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BuzzChatter Friday: Rick Perry gets revenge on Missouri

05/08/2014 5:54 PM

05/08/2014 5:54 PM

We made it to another Friday. Whoppeee!

• “This year, over 2 million taxpayer families won a crucial victory that not even the governor himself can repeal. Congratulations to America’s hard-working small businesses.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, on the big tax cut in Missouri.

Perry, who is said to be considering another presidential run, campaigned for a similar tax cut last year, but saw Missouri Republicans fall short of a veto override. This year, he’s crowing about this week’s successful override of Gov. Jay Nixon.

• “Mr. Truman.” —

how Madge Gates Wallace addressed

her son-in-law, President Harry Truman.

Mrs. Wallace was never convinced that Truman, a dirt farmer and failed haberdasher, as historian Michael Beschloss puts it, was worthy of her daughter, Bess. Wallace even told Truman how much she admired Thomas Dewey, Truman’s 1948 opponent. But Truman, born 130 years ago Thursday, apparently was mighty adroit at turning the other cheek.

• “Yeah, of course it does.” — former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

on whether the problem of “too big to fail” banks still exists .

When he was secretary, Geithner insisted that the 2010 Dodd-Frank law would put an end to the concern. But last year, he sang a different tune, saying the problem persists and that trying to fix it is a “quixotic” problem for regulators.

• “Our focus is getting the truth for these four families and for the American people.” — House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday

dodging a question

about whether it’s appropriate for his party to use the Benghazi investigation to raise campaign money.

In fact, Boehner declined three times to respond directly to questions about fundraising off a select committee created to investigate the deaths of four Americans. This week, South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, who chairs the committee, said it’s inappropriate to use the investigation to raise campaign dollars.


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