Demo-gogues

You didn’t build that: "[W]e recognize there are some things we do together as a country because individually we can’t do it — and by the way, the private sector on its own will not invest in this ['green'] research because it’s too expensive, it’s too risky. They can’t afford it in terms of their bottom lines. So we’ve [government] got to support it, and we’ll all benefit from it and our kids will benefit from it and our grandkids will benefit from it. That’s who we are. That’s been the American story." –Barack Obama

That’s what we’re afraid of: "It’s not about 2014. I actually wanna govern, at least for a couple of years." –Barack Obama to campaign-turned advocacy group Organizing for Action

A bold vision: "Well, I believe that we’re on a path to reduce the deficit. And I would say that — count me as one who would say I want us to be on a path to balance the budget in a number of decades." –House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Nothing to see here: "[T]he debt is not endangering us a bit — not at all. Our economists say we’re in debt but it’s not endangering everything. So all those ideas about the ceiling falling, the walls caving in because of that, you can sleep more comfortably in your bed at night when you realize that we don’t think there’s a problem." –Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

Aiding and abetting: "We do not have an immediate debt crisis. … It could be a year or two years, three years, four years. It’s not an immediate problem." –House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who, when asked if he trusted Obama, replied, "Absolutely, absolutely."

Revisionist history: "[T]he approach the Republicans take is that they are there to shrink the role of government to the point where it really recalls to mind a statement of President Washington who cautioned about a political party at war with its own government." –Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis: "It’s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way sequester was written." –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), shamelessly politicizing the death of seven Marines in a Nevada training exercise, and tying the deaths to the sequester

Not giving up: "[Banning assault weapons] is very important to me and I’m not going to lay down and play dead. I think the American people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. It’s aimed to protect children, to protect schools and malls. It’s aimed to dry up the supply of these over time. And it came out on a 10-8 vote of the Judiciary Committee. Not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust." –Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Newspulper Headlines:

We Blame George W. Bush: "Obama: I Didn’t Cancel W.H. Tours, Secret Service and Congress to Blame" –TheWeeklyStandard.com

Questions Nobody Is Asking: "Why Does the Devil in ‘The Bible’ Look Exactly Like President Obama?" –Daily Mail (London)

Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking: "Space Algae Invasion? Probably Not" –Discovery.com

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: "In Italy, the Catholic Church Proves More Intelligent Than Politicians" –Huffington Post

Bottom Story of the Day: "Elizabeth Warren Rips Into GOP, NRA" –Politico.com

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

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