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1More left wing populism, less right wing populism!Don SmithDon Smith
2Usually, short articles are better.Don SmithDon Smith
3Strength through sharingDon SmithDon Smith
4There's way too much redistribution of wealth in America -- from the middle class to the rich.UnknownDon Smith
5Nowadays it's almost impossible to distinguish news items about conservatives from parodies by The Onion.Don SmithDon Smith
6Without government we'd be hunter-gatherers.Don SmithDon Smith
7It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms econmy.Gen. Douglas MacArthurDon Smith
8Real Democrats Oppose War-MongeringDon SmithDon Smith
9Conservatives Love to Hate GovernmentDon SmithDon Smith
10Progressives believe in cooperation for the common good. Can the various groups cooperate to build community-owned media?Don SmithDon Smith
11Conservatopia: everyone owns guns, no taxes, private police gangs, no public education, all jobs outsourced, no public health initiatives, no pollution controls, no unions, no middle class.Don SmithDon Smith
12That's not populism, it's rank hucksterism -- disguising plutocrats as champions of the people.Jim HightowerDon Smith
13Like everyone who talks of ethics all day long, one could not trust him half an hour with one's wife.Cyril ConnollyDon Smith
14Conservatives hate it when government works -- unless it works for them.Don SmithDon Smith
15Conservatives win by bankrupting, corrupting and mismanaging government and then complaining that government is inefficient.Don SmithDon Smith
16If conservatives have their way, we'll be a banana republic.Don Smith
17Government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.Don Smith
18Taxes are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.Franklin D. Roosevelt
19In fact, Americans were very wary of corporate power, the famous Boston Tea Party being the first act of civil disobedience directed against a trans-national corporation, the East India Tea Company. Steve Showen
20As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated.Abraham Lincoln
21Here's the con game these pundits are playing: 'smaller government' doesn't mean fewer taxes for you and me... It means government of, by, and for corporations and inherited wealth rather than of, by, and for We the People.Thom Hartmann
22This is an impressive crowd: The Have's and Have-more's. Some people call you the elites. I call you my base.George W. Bush
23The conservative plan to drown goverment in a bathtub: corrupt, mismanage, and denounce government; cut taxes on the rich; destroy unions; exploit wedge issues, fear, and bigotry; maniplate the media,; and stay in a perpetual state of war.Don Smith
24We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.Dwight D. Eisenhower
25Liberals and Unions, the Folks Who Brought You the WeekendBumpersticker WisdomMike Coday
26Instead of being an engine of innovation, [Big Pharma] is a vast marketing machine. Instead of being a free market success story, it lives off government-funded research and monopoly rights.Marcia Angell
27After a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Wendell left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers and became a vocal critic of insurance company abuses.Wendell Potter
28The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love ThemAmy Goodman
29This country was the moral leader of the world until George Bush became president.Howard Dean
30Not one Republican president has balanced the budget in 34 years. You can not trust Republicans with your money.Howard Dean
31Let's stop pretending. Barack Obama is a disaster as a crisis president. He has taken an economic collapse that was the result of Republican ideology and Republican policies, and made it the Democrats' fault. And the more that he is pummeled, the more he bends over.William Kuttner
32We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it's easy, but when it is hard.Barack Obama
33When special interests put their thumb on the scale, and distort the free market, the people who compete by the rules come in last.Barack Obama
34I know that when people say we can't overcome all the big money and influence in Washington, I think of that elderly woman who sent me a contribution the other day.Barack Obama
35Obama appears to be no different from his two immediate predecessors.Ryan Blethen (speaking of the media and Internet policies of the President)
36[I am] committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc
37U.S. military spending -- Dept. of Defense plus nuclear weapons (in $billions) -- is equal to the military spending of the next 15 countries combined. War Resisters' League
38America's highest income-earners -- the top 400 -- have seen the share of their income they pay in federal income tax alone plummet from 51.2 percent in 1955 to 16.6 percent in 2007.Chuck Collins, Alison Goldberg and Sam Pizzigati
39Taxpayers in America's middle fifth, for example, paid 9.4 percent of their 2007 incomes in total state and local taxes. Top 1 percent taxpayers that year saw only 5.2 percent of their incomes go to state and local taxes.Chuck Collins, Alison Goldberg and Sam Pizzigati
40The conservative plan to drown government in a bathtub is coming to fruition.Don Smith
41Too many voters are voting against their own self-interest. In part, that's due to weak messaging by the Left. It's also due to the failure of Democrats to offer a strong progressive alternative.Don Smith
42How can we market progressive ideas so that the middle class stops voting against their own self-interest?Don Smith
44Somalia: a small-government utopia for conservatives.Don Smith
45Government isn't the problem. The problem is that private interests (usually corporations) corrupt government.Don Smith
46Billions in subsidies and tax breaks for Big Oil and Wall Street; perpetual war for defense contractors; layoffs, union-busting, outsourcing, and service cuts for the middle class.Don Smith
47Corporations ship jobs and profits overseas, obtain protections, contracts, and baliouts at home. Don Smith
48Public health care systems provide higher quality care than America's market-based system, at a fraction of the cost.Don Smith
49Bit by bit,, Republicans are destroying public education, Social Security, Medicare, unions, the regulatory agencies, and the middle class.Don Smith
50'Vote for me! I'll lower your taxes.' Unfortunately, it works.Don Smith
51As in Minnesota, Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott is proposing cutting the education budget by $3.3 billion - who really needs education? - and giving property and corporate tax cuts to the tune of $1.6 billion.Bernard Schaer
52Republicans often vote unanimously for far right positions; Democrats tend to compromise early and often.Don Smith
53Twitter tag: #waliberalsDon Smith
54Many libertarians think policing should all be the responsibility of individuals and the people they hire to protect themselves. They want everyone to carry guns.Don Smith
55The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum.Don Smith
56In 1950 corporate taxes accounted for over 25% of federal tax revenue; now they account for under 10%.Don Smith
57 We're not broke. Governments are cutting budgets and jobs when they should be closing corporate tax loopholes. Institute for Policy Studies
58You pay more money in taxes than many well-known U.S. corporations.Institute for Policy Studies
59Making corporate tax dodgers pay their fair share would make cuts to state budgets unnecessary. Institute for Policy Studies
60If the Democratic Party reliably did its duty, we wouldn't need all those progressive advocacy groups.Don Smith
61The needs of the many outweigh the greed of the fewDavid VicksDavid Vicks
62Today just 400 Americans have the same wealth as half of all Americans combinedMichael MooreDavid Vicks
63For conservatives, life begins at conception and ends at birth.Gloria Steinem
64When West Wing officials discovered that the Democratic National Committee had mobilized Mr. Obama's national network to support the [Wisconsin] protests, they angrily reined in the staff at the party headquarters. NY Times
65Tea Party libertarians want to throw out the baby (good government) with the bathwater (bad government).Don Smith
66The Republicans have overplayed their hand .. and they shall inherit the proverbial wind. They have taken another step, neither to be retraced nor erased, towards their political suicide -- an event that cannot come a minute too soon for the real America of fairness, the sanctity of a contract, rules, and equal opportunity.Keith Olbermann
67House Republicans voted unanimously to extend Big Oil tax subsidies, despite their huge profits.Keith Olbermann
68We know we'll have to make a sacrifice to reach consensus, and we are willing to do that.Harry Reid, caving (March, 2011)
69There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making the war, and winning it.Warren Buffet
70What we need is more Justice... Not more "just us"Unkown - heard it on AM 1090David Vicks
71Where are the sick and poor libertarians?David VicksDavid Vicks
72The right's successful strategy has been to starve government with regressive tax cuts, then to demand spending cuts.Dean Baker
73In 2010, Democrats lost white working-class voters by 30 points. In 2006 and 2008, they lost them by only 10 points.E.J. Dionne, Jr (The American Prospect)
74When critics of Wall Street vote overwhelmingly for the Republicans, something is awry in the Democrats' approach.E.J. Dionne, Jr (The American Prospect)
75Government is like an operating system: without it nothing else works.Don Smith
76Thanks to government we have contract law, civil rights laws, commerce, public roads, seat belts, childhood immunization, and the Internet. The list goes on and on.Don Smith
77Could Microsoft have thrived without the support and protections of a government?Don Smith
78The rich get bailouts, subsidies, and tax breaks. The middle class get layoffs, service cuts, and foreclosures.Don Smith
79The GOP is unified behind a hard right agenda. The Dems are divided between corporatists and progressives.Don Smith
80What makes for a livable city? Ample public infrastructure: parks, sidewalks, libraries, squares, green areas, playgrounds, social services, and public transportation.Don Smith
81Nuclear energy is the 20th Century's Frankenstein experiment and we are the guinea pigs. Carol Davidek-Waller
82Proud liberalUnknown
83Millions of progressives give time, money, and energy to advocacy groups, because they don't trust the Democratic Party. Too bad progressives don't take over the Democratic Party the way religious conservatives and Teabaggers took over the GOP.
