CPAC 2012 – Greatest Hits

Following are my favorite quotes from the latest Conservative Political Action Conference. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Greater Boston Tea Party.

1. Ann Coulter, Best-Selling Author, Legal Correspondent for Human Events, on President Obama:

“He’d probably make a lovely next-door-neighbor – as long as you’re not Chinese and then he’d constantly be borrowing stuff.”

2. Senator Jim DeMint:

“The Democrats can’t cut spending. Their whole platform is based on promising more from government and more government spending. When you talk about a balanced budget it’s like putting Kryptonite in front of Superman.”

3. Dr. Matthew Spaulding, Vice President, American Studies and Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation:

“Liberalism’s failed social experiment has been devastating to our pocketbook, for sure, but it is toxic to our culture and civil society.”

4. Senator Marco Rubio:

“Anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare the way it is right now is in favor of bankrupting Medicare.”

5. Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring, Inc. on cutting spending:

“How can you be on budget if your Senate Majority Leader won’t even bring a budget to the floor of the United States Senate? … Our budget is out of control because, in effect, our budget doesn’t exist.”

6. Senator Mitch McConnell, on the divisiveness of Barack Obama:

“The president seems to have forgotten that he was elected to lead all Americans; that he was elected to be President of the United States, not the Occupy Wall Street Fan Club.”

7. Ralph Reed, Founder and Chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition about the Obamacare’s violation of religious freedom:

“For them to be told that they have to choose between violating their conscience or providing healthcare to their employees shows not just an insensitivity to, but an outright hostility by this president to religion and the religious values of millions of Americans.”

8. Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican National Committee:

“Remember this: Every liberal pipedream this president has pursued, he’s done it knowing that he’d have to face reelection. Imagine what he would do in a second term if he doesn’t have to face reelection.”

9. Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska:

“Americans shouldn’t have to spend their lives working so hard so Washington can spend easy.”

10. Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute on “fairness” as defined by conservatives:

“In a fair America, we reject a tax code with special deals for crony capitalists. In a fair country, we don’t bail out corporations and individuals that make stupid, risky decisions. We don’t pay bureaucrats better than private sector employees because they have more power. And we don’t steal from our children. That’s a fair country.”

11. Herman Cain, Former CEO, Godfather’s Pizza discussing the birth of his fourth grandchild:

“And before the doctor spanked his little butt and made him cry, he already owed $48,000 – and he hadn’t done anything yet! We cannot leave that to our children and our grandchildren.”

12. Brad Stine, Conservative Comedian, Political Correctness & the Wussification of America:

“Talk about sexist – have you ever, ever, heard someone come up to a woman and say ‘find your masculine side?’ And by the way women, if you find your masculine side – I’m not interested.”

13. Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate and Former Governor of Massachusetts on benefits for federal workers vs. the private sector:

“Public servants should not get a better deal than the citizens that are paying for them.”

14. Congressman Allen West:

“We must not allow the liberals to move us away from the conservative values of the American past which sustain our present and shall secure our future.”

15. Andrew Breitbart, Publisher, Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv:

“There are two paths: One is America. The other one is Occupy.”

16. Reince Priebus, on Obama:

“In America we’ve had presidents who have studied law, we’ve had presidents who have practiced law, and we’ve had presidents who have taught law. But we’ve never had a president who thought that he was above the law, like this president does.”

17. Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin:

“Collective bargaining is not a right. … In the public sector collective bargaining is an expensive entitlement.”

18. Ann McElhinney, Documentary Film Director and Producer:

“Environmentalists say that they love windmills. … Well, apparently they love the Bald Eagle too. Well, guess what – you can’t have both! … There are consequences to things. So your endangered species all over this country are getting killed by those windmills.”

19. Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana discussing tenure in public schools:

“Look at the way we compensate teachers. It’s no exaggeration to say we basically pay teachers based on how long they’ve been breathing.”

20. Newt Gingrich, Presidential Candidate and Former Speaker of the House:

“Obama has been an anti-American-energy president and every American pays the price every time they go to a gas station.”

21. John Bolton, Former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Obama’s foreign policy:

“Worst of all, the administration has forgotten the essence of Reagan’s understanding that American strength is not provocative to our adversaries; American weakness is provocative to our adversaries – and we’ve got a president that specializes in it!”

22. Tucker Carlson, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief, The Daily Caller on taxation vs. theft:

“Theft occurs when you leave your bicycle unlocked or someone sneaks into your car and steals your radio. It’s by stealth. Taxation is armed robbery. … Taxation is when someone with a firearm says right to your face ‘give me what you have or I will hurt  you’ … “

23. Ann Coulter, on the Occupy Movement:

“Now, I know what some of you are thinking: Hey, aren’t you the one who wrote that smash New York Times Bestseller “Demonic” – How the Liberal Mobs are Endangering America? And no sooner did it come out then demonic liberals burst out into mobs across the nation? Yes, that’s me, and I’m sorry for that. But the good news is, the title of my next book is ‘Nancy Pelosi moves to Luxemburg.’”

24. Daniel Hannan, Member, European Parliament and President, Young Britons’ Foundation:

“If you go down the road towards more government and more regulation and higher taxes … you see how quickly Americans will start behaving like French people. There’s nothing in the soil, there’s nothing in the water, there’s no law of nature that makes this country the way it is. It comes from the institutions. Your founders understood this.”

25. Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform:

“The other team is going to keep coming back and demanding tax increases … They are going to be as  insistent and monomaniacal as a teenage boy on a prom date. They’re going to keep asking for the same thing in different ways.”