Quotes of the day

posted at 10:46 pm on June 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slammed unions and liberal activists for pushing to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

“I think the people on the Democratic side made a big mistake and the funding thing was a big deal,” Frank told The Hill Wednesday afternoon, alluding to Republicans’ big cash advantage in the race. “My side picked a fight they shouldn’t have picked. The recall was upsetting to people, the rerun of the election with [Democratic Milwaukee Mayor] Tom Barrett — it’s not a fight I would have picked.”

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Political observers say Obama remains the odds-on favorite to win Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, a sentiment reflected in exit polls showing the president leading Mitt Romney by a healthy margin.

But they say Team Obama should be shaken by the recall results, which highlighted a strong GOP ground game — including the influx of corporate and special-interest money — headed into the November election…

The result energized Republicans across the country — even in the liberal bastion of San Francisco. Obama, visiting the City by the Bay for a fundraiser on Wednesday, was greeted by signs reading, “As goes WI goes the USA” and “The People 1, Unions 0,” according to a pool report.

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Labor unions led the failed effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and their defeat in Tuesday’s election was a significant setback to organized labor’s political clout in both symbolic and tangible ways…

Labor experts also suspect that the loss will hurt efforts to recruit new union members in the coming years.

“What happened in Wisconsin was a huge loss, because it got them on all fronts,” said Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. “It will embolden politicians in other states, it’s emboldened private sector employers to demand greater concessions and will hurt organizing because it will tarnish the reputation of unions as an effective representative.”

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While the Democrats said huge campaign spending by conservatives supporters of Republican Scott Walker allowed him on Tuesday to become the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election, the Republicans point to their grassroots, get-out-the-vote work as more important

Combine that personal contact with energizing a mass movement of door knockers and the latest phone software technology to track voters and you have many of the ingredients for the victory, they say.

The conservative activists have literally taken a page out of a left-wing radical’s guide to organizing – as many have read the late Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.”…

“This is a paradigm shift,” added Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, a conservative group chaired by former Republican House of Representatives Majority leader Dick Armey that provides training and resources to Tea Party activists. “If the grassroots embrace a cause, they make all the difference.”

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The fiscal medicine he is administering may be bitter, but it looks like it is starting to work. The state budget has been balanced. The unemployment rate has been dropping and is now below the national average. Property taxes are down. Fraudulent sick leave policies—which allowed employees to call in sick and then work the next shift for overtime pay—have been ended. The government has stopped forcibly collecting union dues from workers’ paychecks.

Best of all, the myth that union bosses represent their members’ interests has been exposed as a lie. Now that union dues are voluntary, tens of thousands of union members have stopped paying them. Membership in the Wisconsin chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) has dropped by half. Membership in the state’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is down by over a third. Given unions’ influential role in most elections, the national implications of this trend are staggering.

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That’s obviously what the organizers of the recall hoped to do to Walker – to punish his union busting and spending cuts as thoroughly as House Democrats were punished in the 2010 mid-term elections for the votes they cast on the health care bill and the stimulus. The fact that the labor unions and liberal activists failed where the Tea Party largely succeeded sends a very different message, though: It tells officeholders that it’s safer to take on left-wing interest groups than conservative ones (the right outraised and outspent the left by a huge margin in the recall election), safer to cut government than to increase revenue, safer to face down irate public sector employees than irate taxpayers.

A similar message is currently being telegraphed by the respective postures of the two parties in Washington. The House Republicans have spent the past two years taking tough votes on entitlement reform, preparing themselves for an ambitious offensive should 2012 deliver the opportunity to cast those same votes and have them count. The Senate Democrats, on the other hand, have failed to even pass a budget: There is no Democratic equivalent of Paul Ryan’s fiscal blueprint, no Democratic plan to swallow hard and raise middle class taxes the way Republicans look poised to swallow hard and overhaul Medicare. Indeed, there’s no liberal agenda to speak of at the moment, beyond a resounding “No!” to whatever conservatism intends to do.

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Democrats are showing a disturbing tendency toward inflexibility about future obligations, and the Republican willingness to confront that issue—however harshly—is a profound electoral advantage. In the face of understood and looming challenges, having an answer is always more potent than having none, even if that answer is completely misguided. The federal Bowles-Simpson commission, which was as unequivocal about the untenable trajectory of future spending, enjoined everyone to confront that by addressing all spending and all tools to both boost revenue, sustain growth, and reduce costs. That meant everything from tax increases to health-care-spending cuts to defense-spending reductions. And it was dismissed…

One way or another, our current series of public obligations is going to change. Even if the United States realigns on a growth trajectory that eases these tensions, retirement spending, health spending, and—of course—defense spending will need to cease increasing at their current rate. Whether health-care benefits are stripped or whether health-care becomes a state-delivered single-payer system, costs must come down, or else other aspects of our lives will be diminished. Decry what Walker did, or celebrate it, but acknowledge that one reason that he has won this round is because he forcefully addressed a real issue and actually devised policies to solve it. Unless Democrats can do the same, this will not be the only losing battle.