84We need Dems like FDR, willing to fight the Good Fight.Don Smith
85You'd expect that Christians would be more vocal in the movements for peace and economic justice.Don Smith
86Sorry kids, there's no money left. We spent it all on wars, oil, privitization, bailouts, and giveaways to the rich.Don Smith
87I still don't know why the Obama administration was so quick to accept defeat in the war of ideas.Paul Krugman
88Our leaders don't lead. Governor Gregoire and the legislators have punted on the issue of raising revenue. If you ask them, they say "the people" have to demand fair taxation.Don Smith
89The Left needs to better market progressive ideas about good government and progressive taxation.Don Smith
90School funding in our State has already been cut by more than $2 billion in the past two years while not a single penny has been cut in tax breaks for wealthy corporations.David Spring
91According to the State Constitution, the paramount duty of the legislature is education. The paramount duty is NOT providing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax exemptions for the richest corporations in the history of our planet.David Spring
92I did not want my family, my legacy, my father's legacy to be based upon organized crime.William Koch, brother of company owners David and Charles
93Angry conservatives take over the GOP; angry progressives join third parties or advocacy groups.Don Smith
94I say: let's make a deal. The Democratic Party weeds out 'centrists.' In return, progressives rejoin the party and give it energy and street cred.Don Smith
95Republicans will always justify tax cuts for the rich by saying that taxation kills jobs.Don Smith
96It's a Wall Street government."Inside Job"
97[I am worried that the United States could become] a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists.Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
98Obama picked General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to chair his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. GE, it turns out, pays no federal taxes, receives billions in taxpayer subsidies, and has exported American jobs abroad.Kevin Futhey
99Unions: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend. Variously attributedMike Coday
100We are the real Citizens United.Somewhere on the InternetMary A. Hall
101When Congress can seriously debate forcing veterans into homelessness and cutting food aid to pregnant women and children, while giving tax breaks to billionaires, something is very, very wrong.Justin Rubin (Exec. Dir., explaining why he will join a protest fast
102Media access is fundamental to the Left's ability to expose injustice and influence voters.Don Smith
103I find it unconscionable that the Republican leadership, faced with a 1.5 trillion deficit, could possibly believe that good public policy is to maintain tax cuts for the top 2 percent of the population.David Stockman (former OMB director for Pres. Reagan)
104Last year, the news organization [NPR] got $5 million from the federal government. That's the cost of about three or five Tomahawk missiles, 112 of which Obama launched into Libya just over the weekend. Anthony Gregory, The Independent Institute
105GE made over $26 billion in profit in the United States during the last five years, but paid nothing in federal income tax. Zero. In fact, it claimed a $4.1 billion net tax benefit from the IRS during that time.Credo Action, paraphrasing the New York Times
106What do Steve Ballmer, Paul Allen, and Jeff Bezos have in common? They are among the wealthiest people in the world, and they want their wealth only for themselves. So they all pitched in with six figure contributions to defeat Initiative 1098 last year.John Burbank (EOI)
107Your refuge from right-wing regressivenessDon Smith
108Join the conversationDon Smith
109Banana Republicans hope to turn our country into a banana republic.Don Smith
110Progressives put People and the Planet ahead of Corporate ProfitsChad Lupkes
111Jesus would be a progreesive, caring for the poor and powerless.
112Progressives need to support the Democratic Party -- by taking it over and kicking out centrists.Don Smith
113True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.Franklin D. Roosevelt Brian Gunn
114Two years after the end of the Bush regime, the country turns even further to the Right. People are scared and despairing.Don Smith
115Evangelical Liberty University received half a billion dollars in federal aid in 2010, more than NPR and CPB.Alex Pareene (Salon)
116"I asked for this job, and at this point it is not really clear to me why I did that."House Finance Chair, Ross Hunter (D, 48th LD)
117We need Democrats like FDR, not DINOS (Democrats in Name Only). No more Republican lites!Don Smith
118Republicans almost never give in; Democrats almost always give in. It's not supposed to be that way.Don Smith
119There are forces in the Universe that behave independently of wealth.Diana Mercedes HowellDiana Mercedes Howell
120The internet is empowering people and thus steps are being made to dismantle that enmpowerment. Charles Christopher
121Why should Democrats and progressives be at the mercy of the Seattle Times when they want to get their message out?Don Smith
122Of the 1 Percent, by the 1 Percent, for the 1 PercentJoseph Stiglitz
123Failure to prosecute is at the root of the shellacking the Dems got in 2010. The Republicans fabricate scandals and attack on the flimsiest pretenses. Obama and Pelosi bent over and looked forward -- to a Republican controlled House.
124The Dems got a shellacking in 2010 because Obama's forgiving and compromising stance towards conservatives hid the past and masked the differences.Don Smith
125The American people have been told the [April 2011] agreement contains both 'historic' and 'painful' cuts. The question will be: painful for whom?Don SmithRep. George Miller Read (D)
126"We said to Musharraf, you know, Musharraf, security is more important than human rights. If I'm president, it's the other way around "Bill Richardson
127Libertarians may be nice people, but libertarianism is pathological.Don Smith
128Progressives need to do the difficult, unpleasant work of taking over the Democratic Party -- the way religious conservatives and Tea Partiers took over the GOP.Don Smith
129A CNN poll released last week [Apr 2011] found that the percentage of the public viewing the Tea Party unfavorably had increased to 47 percent, from 26 percent in January 2010.Dana Milbank (Washington Post)
130Our Democratic leaders in Washington don't lead. Governor Gregoire and the legislators allow Tim Eyman to lead.Don Smith
131Science has made little progress in treating empathy deficits. Psychopaths, for example, are notoriously untreatable as are children who present with callousness/unemotional (CU) trait. And trying to improve the empathy of sex offenders is one of the least effective interventions.Dr. Tom Fahy, Institute of Psychiatry
132And so the full power of the fossil fuel industry -- the most profitable business in the planet's history -- has been brought to bear on the fight, and they play hard and dirty.Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben
133Almost 40% of all household income gains between 1979 and 2007 accrued to the richest 1% of Americans -- more than received by the bottom 90% combined.Jacob S. Hacker
134By corrupting and mismanging government, conservatives have succeeded in breaking the peoples' faith in the possibility of good government. So the people vote against government entirely.
135A major reason (besides being apologists) why people can "see nothing nefarious" in election results is that it is so difficult to see anything whatsoever.Election law Paul Lehto, on opaque election tallying
136"Shared sacrifice" is code for balancing budgets on the backs of the poor while protecting corporate welfare. Outside of defense contractors, some of the biggest pigs at the public trough are oil, gas, and coal companies.DWG at Daily Kos
137On average, total compensation is 6.8 percent lower for state employees and 7.4 percent lower for local workers, compared with comparable private sector employees.Keith A. Bender and John S. Heywood
138Progressives can't change the money equation without campaign finance reform, so that needs to be a priority.RJ EskowBrian Gunn
139By caving in so completely on the first round, Mr. Obama set a baseline for even bigger concessions over the next few months. Paul Krugman, on the April 2011 budget deal
140If corporations are people, they should pay taxes, just like other people.Don Smith
141Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no tax? Yeah; me neither.Unknown
142President Obama proposed $800 billion in budget cuts, but not $1 from the Pentagon budget.US Action
143Only a few countries fail to guarantee new mothers paid leave from their jobs: Papua New Guinea, Swaziland -- and the U.S.Bloomberg Markets
144The President proposed to end no wars, make no serious cuts to the military, tax no estates or investments, raise no taxes on any billionaires, REDUCE corporate taxes, and give an unelected commission the power to slash Medicare.David Swanson, speaking of Obama's 4/11 budget speech
145About 10 days after 9/11/01, Gen. Wesley Clark was told that the decision had been made to go to war with Iraq and take out seven countries in five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.Ellen Brown
146I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own.Gen David M. Shoup, Commander of Marine Corps 1960-63,
147Obama is an excellent speaker. But too often his actions belie his words. Sad, because the Republicans are worse. Don Smith
148The GOP Roadmap to Ruin raises taxes on the middle class and destroys Medicare in order to finance a massive tax cut for millionaires and billionaires.Beth Becker
149Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.Don SmithBernard Schaer, on overturning Citizens United
150If our state legislators tried to eliminate tax exemptions on billionaire corporations, lobbyists would descend on Olympia like flies upon a carcass.Don Smith
151We must eliminate Medicare so that we can affiord to cut more taxes for the rich.Republicans
152It's impossible to kill unborn children because, by definition, children are born.David VicksDavid Vicks
153The size of government is not the important issue. What's important is: for what and for whom is government used?David VicksDavid Vicks
154Libertarianism is just an excuse to justify selfishness... and a knee jerk reaction to communism.David VicksDavid Vicks
155When I was a representative, simply standing up to the BIAW in a campaign ad would get you yelled at in the Speaker's Office, threatened, and stripped of plum assignments. But now you can assail your party in newspapers, and refuse to side with the speaker on a procedural vote, and still be a committee chair!Don SmithFormer State Rep. Brendan Williams
156"Tea Party" sounds so much nicer than "Koch-funded, Fox News-enabled mob of racists, xenophobes, sexists, homophobes, and anti-government nutcases."Republican Bigotry, Hate, Fear, Lies and Distortion and Don Smith
157The 'deficit crisis' is a hoax. We're undertaxing the super-rich, waging three unjust wars and refusing to do Medicare for All. [Fix] those and the deficit drops, real wealth creation begins, and we have a stronger safety net. Only one problem. You have to overthrow the banksters to do it..Carl Davidson
158There is no such thing as a free market. [Nineteenth century free market advocates decried child labor laws]Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
159Free market capitalism has been actually bad at generating growth. [There was more growth during the 60s and 70s, when there was more regulation.]Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
160The people who almost destroyed the world economy now are comiing back and lecturing us that you can't have your health care, you can't have your education.Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
161Overall, Coakley won the hand counts and overall, Brown won the machine counts.
