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Quotes of the Year


With all of the "hope and change" crapola, 2009 has been an interesting year to say the least. Politics spawns headlines, and headlines breed quotations. Today, I present to you the best — or could it be the worst? — quotations of 2009.

Ouch! That Hurts! Award. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "And today they are injecting hundreds of billions of dollars of cash from the pockets of their own people and other nations into the failing banks, companies and financial institutions making the situation more and more complicated for their economy and their people." Wow, you know the United States is in trouble when a bloodthirsty whacko dictator criticizes our policies and just happens to hit the nail on the head.

Integrity? Who Cares About Integrity? Award. Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu: "And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix." Three hundred million dollars for one vote on health care reform is not a bad gig if you can get it. I wonder if she'll give me the name of her agent.

At Least He's Honest — Part of the Time Award. Michigan Rep. John Conyers: "What good is reading the bill if it's a thousand pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?" I'm sorry, Congressman, but isn't reading and understanding legislation the majority of your job description?

What Does the Constitution Have to Do With Anything? Award. South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn: "There's nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do." If we can't expect our congressmen to uphold constitutional principles, then our Republic is doomed. Oh, wait, I'm sorry, I inadvertently mentioned "congressmen" and "principles" in the same sentence.

Did I Miss Something? Award.

Whitehouse Economic Adviser Larry Summers: "Everybody agrees the recession is over." Mister Adviser, sir, you might want to ask all of those unemployed folks out in the real world if they think the recession is over.

I Didn't get the Memo Award. Whitehouse Economic Adviser Christina Romer: "Of course not," was her reply when asked by "Meet the Press" host David Gregory if the recession was over. Her statement was made the very same day that Summers declared on another network the recession was over. It was rumored the president agreed with both of his advisers.

Tiger Woods Is Proud Award. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford: "I will be able to die knowing I had met my soul mate." I bet your wife can arrange that for you, Governor, since most spouses don't approve of extramarital soul mates.

Calling a Spade a Spade Award. Academy Award Winner Sean Penn: "Thank you. Thank you. You commie, homo-loving sons of guns." You've got to admit, he knew his audience when accepting his Academy Award for "Milk."

The 2009 Grand Prize. President Barack Obama: "In the long run, we can't continue to spend as if deficits don't have consequences, as if waste doesn't matter, as if the hard earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money. That's what we've seen time and time again, Washington has become more concerned about the next election than the next generation." Makes you wonder if the president actually listens to the words that come out of his teleprompter, uh, I mean his mouth.

By the way, did you notice what happened to the national debt during the first 11 months of the Obama administration?

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