"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
"Optimism. It's not just a mind-set, it is behavior."
"More government or more private sector – you choose."
"Republicans believe what they see, and Democrats see what they believe."
"Only in Washington does a decrease in the proposed increase equal a spending cut."
"A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders."
"Comparing Republicans to Nazis remains a favorite pastime of some Democrats."
"In the last 1,000 years, the Arabs have translated as many books as Spain translates in just one year."
"Republicans believe that government should empower the individual – that a government that taxes least taxes best."
"If people cannot feed, clothe, house and educate their children, should government provide incentives to have babies?"
"Because Republicans – more so than Democrats – believe in limited government, they stand accused of selfishness."
"Republicans believe discrimination to fix previous discrimination remains discrimination, and that all a government can be is just in its own time."
"Republicans believe hard work wins, and government should allow you – to the fullest extent possible – to keep what you earn."
"Republicans believe in a colorblind society determined by drive, work ethic and talent. Democrats want a color-coordinated society."
"Conservatives consider liberals well-intentioned, but misguided. Liberals consider conservatives not only wrong, but really, really bad people."
"Welfare distorts behavior, makes one less personally responsible and reduces the role of private charity. This principle applies to corporate welfare."
"Under Ronald Reagan - who cut the top tax rate from 70 percent to 28 percent - black income, business development and business growth exploded."
“The Social Security "trust fund" doesn't
consist of any real assets. The government "borrows" fund money for other
federal spending, replacing it with IOUs.”
"Republicans believe hard work wins, and government should allow you – to the fullest extent possible – to keep what you earn. Democrats believe that success results from luck, chance and happenstance, and therefore a just government takes from those who have and gives to those who do not."
"Republicans believe in a colorblind society determined by drive, work ethic and talent. Democrats want a color-coordinated society. This explains the support for race and gender-based preferences to "correct" past sins and to create "diversity."
"Republicans believe discrimination to fix previous discrimination remains discrimination, and that all a government can be is just in its own time. Democrats wish to use government to "rectify" past wrongs, which they hold responsible for today's "inequities."
"Republicans believe that government should empower the individual – that a government that taxes least taxes best. Democrats want individuals to empower government, and support policies that redistribute income from person A to "deserving" person B."
"Republicans believe that the playing field, while unlevel, requires an individual to do the best he or she can with the cards dealt. Democrats consider life rigged, and that one's destiny rests on matters beyond the control of the individual."
"Republicans believe that those who cannot help themselves can and will be helped out by other individuals – not government – as a result of basic human compassion. Democrats believe that because of one's misfortune, he or she is entitled to something – via government – from someone else."
"Republicans believe in peace through strength and thus support strong national defense and – in this era of Islamo-fascism – a proactive foreign policy. Democrats believe in strength through peace and believe they can better influence the behavior of enemies by demonstrating our good intentions."
"Republicans believe in the mutual benefits of free trade of goods and services. Democrats believe in "fair trade" and support barriers that shield domestic industries against competition, reducing the incentive to innovate and change to remain competitive."
"A character explained why the cops sent him to prison. "I wanted to be rich," he said. "But it seemed the way to get rich was to get up early and work really, really hard. That didn't appeal to me, so I stole."
"Republicans believe in the Second Amendment and that it confers an individual right to keep and bear arms. The Founding Fathers wanted this right to protect against tyranny by government. Democrats consider the Second Amendment an impediment to public safety."
“According to Caroline Glick, deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post, the Palestinian Authority in the last decade has received more money per capita, in constant dollars, than did Western Europe under the Marshall Plan.”
“Spain, a country of 41 million people, boasts a greater Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than the GDP of all of the 22 Arab countries combined! Despite the presence of oil in many Arab countries, the region remains under-developed.”
"According to the Social Security Administration, in 1945, 41.9 workers supported each individual retiree, while today only 3.3 workers support each retiree. This system cannot continue."
"After Republicans took control of the House in the mid-'90s, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., compared the newly conservative-controlled House to "the Duma and the Reichstag." Dingell referred to the legislature set up by Czar Nicholas II of Russia and the parliament of the German Weimar Republic that brought Hitler to power."
“Last year, American government provided 35 percent of worldwide relief aid. In private contributions, American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations gave over $240 billion to charitable causes in 2003, according to Giving USA Foundation. Privately, Americans give at least $34 billion overseas.”
“But did the Founding Fathers ever intend for the federal government to involve itself in education, health care or retirement benefits? The answer, quite clearly, is no. The Constitution, in Article I, Section 8 - which contains the "general welfare clause" - seeks to restrain federal government, not expand it.”
“Polls and focus groups show younger blacks less likely to identify themselves as Democrats, and more likely to support partial privatization of Social Security, school vouchers and the abolition of race-based preferences. This spells trouble for the Democratic Party and its monolithic black vote.”
"I know a handful of extremely wealthy people. To my knowledge, none got that way by turning on the television and watching folks like the sputtering, arms-waving, finger-jabbing Cramer tell them what to do right now. The rich guys, whether in real estate or running a business, hunkered down for 20 to 25 years. They got up early, stayed late, lived modestly, spent frugally, and one day woke up rich."
“Polls find young blacks less likely to call racism America's No. 1 issue. A Time/CNN poll found 89 percent of black teens consider racism in their own lives to be "a small problem" or "not a problem at all." Twice as many black teens as white believe that "failure to take advantage of available opportunities" is a bigger problem for blacks than discrimination.”
"This battle for 'common-sense' gun control laws pits emotion and passion against logic and reason. All too often in such a contest, logic loses. So, expect more meaningless, if not harmful, 'gun control' legislation. Good news - if you're a crook."
“You must remember to compare benefits versus costs. For the foreseeable future, the only affordable alternatives are coal, natural gas, oil or nuclear. Renewable sources - solar, wind, etc. - so favored by the left remain prohibitively expensive. A nation becomes weaker, not stronger, by artificially overspending on costly, inefficient alternatives to fossil fuels.”
“Bad schools, crime, drugs, high taxes, the social security mess, racism, the health care ? crisis? unemployment, welfare state dependency, illegitimacy, the gap between rich and poor. What do these issues have in common? Politicians, the media, and our so-called "leaders" lie to us about them. They lie about the cause. They lie about the effect. They lie about the solutions.”
Compiled by Thomas George