162The long term task is to market progressive ideas and values. Short-term we need to push the Democratic Party leftwards.Don Smith
163By looking "forward" and failing to prosecute, Pres. Obama hid from the American people the truth about the extent of Republican depravity and allowed the GOP to regroup.Don Smith
164Osama bin Laden is dead. Get the troops home now.Robert Greenwald
165There is no way to peace,... peace is the way!David Vicks
166An idiot who appears genuine and willing to fight (even with other peoples' lives) for his beliefs, and who defines them as a simple either-or choice, is more appealing to the reality-challenged American public than an intelligent person who tries to convey complexity and comes off seeming timid and ambiguous.Walt Kloefkorn
167The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. I. F. Stone
168Thank God for government! There when you need it.Don Smith
169Libertarians ignore all the good that government does and concentrate only on the bad -- much of which conservatives and corporations cause.Don Smith
170Republicans claim tax breaks stimulate the economy. The evidence shows that the opposite. Beware of Dogma.David Vicks
171There is a big difference between a more social-istic democracy and social-ism.David Vicks
172Is it just a coincidence that the red areas of our states have the least education and technology?David Vicks
173Somehow we find it hard to sell our values, namely that the rich should plunder the poor.John Foster Dulles
174Terror Gap: Suspects on the terrorist watch list cannot board an airplane, but they can pass a background check and purchase guns and explosives.Mayors Against Illegal Guns
175The global livestock industry is responsible for nearly 20% of greenhouse-gas emissions -- more than all cars, trains, ships and planes combined.UN Food & Agriculture Org, quoted in the New Yorker
176Escalated war, record military spending, drone killings, prosecution of whistle blowers, protection of torturers, kowtowing to Wall Street, bailouts for billionaires, suppression of progressive candidates and bills, early compromise, use of GOP talking points, ... Will Democrats look away from Obama's betrayals?
177Ryan Medicare plan = Medical Food Stampsheard on MNBC
178Champions of private insurance exchanges rest their entire case for why this free-market magic will work on the absurd assumption that every middle-class American is secretly a Ph.D in the actuarial sciences.Joh Walker (on Firedog Lake)
179Rob McKenna called unionization of teachers, firefighters, and other public employees unnecessary and "dangerous." Fuse Washington
180Our government has increasing amounts of bad government (endless wars, police state, and corruption) and decreasing amounts of good government.Don Smith
181The only people Obama has prosecuted are the whistle-blowers.Mark Klein, former A.T.& T. employeee who exposed the telecommunication company wiretaps
182Cornering the market on vital services and commodities (along with obtaining tax exemptions and government subsidies) is the most popular business plan of mega corporationsCarol Davidek-Waller
183The Republicans have a Wealth Care Plan for the richest AmericansDon Smith
184Where progressive voices can be heard.Don Smith
185Conservatives have so corrupted and mismanaged government that the People have lost faith in government and, against their own self-interest, vote against raising taxes even for the well-to-do.. The insitutuitions of civil society are collapsing.Don Smith
186Members of Congress, trapped in a political process corrupted by money, simply cannot take the bold and audacious steps need to reform our broken government.Annabel ParkBrian Gunn
187Parties and other organizations that fail to hold their leaders accountable do not deserve our support.Don Smith
188[There's a] vast right wing conspiracy (uh oh!) that is working across the country to make government fail, to increase frustration with government and use the frustration for electoral success.Mike Coday
189Democrats and Obama hold whistle-blowers and Weiner accountable but not torturers, warmongers, and thieves.Don Smith
190Religious people should support single-payer healthcare, since it is a core moral issue that we care for the sick, the poor, and the elderly.Don Smith
191The words "shameless" and "shameful" mean approximately the same thing.Don Smith
192The missing Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not create organized religion in my name.Jay Farrington (apparently)
193There is no such thing as personal happiness. Happiness is one hundred percent relational.Karma Ura
194Libertarians confuse irresponsibility, stupidity and unregulated greed with freedom. Without government we'd be hunter gatherers.Don Smith
195If all the people active in advocacy groups instead worked to reform the Democratic Party, maybe we wouldn't need advocacy groups. Angry conservatives take over the GOP and push it rightwards; angry progressives flee the Dems and join third parties or advocacy groups.Don Smith
196To remain neutral in systems of injustice is to be complicit in that injustice.Desmond Tutu
197True Liberty is different from the freedom to cheat, pollute, corrupt, and avoid taxes. The problem is not big government. The problem is corrupt government.Don Smith
198I don’t remember Jesus advocating to let the market roll, instead we read of him turning over tables in the Temple. Rev. Nicole Lamarche
199If you think you're too small to be noticed, you've never had an ant crawling up your leg.Bev Harris
200Since NAFTA passed, we have exported over 28 million jobs, yet we still have a growing trade deficit. PDA's Economic and Social Justice Team
201If more Americans paid attention to the fate of neighbors and loved ones who have fallen victim to the cruel dysfunction of our healthcare system, they would see through the onslaught of lies and propaganda perpetrated by special interests profiting from the status quo.Wendell Potter, ex-insurance company executive
202Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. . . . Their number is negligible and they are stupidDwight. D. Eisenhower
203None of the wars since at least WWII have been in self defense.Todd BoyleTodd Boyle
204It is now beyond dispute that President Obama not only favours, but is the leading force in Washington pushing for, serious benefit cuts to both Social Security and Medicare. Glenn Greenwald
205Cheaper than a tank of gas, the $20 King County congestion fee will prevent pollution, oil imports, congestion, and unemployment. Even the Chamber of Commerce supports it. Tim Eyman and other anti-government nutcases should move to Somalia. Without government we'd be hunter-gatherers.Don Smith
206"Here is more evidence of the suicide mission this country is on: General Electric announced it's moving its 115-year-old X-ray business from Waukesha, Wisconsin to Beijing, China. . . . General Electric's Chief Executive, Jeffrey Immelt, is one of President Obama's advisers on… ready? U.S. job creation!"Jack Cafferty, CNN
207End welfare for the rich, stop squandering lives and money on imperialist wars, reclaim government from the corporations.Don Smith
208The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that,Rep. John Conyers.
209[Obama's] health reform was very similar to the reform Mitt Romney installed in Massachusetts. Romneycare, in turn, closely followed the outlines of a plan originally proposed by the right-wing Heritage Foundation.Paul Krugman
210Republicans want the entire burden of deficit reduction to be carried by the elderly, the sick, children and working families.Sen. Bernie Sanders
211The rich are getting richer. Their effective tax rate, in recent years, has been reduced to the lowest in modern history. Nurses, teachers and firemen actually pay a higher tax rate than some billionaires.Many corporations, including General Electric and Exxon-Mobil, have made billions in profits while using loopholes to avoid paying any federal income taxesBernie Sanders
212I believe we have in addition a medical problem in Washington, i.e. an absence of brains afflicting both parties, an absence of heart afflicting Republicans, and an absence of guts afflicting Democrats. "Hope"
213Congressional compromise: watering down tea party demands and selling them to Democrats since 2010!David ChildsDavid Childs
214Remember: our greatest enemy is ignorance.David Vicks
215The arc of history does not bend toward justice through capitulation cast as compromise. It does not bend when 400 people control more of the wealth than 150 million of their fellow Americans. Drew Westen
216My concern is that Obama is doing to the Democratic Party what Bush did for the Republican Party -- making it just about impossible for us to win elections. If we do not stand for protecting Social Security and Medicare, then what do we stand for? David Spring
217For the media owners, allegations of a liberal bias make it easier for them to impose the conservative bias they prefer. For the pseudoliberals who work in the media system, confessing to a liberal bias is far more comfortable than admitting that they've sold out their beliefs for a nice salary. It's only because the mainstream media is so conservative that all these right-wing pundits can make accusations of liberal bias without oppositionJohn K . Wilson, author
218Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretense that we are getting all the information we want. That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth. Professor Mark Crispin Miller
219The United States is not only number one in military power but also in the effectiveness of its propaganda system..Edward S. Herman, political economist and author
220Only corporate America enjoys representation by the Congresses and presidents that it pays for in an arrangement where no one is entirely accountable because those who have bought the government also own the media.Gore Vidal, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
221Political freedom has given way to guilt by association. Due process has given way to detention on the Attorney General's say-so. Public scrutiny has given way to secret detentions and secret trials. Equal protection under law has given way to ethnic profiling.The Nation
222This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you're-on-your-own individualism for everyone else.Bernie Sanders, on the Fed's corrupt $16 bailouts
223Conservatives take pride in their malevolence. For them, enriching the rich, weakening regulations, and eliminating services for the middle class is doctrinal creed.Don Smith
224Our leaders have asked for 'shared sacrifice.' But when they did the asking, they spared me...and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks.Warren Buffet, billionaire
225The wealthiest 1% of Washington residents pay less than 3% of their income in state taxes, while the poorest 20% pay 17% of their income in state taxes.he wealthiest 1% of Washington residents pay less than 3% of their income in state taxes, while the poorest 20% pay 17% of their
226What I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income -- and that's actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.Warren Buffet on his tax outlays
227Suppose you make the average annual salary in the U.S. of $44,410. It would take you 22,517 years to earn a billion dollars. (Assuming you paid no taxes. Like many of the most profitable corporations.)Robert Weissman of Public Citizen
228"I want to give them less and make them think it's more."Richard Eskow describing Republicans' and centrist Dems' approach to marketing regressive policies
229Did you hear about the identity thief who targeted a Buddhist and came away empty handed?Don Smith
230There's Drinking Liberally. There's also Thinking Liberally. Maybe we need Crying Liberally.Don Smith
231It doesn't matter if it's socialism or capitalism. What matters is what works best.Unknown
232Conservatives hate it when government works for the people. It can, if it’s not corrupted and mismanaged.Don Smith
233Republicans become bolder and more extreme, Obama continues to compromise.Don Smith
234Republicans love to hate government. They corrupt, mismanage, privatize, and bankrupt government, while slashing taxes and regulations for the rich.Don Smith
235A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.John Lennon
236Republicans hate Social Security because it has been an extraordinary success and has done exactly what it was designed to do. Bernie Sanders
237A radical idea: the rich shouldn't pay a lower rate of than the middle class.
