[Ads-l] Desperate Last Plea for Most Notable Quotations of 2014

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 19 20:42:25 UTC 2014


Note that this is also not a 2014 quote.

Fred Shapiro



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From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Tom Zurinskas [truespel at HOTMAIL.COM]
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:25 PM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: Desperate Last Plea for Most Notable Quotations of 2014

On Obamacare as being a disguised tax  "They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference,"
Washington (CNN) -- Years-old but newly scrutinized videos of MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber ignited a political firestorm this week because the self-described architect of Obamacare thanks "the stupidity of the American voter" for leading to passage of the president's signature piece of legislation"Let's first look at what Gruber actually said: He was defending the fact that the law was written behind closed doors and he said Democrats intentionally made the law confusing to mask the fact that the law instituted a new tax to pay for health reform. Why'd the Democrats do this? Voters don't like new taxes. Gruber said it was more important to get health reform than to be up front."It's a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter," Gruber said at the Honors Colloquium 2012 at the University of Rhode Island.And: "They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference," he said at Washington University at St. Louis in 2013.The brunt of Gruber's argument is that policymakers crafting the law had to take politics into account. And politics means that politicians prefer to vote for a tax on insurance companies that will ultimately get passed on to consumers, rather than voting for a tax on consumers outright, for example.Gruber's "stupid" comments are summed up his contention that people don't want to pay more taxes, even when they want cheaper or better things. "
Tom Zurinskas, Conn 20 yrs, Tenn 3, NJ 33, now FL 12.See how English spelling links to sounds at http://justpaste.it/ayk








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> >
> > > It's November 11 and I still don't have 10 quotations that I consider t=
> o
> > be
> > >  suitable for my annual list, run by the Associated Press, of the top 1=
> 0
> > most
> > > notable quotations of the year.  By notable I mean important
> > >  or famous or particularly revealing of the spirit of our times
> > >  rather than necessarily being eloquent or admirable.  So I am renewing
> > my
> > > plea for suggestions of notable quotations from 2014, particularly ones
> > from
> > > politics or popular culture or entertainment or sports or business or
> > > technology.
> >
>
> Entertainment quotes that might qualify:
>
> From Dylan Farrow's open letter in the New York Times: "What=E2=80=99s your
> favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was
> seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim,
> closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my
> stomach and play with my brother=E2=80=99s electric train set. Then he sexu=
> ally
> assaulted me."
>
> From Shia LaBeouf's public art in response to plagiarism accusations: "I am
> not famous anymore" written on a paper bag worn on his head.
>
> From The Lego Movie: "Everything is awesome!"
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