"The Republican congressional leadership…would rather kill people than raise taxes."

Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Scheer, explaining his support for raising taxes on cigarettes to finance a new health-care entitlement for middle-class children

"With the arrival of capitalism and the inevitable shakeout of winners and losers, violent crime has increased, particularly among teenagers."

New York Times reporter Jane Perlez, in a May 20 news story about violence in Poland

"The worst thing is that you see the whole issue of order start to slide. I lived in America in the `60s and I saw what happened: the slow erosion of authority. The society became less orderly than is desirable. I certainly don't want to see this happen."

—Tung Chee-hwa, chief executive-designate of Hong Kong, on why the government will crack down on political protests after the Chinese takeover