238A government by elitist criminals, for elitist criminals, and of elitist criminals.Unknown
239The IRS report shows that in 2008 (the latest year for which data are available), the 400 richest income tax filers paid just 18.1 percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI) in federal income taxes. That is down from 22.3 percent in 2000.Citizens for Tax Justice
240The day will come when our Republic will be an impossibility... because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few. Pres. James Madison
241We mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Warren Buffet
242"Democracy is a personal growth process."Judah Freed, Global Sense
243If there's a right to life, doesn't it implies a right to free medical care for conscious infants, children, and adults?Don Smith
244The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.Thomas Jefferson
245An oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society because under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information.Albert Einstein
246We've gotta build our own media (a virtual human megaphone). Why beg the mainstream media to give us coverage?Don Smith
247One of the Republican weaknesses is that we rely too much on consultants and too much on talking points, and we don't rely enough on actually knowing things.New Gingrich
248The system is radically corrupted and we are no longer willing to tolerate it.Glenn Greenwald, explaining what the Occupy Movement thinks
249I have yet to see a single aspect of the banking industry that does not have fraud in it.Nevada Deputy Attorney General John Kelleher
250It is well enought that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.Henry Ford
251Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Fredrick Douglass
252Government is like a gun: it can be used for good or for bad. But libertarians love guns and hate government.Don Smith
253Other countries care for their mentally ill. Making them debate on TV is just cruel. (referring to GOP debates)Andy Borowitz
254Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.Barry Goldwater
255Our economic system is best described as welfare for the rich and free enterprise for the poorTheOther98
256When are the people who preach personal responsibility going to practice it?David Vicks
257Romney's GOP challengers portray him as a rutlhless -- and heartless -- corporate executive who destroyed jobs and reported by CBS News
258When right wingers talk about "freedom," they usually mean freedom to shit in someone else's reservoir.Martha Koester
259You get the sense that if Mitt were running in a primary where the key voting bloc were cannibals, he’d promise them missionaries.Paul Begala
260The urination video does not shock me so much as the public's tolerance of these immoral wars that make criminals of marines.Ross Caputi
261Occupy the Internet! Progressives need to build up effective, online media that they control.Don Smith
262It's no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go to college. The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. Rick Santorum
263The relentless attack on the common good that has been going on for at least 30 yearsJacob Hacker and Paul Pierson
264I'm not concerned about the very poor.Mitt Romney
265Liberals really feel. When they see an animal being mistreated, they're more likely to feel something than conservatives, and especially than libertarians, who are very, very low on this one.Jonathan Haidt
266The Christian Right is neither.(unknown)
267The Race to the Bottom is Over. Change is Coming, Tax the 1%. Mike CodayMike Coday
268Three hundred former members of Congress now lobby in Washington D.C.Bill Moyers
269For conservatives, corporations and brainless embryos are people who need to be protected. Everyone else can go to hell.Don Smith
270What was done to our country was wrong and unpatriotic and un-American and nobody has been held to account.Bruce Springsteen
271Conservatives are more concerned about brainless embryos and merciless corporations than about real people.Don Smith
272REAL Democrats are progressives.Don Smith
273It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.Washington State Constitution
274Rick Santorum criticized President Barack Obama's apology for the burning of Qurans in Afghanistan.Associated Press
275Obama a socialist? He's not even a liberal!Bill Maher
276The rich, the powerful and the criminal love liberty. The poor, the powerless, and the kindhearted love fairness.Don Smith
277If the current tax rates were enough to create jobs and generate economic growth we'd have a growing economy. It's not working now.Mike Pence (3d ranking GOP member in House, on th)e Bush tax cuts
278There are only two kinds of power in America: organized money and organized people.Heist
279Here's all you need to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.George Carlin
280We have one hell of a problem in this country, and it is not badly articulated by talking about the 99 percent and the 1 percent, although if you wanted to split hairs, we'd be talking about the 99.9 percent and the 0.1 percent.Vanguard founder and former CEO John Bogle
281The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.Thomas Jefferson
282JPMorgan Chase legally avoided paying taxes by moving profits to 83 offshore tax havens."Big Bank Tax Drain," Report by Public Accountability Initiative for National People's Action, March 2011
283Real Christians oppose war, support an ample social safety net, and are more concerned about the suffering and death of conscious people than about the destruction of brainless, unfeeling embryos.Don Smith
284If you're not sad and angry, you're sick. Go see a doctor.Don Smith
285Senior ranking U.S. military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the U.S. Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable.Active-Duty Army Whistleblower Lt. Col. Daniel Davis
286If you don't feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters.Republican Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, speaking on the GOP War on Women
287In Obama's proposed 2013 budget, military spending will become 57% of discretionary
288I believe that we can all work together to help prevent these acts from occurring again anywhere in our Nation. I write to ask for your support in providing critical information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, head of the Republican Governors Association
289... vile, evil, America-hating administration ...Ted Nugent, describing the Obama Administration
290The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
291I think the Republican Party is captive to political movements that are very ideological, that are very narrowFormer Republican Senator Chuck Hagel
292End Government Waste: Cut Military Spending!Don Smith
293There is no such thing as a tax cut, only tax shifts.Keven Phillips (attributed to)
294This is the pattern Fox News follows on nearly every political issue: latch on to a conservative "fact" and broadcast it ad nauseum, even after it is proven false.David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt, and Media Matters, in The Fox Effect
295The biggest deterrent to an energy plan in America is Koch Industries.Billionaire energy investor T. Boone Pickens
296The vision of anarchists is similar to the vision of free market capitalists: both imagine that justice, freedom, and efficiency can be be automatically achieved by the magical hand of the market or the disorganized people.Don Smith
297The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.Treaty of Tripoli, signed by Pres. John Adams and ratified unanimously by the Senate
298For some things, it is not because it is difficult that we dare not, but it is because we do not dare it's hard.Unknown
299God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance.Neil DeGrasse Tyson
300Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Barack Obama (campaign website in 2008)
301Very big business is in bed with very big government in Washington and has more to do with what the average person sees, hears, and reads than most people knowDan Rather
302Occupy The Media!Mark Taylor-CanfieldMark Taylor-Canfield
303It's Time For Alternatives To The Republicarts and Demopublicans!Mark Taylor-CanfieldMark Taylor-Canfield
304We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.Supreme Court Justice Louis D. BrandeisGary Kanter
305The biggest spender was victorious in 397 of 426 decided House races and 30 of 32 settled Senate races. OpenSecretsBlog, on the 2008 elections
306No one makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because they can only do a little.Edmund Burke
307It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.Jiddu Krishnamurti
308The Romneys declared a loss of $77,000 on their 2010 tax returns for the share in the care and feeding of Rafalca [Mrs. Romney's Olympic horse].NY Times
309Government creates good jobs and provides vital services, often more efficiently than the private sector.Don Smith
310How could anyone defend the top 400 richest people in the country owning more wealth than the bottom half of America, 150 million people?Sen. Bernie Sanders
311Capitalism without regulations is like highways without rules of the road.Don Smith
312WInning the 2008 election may be one of the worst things that happened to us [progressives].Avedon Carol
313I look forward to the day when corporations are free to marry whomever they want - even including other corporations (or would that simply be a corporate merger?). David Spring
314None of these things is illegal, but none of them are things that ordinary Americans can benefit from, and that’s the real scandal of Romney’s career at Bain.James Surowiecki
315Corporations, which are creations by governments, have rebelled and taken over government.Don Smith
316The Republican Party is a stinking, shameless cesspool of corruption, lies, extremism, and cruelty.Don Smith
317The enslavement of the people by the great corporations ... can only be held in check by the power of the government.Teddy Roosevelt
318 Americans should be more outraged about many things: global warming denial, economic injustice, militarism, corruption, and lack of accountability, for starters.Don Smith
319Unless charter schools address poverty, they won't fix the achievement gap.Sarajane Siegfriedt
320Government doesn't take away your freedoms; corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and corporations do.Don Smith
321Mitt Romney is worth an estimated $250 million and is running on a platform of cutting taxes for the rich.Americans against the Republican Party
322It was a tough time for our family, and Social Security was there to help us when we needed the help.Paul Ryan
323Government proviudes real services, real jobs, and real protections -- often more cheaply and effectively than the market system.Don Smith
324US debt is about $16 trillion dollars, unemployment is high, income equality is increasing, and tax rates are the lowest they've been in decades. But Repugs want more tax cuts for the rich.Don Smith
325Our towns and suburbs are built for cars, not for people. This must change.Don Smith
326Did Obama have delusions of grandeur concerning his ability to transcend partisanship and get Republicans to cooperate with him? Or is he just pretending to care about bipartisanship so that he can plausibly blame Republicans for the outcome?Don Smith
327I hope we shall take warning ... and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.Thomas Jefferson, 1816
328We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.Romney pollster Neil Newhouse
329A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.Albert Einstein
330Republicans say they don't believe in government. Sure they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends.Elizabeth Warren
331Electile Dysfunction: The inability to become aroused over any of the choices for President put forth by either party during an election year. Urban Dictionary
332After ten years of war, Afghan soldiers are now trained enough to kill American soldiers.(unknown)
333When I was a boy, I used to think that becoming rich and becoming famous would make me happy. Boy, was I right!Mitt Romney
334Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office.Mitch McConnell