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Governor Walker and Mayor Barret both gave good speeches last night, and both called for an end to the bitter divisiveness that has polarized Wisconsin for the last 18 months. Both, in a characteristically American way, spoke of the need to put the past behind us and work to build a better tomorrow.

There has never been a greater need for the American faith that leads us to embrace change. The old certainties don’t work anymore, the old institutions are too expensive and too slow, and the old economy isn’t coming back. In Wisconsin, the left embraced the visions and the hopes of the past, but the voters were ready to move on.

Voters in Wisconsin didn’t reject a role for the state in regulating the economy and easing the harshness of life in a market economy. But they turned decisively against the argument that well-paid armies of life-tenured bureaucrats can produce enough good government to justify the cost. And the lesson of the election isn’t that the right has too much money; the lesson is that while the left still has plenty of passion and fire, it has, thanks in part to the power of public sector unions, largely run out of compelling ideas.

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This is a big deal beyond the presidential election or even the issue of public sector unions. Conservatives have a tendency to be fatalistic. They often think things only get worse. It’s slippery slopes for as far as the eye can see. Well, this is an example — a major example — of conservatives pushing History up the slippery slope, rather than being dragged down it. It’s a demonstration that the country still has the capacity for self-correction (the theme of my column today, written well before the polls closed), and that active engagement with the democratic process can actually restore the democratic nature of our system, even in such hotbeds of Crolyism as Wisconsin.

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Via Newsbusters.

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“But there’s another option,” Krauthammer explained. “And that is to do as well to add on to that the ideological element of it. This election showed, in Wisconsin, that kind spirit of 2010, the kind of if you like Constitutional conservative philosophy; smaller government is still alive and well and can be used in this election.”

“And I think there are elements of the Ryan plan that Romney might want to highlight, either tax reform or entitlement reform, but something that is risky and bold and strong. I’m not sure he would do it but it would help him and Wisconsin is saying this is going to work. The electorate has grown up and they can take it,” Mr. Krauthammer said.

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You know what this means don’t ya Dire. Michael Stipe does a lot of LSD. ; )

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

lol, you ain’t kidding. Love their stuff but it makes no sense.

arnold ziffel on June 7, 2012 at 2:48 AM

Here is a good one..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Great one! Gosh, I haven’t listened to anything by them in years.

One of the many cool things about QOTD. I’m reminded of groups I used to listen to and I’m introduced to music I’ve never heard.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

LOL, Howard Dean.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Whaddaya mean, LOL?

You mean that ISN’T Howard Dean?

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Here is a famous song that was titled (partly) about an Indian mystic and spiritual master..:)

PS..Folks mistake the song’s title a lot..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:50 AM

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Yeah Kraut has always been like that for me. Sometimes he hits the right notes, sometimes he gets in his George Will mode. I think its from being inside the fruit loop too long. D.C. lays waste to people. Mostly he seems to hit it pretty solid. Its just that when he isn’t his normal consistent kinda self, it overshadows. He can look bad from time to time. I don’t have tv so I don’t watch any of this stuff except what I see on the net. Years ago I took mainly to just reading articles without having the distraction of personality. So there’s that to consider. ; )

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 2:44 AM

That is such a great song. Always will be, IMHO.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 2:49 AM

I really liked Roy Orbison..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

PS..Folks mistake the song’s title a lot..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:50 AM

A very popular classic song. Have you ever seen them? Back in the days of ole as they say.

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Roy Orbison= Class Act

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Huh?

I really wanna kno oo oo.

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM

lolz..I figure he at least knew what it was!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:54 AM

A very popular classic song. Have you ever seen them? Back in the days of ole as they say.

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

No I never saw them..Boy that would have been awesome!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:50 AM

I get the title correct, but I did not realize the background info. Cool.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 2:56 AM

I really liked Roy Orbison..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Oh, yeah. Killer voice. Had some great tunes.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 2:58 AM

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 2:53 AM

A classic!!..Just stay off the bus!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:58 AM

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 2:58 AM

My father really like him..So I had to become a fan!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Good Night hillbillyjim, Sleep Well

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 3:00 AM

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Nice “tribute.” Goodnight, hbj.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:01 AM

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 2:57 AM

The original, long version from the LP is much better; but the median attention span being what it is…

One more to Zepp it the hell outta here.

