December 26, 2010:
"We are leaving an era where to be a mayor, governor, senator or president was, on balance, to give things away to people. And we are entering an era where to be a leader will mean, on balance, to take things away from people. It is the only way we’ll get our fiscal house in order before the market, brutally, does it for us."
( Thomas L. Friedman in an article in The New York Times)
December 14, 2010:
"Give a bureaucrat a big stick and a big budget, allow said bureaucrat to trade in the limitless currency of human anxiety, and the masses will soon be intimidated by the Department of Fear."
( Roger Cohen in an article about the Homeland Security and the TSA in The New York Times)
October 28, 2010:
"The main source of hilarity has been the Tea Party movement and its candidates, quite a few of whom give every indication of being several sandwiches short of a picnic."
( Eugene Robinson in The New York Times)
October 3, 2010:
"Everyone aimed at security: no one accepted responsibility. What was plainly lacking, long before the barbarian invasions had done their work, long before economic dislocations became serious, was an inner go. Rome’s life was now an imitation of life: a mere holding on. Security was the watchword — as if life knew any other stability than through constant change, or any form of security except through a constant willingness to take risks."
(Lewis Mumford from his book, The Condition of Man, describing the decline of Rome, from an article by Thomas L. Frieman in the New York Times.)
August 31, 2010:
"One crucial element of the American subconscious is about to become salient and explicit and highly volatile. It is the realization that white America is within thinkable distance of a moment when it will no longer be the majority. This awareness already exists in places like New York and Texas and California, and there have even been projections of the time(s) at which it will occur and when different nonwhite populations will collectively outnumber the former white majority."
(Christopher Hitchens from a Slate.com article on Glenn Beck's rally on the Washington Mall.)
August 16, 2010:
"When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that’s made brothers and sisters out of every race — out of every race. America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In respect. Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. That’s not the America I know. That’s not the America I value"
(Former President George W. Bush in The Atlantic)
June 18, 2010:
"The balance between federal oversight and local control is off-kilter. We have vested too much authority in national officials who are really smart, but who are really distant. We should be leaving more power with local officials, who may not be as expert, but who have the advantage of being there on the ground."
(David Brooks in the New York Times article on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico)
June 2, 2010:
"Hamas is not just a terrorist organization. Hamas is an idea, a desperate and fanatical idea that grew out of the desolation and frustration of many Palestinians. No idea has ever been defeated by force — not by siege, not by bombardment, not by being flattened with tank treads and not by marine commandos. To defeat an idea, you have to offer a better idea, a more attractive and acceptable one."
(Amos Oz in the New York Times)
May 21, 2010:
"The key to happiness is not being rich; it's doing something arduous and creating something of value and then being able to reflect on the fruits of your labor."
(Quote by Arthur Brooks in an article by David Brooks in the New York Times)
May 17, 2010:
"You don't cure (what I consider) the virus of a politicized classroom by politicizing it in a different direction, even if that direction corresponds to the notions of civic virtue that animate much of our national rhetoric. …..Teach ethnic studies by all means, but lay off the recruiting and proselytizing; for if you don't you merely put a weapon in the hands of ignorant and grandstanding state legislators who, as the example of Arizona shows, will always be eager to use it."
(Stanley Fish on education, law and society in the New York Times)
May 11, 2010:
"I have to confess my first impression of Kagan is a lot like my first impression of many Organization Kids. She seems to be smart, impressive and honest — and in her willingness to suppress so much of her mind for the sake of her career, kind of disturbing."
(David Brooks in the New York Times)
May 1, 2010:
"Forty percent of the coastal wetlands in the continental United States are in Louisiana. Ninety-seven percent of commercial fish and shellfish in the Gulf depend on estuaries and wetlands during their life cycle."
(Quote by Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico which is threatening our coastal marshes. From an article by David A. Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin in the Washington Post)
April 23, 2010:
"In the years leading up to the 2008 crisis, the financial industry accounted for a third of total domestic profits — about twice its share two decades earlier. These profits were justified, we were told, because the industry was doing great things for the economy. It was channeling capital to productive uses; it was spreading risk; it was enhancing financial stability. None of those were true."
(Paul Krugman in the New York Times)
April 20, 2010:
"An effective, self-confident president with a weak country is nothing more than a bluffer. An effective, self-confident president, though, at least increases the odds of us building a stronger country."
(Thomas L. Friedman in the New York Times)
April 18, 2010:
"From Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, almost every modern Republican president has pledged to decentralize government and empower local communities. But their successes have tended to be partial, and their failures glaring."
(From Ross Douthat's column in the New York Times)
April 4, 2010 - Easter Sunday:
"There is no shortcut to addressing the past. This has been a difficult year. We see how damaging failure of integrity and authenticity are to the body of Christ. Shameful abuse took place within the church of Christ. The response was hopelessly inadequate."
