January 2012, Week 4


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
January 22, 2012

'It was Mr. Gingrich who pulled the race into the
gutter, where he found considerable support. He
repeatedly called Mr. Obama "the greatest food-stamp
president in American history," and lectured a black
questioner at Monday's debate about the amount of
federal handouts to blacks, suggesting their work ethic
was questionable.

'On Thursday, in the derisive tones of a radio talk-
show host, he said Mr. Obama's cabinet looked like
Mickey Mouse and Goofy. At that night's debate, he
lashed into the moderator for asking a perfectly
reasonable question about his ex-wife's allegation that
he wanted an open marriage, saying it was typical of an
"elite media" that was trying to protect the president
by attacking Republicans.

'That was just what South Carolina voters wanted to
hear, the signal that he would not only challenge Mr.
Obama but work to bloody him, to destroy his dignity.
As one voter told a reporter, "I think we've reached a
point where we need someone who's mean."

'They got that candidate on Saturday. Mr. Gingrich
shocked Mr. Romney by making an issue of the jobs he
destroyed in his leveraged-buyout firm, and he is
clearly prepared to take negative campaigning against
Mr. Obama to a new low. In his victory speech, he even
descended into Rick Perry territory by accusing the
"elite media" of anti-religion bias. Is that really
what Republicans across the country want from their
nominee, or is South Carolina, with its history of
acute racial tension and contrarianism, simply sending
a singular, extreme message? '

New York Times
January 22, 2012

Toon of the Day
On Top
Jeff Danziger

Quote of the Day
January 23, 2012

'This is a sign of increased employer militancy,
Lockouts were once so rare they were almost unheard of.
Now, not only are employers increasingly on the
offensive and trying to call the shots in bargaining,
but they're backing that up with action - in the form
of lockouts.'

Gary Chaison, professor of
industrial relations at
Clark University.Quoted in
'More Lockouts as Companies
Battle Unions.'

New York Times
January 23, 2012

Toon of the Day


Quote of the Day
January 24, 2012

'It is not about saving any one country or any one
region. It is about saving the world from a downward
economic spiral. It is about avoiding a 1930s moment
... in which a combination inaction, insularity, and
rigid ideology could cause a collapse of global

Christine Lagarde, managing
director of the International
Monetary Fund, calling on Europe
to take more concrete action to
combat the debt crisis that
she said threatened to become
a problem not just for Europe

Deutsche Welle (Germany)
December 23, 2012

Toon of the Day
Class Envy
Pat Bagley


Quote of the Day
January 25, 2012

"When you have a financial sector which is a casino,
that's putting at risk taxpayers' money, you have a

Guillermo Ortiz, a former governor
of the Bank of Mexico at the
opening of the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Switzerland
Associated Press
January 25, 2012

Toon of the Day
Not the Point
Joel Pitt


Quote of the Day
January 26, 2012

'Social inequality is a surprising topic for an
American campaign. Criticism of the market economy is
normally not a promising strategy in the celebrated
land of capitalism, the paradise of entrepreneurship,
where one can be rich without guilt and where there has
never been a strong socialist party.'

'Yet President Obama . is likely to conduct a campaign
of the left -- for the hard-working middle class and
against the excesses of Wall Street and the injustices
of an unbridled market. But more striking is that the
class struggle has become acceptable on the right, too,
and that the most promising candidate for the
Republicans, Mitt Romney, must justify his past as a
fund manager -- not to his democratic opponent, but to
people in his own political camp.'

'This could have potentially wide-reaching consequences
for the political climate and distribution of power in
the US. In short, the strength of the American right
rests on the neutralization of the equality question.'

'Obama remains a politically vulnerable president. .
And the criticism from the Republicans is also not
completely unjustified.'

'Still, his performance has been respectable, much more
respectable than the Obama-haters on the right -- and
those on the left who are disappointed by Obama and
unable to forgive him for not closing Guantanamo or for
hiring too many neo-liberal economic advisers -- would
claim. A fair judgment of Obama's first term in office
needs to take place within a larger framework. Under
the incredible pressure of the crisis and the dangerous
political frustration, he has kept the United States
globally predictable. He has begun the retreat of the
unsustainable status of America as a superior power in
the world. Now he has the chance to construct his image
as the future of the American societal model. The
debate over inequality is a necessary beginning.'

The centrist weekly Die Zeit (Germany)
January 26, 2012

Toon of the Day
A Modest Proposal
W. Wuerker - Politico


Quote of the Day
January 27, 2012

'What this did show is as a citizen in the Internet
age, you have to add the Internet and your digital
rights and liberties onto the list of things you need
to be worried about if you want to retain your
political freedoms.'

Rebecca MacKinnon, a fellow at
the New America Foundation and
author of a book on digital rights,
"Consent of the Networked," on the
campaign to prevent enactment of
the so-caled Stop Online Piracy Act,
or SOPA, and Protect I.P. Act, or

New York Times
January 27, 2012

Toon of the Day
City on a Hill
Ed Stein


Quote of the Day
January 28, 2012

'The euro zone is a slow-motion train wreck.'

Nouriel Roubini, a professor of
economics at New York University,
speaking at Davos World Economic

New York Times
January 28, 2012

Toon of the Day
Say Swiss Cheese
Steve Nease


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