335 War, for some, is a business. And across this country lies a labyrinth of military industries that produce nothing but instruments of death. Chris Hedges
336Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.Martin Luther King
337California now spends more on its prison system than it does on higher education, a warped trend repeated around the country.Glenn Greenwald
338If the debt ceiling talks fail, independent voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not. They will conclude that Republicans are not fit to govern. And they will be right.David Brooks
339The banks are too big to fail, too big to jailGreen Party candidate Jill Stein
340There were no Republicans in the room to blame this on. Green Party candidate Jill Stein, speaking about Obama's sellouts
341If we win, we're gonna turn the White House into the Green House.Green Party candidate Jill Stein
342Try to judge people by their strengths, not by their weaknesses.Don Smith
343Democrats flirt with Socialism. Progressives neck with Socialism. Only Socialists go all the way.Don Smith
344 In this present crisis, corporations are not the solution to our problem; corporations are the problem.Don Smith
345If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people.Tony Benn
346The NRA, the gun manufacturers' lobby, makes it easy for mass murderers to murder.Don Smith
347When guns and bullets are far easier and cheaper to obtain than mental health services there will always be a problem. Pat Porter
348The Republicans … will try to make people believe that everything the Government has done for the country is socialism. Harry S. TrumanMartha Koester
349Cars don't kill, people do. So there's no need to regulate car use by requiring driver licenses.Don Smith
350We guarantee that crazed man after crazed man will have a flood of killing power readily supplied him.Gary Wills
351My policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican.Barack Obama
352If per capita US healthcare spending were comparable to what other industrialized countries spend (with better results), we would be projecting budget surpluses for as far as the eye could see.Robert L. Borosage
353If Democratic legislators join the president in a grand betrayal, they may witness a powerful Tea Party movement from the left, as Republican legislators have from the right.Robert L. Borosage
354Let's everybody carry a gun -- to work, to school, and to shopping -- then we'll all be safer, right? :)Don Smith
355The cognitive dissonance of the conservative movement never ceases to amaze. The NRA seriously asked "why can't we afford an officer in every school?" I think they forgot to check with their ideological allies who want to drown government in a bathtub.Erik Magnuson
356The President's latest budget offer slashes a 95-year-old retiree's Social Security benefits by more than nine percent -- and trims the defense budget by less than one percent.Richard Eskow
357Lawmakers should take out about $74 billion in needless spending on weapons that have outlived their usefulness. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, on the Defense budget
358Mr. President, there are two ways to look at your 51 to 48 percent victory. 1. We love you. 2. We like you 3% more than Mitt Romney.Bill Maher
359Did you hear about the identity thief who targeted a Buddhist and came away empty handed?Don Smith
360The resentment created by American use of unmanned strikes…is much greater than the average American appreciates.former general Stanley McChrystal
361A corporate Democrat is usually better than a Republican. But a real, progressive Democrat is even better. We need more progressives to run for office and challenge the corporate Dems.Don Smith
362Reversing recession has taken a backseat to resuscitating zombie banks, maintaining the feudal dominion of a private financial oligarchy.Ellen Brown
363Pentagon: Cuts could hamper ability to invade countries for no reason.Andy Borowitz
364Globalism is a wrecking force of amazing power to wreck. It doesn't do anything good except for shareholders of big corporations and their chief executives. Paul Craig Roberts
365Legislators give a billion dollars every year to Microsoft, which hires overseas workers because people here aren't educated enough.Don Smith
366Republicans’ clever trick: blame public schools for the blight of poor communities.Don Smith
367Public school systems in many European and Asian countries do a better job than American schools. The problem isn't public schools.Don Smith
368Conservatives' attack on government is a hate crime: they hate government and the common good.Don Smith
369The influence today of the Muslim Brotherhood at the highest levels, from the White House, to the Pentagon, to the FBI, even to our United States military, truly is breathless and people have to know about it.Michelle Bachmann (she actually said this!)
370Market-driven medical care? Would you go to the low-cost heart surgery clinic, attracted by their discount offer? "Cut rate heart surgery, through the end of the month!"Don Smith
371Let's be perfectly clear: the United States supports Pakistan, Pakistan supports the Taliban, and the Taliban kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.Christian Parenti, in a review of Ahmed Rashid's Pakistan on the Brink
372Apple seeds aren't apples and don't feed hungry people. Embryos and fetuses similarly aren't yet children.Don Smith
373Compassionate conservatism? From State Senate's budget overview: "As of July 1, 2013, the Aged, Blind, or Disabled program is eliminated"Brendan Williams
374Instances of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R., AZ)
375TPP is a Terrible Plutocratic PlanRoots Action
376Truth is coming and it cannot be stopped.Edward Snowden
377Why aren't there state-sanctioned temporary marriage contracts? After, say, 4 years, the marriage comes up for renewal, and the partners can decide whether to renew it.Don Smith
378This to us is something that we're not going to give up on, because we're not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people.Rep. Paul Ryan
379Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good. Pres. John Adams
380The farm bill passed by the House of Representatives yesterday is pretty much a disgrace. Republicans took legislation that had historically been 80 percent food stamps and 20 percent mostly awful and antiquated agribusiness subsidies. And they passed something that is 0 percent food stamps and 100 percent mostly awful and antiquated agribusiness subsidies. Derek Thompson
381He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.Aristotle
382Maybe the best way to market progressive messages is to combine them with content people are really interested in: music, sports, and sex.Don Smith
383States that would not spend $10,000 a year to assure adequate education for young children of color spend over $30,000 a year to keep them in jail.Linda Darling-Hammond (in The Flat World and Education)
384We are obligated to be happy, for only if we are happy can we help others.Don Smith
385Even though there's no God, live as if there is one.Don Smith
386One of the greatest sins is to doubt yourself.Don Smith
387This hearing is surreal… You are not living in the real world.Rep. Jim McDermott, on the House hearing on poverty chaired by Rep. Ryan
388Author Clive Boddy defines psychopaths as “totally heartless, totally ruthless and totally calculating in their approach to life.” That fits corporations to a T, since by law their only motivation is profit for the shareholders.Don Smith
389Why is it that religion in America seems to make people MORE greedy and warlike?Don Smith
390A thriving middle class is the cause of growth and prosperity, not a consequence of it.FUSE Washington
391Washingtonians spent $35.07 per $1,000 on K-12 in 2009-2010, ranking the state 49th nationally.U.S. Census Bureau
392Bush was a bad conservative. Obama is a bad liberal. Both have betrayed the nation.Don Smith
393Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty.Howard Zinn
394Access to water is not your right. Believing you have a right to water – is an extreme belief. Water is a raw material and a foodstuff that should be privatized and commercialized.CEO of Nestle
395The only way anyone ever becomes great is to name and face down our demons.Jennifer Hathaway
396Few libertarians are as hypocritical as the billionaires who earned their fortunes in the tech world. Government created the Internet. Government financed the basic research that led to computing itself. And yet Internet libertarians are among the most politically extreme of them all.Richard (RJ) Eskow
397People quite willingly pay for a coffee, and they pay $50 to fill their gas tanks, but they won't pay a few bucks to support journalism or publicly financed elections.Don Smith and Todd Boyle
398Because of civilian casualties, I think we have just about eroded our credibility here.Gen. Stanley McChrystal, speaking of Afghanistan
399Dems won the 2012 popular ballot for the House by 1.4 million votes. But the House has 233 Repugs vs. 200 Dems.
400Mr. Rove and his colleagues have spent decades trying to ensure that the Republican base lives in an alternate reality defined by Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Paul Krugman
401How many of us would agree to spend two or three dollars for an espresso downed in five minutes but would balk at forking over the same for a daily or weekly news organ?Laurent Beccaria and Patrick de Saint-Exupery
402What kind of barbaric society would allow medical care to hinge on a person's wealth?Christopher Keelty
403If elected, [Jan] Angel’s conservative ideology might empower the unhelpful, far-right fringe of the Senate Republican caucus.Seattle Times editorial board
404A single cell is simply that: a single cell. It’s no more a human than the first brush stroke of a painting is a picture or the first word of a book is a novel.Dave Gardner
405Having lots of money doesn't make the rich people any happier, but it makes the poor people miserable.Don Smith
406The political spectrum has shifted such that the president’s legacy rests on the fate of a Heritage Foundation–conceived, Mitt Romney–tested healthcare plan.Richard Kim, speaking of President Obama
407This country isn't ran by just one individual; it's ran by four branches.Rep. Markwaybe Mullin (R-Oklahoma)
408 For over a decade I've been angry and scared about the sad trajectory of American politics. The assault on good government and the promotion of bad government has to end.Don Smith
409Three interesting things in life are politics, religion, and sex. And you can't safely talk about any of them at work.Don Smith
410The typical 21-year-old marine is hard-pressed to win the heart and mind of his mother-in-law; can he really be expected to do the same with an ethnocentric Pashtun tribal elder?Karl W. Eikenberry, on COIN in Afghanistan
411Tonight's debate: should corporate subsidies for the rich be cut instead of food stamps for the poor?Mike Luckovich, cartoonist
412We pray that You not let the Tea Partiers, or the New Confederacy, take us back to a place where none of us has ever been. Rev. Samuel B. McKinney, from his invocation at the NAACP Seattle
413We need a liberal religious revival that will empower progressive Democrats.Don Smith
414Right wingers morality extolls selfishness, greed and narrow-mindedness and denigrates the Common Good.Don Smith
415The DEA had carried out some 270 medical marijuana raids under Obama—twelve more than had been conducted in the previous twelve years combined. Mike Riggs, in The Nation
416Any time progressive try to push the party to the left and hold our leaders accountable, corporatist Dems say: are you trying to help the Republicans?Don Smith
417The same soldiers that GWB disabled on a lie are now facing the loss of foodstamps because the party of patriotism and compassion thinks they are takers.Citizens UnTied/Facebook
418Fun fact: Of the over $22 million that defeated I-522 [the GMO labeling initiative] less than $600 came from WA residents!Brendan Williams
419Transportation is an issue which gives the lie to the Republican creed according to which government can't provide anything of value.Don Smith
420Republicans hate government and the common good.Don Smith
421Man, you can see why people around here are starting to vote for the socialists.Danny Westneat, of the Seattle Times
