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2/12/2006 4:04:09 PM

Updated 01/25/06

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CNNs Miles OBrien: I know that science and religion are often at odds, but the scientific evidence is overwhelming at this point. Are you denying that?

Rev. Richard Land, Southern Baptist Convention: There are scientists who deny it. There are scientists whove said

OBrien: Scientists who are bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry, usually.

--exchange on the Feb. 9, 2006 edition of CNNs American Morning, discussing evangelical Christian views on global warming.

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In a globalized world, bilateral trade figures are irrelevant The trade balance between the U.S. and China is as irrelevant as the trade balance between New York and Minnesota.

--Dong Tao, UBS economist quoted in the Feb. 9, 2006 New York Times.
For the most part, broad based media has done a lousy job of explaining the economy to people.

CBS Reporter Anthony Mason in a Jan. 27, 2006 post on his networks Public Eye Blog
Al Gore is in the news. Al Gore announced he is finishing up a new book about global warming and the environment. Yeah, the first chapter talks about how you shouldnt chop down trees to make a book that no one will read.

--Comedian Conan OBrien during his Jan. 26, 2006 Late Night with Conan OBrien monologue

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But they [oil company executives] make much less than Hollywood stars, they make much less than Wall Street traders and they do a much great service. I mean, what is the service that is done by Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie compared with the service of putting oil in our houses furnace or gas in our cars? Theres no shortage of people who get paid a great deal more than oil company executives for doing a lot less work and a lot less useful work. Theyre paid well compared to me but theyre not paid well compared to many, many, many executives and entrepreneurs in this country.

Ben Stein on the Jan. 21, 2006 edition of CNNs In the Money.

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Remember when the storms hit, a lot of folks were really worried about the price of crude oil and gasoline The suspension of some regulations to help these refineries and these gas processing plants get up on their feet was important. In other words, if you can get government out of the way, amazing things can happen sometimes in the private [sector].

--President George W. Bush in a Jan. 12, 2006 speech in St. Louis, Miss., on Gulf Coast reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina.

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A lot of people, the USA Today, The Washington Post, a lot of newspapers are looking closely at the mine industry and they think theyre getting away with murder. Tell me this, are these fines being cut because the Bush administration is allowing people that used to work in the mine industry to now regulate the mine industry?

-- MSNBCs Joe Scarborough to Tim Biddle, a coal company attorney, on the Jan. 10, 2006 Scarborough Country.

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The U.S. economy is stronger than crabgrass.

John Rutledge, Rutledge Capital CNNs In The Money, Dec. 24, 2005


Look, Andy, this economy is very good. We've created two million jobs in the last 12 months. And we are growing. Were growing, China's growing. China's growing off of us too. Because we're growing, and he should be out if Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton had his economic results after a massive attack on our country and a war holy cow.

-- Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch to host Andy Serwer on CNNs In the Money from December 10, 2005.

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I know, Dan, the Presidents giving a speech on the economy coming up, but there are people, including Alan Greenspan of the Fed, and also the GAO, the top auditor in the country, who have said with these deficits, these mounting deficits, it is simply hard to look at this economy as anything but on thin ice, no matter what. No new taxes?

-- Good Morning America anchor Diane Sawyer to Dan Bartlett, White House counselor, December 5, 2005.

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The economy shrugged off the ill effects of the hurricanes very gracefully.

-- Mark Zandi, chief economist for, in a December 1 Associated Press story

I have a president who thinks that Kyoto is that guy his father threw up on in Japan. You know, I hear numbers from this administration like 2018. We will reduce mercury emissions in the air by 70 percent by 2018. Shut up about 2018. Are you crazy?! Fix it now, not 2018! Even if it does, even if it does, sin of all American sins, impose a cost on business. Aggh! Yes, thats called the cost of doing business. Now, I know as Americans we love to vote our pocketbook, but small suggestion, next time, vote your lungs, vote your kidneys, vote your gall bladder, vote the organs that are going to have to process all the toxic crap that is in the food, the water, the air, and the pharmacy. Vote your grandkids DNA. Thank you very much. I appreciate you. I appreciate you coming out here.

-- Comedian Bill Maher on TBS special Earth to America, November 20, 2005.

I have an SUV, and I feel a little guilty about it.

--Bill Weir, ABC reporter, Nov 18, 2005 Good Morning America

"We want to make sure there's a stable supply of energy down the road. Who's best at doing that? I think it is the companies with that profit motive rather than the halls of Congress. So the last thing I think we ought to be doing is giving out special goodies. Because when you give out special goodies, what that does is tell oil producers and those ethanol producers and farmers, spend more time in the halls of Congress and less time finding energy."

