-- Sen. John McCain, quoted by the New York Times, during the Republican presidential primaries.
In a forthcoming book by Fortune columnist Matt Miller, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas, Sen. John McCain's chief economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, "makes it clear that the next President is going to have to raise taxes," according to Joe Klein.Said Holtz-Eakin: "If you do nothing on the spending side, you're going to have to raise taxes whether you're a Republican, a Democrat or a Martian."He then immediately makes it clear that the "spending side" part of the argument for cutting taxes is "nothing more than a political fig-leaf" covering up basic arithmetic. The growth of entitlement programs and spiraling health costs make it nearly impossible to cut spending for McCain's proposed tax cuts.
The Los Angeles Times notes that this week news organizations and independent watchdog organizations "seemed to reach a consensus to say 'enough' to the McCain camp's efforts to demonize Barack Obama.""It got so bad... that FactCheck.org -- one of the nonpartisan journalism websites heroically trying to strain truth amid all the sound and fury -- had to put out an extraordinary news release. It chastised John McCain's campaign for -- now get this -- distorting FactCheck's debunking of distortions."In a related article, the AP notes that "even in a political culture accustomed to truth-stretching, McCain's skirting of facts has stood out this week."
"Show me where I've ever said that there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect or no effect on climate change."-- Gov. Sarah Palin, in an interview last night on ABC News.
"A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."-- Palin, in an interview with Newsmax on August 29, 2008.
"No sane American or European leader would ever, ever, ever give an answer like that. You do not get into hypotheticals about nuclear war. You just don't. Palin references the Cold War. The only reason the Cold War stayed cold is because our leaders understood the stakes of getting things wrong and saying things that could lead to catastrophic nuclear war. During the Cuban Missile Crisis every word, every public statement, and any message that the Kennedy administration sent to the Soviets was checked, double checked, and triple checked to make sure it was sending precisely the right signal. This is what you are forced to do when you have thousands of nuclear weapons and so does your opponent. The stakes are simply too high. And yet there is a nominee for the vice presidency of the United States who may one day have her hand on the button and she is casually talking about potential catastrophic nuclear war."
- Ilan Goldenberg, the policy director of the National Security Network