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 3:02 AM

You guy’s gotta see this, sweet sweet tears.

MontanaMmmm on June 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Public education at its finest.

Betenoire on June 7, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Good night, Mizziz Calabash;

Good night BeeMore, and “Say Good Night, Gracie!”

To everyone else foolish enough to be aware at this ungodly hour:

Top of the mornin’ to ya.

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

You guys may think me a wee bit nutty for this. But this is on of my favs.

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 3:05 AM

You guys may think me a wee bit nutty for this. But this is on of my favs.

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Oh, we know you’re a wee bit nutty, but not for liking that song.
;)

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Well that time has come.

Good Night All.

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Sleepytime music. G’night!

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Back to Beatles, I like the White Album. This one’s good.

As is this one.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Nothing wrong with that!..That is an awesome tune..:)

PS..I really like a lot of their songs..This is one..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Night, Bmore. Have a great Thursday!

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:16 AM

Night, hbj.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:17 AM

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 3:13 AM

That is a classic!!..One of my favs ..The second guitar solo by Gilmore is awesome!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Bmore on June 7, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Later..Enjoyed it!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:20 AM

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Very good tunes!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:22 AM

Sorry to cut back in, but I’m determined to get this message out to the libtard flea-infested bungholes out there who STILL don’t get it.

A fine tune, great talent one after another, and one helluva message to boot! What’s not to love?

I’m gone again. This time I’ve gotta push the button. The Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll catch y’all later. Love y’all.

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:22 AM

I did not know the story behind Dear Prudence until I read it under that video. Very interesting.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:26 AM

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Ha. Very good message. Later, hillbillyjim!

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:29 AM

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Very interesting..:)

PS..Word of warning:..Watch those comments..Some of them are wrong..Did you see where someone thought Keith Moon was still in the band when the Who did Eminence Front (See Bmore’s link)..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:34 AM

If the union bigwigs can read the writing on the wall, they better do this…while they can.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Lolz. Keith “Zombie” Moon might work, but yeah, good point.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Lolz. Keith “Zombie” Moon might work, but yeah, good point.

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Some of the comments are funny and inspiring..Love it when a young kid discovers that some of Mom and Dad’s music is very good!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:43 AM

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Very good point!!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Sleepy eyes… Goodnight, Dire (and anyone else out there!).

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Some of the comments are funny and inspiring..Love it when a young kid discovers that some of Mom and Dad’s music is very good!..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Yeah, when they realize that we’re cool! ;)

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:46 AM

Ha. Very good message. Later, hillbillyjim!

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Anything with Tom Petty, and Hank Jr., just has to be good.

Bocephus and Kid Rock were killer on Crossroads (CMT, I think) as well. Now that’s a couple of hell-raisers with talent oozing off of the porch, running down the hillside into the creek behind the woodshed over next to the firing range…..

…and stuff.

Those two are from totally different worlds, yet they connect on a level that surpasses explanation. Go figure.

Well, I’m gone some more.

hillbillyjim on June 7, 2012 at 3:47 AM

4Grace on June 7, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Later..Enjoyed it as always..:)

Dire Straits on June 7, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Why am I up? Got up at 2 couldn’t go back to sleep, so read through this thread, I AM SO HAPPY!!! I have some hope for this country! Union thugs and dems are mostly vile,Its good to see the white hat win one!! Nite all! Got to get some sleep so I can chase a 19 mon. old all day!

lisa fox on June 7, 2012 at 3:54 AM

the real winner in Wisconsin: Barack Obama

Slade73 on June 7, 2012 at 5:29 AM

great tune and video by a local guy in Boulder – check it out

Slade73 on June 7, 2012 at 5:31 AM

including the influx of corporate and special-interest money — headed into the November election…

Oh Yeah, just the GOP gets that right? AARP, the unions, the big pharmaceuticals, Wall Street and Soros won’t give Obama a penny? Sure thing, that….

Don L on June 7, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Unions extract donations for Democrats by force.
Churches are prohibited from donating money for politics.

Both are tax exempt nonprofit organizations.

Union newsletters are little more than Democrat campaign literature.
Churches are prohibited from even talking about elections in a meaningful way.

People are compelled to join labor unions.
People join churches by choice.

Dues are extracted by force from union members.
Donations are completely voluntary in churches.