422The assassination of President Kennedy and its subsequent coverup was a triumph for the rapidly growing U.S. national security state. David Talbot
423Does the future of our country benefit from Hillary, another Clinton, another politician almost indistinguishable from Barack Obama’s militaristic, corporatist policies garnished by big money donors from Wall Street and other plutocratic canyons?Ralph Nader
424Republicans continue to say they won't compromise on revenue. They wasted trillions of dollars on disastrous wars and deregulation. Starving the government and serving the 1% are their core principles.Don Smith
425We have socialism for the rich and survival of the fittest for everyone else.(unknown)
426Why doesn't Monsanto add a gene to the human genome to make people resistant to Roundup?Don Smith
427We need less bad government and more good government.Don Smith
428Washingtonians have agreed to marriage equality for gays. How about starting a movement for marriage quality?Don Smith
429Washingtonians have agreed to marriage equality for gays. How about starting a movement for (parital) income equality?Don Smith
430Progressives should make videos and interviews documenting examples of suffering due to budget cuts and successes due to government programs.Don Smith
431We should never have a conversation that we need new revenue for education.Washington State Senator Rodney Tom
432The four Walmart heirs enjoy a higher net worth than the bottom 40 percent.CJ Werelman, Salon
433In theory, these [private] contractors are supposed to save taxpayer money. In reality, they end up costing twice as much as civil servants.Don Smith
434People on the left believe in the power cooperation and sharing, but mostly they can do neither.Don Smith
435They fix the system so multimillionaire hedge fund managers and private equity tycoons pay less of a tax rate on their income than school teachers, ..., secretaries and janitors. They give subsidies to rich corporate farms and cut food stamps for working people facing hunger. They remove oversight of the Wall Street casinos, bail out the bankers who torpedo the economy, fight the modest reforms of Dodd-Frank, prolong tax havens for multinationals, and stick it to consumers while rewarding corporations.Bill Moyers
436Capitalism without regulations is like football with no rules.Don Smith
437The rights and interests of the working man will be protected and cared for -- not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God in His infinite wisdom has given the property interests of the country.George Baer, Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (spokesperson for railroad trusts), 1902
438Whenever anyone within the Democratic Party tries to hold lawmakers accountable they're shouted down with the retort: "Are you crazy? Are you trying to aid the Republicans?"Don Smith
439Lots of techies are libertarian, probably because they're semi-autistic and think they're self-made and superior to others.Don Smith
440Socialists, Anarchists, Independents and others outside the Democratic Party complain about its inadequacies but don't make the effort to join in and help reform it. I suppose they think it's hopeless. But it isn't hopeless at all. Just don't expect to be able to fix it without a big fight.Don Smith
441Nothing could be more basic than adequate pay. The inescapable fact is that salaries for educators in Washington are no better now than when this case went to trial.Washington Supreme Court, 1/9/14 McCleary vs. State Order
442At what point will Democratic Party activists realize that the conservative Dems who largely run the party are simply wrong about pretty much everything?Darcy Burner
443If my enemy's enemy is my friend, then is my friend's friend my enemy?Don Smith
444The greatest triumph of the moneyed interests in America has been to convince most Americans their government no longer represents them.Robert Reich
445The world is like a car racing towards a brick wall; conservatives have their feet on the gas pedal.Don Smith
446[The right wing attack on our] educational system is a simple one: first, starve school districts of needed funds. Second, lament their declining performance. Third, claim that something called the “free market” can bring the innovation necessary to rescue it. Fourth, make greater sums of money available for private corporations than you were willing to do for public education. Richard Eskow
447No one is arguing for equal incomes. The real worry -- which most Americans share ... is income and wealth have become so unequal, with 95% of all economic gains in this recovery going to the top 1%, that the middle class doesn't have the purchasing power to get the economy out of first gear, that big money is inundating our democracy, and that the American dreams of upward mobility and equal opportunity are turning into nightmares of vested privilege.Robert Reich
448The gravitational pull of carbon is immensely powerful. It cannot be overcome by symbolic gestures or half measures.Michael T. Klare
449The right seemed to have momentum and fiery self-righteousness — in service of a stupid and barbaric philosophy, to be sure.Thomas Frank
450We have to get the notion out of our head that everything on the Internet is supposed to be free.Norman Goldman
451Libertarian is a euphemism for sociopathic.Don Smith
452The real job creators are consumers with enough money in their pockets to buy what businesses have to sell.Robert Reich
453Republicans call any measure that lifts wages or protects workers and the environment a “job killer.” This is pure bunk. Robert Reich
454Rather than turn cynical and fatalistic, prior supporters should quickly and directly challenge leaders who have disappointed them.Norman Solomon
455T.U.I.F.: Thank Unions It's FridayDon Smith
456The biggest job killer is economic inequality, such as the $26 billion in Wall Street bonuses in 2013.Don Smith
457Citizens in Oso, WA didn't heed the warning of experts about the risk of landslide. Similarly, people aren't heeding the warning of climate scientists about the risks of climate change.Don Smith
458Would conservative lawmakers who disbelieve in human-induced climate change be willing to leave office if proved wrong?Don Smith
459The four Ls needed for a good relationship: like, love, lust, and lunacy.Don Smith
460When I met with Senate Republican leaders, they told me bluntly: We’re going to starve transit until you come to the table and support more highways.Former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn
461Conservatives in Washington State must be happy now that public transportation will be cut in King County.Don Smith
462Maybe the storms in the South are God's punishment for the regressive, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-poor, anti-science policies of southern conservatives.Don Smith
463The only people who benefit from [the militia movement's] fight against "big government" are the same people who are already destroying our country -- the billionaires and the oligarchs. Thom Hartmann
464In the future humanity will look back upon the US health care system the way we condemn trafficking of children's organs.Don Smith
465Over the last six years, Boeing has gained $26.4 billion in pre-tax profits, while claiming $105 million in refunds from the IRS, an effective tax rate of -0.4 percent.John Burbank, in 2014
466For every 100,000 births in America, 18.5 mothers die. By comparison, 13.5 women die in Iran, 6.1 in the United Kingdom, and only 2.4 in Iceland. Why? The rate is directly related to poverty and lack of healthcare. U.S. states with high poverty rates have maternal death rates 77 percent higher than states with lower levels of poverty, and women with no health insurance are four times more likely to die in childbirth than insured women. Robert Reich
467People who voted for Bush (especially in 2004) were complicit in immense evil.Don Smith
468Civilization is a thin veneer over our inherent brutality. Economic conservatives seem eager to rip off that veneer.Don Smith
469The majority of Americans cannot name which political party controls the House of Representatives [or] the Senate [and the Republican strategy is to ruin the economy and lay the blame on the Democrats].Thom Hartmann
470Government doesn’t waste money and take away freedoms; people do.Donald A. Smith
471They talk about gun rights but what about Chris' right to live? When will this insanity stop?Richard Martinez, father of gun violence victim Chris Martinez
472It's about liberty. If we admit climate change is real, then the liberal elite can dictate what we can and can't do. And nobody gets to tell Americans what we can burn, what we can eat, who we can shoot, and how many times we can shoot it.Jessica Williams (parodying conservatives)
473In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.Thomas Jefferson
474One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.Carl Jung
475The reason why politics is so dysfunctional is because half the people in government gain political victories by sabotaging government and then claiming that government doesn't work.Reddit user CheeseWithWhine
476Just two men made more investment income in 2013 than the entire year's welfare budget (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), commonly referred to as 'welfare').Paul Buchheit (for BuzzFlash at Truthout)
477Just 400 individuals made more investment income in 2013 than the entire safety net (SNAP, WIC (Women, Infants, Children), Child Nutrition, Earned Income Tax Credit, Supplemental Security Income, TANF, and Housing).Paul Buchheit (for BuzzFlash at Truthout)
478Misinformation Prize: The state Republican Party claims 42nd District state Senate candidate Seth Fleetwood “moved into” the district to run. Fleetwood was born in the district. He grew up in the district. He has practiced law in the district. He has served on both the Whatcom County and Bellingham City Councils.Joel Connelly
479The Republican Party has totally abdicated its job in our democracy, which is to act as the guardian of fiscal discipline and responsibility. They're on an anti-tax jihad -- one that benefits the prosperous classes.David Stockman -- former Reagan director of OMB
480Ninety-two percent of the wealth is owned by five percent of the people. -- (Bloomberg TV 2013)David Stockman -- former Reagan director of OMB
481How did Peter Thiel and other Internet billionaires become wealthy? They hired government-educated employees to develop products protected by government copyrights. Those products used government-created computer technology and a government-created communications web to communicate with government-educated customers in order to generate wealth for themselves, which was then stored in government-protected banks—after which they began using that wealth to argue for the elimination of government. RJ Eskow
482If you believe in God, you gotta believe in the Devil. If you believe in Grace, you gotta believe in Curse.Don Smith
483At extreme levels, income inequality can harm sustained economic growth over long periods. The U.S. is approaching that threshold. Standard & Poor's sees extreme income inequality as a drag on long-run economic growth.Standard & Poor\'s
484Much psychological suffering is like an auto-immune disorder of the emotional body. Our reactions to painful events are often more damaging than the events themselves.Don Smith
485You've got one family, the Walton family of WalMart owning more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the country. You know what that is? That's called Oligarchy.Bernie Sanders
486When reckless deregulation crashed the economy in 2008, rich corporations went crying to the government to save them. We have too much Socialism in America: Socialism for the rich.Don Smith
487Neocons are SOOO happy about the beheading of journalist James Foley.Don Smith
488Being lovers is easy. Being friends is hard.Don Smith
489All the activists protesting fracking, coal trains, and oil pipelines should also protest consumption. Otherwise, it's like trying to restrict the supply of drugs without working to control the demand.Don Smith
490 97% of the world's scientists contrive an environmental crisis but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires and oil companies.Scott Westerfeld
491Elections, not Auctions!
