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Case of the Mundays – Quotes Edition

Let’s face it; liberals are as predictable as Detroit Lions’ games.  This Case of the Mundays post is nothing but quotes from the left to show just how easily predictable they are.  I said a couple of days ago that this downgrade will become a weapon for the left, an attack on the Tea Party and a call to raise taxes.  Without further ado, let the clowns out of the car.

“This is the Tea Party downgrade because a minority of people in the House of Representatives countered the will of even many Republicans in the United States senate who were prepared to do a bigger deal, to do $4.7 trillion dollars, $4 trillion dollars, have a mix of reductions and reforms in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, but also recognize that we needed to do some revenue.” – Sen. John Kerry

“Any other country in this situation would be in trouble. However, because we print the dollar, which is the global standard (or “reserve currency”), we get a stay of execution. It’s why despite all of this, our government can still borrow money cheaply. This ability to borrow is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it prevents a more precipitous exit from America and buys us time to fix our problems. It’s a curse because it enables us to continue on this reckless path.” – Dylan Ratigan

“One cannot help remarking that in the debt-ceiling negotiations, contrary to Obama’s expectation, the Tea Party proved eminently willing to “identify specifically” what they wanted to do. The answer was cut Medicare and Social Security rather than raise taxes. And the president was willing to grant what they asked.” – David Bromwich

“President Obama should have made it clear from the start that doing otherwise was not only unwise, but absolutely unacceptable. He should have kept the political spotlight on the Republicans for upsetting the nation’s credit rating and pushed the budget negotiations to budget time – without a threat of national default.” – Mark Penn

“Earlier this week, I supported over $2 trillion in spending cuts without additional revenues, and last December I voted to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that are blowing a hole in the deficit. I was willing to vote for a real compromise. But the fact is, there is nothing in this deal that will address the significant jobs crisis we are facing. This deal, cut behind closed doors with zero transparency, is an unbalanced approach that cuts deeply into discretionary spending while being overwhelmingly stacked in favor of large corporations who exploit loopholes and the wealthiest among us. It is simply not in the best interests of the middle class and the larger economic recovery so I could not support it.” – Sen Kirsten Gillibrand

“Congress should consider raising revenues in other ways, like a value-added tax, or carbon taxes. That way all of the needed revenue for deficit reduction, and for what government provides, does not need to be squeezed from the income tax. A value-added tax is conducive to saving, and a carbon tax helps protect the environment.  The public is open to new taxes, and the economic facts are clear. Until tax increases are considered in equal measure to spending cuts, there will be no budget fix.” – NY Times Editorial

“I’m waiting for the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of next year. If we just let all income tax rates revert to what they were during the era that should be called the Clinton Prosperity, a debt problem that now may seem overwhelming suddenly looks quite manageable. A little growth, a little tinkering with entitlements, and we’re set for another quarter-century or so.” – Eugene Robinson

“The Republicans of the Tea Party, on the other hand, say they are conservatives, but they are really radicals — maybe even nihilists. They would rather destroy than compromise. They are drunk on bromides about Big Government and Small Business and the virtues of a balanced budget, no matter what damage all that does to an already sick economy.” – Richard Cohen

“Grass-roots movements are like bees, an old saying goes, they sting and then they die. The tea party, like the original Boston Tea Party, fits what the founders called a movement of the moment. Like others, the teas are likely to melt, at best, into one of the major parties.” – Clarence Page

“We can take some comfort from the fact that Social Security, Medicaid and several other programs for the poor would be exempt from those automatic cuts, and around half the total will come from defense (America’s scheduled drawdown of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan).” – Robert Reich

“The fact of the matter is that this is essentially a tea party downgrade. The tea party brought us to the brink of a default. By the way you said before, the president said … if we had defaulted on our debt the consequences would have been dramatic and lasting. So, you know, it was the right thing to do to avoid that default. It was the wrong thing to do to push the country to that point. It’s something that that should never have happened. That clearly is on the backs of those who were willing to see the country default. Those very strident voices in the tea party.” – David Axlerod

“The president has to put some muscle in his rhetoric and go after the Tea Party as home wreckers. I think the president in following his own precept in being a conciliator. It’s great and quite noble but he’s in a situation in which he really has to stand up for things in which he believes,” – Ross K. Baker

And now your Munday Moment:

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