-- Dr. Russell Roberts, CNNs In the Money, Nov. 12, 2005

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Oil companies' prices are set on the world markets. Their profits are a good thing. Their profits go to widows, orphans, pension funds. Profits is not a dirty word.

-- Ben Stein, THE O'REILLY FACTOR, Nov. 8, 2005

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 A typical cow in the European Union receives a government subsidy of US$2.20 a day. The cow earns more than 1.2 billion of the world's poorest people.

-- Australian trade minister Mark Vaile, The Sydney Institute, Oct. 24, 2005

"I usually read the Wall Street Journal before breakfast. I can't take the New York Times on an empty stomach.

-- Thomas Sowell,, Oct. 18, 2005

"I'm a little surprised, frankly, we're not discussing in this segment what happens if men from outer space come and take over the earth, because that seems to be about as likely as a bird flu pandemic..."

Ben Stein, "Cavuto on Business," Fox News, Oct. 8, 2005

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"They took nothing, and kept working. And over 55 or 60 years this is what you see, okay? That's capitalism."

-- Race car driver Richard Petty on NASCAR, CBS's "60 MInutes," Oct. 10, 2005

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"And consumers say they prefer tuna caught in dolphin-proof nets, coffee grown by fairly paid farmers and products made from recycled materials but retailers find that most are unwilling to pay extra for it."

Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post business columnist, Oct. 5, 2005

"You can have good government, or you can have Big Government, but you can't have good Big Government."

-- Fred Smith, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Reason magazine online, Oct. 3, 2005

"They can kiss my ear! That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard."

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) on giving up the "bridges to nowhere" for hurricane relief, New York Times, Sept. 29, 2005

"Like looters who seize six televisions when their homes have room for only two, the Louisiana legislators are out to grab more federal cash than they could possibly spend usefully."

-- Washington Post editorial, Sept. 27, 2005

"Leftist politicians and their environmental allies should be ashamed of themselves for preying on peoples fears, and diverting attention from the real causes both political and natural for the widespread devastation wrought by Katrina. The victims of this tragedy deserve better."

-- H. Sterling Burnett, National Center for Policy Analysis, Sept. 16, 2005

"While state and federal officials have come under harsh criticism for their handling of the storm's aftermath, Wal-Mart is being held up as a model for logistical efficiency and nimble disaster planning, which have allowed it to quickly deliver staples such as water, fuel and toilet paper to thousands of evacuees."

-- Michael Barbaro and Justin Gillis, Washington Post staff writers, Sept. 6, 2005

"Fuel efficiency is best achieved through market forces, rather than bureaucrats waving magic wands and imposing hidden costs."
-- USA Today editorial, Aug. 30, 2005

"But overall, the country is not suffering from a dangerous bubble right now."
-- Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and Brandeis University professor, on the U.S. housing market, CBS's "Face the Nation," Aug. 21, 2005

Tonight it is important to note that in this country we still do not have the same number of jobs that we had five years ago. Part of the reason is that we are exporting jobs and we are importing labor.
-- CNN's Lou Dobbs, "Lou Dobbs Tonight," March 28, 2005.

"We're the IM generation. They're going to put our screen names on our tombstones."
-- Justin Young, 22; USA Today, Aug. 15

"The number of new jobs is consistent with the rest of the economic data that shows that the economy is moving along quite strongly."
-- Brian Fabbri, chief economist at BNP Paribas. New York Times, Aug. 6, 2005

"Good news. Very good news actually. We were expecting 180,000 jobs to be created in the month of July and instead, we got 207,000. Unemployment rate holds steady at 5 percent. ... Thats good stuff.
Andy Serwer, CNNs American Morning, Aug. 5, 2005

You can lead a horde of people to low carb diets; you just can't make them eat their products.
-- Chris Huntington, CNNs Wolf Blitzer Reports, Aug. 1, 2005

The insurgents would shrink the federations Washington headquarters and shift millions of dollars into organizing drives.
-- Thomas Edsall describing union members who left the AFL-CIO; The Washington Post, July 24  (See Article)

"You have the economy kind of firing on, well, pretty much all cylinders..."
-- Andy Serwer, CNN's American Morning, July 27, 2005

Once you start giving the customer, what they want, when they want it, how they want it, they'll pay you for it.
Mark Cuban on movies, ABCs World News Tonight, July 17, 2005

You know, some people would like to think so, but there's really no scientific evidence to suggest that this is global warming.
- Tony Perkins on Hurricane Dennis, Good Morning America, July 13, 2005

"Well, we know global climate change is happening. What we don't know is why."
-- CNN's Kitty Pilgrim, "Lou Dobbs Tonight," July 4, 2005

"One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad. The only thing they have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease."
-- French President Jacques Chirac about the British, French newspaper Liberation, July 5, 2005