Wednesday, December 15, 2010

when i grow up, i want to be

George Will
(At CPAC 2010)
see below the three videos, each followed by some excerpted quotes from the associated video... enjoy!

  • (quoting Samuel Johnson) 'People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.'
  • In September 1933, with hunger stalking the land, [the New Deal] ordered the slaughter of 6 million pigs. We're smarter. We have Cash-For-Clunkers.
  • Here we have an administration that can imagine a world without the internal combustion engine, but not a world without the Chrysler Corporation.
  • No one washes a rental car. You take care of your own.
  • If you confiscated all the profits of the American Pharmaceutical industry, you would lower the pharmaceutical portion of our healthcare bill from 10% all the way down to 8%. And in the process you would of course killed the industry's capacity for innovation, which it funds out of profits.
  • If you confiscated all the profits of the Healthcare industry in our country, you could pay with those profits two days of American healthcare.
  • [American sense of entitlement] is why, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, you can buy a five-inch fishing lure that states, "Harmful if swallowed."
  • If you work hard... and reach age 65 and say, "The hell with it, I'm going to Las Vegas and blow my money away," that's fine. It's a free country. But if you save it and try to give it to your children, the government will try to come in and take a bite out of it. What is wrong with that picture?
  • Did you ever think that envy is the only one of the seven deadly sins that doesn't give the sinner even momentary pleasure? I know what you're doing. You're going down the list.
  • By a show of hands, how many of you honestly know that by 2014 we begin outlawing incandescent light bulbs? [Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007]
  • We have two parties for a reason. We have different sensibilities, Liberal and Conservative... Now we are plied and belabored with the idea that American gridlock is a terrible problem. Ladies and gentlemen, American gridlock is an American achievement.
  • When the founding fathers went to Philadelphia... they did not go to create an efficient government. The idea would have horrified them. They wanted a safe government.
  • We have far more to fear from swift than torpid government.
  • (quoting Winston Churchill) 'American people invariably do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the alternatives.'

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