“This has become a kind of conventional wisdom — that the Republican Party has gone so far right, Reagan himself wouldn’t fit in.
…Ronald Reagan was an anti-government, union-busting, race-baiting, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-intellectual, who cut rich people’s taxes in half, had an incurable case for the military-industrial complex, and said Medicare was socialism that would destroy our freedom. Sounds to me like he would fit in just fine.
…Both sides really should stop pretending he was something other than the man most responsible for our decline.”
“The gun folks are out there saying guns don’t, you know, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I would say, OK, guns don’t kill people, inequality kills people. Why is it that the United States has this horrible problem? We are one of the most unequal countries in the world. And we didn’t so much have this problem when we were less unequal, in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, we were a very egalitarian society.”
“You know the phrase they always use? ‘Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars.’ Guess what? Yes we do in one regard. We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super wealthy. That’s not a tax raise, that’s called fairness where I come from.”
“He’s refused to release his tax returns, as we know. If a person coming before this body wanted to be a Cabinet officer, he couldn’t be if he had the same refusal Mitt Romney does about tax returns. So the word is out that he has not paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove he has paid taxes because he has not. We already know from one partial tax return he gave us he has money hidden in Bermuda , the Cayman Islands, and a Swiss bank account. I am not making that up – that’s in the partial year that he gave us. Mitt Romney makes more money in a single day than an average middle-class family makes in 2 years or more. “
“When I look at the Republicans, I am tempted to dismiss them as the Treason Party. Seriously, were a band of traitors to concoct a series of positions deliberately designed to weaken America, they would be hard pressed to beat the current GOP dogma — hobble education, starve the government by slashing taxes to the rich, kneecap attempts to jumpstart the economy by fixating on debt, invite corporations to dominate political discourse, balkanize the population by demonizing minorities and immigrants and let favored religions dictate social policy.”
“[W]e lost the House of Representatives…and then we had a new kind of spirit [that] came into the Congress and it was not a good one.
They kind of called themselves Tea Party, Pastor. I don’t know what party they been to – that must’ve been some bitter tea. Because they came with a mean spirit, and now they want to cut the food stamps. They don’t want to fund education. They want to give all the tax breaks to the richest people. And then they’re trying to do away with the health care reform we worked so hard for.
Pastor, when those people are messing with me in Washington D.C., and they come after me ’cause I’m trying to help poor people and people of color, I said they ain’t seen nothing yet, ’cause I don’t know how to stop fighting. I don’t know how to stop fighting.”
“They are on the side of the one percent, and the president is mostly on the side of the 99 percent. And the 99 percent is a lot better number than one percent when you’re running someplace in the polls.
So I don’t think this works. They want to tell women what to do in their personal lives. They don’t like Latinos. …Their priorities are not the right priorities for America.
They don’t care what anybody says except for themselves and the corporate masters like the Koch Brothers that give them billions and billions of dollars through these shell corporations and these PACs and all this other business.
You know, the Republicans really don’t care. They have one master, and that’s money.”
“Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, these guys have a fundamentally different economic philosophy than we do. Our philosophy, ours is one that values the workers in the success of a business. It values the middle class in the success of our economy. Simply stated, we’re about promoting the private sector, they’re about protecting the privileged sector.
We are for a fair shot and a fair shake, they’re about a no rules, no risks and no accountability.”