Notable Quotables - 10/15/1990


Budget Disaster? Blame Reagan

"The tax package hammered out last weekend continues a Washington policy established in the Reagan era: It takes a heavy bite out of the paychecks of working-class Americans."
- Beginning of front page story by Boston Globe reporter Charles Stein, October 2.

"Conservatives describe this as the second phase of the Reagan Revolution; Democrats see it as the sorry result. Both are right. Reagan's 1981 budget-and-tax-cutting frenzy found Democrats and Republicans slashing social spending for the poor, passing more responsibility to their state and local brethren."
- Assistant Managing Editor Gloria Borger and Senior Editor Kenneth T. Walsh, October 8 U.S. News & World Report.

"But Congress is not solely - or even primarily to blame. For a decade the Reagan and Bush Administrations have been submitting fraudulent, free-lunch budgets that promised huge tax cuts, a social 'safety net,' a 'kinder, gentler' nation, improved education, a war on drugs, the greatest military buildup in peacetime history, and - most fraudulent of all - a balanced budget...Bush's nationally televised paean to the homely virtues of a balanced checkbook might have carried a lot more weight in both the country and in Congress had he not won office two years ago with a promise to reduce the deficit without raising taxes. It was precisely such claims - that there is a free lunch after all - that got the U.S. into its fiscal mess."
- Time Washington Bureau Chief Stanley Cloud, October 15 issue.

"For ten years Ronald Reagan taught us there was a free lunch. Folks, he said, we're going to cut your taxes and we're going to spend like there's no tomorrow and you don't have to pay for it. Folks, we're now paying for it and it's bitter medicine....we're going to have to raise taxes to get some sort of fairness here....For ten years the great wizard sold us that idea, that we could grow our way out of the deficits and we bought i, and we didn't."
- Sam Donaldson on This Week with David Brinkley, October 7.


Up or Down?

"Spending and income rose slightly in Aug."
- Philadelphia Inquirer, September 27.

"Spending, Income, Orders Fall"
- Washington Post, same day.


Irresponsible Newt

"By some theories the conservative Republicans led by Newt Gingrich would be winners because they are trying to force the Democrats to take the burden of passing those higher taxes and spending cuts. But I think that really, although there have been some more responsible members in this debate, there really are no winners."
- NBC's Andrea Mitchell, October 8 Nightly News.


Embellishing on the Public Pulse

"Many of those interviewed described the budget dilemma as partisan war, with the Democratic Congress trying valiantly to protect the interests of the little people against a pull-out-all-the-stops assault on spending by Daddy-Warbucks Republicans."
- Washington Post staff writer Guy Gugliotta in October 6 news story on public reaction as gauged by Post reporters.


Highway Robbery

"The most effective solution, many experts say, would be a combination of market incentives and somewhat higher fuel-efficiency standards. A stiff gasoline tax of $1 per gal. would encourage consumers to choose more economical autos."
- S.C. Gwynne, Time Detroit correspondent, October 8.


West's Problems Go East

"East Germany is staggering toward unification, and may get there close to dead on arrival, the victim of an overdose of capitalism."
- ABC reporter Jerry King, October 1 World News Tonight.

"For many East German women, living in a country where abortion on demand has been legal since 1972, the debate over abortion in worrisome. Many fear it is the first step in stripping away their rights in everything from pregnancy to child care to jobs to sharing household chores."
- Boston Globe reporter Jonathan Kauffman, September 30.


Well, He Used To Be An Idiot, But...

"This week Helmut Kohl will become Chancellor of Germany. Not East Germany, not West Germany, just Germany. The first person to hold that job since Adolf Hitler. As Steve Kroft reports, until last year, most Germans considered this conservative Catholic, this staunch defender of the United States, a bumbling, indecisive mediocrity who was in serious political trouble. But that was befre the wall came down, before Helmut Kohl engineered in ten months a reunification of Germany that many thought would take ten years."
- Meredith Vieira introducing 60 Minutes story on Kohl, September 30.


Ronald Reagan?

"A sort of country yokel, provincial, not smart, not intellectual, slow on the uptake, beholden to interest groups, Gulliver tied into knots by the Lilliputians."
- Editor in Chief of Rheinischer Merkur on the German media's impression of Kohl, 60 Minutes, September 30.


Always Looking At the Down Side

"Povery Remains High Despite U.S. Expansion: Recession Could Push Millions Below Line"
- September 27 Washington Post story on poverty level falling from 13 to 12.8%

"U.S. Reports Poverty Is Down but Inequality Is Up"
- New York Times, same day.


Tough Question

"Let me ask you to be an analyst for us. You've been working on behalf of children now for years and years. What happened in our country where we can watch children going hungry, pregnant women not getting the proper care. And we don't seem to care as a society. How did we get here?"
- CBS reporter Lesley Stahl interviewing Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund, September 30 Face the Nation.


General Kuralt Decides Right & Wrong

"Air Force General Curtis LeMay died today. He was the great advocate of strategic bombing who once was quoted as threatening to bomb Vietnam back to the Stone Age. But if the generals since LeMay have learned anything, it is that you cannot defeat a determined enemy from the air no matter how many bombs you drop. Hanoi took a terrible pounding and Hanoi won the war....He was a great old general who died today, but he was wrong."
- Charles Kuralt on new CBS News show America Tonight, October 1.


You've Lost That Objective Communist Party Reporting

"Here in Serbia, as in some of the country's other five republics, people say local newspapers and television stations have abandoned objectivity for an openly partisan, and nationalist, version of current events."
- New York Times reporter Celestine Bohlen on Yugoslavia, September 13.


- L. Brent Bozell III; Publisher
- Brent H. Baker, Tim Graham; Editors
- Callista Gould, Jim Heiser, Marian Kelley, Gerard Scimeca; Media Analysts
- Jennifer Hardebeck; Administrative Assistant