The Demo-gogues Belly Laugh of the Week: "Now, I've heard rumors that a few of you have some concerns about the new health care law. So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you. We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses. ... As we speak, this law is making prescription drugs cheaper for seniors and giving uninsured students a chance to stay on their parents' coverage. So instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing and move forward." --Barack Obama in his State of the Union address

"So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. This would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president. This freeze will require painful cuts. Already, we have frozen the salaries of hardworking federal employees for the next two years. I've proposed cuts to things I care deeply about, like community action programs. ... I recognize that some in this Chamber have already proposed deeper cuts, and I'm willing to eliminate whatever we can honestly afford to do without. But let's make sure that we're not doing it on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens." --Barack Obama

The BIG Lie: "We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution." --Barack Obama

Revisionist history: "Don't start the serious spending cuts, the deficit reduction, until we're clearly out of the recession in 2013. We learned in history ... that after the Great Depression, when they started hitting the deficit brakes too soon, they went into a double-dip recession and higher unemployment." --Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Can't we all just get along? "I think part of the reason why the American people have lost some of our characteristic confidence in recent years is not just the terrible recession, but the fact that, when they turned to their government in Washington, what they saw is people having partisan mud fights, not thinking about what they could do for them, the American people." --Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

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