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TheChat: Missouri looks to rein in welfare spending


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▪ “I'm adamant in the fact that we're going to rein in welfare growth.” — Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, the lead budget writer, on the state’s spending plan.

Schaefer talked the talk, but members of both parties warned that proposed budget for the Department of Social Services wasn’t enough. “They can’t take much more cuts,” said state Sen. Rob Schaaf, a St. Joseph Republican. (link courtesy of

▪ “Well, you know Malia had asthma when she was 4 and because we had good health insurance, we were able to knock it out early.” — President Barack Obama speaking about his daughter.

The Washington Post points out that the president remains fiercely protective of his daughters — except when it can boost his policy objectives.

▪ “It's sort of a middle-of-the-road gesture. They all do it.” — actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus speaking about what she called the annoying habit of politicians where they make a fist and hold their thumb over it while they speak.

Louis-Dreyfus also referred to the gesture as the “Clinton thumb” in reference to the former president’s frequent use of it. She added that the gesture makes the politicians who use it look ridiculous.

▪ “While I’m worried about this agreement, I will hold my decision until we actually have a chance to know what the agreement is.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, on the proposed nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran.

Moran said what happens with Iran’s nuclear capability has huge ramifications for the U.S. and its allies.