• “People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.” — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Fox News Monday night.
This is helpful during a global crisis. Palin was commenting on photographs of the president in jeans during his weekend telephone conversation with the Russian leader.
• “This gives Congress a blueprint to provide the final portion of funding to advance construction of the modern, world-class NBAF facility so it can protect the national security of the United States.” — a statement from the Kansas congressional delegation noting that the president’s budget proposal sets aside $300 million to further advance construction on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.
Big news for Kansas. But you can’t miss the irony here of the most conservative delegation in the country applauding a huge federal appropriation. I guess the thinking is NBAF is worth it...because it’s in Kansas. If it was in Indiana, it’d be horrible.
• “Everybody realizes that both sides are going to continue to put out their message documents to show what they would do if they gained seats in the House or Senate.” — New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, on Tuesday talking about the president’s proposed budget.
The Obama budget, and a proposal coming from Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan that will focus on welfare reform and an overhaul of social programs, are both DOA. But more than anything else, they are political documents aimed at trying to distinguish each party from the other in this mid-term election year.
• “After years of fiscal and economic mismanagement, the president has offered perhaps his most irresponsible budget yet.” — House Speaker John Boehner on the Obama budget.
In an effort to appeal to his base, President Obama’s budget seeks billions in fresh spending to boost economic growth. But the plan also seeks to tap down the national debt by raising taxes on the wealthy. Again, consider the budget a political statement, not a serious fiscal proposal.
• “We remind Kansans never to bring marijuana into Kansas from Colorado. Doing so is a crime, and Kansas still enforces its law.” — Attorney General Derek Schmidt and other law enforcement leaders in a statement Tuesday.
Got that, Kansans? The statement said law enforcement is seizing marijuana purchased legally in Colorado and carried into Kansas. One more thing, Kansas dope smokers: Don’t hold your breath on a serious legalization push anytime soon.