“All the defective people, the drug addicts, mentally ill, the retardedâ€"all of them.…I believe if we had a Siberia we should send them to this and they would all freeze and die and we will be rid of them.”  

â€"New Hampshire State Rep. Martin Harty (R-Barrington), quoted in Foster’s Daily Democrat, March 11, 2011 

“Grandchildren now don’t write a thank you for the Christmas presents; they’re walking on their pants with the cap on backwards listening to the Enema Man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dogg.” 

â€"former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) on why seniors might resist Social Security reform, interviewed on Fox News, March 7

“Musicians are not auto workersâ€"they’re not normally militant.” 

â€"Clark University professor of industrial relations Gary Chaison on picketing classical musicians, quoted by the Associated Press, February 25

“I am against some earmarks. Not the good ones.” 

â€"Steve Tribble, judge/executive of Christian County, Kentucky, on a planned road project threatened by an earmark ban, quoted in The New York Times, February 8

“The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.” 

â€"President Barack Obama speaking at a Tampa, Florida, town hall meeting, January 29