Ross Mackenzie

A potpourri of recent quotes in the news . . .

Bear, Stearns chief economist David Malpass: “This year should . . . (have been) filled with administration proposals to reform and simplify taxes, cut the corporate tax rate, extend expiring tax cuts, and index capital gains for inflation. At the end of 2007, Congress extended the inflation patch for the alternative minimum tax, without raising other taxes to pay for it. Using the same legislative process, the AMT fix should be made permanent in 2008 and then be used as a pro-growth precedent to make permanent the Bush tax rates that extend only through 2010.”

Author and Johns Hopkins professor Fouad Ajami: “We scoffed in polite, jaded company when George Bush spoke of the ‘axis of evil’ several years back. The people he (recently journeyed) amidst didn’t: It is precisely through those categories of good and evil that they describe their world, and their condition. Mr. Bush could not redeem the modern culture of the Arabs, and of Islam, but he held the line (in Iraq) when it truly mattered. He gave them a chance to reclaim their world from zealots and enemies of order who would have otherwise run away with it.”

President George H.W. Bush, campaigning against Bill Clinton in 1992: “‘Change. Change, change, change, change,’ say Clinton and the Ozone Man (Al Gore). Change, change, change, change, change. That’s all you’re going to have left in your pocket if you go in there with more taxes and more government spending.”

Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman: “The war for Iraq is not over. The gains we have made can be lost. But thanks to the courage of our troops, the skill and intellect of their battlefield commander, and the steadfastness of our commander in chief, we have at last begun to see the contours of what must remain our objective in this long, hard, and absolutely necessary war — victory.”

Benjamin Hooks, former director of the NAACP, following receipt of the Medal of Freedom from President Bush: “We bought the books; (young people) won’t read them. We opened the libraries; they won’t use them. . . . When I get on that subject I do get fairly emotional, because I remember how hard we fought to use the library. Now it’s open and so many young people don’t go.”

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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