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2010 – Memorable and Forgettable Political Quotes Of The Year

Article by Bruno Korschek

As the year draws to an end I thought it would be a good idea to review some of the mostly inane quotes that our political class graced us with this past year. They are either memorable or forgettable but most of them are a sad commentary about the ineffective people that are currently running all levels of government in this country:

“Now, Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else.” President Barack Obama, February 13, 2010. Guess this message did not get up to the Capital as the Federal government again spent over a TRILLION dollars more than it collected in taxes, imposing more than ,000 additional debt burden on every United States household.

“I may be at a point in my career that I am going to do what is right and makes sense.” Senator Joe Lieberman, January-February, 2010 issue of the CATO Policy Report, quoting from the San Francisco Examiner. Why start now, at this point in his long career the Senator might just as well continue to do what is wrong and makes no sense.

“Act like you’re at your grandma’s house.” California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, Earthlink News, February 25, 2010. Portantino was sponsoring a resolution in the California legislature that would create “Cuss Free Week” in California. This is a state that faces a billion budget deficit, is shutting down government functions and agencies and laying off teachers and other state workers because of the revenue shortfall but clean language apparently is a higher priority and bigger problem for the California political class.

“Trust in government rarely gets this low.” Andrew Kohut, Associated Press, April 19, 2010. Kohut is the director of the Pew Research Center which had recently released its latest survey findings, showing that nearly 8 out of 10 Americans do not trust the Federal government and have little faith it can solve America’s ills. Mr. Kohut obviously has a flair for the understatement, especially since this lack of trust has been this bad only twice in the past 60 years or so.

“Many women who do not dress modestly – lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which consequently causes earthquakes.” Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Associated Press, April 19, 2010. And these people want to have nuclear weapons. Be scared, be very scared.

“Anytime you see something growing and expanding and there are no rules, you need to regulate it.” Pittsburgh Mayor spokesperson Joann Doven, Pittsburgh Tribune- Review, March 1, 2010. Why let the free market grow the economy when government can step in, for no reason, and regulate it to death?

“My fear is that the whole island [Guam] will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.” Congressman Hank Johnson, The Hill, March 31, 2010. These words were actually spoken, on the record, at a Congressional committee hearing with naval officers. Why was he not worried about Manhattan island, home of millions of more people? Unbelievable.

“We do not anticipate that happening.” Naval admiral responding to Congressman Johnson’s Guam capsizing fear. Whew, Guam residents can now rest easy.

“Governor [New Mexico] Richardson has always said that he would consider making good on Governor Wallace’s promise to Billy The Kid for a pardon.” Governor spokesperson Alarie Ray-Garcia, Associated Press, July 30, 2010. Better to work on a pardon for an outlaw who died about 120 years ago or spend time and government resources helping LIVING New Mexico citizens cope with high levels of unemployment and other contemporary issues? Another atrocious instance of bad political priorities.

“Every boundary of decency has been crossed.” Retiring Congressman Bart Stupak, Parade Magazine, November 7, 2010. The Congressman was lamenting the hateful and poisoned atmosphere in Washington where words like baby-killer, racist, knuckle dragging Neanderthal, a__h___, un-American and debasing phrases are thrown around to describe any American who dares to have a different opinion from the speaker of the insults.

“We all have a responsibility where appropriate to seek forgiveness.” One term Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Earthlink News, November 17, 2010. Spoken as the Governor, his staff and the Florida parole board wasted government resources and time working on a pardon for Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died almost 40 years ago, despite the fact that Florida is facing devastatingly high unemployment and home foreclosure rates. More bad priorities from your political class.

“Every American has likely experienced the frustration of abrasively loud television commercials. While this may be an effective way to grab attention, it also adds unnecessary stress to the daily lives of many Americans.” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Associated Press, December 3, 2010. The fine Senator was the Senate sponsor of a useless Federal government bill that would restrict the sound volume of television commercials. Would not the Senator’s time and his staff’s time be better spent on reducing unemployment in the country, fixing our failing public schools, getting the national debt under control, etc.? I think solving these issues might go much farther to reducing “unnecessary stress” in “the daily lives of Americans” then reducing the sound volume of TV commercials. Has no one in Washington every heard of the Mute button or DVR technology?

Best Political Quote of 2010: “Do you know how many political and economic decisions are made in this world by people who don’t know what in the living daylights they are talking about?” Former President Bill Clinton, Associated Press, September 21, 2010. Stating the obvious has never been so eloquent.

Runner Up Best Political Quote of 2010: “We have managed to acquire TRILLION of debt on our balance sheet. in my view, we have nothing to show for it.” Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, Washington Post, September 3, 2010. And whose fault is that?

About the Author

Walter “Bruno” Korschek is the author of the book, “Love My Country, Loathe My Government – Fifty First Steps To Restoring Our Freedom and Destroying The American Poltiical Class,” which is available at and online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Our daily dialog on freedom in American can be joined at

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