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Some Wisdom From The Mouths Of Republicans

Posted by MacZad
Oct 20 2012

As I read I come across quotes that, in some way or other, stand out. Some, credited to the best minds of the past, are short, simple and yet profound, some have great elements of humor or satire, and some display ignorance, bias, lies or even truths but which the speaker often might later wish that he had never uttered. Those listed below fit the latter category. They are pearls of wisdom - Republican style:

  • In 2002 former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said he tried to warn Vice President Dick Cheney that growing budget deficits (over $500 billion in 2002 alone) posed a threat to the economy. Cheney cut him off. "You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don't matter, we won the midterms (congressional elections). This is our due." What followed was the great debt buildup of the Bush years.
  • When he was House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told journalist Elizabeth Drew.“You’ve got to understand, we are ideologues. We have an agenda. We have a philosophy. I want to repeal the Clean Air Act. No one came to me and said, ‘Please repeal the Clean Air Act.’ We say to the lobbyists, ‘Help us.’ We know what we want to do and we find the people to help us do that. We go to the lobbyists and say, ‘Help us get this in the appropriations bill.” From the book The K Street Gang.
  • It's no wonder that there's no bipartisanship in Washington when in October of 2010 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told National Journal‘s Major Garrett that, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
  • ''This was a war of Obama's choosing. This is not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.'' — Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, rewriting history while speaking at a 2010 Connecticut fundraiser about the war in Afghanistan, which President Bush launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Five male opponents of contraception were called to testify at a Capitol Hill committee meeting on February 18, 2012 to discuss President Obama's recent contraception deal, but no women were allowed to testify. Committee member, Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh had this to say, "This is not about women. This is not about contraceptives. This is about religious freedom."
  • In February of 2012 Republican NC state Rep. George Cleveland said, “We have no one in the state of North Carolina living in extreme poverty, Extreme poverty is prevalent in other countries, not in the United States. Poverty is a governmental definition in this country, and through the years they keep redefining poverty to make sure we have a poverty class. Poverty is you’re out there living on a dollar and half a day. I don’t think we have anybody in North Carolina doing that.“ Of course, we will always have those who are less fortunate, and this Durham Herald-Sun Article points out that there plenty in NC living hand to mouth. However, Rep. Cleveland tries to define them away, but it won't wash - they're still here.
  • TV reporter Charles Jaco, recently asked six-term Republican congressman Todd Akin about his views of abortion rights and whether an exception should be made for cases of rape.“If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin responded.
  • The truth about Fox News from Glen Beck in an April, 2010 Forbes Magazine interview, ''I could give a flying crap about the political process ... We're an entertainment company.'' Also see my recent Fox News post.
  • Rick Santorum (Speaking with CaffeinatedThoughts.com, Oct. 18, 2011) "One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.... Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." The only "dangers" that I can think of are contraception failures - Maczad.
  • All but admitting that the Romney campaign would be lying pollster Neil Newhouse said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.” (Added 9/2/12)
  • Here's one that's factually correct and a wake up call for the Republicans: “The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (SC). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” (Added 9/2/12)
  • Speaking to the Republican State Committee on June 23rd Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said, “--- Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.” Now we really know that these laws aren't about voter fraud. - MacZad (Added 9/28/12)
  • At a 2006 closed door Club for Growth meeting Republican congressman Todd Akin said "In 1920 women were given the right to vote in this country. Just ten years later they had spent all our money and the economy was in ruins." So giving women the right to vote caused the Great Depression. Wow, I never knew. - MacZad (Added 10/05/12)
  • Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga believes the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was made in six days. See this Huffington Post story. Just imagine the intelligent legislation that we will get from this man, a doctor yet, who sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. (Added 10/15/12)
  • On Thursday (10/18/12) GOP Rep. Joe Walsh who is in a tight re-election race in Illinois, told journalists after a debate with rival Tammy Duckworth that "With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance" [of a case where an abortion was necessary to save the life of a woman], "There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing." The next day the The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists responded: "Pregnancy is not a risk-free life event, particularly for many women with chronic medical conditions. Despite all of our medical advances, more than 600 women die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related reasons right here in the US. In fact, many more women would die each year if they did not have access to abortion to protect their health or to save their lives." MacZad comment: Ah, we have such intelligent men running our country. (Added 10/20/12)
  • Following the 2010 election, Florida Republicans concluded that it was a little too easy to vote in the state. “I want the people in the State of Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who is willing to walk 200 miles for that opportunity he’s never had before in his life,” said GOP State Senator Michael Bennett. “This should not be easy.” (Added 10/20/12)
  • On Oct. 23, 2012 Republican Richard Mourdock, U.S. Senate candidate from Indiana said, "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." They just keep coming up with these gems - MacZad (Added 10/24/12)
  • Oh, gosh, here's yet another one: John Koster, GOP nominee in Washington’s 1st Congressional District. (Added 11/01/12)
  • Rick Santorum speaks the truth,but fails to recognize the irony: “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side” (Added 01/19/13)

I'll add to this list as I come across additional gems from our Republican leaders.

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