“Disrespect for institutions, for the election of a president, for the American voter who elected him is a real problem and why [conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee] can call themselves patriots as they do that is highly inconsistent. The patriot is the person who accepts the law. The patriot is the person who believes in compromise, who believes in government.”
“There is no reason why a young person should have to pay for college education.”
“Who is the tea party? Well, understand, when I was in school, I studied government, among other things, and prior to World War I and after World War I we had the anarchists. Now they were violent — you know, some say that’s what started World War I, the anarchy moment — but they were violent. They did damage to property and they did physical damage to people.
The modern anarchists don’t do that — that’s the tea party. But they have the same philosophy as the early anarchists: They do not believe in government. Anytime anything bad happens to government, that’s a victory to them. And that’s what’s happened. We have absolute gridlock created by a group of people who represent few Americans. But it makes it extremely difficult to get things done.”
“News that the Transbay Terminal is something like $300 million over budget should not come as a shock to anyone.
We always knew the initial estimate was way under the real cost. Just like we never had a real cost for the Central Subway or the Bay Bridge or any other massive construction project. So get off it.
In the world of civic projects, the first budget is really just a down payment. If people knew the real cost from the start, nothing would ever be approved.
The idea is to get going. Start digging a hole and make it so big, there’s no alternative to coming up with the money to fill it in.”
“[W]ith Barack Obama in the White House, the House Republicans are now on an anti-food stamp jihad… The President, to his great credit, gets how wildly cruel and destructive the Republicans’ proposed cuts would be…
And no one in Washington, particularly on the Republican side, seems to be at all concerned about the continued economic misery of millions of our fellow citizens. So it seems to me that the very least, the absolute least, a decent wealthy society can do amidst an unprecedented period of economic stagnation and vastly unequal prospects for our people, is to just make sure our fellow citizens don’t go hungry. What a shameful spectacle to watch Republicans prove their ideological bonafides at these people’s expense.”
“I think there’s often a time when there should be a nanny state. Yes, people need nannying….and they demonstrably improve the quality of life of people.”
“From the very beginning, when this scandal – so-called scandal, non-scandal – broke out, people looked around and thought, okay, well, isn’t that what the IRS is supposed to do? Not target, but if someone wants – is asking for tax-exempt status – well shouldn’t the IRS actually ask questions?”
“We’ve put a spotlight on the people and the organizations taking the brunt of this arbitrary, across-the-board, spending cuts known as sequester. It’s still going on, by the way. And as you might imagine, it’s the most vulnerable among us taking the hits. Today, we focus on something pretty scary. It’s cuts to funding of victims of domestic violence.
…How do you get the members of Congress to say, “look, some women are going to die this week because these shelters are closing their doors to them”?”