Treat all non-profits the same. Stop treating churches as second class citizens.

The Rock on June 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Good Morning!

OT:so NYT has nothing better to write about than Mitt’s home? seriously??? and mika is livid that mitt is even building it….

sheesh!

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 6:46 AM

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Liberals are Marxists. They believe no one should have money but them.

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 6:49 AM

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Mornin darlin’
Where is Mitt building?

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Hey kj…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 6:50 AM

the lsm is still bashing the evil monies that poured into Wisconsin…
like soros and the unions didn’t pour monies into wisconsin either….

it’s the first time the unions were outspent it appears and the lsm and the unions are freakin’ out about it…

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Hey, OC!

Good to see you, brother.

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 6:51 AM

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 6:49 AM

mornin’…i believe you are right KJ

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 6:49 AM

mornin’ OC…
la jolla california….

i tuned in right in the middle of the outrage

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 6:54 AM

The electorate has grown up and they can take it,” Mr. Krauthammer said.

we grew up a long time ago…we just have idiot children running the WH and the senate

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM

la jolla california….

i tuned in right in the middle of the outrage

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Nice! La Jolla is the bomb! Means the jewel in Spanish…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 6:56 AM

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 6:46 AM

O/T: Did y’all hear about this?

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 6:58 AM

Scott Walker, June 2012 is……….Sarah Palin, August 2008!

The left is in full destroy mode. Walker is a unyielding threat to the status quo and the agenda of the Progressives and their media minions.

Watch as they aim their political power at him.

PappyD61 on June 7, 2012 at 7:01 AM

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 6:56 AM

cool…

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 6:58 AM

*shaking the head* good take KJ

she’ll be hitting the trail more often this summer methinks

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 7:02 AM

O/T: Did y’all hear about this?

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 6:58 AM

I eat ice cream every day and I weigh ten lbs. more than I did in college…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Wonder how much Michelle’s butt weighs?

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 7:07 AM

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 7:03 AM

good for you :)

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 7:12 AM

too funny

both clinton and summers backtracked on their calls for extending obama tax cuts….they can’t be called bush tax cuts since obama extended them himself….

highlarious…

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 7:15 AM

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 7:12 AM

‘course I drink waaaaaaay too much Lutheran beverage…
;)

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 7:16 AM

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 7:16 AM

heh :)

nothing wrong with that

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Thanks, y’all!

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Mika claims that Mitt’s new neighbors are outraged that a Republican would infiltrate their nest. Doesn’t he realize that they will give him & Anne the cold shoulder when they arrive?!?

Where do YOU live, Mika?

Naturally Curly on June 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Naturally Curly on June 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Everyone I know in La Jolla are conservative. San Diego County proved they are still conservative yesterday…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 7:40 AM

MSNBC hosts have no idea what our country is actually like, outside of the NE corridor.

Kinda like the “fiscal Conservatives” who came aboard during the last registration.

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Naturally Curly on June 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

*shaking the head*

kingsjester on June 7, 2012 at 7:51 AM

:)

cmsinaz on June 7, 2012 at 7:53 AM

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 7:40 AM

I don’t know anyone in La Jolla, but I would take your word for it over her’s all day long. The woman is an idiot.

Naturally Curly on June 7, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Naturally Curly on June 7, 2012 at 8:00 AM

I lived in San Diego for darned near thirty years…

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

ugh! Mornin’ everybody. I’m running off about 2 hours sleep here. About 3 a.m. heard a loud bang in my front yard. The young couple across the street were arguing, he jumps into his vehicle, floors it and backs right into the backend of my truck.

Hurt his Jeep Cherokee a whole lot more than it did my F 150.

Flora Duh on June 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Hurt his Jeep Cherokee a whole lot more than it did my F 150.

Flora Duh on June 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Sorry to hear that darlin’

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Sorry to hear that darlin’

OmahaConservative on June 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Thanks OC. I’m not surprised by it. Their arguing is an everyday happening. I’ve been waiting for 2 yrs for it to happen. Just wish it hadn’t have happened at 3 in the morning. :-)

Flora Duh on June 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Political observers say Obama remains the odds-on favorite to win Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, a sentiment reflected in exit polls showing the president leading Mitt Romney by a healthy margin.

And we all know how accurate those exit polls are.

Kissmygrits on June 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Does Mika know that people who live in mansions on large estates don’t have neighbors. At least not in the same sense that those who live in Palookaville have.

Kissmygrits on June 7, 2012 at 9:14 AM

How big is Mika’s house?

Fallon on June 7, 2012 at 9:22 AM

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