President Obama responds to a heckler on immigration reform, stopping deportations, and governing in general:
The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws. If in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, I would do so.
To which every right-wing whacko with their own projection issues said, “See, I told you he was a dictator.”
The implementation has been horrendous. We’ve made it far more complicated than it should be.
He was talking about the roll-out of Medicare Part D in 2006. Oddly enough, he didn’t call for Congressional investigations or the resignation of the Secretary of HHS.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on fellow Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas and noted Tea Party extremist who claimed that Mr. McCain was a supporter of al-Qaeda:
Well, on that particular issue, sometimes comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence, it cannot be viewed as a malicious statement.
Oh, yes, I am sure he was referring to military intelligence. *Snort*
Ta-Nehisi Coates on waving the Confederate flag in front of the White House:
If a patriot can stand in front of the White House brandishing the Confederate flag, then the word “patriot” has no meaning. The Nazi flag is offensive because it is a marker of centuries of bigotry elevated to industrialized murder.
But the Confederate flag does not merely carry the stain of slavery, of “useful killing,” but the stain of attempting to end the Union itself. You cannot possibly wave that flag and honestly claim any sincere understanding of your country. It is not possible.
Charlie Pierce on the shameful episode at the World War II memorial this weekend:
The American Right has never looked as fundamentally reckless and inhumane as it did when it attempted to burglarize heroism over the weekend. All the chickenhawks came home to roost, for sure. To see Princess Dumbass there, one hand on her heart while the other one very likely was picking pockets, attempting to wrap herself in the sacrifice of so many people, living and dead, when the hardest thing she’s ever done in her life is quit her job halfway through doing it, is to see a kind of ghastly kind of historical vampirism. It takes a special lack of conscience to grift the graves of the honored dead. It’s enough to make you root very hard for the Curse Of The Pharaohs.
From Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), economics wizard:
“I think we need to have that moment where we realize [we’re] going broke,” Yoho said. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, that will sure as heck be a moment. “I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets,” since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt.
Yes, hitting rock bottom does have a certain amount of stability.
Former President Bill Clinton at the Lincoln Memorial on the legacy of the civil rights movement:
A great Democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) on how to solve all our problems:
We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.
Here’s an idea: How about just “Americans?” That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our “separateness” is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot.
Most of the people who have a problem with other people being hyphenated are the ones who emphasize their own racial superiority by demanding their country back and wanting to see the birth certificate of the first African-American president. Start with them, Governor.
PS: Gov. Jindal really needs to have a chat with Gen. Colin Powell.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to Fox’s Chris Wallace on the president’s jobs bill proposal:
First of all, Chris, government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does.
A couple of points here: if the government doesn’t create jobs, then who do all the police, firefighters, public school teachers, soldiers, and, oh, yes, members of Congress work for? In Miami-Dade County, the single largest employer in the county is the public school system, and they’ve already cut their administrative staff by a third over the last five years. The second largest employer is the county itself, keeping — for the most part — things running so that people can actually get to their jobs and provide for everyone.
As for the second point, a lot of the private sector creates jobs thanks to the government with contracts to build roads, support the infrastructure, and provide services to the people who work for the government, be it federal, state, or local. And that includes such services as grocery stores to sell them their food and the hundreds of other businesses that sell the niceties of life like clothing, cars, and haircuts that keep our economy running.
Mr. Cantor probably knows better, but he has to keep up the Galtian mantra so that he won’t get primaried by the cranks who scream about keeping the government hands off their Medicare.
Michele Bachmann is into discipline:
That’s what Congress needs to do, give the president a major wake-up call. And the way we spank the president, we do it through the checkbook.
I’m guessing she’s tried that out on Marcus. Kinky.
From Deeky at Shakesville:
Here’s a few things you should know about me:
I have sex with men.
I am cis.
I will never get anyone pregnant.
I will never become pregnant, even if I am raped.
I support women. I support their right to choose. I support their having meaningful choice. I support their having unrestricted access to contraception and abortion. I support their right to do with their bodies as they see fit. Because I trust them.
I trust women.
Same here. All of it.
Greg Sargent on Republicans sabotaging government:
It’s now become accepted as normal that Republicans will threaten explicitly to allow harm to the country to get what they want, and will allow untold numbers of Americans to be hurt rather than even enter into negotiations over the sort of compromises that lie at the heart of basic governing.
Sequester, debt ceiling, immigration, revenue, college loans, gun safety, climate change, infrastructure, education assistance, basic civil rights such as marriage equality and workplace protection, and any number of other things that keep us from turning into a hypocrisy-riddled third-rate shadow of ourselves.
We’re the ones who let them get away with it.
Hannah Arendt, in Dissent, in 1959:
The right to marry whoever one wishes is an elementary human right compared to which ‘the right to attend an integrated school, the right to sit where one pleases on a bus, the right to go into any hotel or recreation area or place of amusement, regardless of one’s skin or color or race’ are minor indeed. Even political rights, like the right to vote, and nearly all other rights enumerated in the Constitution, are secondary to the inalienable human rights to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence; and to this category the right to home and marriage unquestionably belongs.
Via Andrew Sullivan.
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) signed a bill that made it okay for public school teachers to say “Merry Christmas” and other religious holiday greetings. In doing so he said,
I’m proud we are standing up for religious freedom in our state. Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion.
Yes, it does, you dipshit.
Dick Cheney, of all people, is criticizing the Obama administration for not being prepared for the attack in Benghazi.
‘They should have been ready before anything ever happened,’ Cheney told MailOnline exclusively during a party in Georgetown celebrating the launch of a new book by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld…’When we were there, on our watch, we were always ready on 9/11, on the anniversary,’ he recalled.
The anniversary of what? Oh, that’s right: the attack that you were totally warned about with such subtle hints as “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S.”
The man is pond scum.
Ernest Hemingway in his 1954 Nobel Prize speech:
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
You got that right, Papa.
Via Andrew Sullivan.
President Obama last night after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect:
All in all, this has been a tough week.
You said it.
The president also thanked the authorities for their dedication and teamwork, paid tribute to Officer Sean Collier, 26, who was killed in the line of duty, and said that help is on the way for the people of West, Texas, in recovering from the explosion at the fertilizer plant that killed over 15 people.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.
Remember that as you’re downloading the latest update to Turbo Tax at 11:55 tonight.