February Quotes of the Month

The real choice today is between bigger or smaller unintelligent government. — George Will

There are a lot of things I don’t know about, said Chuck Hagel. If confirmed, I intend to know a lot more than I do….It doesn’t matter what I think. It does matter what you think,” insisted New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte.

Ari Fleischer with the line of the weekend: “I don’t know if Sen. Bob Menendez belongs in the Senate, but he definitely belongs on the foreign relations committee.”

Missouri Representative Chris Kelly, Democrat of Columbia, showing his command of litotes regarding proposed legislation to require photo IDs to vote: “Jim Crow is alive in this room today. This is the single most immoral act that I have ever seen happen in my time in the General Assembly.”

After President Obama’s State of the Union address, a reader sent me (Jay Nordlinger in the Corner, a blog of the National Review) a passage from a Philip Roth novel, I Married a Communist. I’m not sure why this passage occurred to our reader:

The lying. A river of lies. Translating the truth into a lie. Translating one lie into another lie. The competence people display in their lying. The skill. Carefully sizing up the situation and then, with a calm voice and a straight face, delivering the most productive lie. Should they speak even the partial truth, nine times out of ten it’s in behalf of a lie

George Will relates this anecdote about Silent Cal, President Coolidge. When President and Mrs. Coolidge were being given simultaneous but separate tours of a chicken farm, Grace asked her guide whether the rooster copulated more than once a day. “Dozens of times,” she was told. “Tell that to the president,” she said. When told, Coolidge asked, “Same hen every time?” When the guide said, “A different one each time,” the president said: “Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge.”

“$1,000/hr: Obama books world’s top golf pro for vacation.” Breitbart.com relates that the President has engaged Butch Harmon – excellent choice, by the way – for lessons during his post-Valentine’s Day weekend get-away in Palm City, Florida. We wonder what the minimum wage should be for top-drawer teaching golf pros? Apparently the President has a handicap of 18 – mediocre, but much better than his score on improving the economy, we say.

Anyone who thinks he can be happy & prosperous by letting the government take care of him better look closely at the American Indian. – Henry Ford

Picture of the month for Feb


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