“Why are we dividing ourselves along Democrats and Republicans, refusing to put revenue alongside of cuts? Mr. Speaker, we’re at the bone, almost, and sequester that is across-the-board cuts will literally destroy us and put us in a recession.
I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together. Are we going to be able to do it today to free America?”
“What’s wrong with big government? I’ve never had a problem with big government. I’ve felt our country’s always done best during Eisenhower, FDR, when we had we had big government … We’re not in a fascist state, so what’s the problem with big government? It’s not a problem. It makes things better.
I think with the taxing the rich now that’s finally happening now which we need to do – I mean, back in the 50′s and 60′s, if you made money you paid like 70 percent in taxes or even higher than that, and that’s when we started booming and creating a middle class.
I think that’s what you got to do is, you’ve got to tax people. I mean I make a lot of money, and I’m now in a 49 percent tax bracket. It’s painful, but it’s what you’ve got to, we’ve all got to chip in.”
“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.”
“[H]ow they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years — how in Lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?”
“Well, it’s a lot of rhetoric, but there aren’t a lot of facts supporting it. Taxes are lower on families than they’ve been probably in the last 50 years. So I haven’t raised taxes.”
“[N]o one is saying that [taxes on everybody have to be increased] right now, and someone has to say it. …[I]f we are going to succeed, we have to face our problems squarely, and the deficit is one problem and that requires taxes on a lot of people not just the wealthy.
… If you talk to CEOs, they say uncertainty about the future, I need a rainy day fund and not enough demand. You deal with uncertainty with the deficit reduction, out years, not now, dealing with the issues that I mentioned earlier.
And then if you’re able to do that, you stimulate demand with a massive, massive infrastructure program, $1 trillion over five years.”
“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.”
“Since [Romney] doesn’t have a foreign policy, he buys the foreign policies of the powers that be. So, he sings the song of his neocon so-called advisers. What they really are, of course, are people who advocate a point of view, the
need for a new war with each new Republican president.
…Mitt won’t say a word about taxes that Grover Norquist might disapprove. He won’t approve any deal to cut spending that Grover won’t say OK to. That doesn’t make Mitt a leader. It makes him Grover’s rover.
Grover says pitch. Mitt Pitches. Grover says, beg. Mitt begs.
Same with the religious right. He won’t say a word that Pat Robinson, Franklin Graham crowd hasn’t approved for his political prayer book. There he was down at the Liberty University getting an honorary degree. Now, I didn’t know they give honorary degrees for pandering.
The scariest thing about Mitt Romney is that he really is open for bids. He`s sold his soul to every faction that`s out there, the neocons on foreign policy, the religious right on social policy. Grover on the tax issue.”