Ross Mackenzie

Hoover Institution senior fellow Peter Berkowitz: "Those who doubt that the failings of higher education in America have political consequences need only reflect on the quality of progressive commentary on the tea party movement. Our universities have produced two generations of highly educated people who seem unable to recognize the spirited defense of fundamental American principles, even when it takes place for more than a year and a half right in front of their noses."

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin: "Modern feminism's idea of a 'real' woman isn't so much a woman as a liberal."

Rockefeller Foundation associate vice president Janice Nittoli: "Today's job losses are concentrated among workers under 30 who are less well-educated, with those in blue-collar industries suffering the most. Employment in construction, maintenance and repair, machine-operation, and transportation (think truck and bus drivers) has shrunk 18 percent since the recession's start. To put this number into context, consider this: During the Great Depression of 1929-33, total employment is estimated to have fallen by slightly more than the same figure, 18 percent. In short, the current Great Recession for younger blue-collar workers feels more like a depression -- with no end in sight."

Fired NPR commentator Juan Williams: "NPR's many outstanding journalists are caught in a game where they are trying to please a leadership that doesn't want to hear stories that contradict the official (leftist) point of view....This just confirms my belief that it is time for our government to get out of the business of funding NPR. The idea, to me, of government-funded media doesn't fit the United States."

DNA discoverer James Watson -- on the slow pace of bureaucratic regulation for clinical trials that impede the process of defeating cancer: "We should try and cure cancer now, not 10 to 20 years from now....We're terribly held back on clinical tests by regulations which say that no one should die unnecessarily during trials; but they are going to die anyway unless we do something radical. I think (government) ethics committees are out of control and that (medical ethics and clinical trials) should be put back in the hands of the doctors. There is an extraordinary amount of red tape, which is slowing us down. We could go five times faster without these committees."

Columbia University 1999 Nobel economist Robert Mundell -- on gold: "The price of gold is an index of inflation expectations. The rising price of gold shows that people see huge amounts of debt being accumulated and they expect more money to be pumped out (and inflation consequently to ensue)."

Weekly Standard editor William Kristol: "American conservatism is now unequivocally pro-Israel. In large part thanks to this fact, the American public as a whole is solidly pro-Israel (by more than 2-1). It is American liberals who are divided and uncertain. Can they find within liberalism the resources to resist the anti-Israel temptation? Or is it time for pro-Israel liberals to rethink their attachment to liberalism?"

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.

Be the first to read Ross Mackenzie's column. Sign up today and receive delivered each morning to your inbox.