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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

SUNDAY

Quote of the Day
January 6, 2012

'If you were hoping that things might be different in
2013 - you know, that bankers would be held
responsible for bad behavior or that the government
might actually assist troubled homeowners - you
can forget it. A settlement reportedly in the works
with big banks will soon end a review into
foreclosure abuses, and it means more of the same:
no accountability for financial institutions and little
help for borrowers.'

Gretchen Morgenson
New York Times
January 6, 2013
http://tinyurl.com/a73hqnt

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/arvn2wm
Tea Time
David Horsey - Los Angeles Times

MONDAY

Quote of the Day
January 7, 2013

'Far more is at stake in Barack Obama's decision on
whether to nominate Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of
Defense than whether Chuck Hagel is nominated.
What the president decides will bear on: his
effectiveness in his second term; any president's
ability to form a government; whether an
independent voice can be raised on a highly
sensitive issue in opposition to the views of a
powerful lobby and still be named to a significant
government position; whether there is actually a
proper nominating system; whether McCarthyite
tactics can still be effective more than half a century
after they were rejected by a fed-up nation. And, by
the way, what will be the direction of American
policy in the Middle East? In particular, how
adventurous will we be toward Iran? Have we
learned anything from the calamitous foreign policy
blunders of the past decade? '

Elizabeth Drew
New York Review of Books
December 27, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/bxo2cq8

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/bflw2ke
Chained CPI Eats
Ted Rall

TUESDAY

Quote of the Day
January 8, 2013

'...European leaders, having created Depression-level
suffering in debtor countries without restoring
financial confidence, still insist that the answer is
even more pain. The current British government,
which killed a promising recovery by turning to
austerity, completely refuses to consider the
possibility that it made a mistake.

'And here in America, Republicans insist that they'll
use a confrontation over the debt ceiling - a deeply
illegitimate action in itself - to demand spending
cuts that would drive us back into recession.
'The truth is that we've just experienced a colossal
failure of economic policy - and far too many of
those responsible for that failure both retain power
and refuse to learn from experience. '

Economist Paul Krugman
New York Times
January 7, 2013
http://tinyurl.com/akaht4p

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/bxhe7zg
Tea Party Fun
Stuart Carlson

WEDNESDAY

Quote of the Day
January 9, 2013

'...Our track record suggests that handing over
responsibility for social goals to private enterprise is
providing us with social goods of lower quality,
distributed more inequitably and at a higher cost
than if government delivered or paid for them
directly. '

'Health Care and Profits, a Poor Mix'
By Eduardo Porter
New York Times
January 9, 2013
http://tinyurl.com/b62spay

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/b9pvkul
Through the Roof
Lalo Alcaraz

THURSDAY

Quote of the Day
January 10, 2013

' Re "U.S. Is Open to Withdraw Afghan Force After
2014" (news article, Jan. 9):

'The question remains what would be gained by
keeping several thousand troops in Afghanistan
past 2014 given the reality that there is no military
solution to the fundamentally political problems
that plague Afghanistan. Any residual presence
needed beyond 2014 should be heavily limited in
scope and scale.

'As President Hamid Karzai returns to the United
States this week, he will meet President Obama at a
time when the overwhelming majority of the
American people and a strong bipartisan coalition in
Congress believe that it is long past time to bring
the war to a safe and expedited close.

'Now is the time to hand over security responsibility
to the Afghans, ensure that our brave troops have a
seamless transition from active duty to civilian life,
and invest in jobs and nation-building here at
home.'

Barbara Lee Oakland, Calif.
January 9, 2013

The writer, a Democrat, represents California's 13th
District in the House.

Letters to the Editor
New York Times
January 10, 2013
http://tinyurl.com/ademr6n

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/a3bb8cs
Local Conditions
Tom Toles - Washington Post

FRIDAY

Quote of the Day
January 11, 2013

'The slow implosion of the Republican Party - along
with the growing strength of a Democratic coalition
dominated by low-to-middle-income voters -
threatens the power of the corporate establishment
and will force big business to find new ways to
reassert control of the policy-making process.

'The warning signs are everywhere.'

Thomas B. Edsall
New York Times
January 9, 2013
http://tinyurl.com/d83tf5a

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/bh4junb
Waiter Talk
David Horsey - Los Angeles Times

SATURDAY

Quote of the Day
January 12, 2013

'Consumption of energy drinks is a rising public
health problem because medical and behavioral
problems can result from excessive caffeine intake.
A growing body of scientific evidence documents
harmful health effects of energy drinks, particularly
for children, adolescents and young adults.'

A report by the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health  Services
Administration

New York Times
January 12, 2013
http://tinyurl.com/crgyxde
 
Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/ccqml6g
Background Checks
Mike Luckovich

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