(Ireland’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin during a Holy Week Mass. From Maureen Dowd's column in the New York Times)
April 1, 2010:
"One of the biggest problems women have is they work really hard and put their heads down and assume hard work gets noticed, and hard work for the wrong boss does not get noticed. Hard work for the wrong boss results in one thing — that boss looks terrific and you get stuck."
(Ruth Porat, the one senior woman executive at Morgan Stanley. From William D. Cohan's column in the New York Times)
March 31, 2010:
"It doesn’t seem right that the Catholic Church is spending Holy Week practicing the unholy art of spin. The church gave up its credibility for Lent. Holy Thursday and Good Friday are now becoming Cover-Up Thursday and Blame-Others Friday."
(Maureen Dowd in the New York Times)
March 27, 2010:
"President Obama and what he represents has jolted extremists into the present and forced them to confront the future. And it scares them….A woman (Nancy Pelosi) pushed the health care bill through the House. The bill’s most visible and vocal proponents included a gay man (Barney Frank) and a Jew (Anthony Weiner). And the black man in the White House signed the bill into law. It’s enough to make a good old boy go crazy.”
(Charles M. Blow in the New York Times)
March 26, 2010:
"I’m not a professional politician, I was 54 by the time I became an Member of Parliment. I’d lived a life, had less to lose. So I thought I’d say the things that need to be said."
(Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Party in England, from Roger Cohen's article in the New York Times where he describes Vince Cable as "A disheveled 66, wisps of surviving hair lifting off from his pate, Vince Cable looks more like a provincial bank manager than a political celebrity.")
March 24, 2010:
"The project of the next president, is figuring out how you create bottom-up economic growth, as opposed to the trickle-down economic growth."
(a statement President Obama made during his campaign)
March 23, 2010:
"The Republican party of trickle down and weapons of mass destruction, the party of birthers and death-panel lunatics. This is the party that genuflects at the altar of right-wing talk radio, with its insane, nauseating, nonstop commitment to hatred and bigotry......The G.O.P. poisons the political atmosphere and then has the gall to complain about an absence of bipartisanship."
(Bob Herbert in the New York Times)
March 22, 2010:
"Women hold only 15 percent of board seats in the U.S. Given that women make up a much larger percentage of college and professional school graduates (including M.B.A.’s), this representation seems low."
(Amy Dittmar, Associate Professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.)
March 21, 2010:
The following two quotes are about the Catholic nuns supporting the health care bill. From Maureen Dowd's article in the New York Times:
"You have 59,000 Catholic nuns from across the country endorsing this bill, 600 Catholic hospitals, 1,400 Catholic nursing homes endorsing this bill."
(Congressman Tim Ryan)
"They (the nuns) care for ‘the least, the last and the lost.’ And they know health care."
(Senator Bob Casey)
March 12, 2010:
"We live in a country in which many people live in information cocoons in which they only talk to members of their own party and read blogs of their own sect."
( David Brooks in the New York Times).
March 10, 2010:
"The price of America is that the Constitution trumps Scripture."
(Reverend Galen Guengerich of All Souls Church in New York City)
March 2, 2010:
"The Chinese save, invest and build. We spend, borrow and patch."
(Thomas L. Friedman in the New York Times)
February 28, 2010:
"Green technology isn’t just for the next generation. As you talk about the future, if you forget the people who live in the present, you will have no future politically. You have to get the people in the present to buy into the future. If we try to clean up the air and become energy independent, we will create more jobs than anything I can do as a senator. We can’t be a nation that always tries and fails, we have to eventually get some hard problem right."
(Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican from Thomas L. Friedman's article in The New York Times)
February 25, 2010:
"It was Nazis who shoved sand down a boy's throat until he died, who tossed candies to Jewish children as they sank to their deaths in a sand pit, who threw babies from a hospital window and competed to see how many of those "little Jews'' could be caught on a bayonet, who injected a cement-like fluid into women's uteruses to see what would happen, who stomped a pregnant woman to death, who once snatched a woman's baby from her arms and, in the words of an eyewitness, ‘tore him as one would tear a rag.’ That's who the Nazis were, ladies and gentlemen … those obscenities plus six million more. They were the triumph of ideology over reason and even over humanity, the demonization of racial, religious and political difference, the objectification of the vulnerable other."
(Leonard Pitts in the Miami Herald)
February 24, 2010:
"The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself."
(Senator Patrick Moynihan)
February 22, 2010:
"Let those who remain captives of ancient superstitions and fairy tales have their churches, chapels, synagogues, mosques, rituals and liturgical mumbo-jumbo; just don’t confuse the (pseudo)knowledge they traffic in with the knowledge needed to solve the world’s problems."
(Stanley Fish in The New York Times)