492America tried small government 225 years ago and found it lacking: the Articles of Confederation.Don Smith
493Don't hate the media. Become the media.Jello Biafra
494Friendship is hard. Romance is easy.Don Smith
495Something is wrong when people depend on facebook, expect it to be free, and complain about ads, restrictions, and data collection. People should use an open source alternative or stop complaining. Why should facebook be free?Don Smith
496 Cooperation and top-down control work well in corporations, so why can't they work well in a national economy?Don Smith
497 When you die you can take with you nothing that you have received, only what you have given.Saint Francis of Assisi
498 Ten percent of our kids are in for-profit universities, colleges. Those for-profit universities are sucking down 25 percent of federal loan dollars, and they are responsible for 50 percent of all student loan defaults.Elizabeth Warren
499In 1952 the corporate tax accounted for 33% of all federal tax revenue. Today, despite record breaking profits, corporate taxes bring in less than 9%.Bernie Sanders
500Why is it that the wealthiest 400 Americans have more wealth than the poorest 150 million Americans and yet Republicans fight tooth and nail to give more tax breaks to the rich?Bernie Sanders
501The US Department of Education estimated that 72 percent of the for-profit programs at 7,000 schools produced graduates who on average earned less than high school dropouts. Many of those students — veterans, single mothers, teenagers — end up in debt, often without degrees, jobs, or prospects.Megan Woolhouse (Boston Globe)
502Considering the Obama Administration's relentless pursuit of whistle blowers such as James Risen, Democrats who support Obama are complicit in terrible injustice.Don Smith
503U.S. corporations escaped $147.5 billion of U.S. corporate income taxes by siphoning domestic profits to offshore jurisdictions, where they pain an average tax rate of 6.7 percent.David Cay Johnston and Citizens for Tax Justice
504UW gets $250 million a year in taxpayer dollars from the state (down from more than $400 million a few years ago.) In that three-day legislative party last weekend, Boeing was just forgiven more than $500 million per year in taxes over the span of 16 years to come (some other aerospace companies benefit, too, but it’s mostly Boeing).Danny Westneat -- the Seattle Times
505I am trying to find a Republican -- who I know exists, but so far who will not sign up -- for closing unjustified tax loopholes.Senator Carl Levin
506I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.Apple Computer C.E.O. Tim Cook
507[In this recovery] 100 percent of the gains have gone to the best-off 10 percent. Ninety-five percent have gone to the top 1 percent.Robert Reich
508Obama saved the economy and the GOP.Don Smith
509Republicans promote destructive policies with a religious fervor.Don Smith
510Scary thought: in 2008 45.7% of voters voted for McCain and Palin, despite the horrible legacy of Bush.Don Smith
511Smart people know the difference between a brainless embryo and a thinking, feeling child.Don Smith
512The Republican Party has totally abdicated its job in our democracy, which is to act as the guardian of fiscal discipline and responsibility. They're on an anti-tax jihad -- one that benefits the prosperous classes.David Stockman -- former Reagan director of OMB
513[T]he Republican Party was hijacked by modern imperialists during the Reagan era. As a consequence, the conservative party cannot perform its natural function as watchdog of the public purse because it is constantly seeking legislative action to provision a vast war machine of invasion and occupation.David Stockman -- former Reagan director of OMB -- in The Great Deformation, p 688
514Imagine how much more interesting the world would be if there were three sexes and you needed all three to make a baby.Don Smith
515Today I visited a dangerous socialist institution that is polluting the minds of Americans with ideas of community and cooperation: the public library.Don Smith
516Anarchists: Grover Norquist's little helpers.Don Smith
517Obama gave a priceless gift to the GOP: immunity from prosecution and accountability for war crimes, torture, and others criminality. Still, many Democrats treat him as a hero.Don Smith
518[Andy] Hill's re-election script was written by Senate Democratic floor speeches praising his budgets.Brendan Williams
519I believe Judge Roberts has a healthy regard for precedent. (explaining her vote in favor of Roberts' confirmation)Senator Patty Murray
520If the American people thought about gay sex as much as I do; they’d realize just how wrong it isRick Santorum
521Centrist Dems are worse than Repugs, because they ruin the Democratic brand and weaken the party from within, like a cancer.Don Smith
522The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein
523After 1500 years of the Vatican sending missionaries around the world, the Pope rails against the "ideological colonialism" of those who advocate equal rights for women and queers. Priceless.Valerie Tarico
524The Republicans are a wholly owned subsidiary of the business-finance machine; the Democrats are rented.William Greider, in The Nation
525Anarchists are neither Left nor Right, or are radically both: they reject both Big Government and Corporations. They are dually extremist.Don Smith
526Conservatives have a facts/brain barrier.Don Smith
527A bad, abusive marriage: corporate Democrats and progressive Democrats.Don Smith
528The people behind the movement to destroy and privatize public education, via toxic testing and charter schools, have arranged things so that they don't have to pay taxes to support education and other societal needs.Don Smith
529Friendship is harder than romance.Don Smith
530Be fruitful and divide. Or subtract. But please don't multiply or add.Don Smith
5312014 was my first year where I declared mostly capital gains instead of earned income and I can tell you that my Federal tax burden plummeted. A friend
532Tax cuts destroy jobs.Don Smith
533Obama gets angrier at progressives than he does at Republicans.Don Smith
534It turns out that the Wall Street bonus pool in 2014 was roughly twice the total annual earnings of all Americans working full time at the federal minimum wage.Nicholas Kristof, in the New York Times
535 It will take a miracle for a balding, grey-haired, non-religious Democratic Socialist Jew to be elected to the White House. But his candidacy is an opportunity to educate the public and perhaps push the Dems to the left.Don Smith
536Hinduism and many of the occult activities that come out of the Orient are inspired by demons and demon worship…Pat Robertson
537Petrichor is defined as "A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather." But the word sounds like something Monsanto would produce to kill weeds.Don Smith
538Finally, near the end of his term, Obama is showing the fighting spirit we needed. Unfortunately, he's directing it mostly at Elizabeth Warren and progressives.Don Smith
539The iPhone exists, as Mariana Mazzucato demonstrated in her 2013 book "The Entrepreneurial State," because various branches of the U.S. government provided research assitance that resulted in several key techonological developments, including G.P.S., multi-touch screens, L.C.D. displays, lithium-ion batteries, and cellular networks.Jill Lepore in the New Yorker
540Is online activism like online sex?Don Smith
541Even the truth needs to be marketed.Don Smith
542 The Republican Party has become an insurgent outlier -- ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.Political scientists Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein
543Over the first 9 months of 2001, the CIA sent the Bush administration no fewer than 36 different warnings about a potential Al-Qaeda attack on American soil.Thom Hartmann
544It is important to remember that amateurs built the Ark and it was the professionals that built the Titanic.Ben Carson
545Hey, I bet more prayer would solve our mass shooting problem. That, or more guns. I can't decide which.Valerie Tarico
546I'd rather lose with someone else than win with Donald Trump.Republican U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham
547The reality is that fraud is the business model on Wall Street. It is not the exception to the rule. It is the rule.Bernie Sanders
548Before Obama, people barely noticed skin color; that goes back 150 years. Blacks were happy and grateful for what we were given.Dr. Ben Carson (Republican candidate for President)
549Libertarian is a euphemism for sociopathic.Don Smith
550I'm a Christian first, American second.Ted Cruz
551If you see stuff that’s bad and you don’t respond with—what did King call it?—‘the urgency of the moment,’ then you’re not alive.Bernie Sanders
552Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
553I don't want to hear any Clinton supporters whining about how Stein, independents, etc cost democrats the election. You will have no one but yourselves to blame for supporting an unpopular candidate.Georgia Davenport
554Fifteen years ago, cancer drugs cost an average of $10,000 a year. Now it's $10,000 a ​*month*​. Because the pharmaceutical cartel owns the U.S. government every bit as much as Mexican drug lords own theirs.Bill Maher
555Republicans such as Paul Ryan are angry at Trump not because he's a racist, misogynist, xenophobic, dangerous buffoon but because Trump says he wants to raise taxes on the rich and wants to raise the minimum wage.Don Smith
556When it was revealed Cruz once stated that one has no inherent right to "stimulate one's genitals," his college roommate Craig Mazin popped up to call him a hypocrite who'd whacked it plenty in college. Read more: Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on FacebookMatt Taibbi (Rolling Stones magazine)
557Conservatives value gun rights more than the right to life.Don Smith
558In the 2012 election, 1.7 million more votes were cast for Democrats than Republicans in House races, but due to gerrymandering Republicans won thirty-three more Congressional seats.(New Yorker, June 27, 2016)
559I hope we shall crush… in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.Thomas Jeffesron
560The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the [Republican Party].1956 Republican Platform
561I helped to paint Trump as a vastly more appealing human being than he actually is....One of the chief things I'm concerned about is the limits of his attention span, which are as severe as any person I think I've ever metTony Schwartz (ghostwriter of Trump\'s \"The Art of the Deal\")
562He [Trump] lies without conscience. He has an incredibly short attention span.Tony Schwartz (ghostwriter of Trump\'s \"The Art of the Deal\")
563I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life.Tony Schwartz (ghostwriter of Trump\'s \"The Art of the Deal\")
564Lying is second nature to him. More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.Tony Schwartz (ghostwriter of Trump\'s \"The Art of the Deal\")
565If Russia or China had navy vessels in the Gulf of Mexico or off the east coast of the U.S., would Americans accept that? So why does the U.S. think it has the right or obligation to have military equipment, bases, and troops all over the world?Don Smith
566New word: realationship (a relationship that extends to real life and so is not just online)Don Smith
567Corruption at the highest levels in the Democratic Party, both in D.C. and here in Washington State, makes it difficult to fight Republicans.Don Smith
568You need to immerse yourself entirely [in Fox News] to grok the breadth of its world-building paranoia and mythologies.Emily Nussbaum, in The New Yorker
569Most musicians don't compose music. Why are most engineers exoected to be able to do proofs? Don Smith
570I have two great enemies, the southern army in front of me and the financial institutions, in the rear. Of the two, the one in the rear is the greatest enemy.Abraham Lincoln
