March 2012, Week 5


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
March 25, 2012

'The primaries have been great for the economy.
Dimwitted billionaires are dumping money they don't
need into the campaigns of people who can't win,
providing much-needed jobs for ad-writers, poll-takers
and yard-sign manufacturers.

'Do you remember, at the depth of the recession, when
Keynesians kept saying that we could jump-start the
recovery by just paying a whole bunch of people to dig
holes and fill them back in? This is exactly the same
thing! Keep going, Republicans! '

Columnist Gail Collins
New York Times
March 23, 2012

Toon of the Day
Politicians' Favorite Toy
David Horsey - Los Angeles Times


Quote of the Day
March 26, 2012

'Consensus seems to have emerged among the deep
thinkers of my trade that the Court is unlikely to
invalidate the ACA [Affordable Care Act] ... Thinking
through that problem, though, the case is still for me
a formless, boundless solid. If the Court doesn't view
the ACA as apocalyptic, why has it created this
unseemly Scopes-trial-scale spectacle of three days of
argument-something it hasn't done since 1966? Some
thinkers argue that the Justices are just trying to be
thorough, to deal with all the possible challenges so
that the Act can either go into effect or into that
good night without further uncertainty. Maybe so. It's
also possible that the Court is just enjoying the
attention-the chance to cock a snook at that rude Obama
("Who's giving the State of the Union now, Mr. Big
Shot?") and Congress ("Yes, we're serious,
Representative Pelosi.")

'But the circus next week will raise the emotional
temperature even more than the overheated rhetoric of
the briefs and the talking heads. A decision against
the government would put the Court at risk. But so did
making George Bush President; so did Heller v. District
of Columbia; so did Citizens United. History shows that
the conservative majority on this Court doesn't like to
say no to something the Republican right really, really

Garrett Epps
The American Prospect
March 23, 2012

Toon of the Day
Stand Your Ground
Nick Anderson


Quote of the Day
March 27, 2012

'He's the last person you'd expect to feel a trace of
pity for.

'But watching Newt Gingrich mortgage every last trace
of dignity over the last few days, watching him say
asinine thing after asinine thing in a flailing,
desperate, futile attempt to stay in the news and
wrench approval out of millions of hard-line
conservative voters who wouldn't support him if the
Gipper himself rode down from heaven on a B-movie steed
and personally told them to, it's hard not to feel a
twinge of sympathy for a rather unlikable man, for a
guy who suggested just a few months ago that child-
labor laws are "stupid."

'After all, Gingrich has always wanted to be seen as a
Big Thinker, as an Ideas Man. But as is so often the
case, his worst gasbag tendencies are interfering, and
he may be forfeiting his last chance to be seen as a
bonafide intellectual - a designation he has never
really deserved, but which American journalists and
politicians have abetted him in chasing for decades.'

By Jesse Singal
The Daily Beast
March 27, 2012

Toon of the Day
Mr Adelson?
Pat Oilphant


Quote of the Day
March 28, 2012

'Oil prices are up. Barack Obama is to blame. Drilling
in the US is the solution. This is the mantra from the
president's opponents. All presidents tend to get the
blame for high fuel prices. But with the price of
gasoline nearing $4 a gallon, Mr Obama is getting it by
the barrel load.

'This may be good politics. But it is absurd. Oil, unlike natural
gas, is a globally traded commodity, whose price is set
in world markets. In 2010, the US produced 7.8 million
barrels a day,  percent of the world's supply. Unlike
Saudi Arabia, the US lacks spare capacity: it is a
price taker. Responding to his critics, Mr Obama said:
"We are drilling more. We are producing more. But the
fact is, producing more oil at home isn't enough to
bring gas prices down overnight." These remarks are
correct, except for the last word. Producing more oil
would have next to no effect on oil prices.'

Martin Wolf - associate editor
and chief economics commentator
at the Financial Times
March 28, 2012

Toon of the Day
The Birds
Pat Oliphant


Quote of the Day
March 29, 2012

'For years now, administrators at the community college
here have been inundated with woeful tales from
students unable to register for the courses they need.
Classes they want for essential job training or to
fulfill requirements to transfer to four-year
universities fill up within hours. Hundreds of students
resort to crying and begging to enroll in a class,
lining up at the doors of instructors and academic

'Now, though, Santa Monica College is about to try
something novel. This summer it will offer some courses
for a higher price, so that students who are eager to
get into a particular class can do so if they pay more.

'The plan may be the first of its kind in the country,
college officials and other higher education experts
say, and if the college succeeds in implementing it,
many other community colleges across the country are
likely to follow.'

New York Times
March 29, 2012

Toon of the Day
Ted Rall


Quote of the Day
March 30, 2012

'And so the march to equality shall begin. Equality
with which everything begins in France - equality that
will lead us to proclaim the end of capital's
privileges, the establishment of citizens' rights in
the workplace - which will make good what was left
uncompleted when - as Jean Jaures said - the great
revolution "made French people kings in the city and
left them serfs in the workplace" - these new workers'
rights being the rights to veto, the right to pre-empt
the property of capital and set up workers'
cooperatives, the rights of requisition by the Nation
when a property is deemed to be a common utility. And
we shall inscribe this new right into law that there is
a collective human property of basic goods, such as
water and energy'

Left Front Presidential
candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon

l'Humanite (France)
March 22, 2012

Toon of the Day
Rob Rogers


Quote of the Day
March 31, 2012

'We must go from moment to movement and struggle to
gain the substance of things hoped for. What do we hope
for? A fair and healthy start for every child. An end
to Stand Your Ground laws and vigilantes. Quality
public education for everyone. Full employment and an
end to discrimination that results in an African-
American jobless rate twice that of whites.

'... We have to decide. Let us take a moment to grieve
for Trayvon Martin, whose life was so brutally taken
from him. Then let us move from moment to movement, and
revive the struggle for a more perfect Union.'

Rev. Jesse Jackson
March 30, 2012

Toon of the Day
David Horsey


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