Daily Archives: Aug. 3, 2011

Quotes from the Great Debt-Ceiling Debate of 2011

“It’s going to get harder. So we might as well do it now. Pull off the Band-Aid. Eat our peas.” — President Obama

“Dealing with them the last couple months has been like dealing with Jell-O. Some days it’s firmer than others. Sometimes it’s like they’ve left it out over night.” — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, about the White House

“The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling . . . the public will turn en masse against Barack Obama. . . . Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea party hobbits could return to Middle-earth having defeated Mordor.” — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

“Let’s pass a bill to cover the moon in yogurt. That will cost $5 trillion today.” — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

“This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see.” — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., tweeting about final compromise bill

Does Brownback endorse agenda of prayer sponsors?

Thomas Witt of Wichita, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, criticized Gov. Sam Brownback (in photo) for planning to attend a prayer rally Saturday in Houston put on by extreme anti-gay groups, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. “These aren’t groups who just don’t want gays to get married,” Witt said. “Everyone knows where Sam Brownback stands on that; he doesn’t like it. But this is about showing support for organizations that would rather see us dead.” The event’s leading sponsor is the American Family Association, whose director of issue analysis last year blamed homosexuality for the Holocaust. The event’s leadership team also includes members of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., and TheCall, whose leader has been linked to efforts in Uganda to impose the death penalty for homosexuality. “I don’t know if ‘extremist’ is a strong enough word,” Witt said, adding that Brownback is supposed to be “everybody’s governor, not just the governor of the right-wing base.”

Standardized tests bad for teachers, students

“I don’t know where I would be today if my teachers’ job security was based on how I performed on some standardized test. If their very survival as teachers was based not on whether I actually fell in love with the process of learning but rather if I could fill in the right bubble on a test. If they had to spend most of their time desperately drilling us and less time encouraging creativity and original ideas; less time knowing who we were, seeing our strengths and helping us realize our talents.” —  Actor Matt Damon at the Save Our Schools rally last weekend in Washington, D.C.