The Best of Notable Quotables; December 16, 1996

Vol. Nine; No. 26

The Contract's Not Done Until Every Child is Dead Award


"In April, terrorists tried to kill them. Today politicians
stopped their paychecks. In Oklahoma City's Social Security
office, they're being ordered to work for nothing."

-- Beginning of CBS reporter Scott Pelley's January 2 Evening News story on some federal workers being ordered to work during the shutdown. [71]


Runners-up


"There is something very creepy about the welfare debate....The
politicians have gotten together and decided it's a good idea to
throw a million or so children into poverty. But they can't say
that. The proponents of this so-called `reform' effort have gone
out of their way to avoid being seen for what they are -- men and
women of extreme privilege who are taking food out of the mouths
of infants and children, the poverty-stricken elderly, the
disabled."

-- Ex-NBC News reporter Bob Herbert, July 22 New York Times column. [70]

"Monuments and national parks are shut. So are museums. A
long-awaited rare exhibit of the Dutch painter Vermeer at the
National Gallery, eight years in the making, is closed. And the
shutdown now has a human face. Joe Skattleberry and his wife Lisa
both work for the government. Both have been furloughed. They
can't afford a Christmas tree."

-- ABC reporter Jack Smith, December 22, 1995 World News Tonight, the fifth day of the federal government shutdown. [64]