Quotations on topics currently in the news....
Investor Warren Buffett, on whether the Massachusetts vote was a referendum on Congress, the White House, and ObamaCare: "It's those three things plus the economy....Certainly people generally in the country do not like the health bill....And they don't feel good about Congress, and they feel less good about the administration than they did a year ago -- clearly. And they feel like the economy is dragging on for a long time. So all of those factors converged."
President Obama: "The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry and they're frustrated, not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years but what's happened over the last eight years."
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, following President Obama's December speech at West Point: "There was too much 'I' in the speech. George H.W. Bush famously took the word 'I' out of his speeches -- we (speechwriters) called them 'I-ectomies -- because of a horror of appearing to be calling attention to himself. Mr. Obama is plagued with no such fears. 'When I took office...,' 'I approved a long-standing request...,' 'After consultations with our allies I then...,' 'I set a goal.' That's all from one paragraph. Further down, he used the word 'I' in three paragraphs an impressive 15 times....I, I -- ay yi yi. This is a man badly in need of an I-ectomy."
Former President George W. Bush, at Southern Methodist University November 12: "As the world recovers, we will face a temptation to replace the risk-and-reward model of the private sector with the blunt instruments of government spending and control. History shows that the greater threat to prosperity is not too little government involvement, but too much."
California columnist Burt Prelutsky: "I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're number one. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, and Maxine Waters, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth.'"
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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