This Week In Quotes


The only problem that will surely be solved by the next 50 million immigrants, who follow the 50 million legal and illegal immigrants who have come since 1965, will be the problem presented by the continued existence of the Republican Party. — Pat Buchanan

I’m not a military planner, Hamas puts its missiles, its rockets into civilian areas. Part of it is because Gaza is pretty small and it’s densely populated. — Hillary Clinton

Real wages for men under age 35 have fallen almost continuously since the late 1970s, and those with only a high school diploma have experienced the sharpest losses. Between 1979 and 2007, young male high school graduates saw a 29 percent decline in real annual earnings – an even steeper decline than the 18 percent drop for men with no high school diploma. — Stephanie Coontz

Between 1947 and 1979, the wages of the average meatpacking worker, adjusted for inflation, increased by around 80 percent, to just under $40,000 per year. But from 1979 to 2012, a meatpacker’s wages declined by nearly 30 percent, to about $27,000. — Stephanie Coontz

In 1969, by the time men reached age 25, three-quarters were earning wages that could support a family of four above the poverty line. By 2004, it took until age 30 for the same percentage of men to reach this income level. And while in 1969 only 10 percent of men ages 30 to 35 were still low earners, by 2004 almost a quarter of men in that age range remained low earners. — Stephanie Coontz

“If we as God’s people refuse to speak about sin because it will make others uncomfortable, we are cowards. — Franklin Graham

We need to raise our voices, make ourselves citizens, sign up to vote and punish those who speak ill and criminalize children who come to our borders. — Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

“I’m hoping Americans are watching as President Nero fiddles while the world burns.” — Senator Ron Johnson

I had a conversation this week with an acquaintance of considerable accomplishment in the political and financial worlds. The talk turned to how some prospective presidential candidates seem to be running to lead two different countries. Rick Perry, say, and Elizabeth Warren experience, see, reflect and approach two very different realities. The conversation then took a surprising turn. My acquaintance said it’s possible the U.S. in our lifetimes will simply break up, tear apart. This might not be so terrible, he said, it would probably work out fine. He spoke not with an air of alarm but philosophically and almost cheerfully, which took me aback. — Peggy Nooonan

We had a revolution in 1776 because we don’t do kings. — Sarah Palin

No serious person can deny President Obama has violated the constitution. — Sarah Palin

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