571The woman we were constantly assured was the best-qualified candidate of all time has lost to the least qualified candidate of all time. Thomas Frank
572We think when we cease to be at peace with silence. (Cf: "We talk when we cease to be at peace with our thoughts." --Kahlil Gibran)Don Smith
573The only people in Mexico who have money for [building the wall] are the Drug Lords. Good luck dealing with those psycho bastards.(a Mexican friend)
574America is so divided. Republicans live in an alternate reality.Don Smith
575Where were all the economists pointing out the absurdity of the neoliberal ideology that told us that human society should be governed by the dictates of the market—that is, until the market collapsed in an orgy of fraud and corruption and needed the government to bail it out? Chris Hedges
576We achieved more through the Sanders campaign, within the Democratic Party, than in thirty years of my calling for a Labor Party.Rand Wilson
577Trump is appointing a fox to every henhouse based on what kind of hens each fox most wants to eat.Valerie Tarico
578There are strong indications that Scott Walker and the Reince Priebus machine rigged as many as five elections including the defeat of a Walker recall election.Roger Stone, former consultant to Trump\'s Presidential campaign
57981 percent of white Evangelicals voted for a narcissist serial philanderer who violates women, whose life embodies the pursuit of greed, and who has boldly broken the frontier of public lying. 81 percent. Wrap your brain around that.Valerie Tarico
580An explanation of climate change from a Nobel Prize-winning physicist looks exactly the same on your Facebook page as the denial of climate change by somebody on the Koch brothers' payroll.Barack Obama
581Most of life constists of waiting.Don Smith
582To date, Trump has picked an Attorney General who doesn’t believe in the Voting Rights Act; a Secretary of Heath and Human Services who doesn’t believe in government-provided health insurance; a Treasury Secretary who wants to “strip back” the Dodd-Frank Act, designed to prevent another bank meltdown; a Secretary of Education who’s against public schools; and, now, a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who doesn’t believe in the Fair Housing Act.Robert Reich
583Under-performing Dem presidents have a history of bringing nightmares in their wake: Carter—Reagan, Clinton—Bush, Obama—Trump.Walter Kloefkorn
584It should be a capital crime for a textbook to have a theorem without a proof.Don Smith
585Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.John Maynard Keynes -- especially true of laissez-faire capitalism
586In a May 2015 tweet, Trump said: “I was the first & only GOP presidential candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.” In September, he told “60 Minutes” that if he was elected president, his health-care plan would take care of “everybody.”Bernie Sanders
587 If 97 percent of structural engineers told you a bridge over a chasm wasn't save to use, would you let your children and grandchildren use it?Joe Nilsson
588Tomorrow is a dark day for the world: the inauguration of a pussy-grabbin, lyin, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, disabled-mocking, conspiracy-mongering, swamp-beast-choosing, torture-loving, tax-dodging, student-cheating, contractor-shortchanging, Putin-puppet, bragging, unqualified, buffoonish megalomaniac.Don Smith
589They go low, we go high, they win.Don Smith
590In Germany everything you need is cheap and everything you want is expensive. In the US everything you need is expensive and everything you want is cheap.Anonymous
591 I was a good student. I understand things. I comprehend very well, okay? Better than I think almost anybody.Donald Trump
592Thank God Josef Mengele isn't still alive; he'd be Trump's Surgeon General.(unknown)
593Cognitive linguist George Lakoff urges us to always say protections not regulations . The word “regulations” frames the conversation from the corporate point of view—as limitations on their “freedom” to do whatever they want no matter who it harms, while “protections” frames things from the public’s viewpoint—as safeguards against harm done to people.Anna FaheyValierie Tarico
594And we’re going to show the people as we build up our military, we’re going to display our military. That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. Donald Trump
595There are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats.Bernie Sanders
596Real pro-life includes guaranteed medical care for the born, not just the brainless.Don Smith
597Pure capitalism is brutal and nonexistent (companies rely on governments for all sorts of services and rules). Pure socialism is unfair and a disincentive to work.Don Smith
598It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either.George Will
599Just so we're clear: People with pre existing mental health conditions have access to firearms and not healthcare.Todd Bridges
600Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care.Rep. Raúl Labrador, of the House Freedom Caucus
601On December 6, 2009, Trump signed a public letter to President Barack Obama urging action to protect the earth from climate change. “If we fail to act now,” the letter read, “it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.” David Swanson and Donald Trump
602You know we're in deep trouble when Bush, Cheney and their team are scared of Trump.Don Smith
603You'd think pro-life Christians would be natural supporters of Medicare for All.Don Smith
604In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.Donald Trump
605Paradoxically, activists on the Left are more individualistic and less cooperative than on the Right.Don Smith
606Relative to the government, corporations are bottom-up. Relative to individuals, corporations are top-down. There are different levels, and top-down versus bottom-up depends on the level.Don Smith
607Conservatives treat selfishness as a virtue and charity as a sin.Don Smith
608Just because evolution works without morality or top-down design doesn't imply that an economy should.Don Smith
609Odd. No one is in denial of American's Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it.Neil deGrasse Tyson
610About 1/3rd of Americans have been brainwashed. That's the charitable interpretation. Either they're brainwashed or they are sociopaths. Trump and the GOP are so clearly destructive that I can't fathom how any moral, reasonable person can support them.Don Smith
611The Dem party used to be the party of big ideas, but has become the party of bathroom choices.Lanny Larcinese
612Somewhere in the dark corners of the Internet, the alt-left is planning universal healthcare and community gardens.Jennifer Hathaway
613Sometimes you need protest in order to heel.Donald Trump
614 "... the wealthier people are, the less empathy they report for people in distress and the less compassionately they act. Moreover, wealthier people are less adept at recognizing other people's emotions and . . . are greedier and more likely to cheat or steal." From \"Behave - The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst\" (R. M. Sapolsky)
615Much suffering comes from the need to distinguish between accepting what can't be changed and working your butt off to change what can't be changed.Don Smith
616People get stuck trying to change the past.Don Smith
617For some people charging $99 for a $28 case of water is "price gouging" yet charging $800 for an $8 bag of saline is "healthcare".Todd Bridges
618The GOP insists that the Vegas shooter's gun arsenal is "a right," but medical treatment for his 500+ survivors is merely "a privilege."Desirina Boskovich
619The NRA is a terrorist organization.Rebekah Alpisa
620Trump says he has 'total confidence' in Tillerson, who reportedly called him a 'moron'"LA Times headline
621Being a billionaire donor should not give you [Betsy DeVos] the power to take a sledgehammer to our public school system.Dow Constantine
622A lot of people will take a crappy job just to get the health benefits rather than start an entrepreneurila job. If we're talking about tax breaks for rich people to create jobs and entrepreneurialism, why not health care to allow regular people to do the same thing?Arnold Jonas (quoted in The New Yorker, Oct 2, 2017)
623If Hillary was so smart, how is it that she forgot to campaign in the swing states?Don Smith
624The best reason to be happy is no reason.Don Smith
625For a group of folks who constantly deny Science, Republicans sure are into Darwinism.Joe Nilsson
626Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.John Adams
627It's ironic that spiritual teachers often say "we are all one" and yet they insist we have to enlighten ourselves.Don Smith
628People seek someone to fill their emotional, intellectual, and/or physical holes.Don Smith
629I have always found it quaint, and rather touching, that there is a movement in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough.Christopher Hitchens
630Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.Dalai Lama XIV
631I can forgive uneducated people for voting GOP. How can I forgive educated people?Don Smith
632No one wants your guns, but they ARE coming for your Social Security.Nancy Monacelli
633Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.Martin Luther King
634People crave fiction. People fantasize about books, films, cartoons, TV shows, and online worlds. Heck, politics is largely fiction.Don Smith
635A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds.James Comey
636Always assume the worst. Then you'll often be pleasantly surprised.Don Smith
637Boycott North Carolina if they go ahead with racial gerrymandering.Don Smith
638Nearly half of the benefits of the [GOP] tax cut law (including both individual and corporate cuts) flow to the top 5 percent of taxpayers in the first year, and in the final year, about 83 percent goes to the top 1 percent of taxpayers.PolitiFact
639When congressional Republicans passed their so-called tax-reform bill, they preserved the deduction for charitable contributions even as they capped the deduction for state and local tax payments. Thus a hundred-million dollar gift to Harvard will still be fully deductible, while, in many parts of the country, the property taxes paid to support local public schools will not be.Elizabeth Kolbert (The New Yorker, Aug 27, 2018)
640Too much pride is a sin. Too little pride is also a sin.Don Smith
641The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.PJ O'Rourke
642Over the last 30 odd years, Democrats have moved to the right and the right has moved into a mental hospital. So what we have is one perfectly good party for hedge fund managers, credit card companies, banks, defense contractors, big agriculture and the pharmaceutical lobby... That's the Democrats. And they sit across the aisle from a small group of religious lunatics, flat-earthers and civil war re-enactors who mostly communicate by AM radio and call themselves the Republicans and who actually worry that OBill Maher
643Tell your Republican friends to update their brain software. They released a patch to fix the problem of people voting Republican. It was a bad bug in code that connected conscience with facts.Don Smith
644In Georgia, the Republican candidate for governor used his position as secretary to state to purge more than 1.5 million voters from the rolls and shut down hundreds of polling places - likely enough to decide the election.Faithful America
645The South's economy was based on coffee, sugar, and tobacco: all addictive substances. Plus slavery.Don Smith
646Since World War II, U.S.-government R&D has defined the state of the art in almost every area.Bill Gates, Jr.
647It IS somewhat natural for there to be concentration of wealth. Agreed. Repugs want to INCREASE it. They give huge tax breaks for the rich, despite huge debt.Don Smith
648 A tiny bullet can kill you or paralyze you if well aimed. A micro-gram of some poisons can kill you. A few well-placed words aimed by a person you love or trust can likewise do lasting damage.Don Smith