes is more than enough. I've counted, three minutes, and I don't stink." (Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez, speaking during a televised Cabinet meeting about the need to conserve water. Quoted from the Telegraph.)

* "President Obama's promise to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has run into a little obstacle: It turns out the place is full of terrorists!" (James Taranto, Wall Street Journal)

* "The current White House...wants to delegitimize any significant dissent. The objective is no secret. White House aides openly told Politico that they're engaged in a deliberate campaign to marginalize and ostracize recalcitrants, from Fox to health insurers to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post)

* "Net neutrality, as I see it, is the fairness doctrine for the Internet." (Marsha Blackburn, Republican Congresswoman from Tennessee, The Hill)

* Speaking of President Obama's dramatic drop in the public approval polls, Peggy Noonan writes, "The problem isn't his personality, it's his policies. His problem isn't what George W. Bush left but what he himself has done. It is a problem of political judgment, of putting forward bills that were deeply flawed or off-point. Bailouts, the stimulus package, cap-and-trade; turning to health care at the exact moment in history when his countrymen were turning their concerns to the economy, joblessness, debt and deficits—all of these reflect a misreading of the political terrain. They are matters of political judgment, not personality...The result of all this is flagging public support, a drop in the polls, and independents peeling off. In this atmosphere, with these dynamics, Mr. Obama's excuse-begging and defensiveness won't work." (Wall Street Journal)

* "House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says it's constitutional to mandate insurance coverage. Congress, he insists, has 'broad authority' to make us buy things to provide for the 'general welfare.' [The] Democrats' Alice In Wonderland interpretation of what they consider to be a 'living Constitution,' where words mean what they say they mean based on political considerations, gets more bizarre by the minute." (Editorial in October 22nd's Investor's Business Daily)