Quote of the day

Actually two:

“…I just think the Constitution charges Congress with the health and well-being of the people..The health and well-being of the people of the country..” —Senator Blanche Lincoln, December 2009

[The words “health” and “well-being” do not appear anywhere in the Constitution…The closest approximations to these words come in the Preamble, which includes the phrase “promote the general welfare,” and Article 1, Section 8, which includes the phrase “provide for the common Defence and General Welfare.”]

“This bill is dead–maybe it’s not quite as dead as I want it–but it’s dead and we begin a process to work in a bi-partisan way; Republicans are not going to work off this monstrosity. There’s just not enough common ground.” —House Minority Leader John Boehner, 21 January 2010

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