"We are not prepared to have the American economy held hostage to periodic threats that Republicans will force the country to default on our obligations. That would be a terrible thing for the financial security of the average American, for businesses, for confidence around the world and the United States." — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner saying the Obama administration would reject any 'fiscal cliff' plan that didn't include an increase in the federal borrowing limit.
"Every dollar misspent in the name of security weakens our already precarious economic condition, indebts us to foreign nations, and shackles the future of our children and grandchildren." — Republican Senator Tom Coburn highlighting what a congressional report described as wasteful spending of tax money intended for counterterrorism purposes.
"I've been trying since I found that out: What can I do? What can I possibly do to initiate the change that I want to see and so many other people want to see? I realized that this is one way I can make that change happen."— West Point cadet Blake Page explaining why he was quitting the military academy because he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets.