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Barack Obama 10

“[S]o often in the past there’s been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialist.  And especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate, right?  Oh, you know, you’re a capitalist Yankee dog, and oh, you know, you’re some crazy communist that’s going to take away everybody’s property.  And I mean, those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works.  You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory — you should just decide what works.”

Barack Obama 2

“President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security and old age, that those things are human rights as well. I personally would not disagree with him.”

Harry Reid 4

“Government is not inherently bad. Government is inherently good. That is why we have a Constitution, and we direct the activities of this government based upon that Constitution.”

chris_rock

“The President of the United States is our boss, but he’s also, you know, the president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country. And when your dad says something, you listen, and when you don’t, it usually bites you in the ass later on.”

Markos Moulitsas

“Santorum scoffs at notion that gov’t creates rights. In other words, he doesn’t believe in the US Constitution”

Valerie Jarrett

“We have to give people a livelihood so that they can provide for their families.

…We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, and a footing, and that’s what government is supposed to do.”