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The Best of Notable Quotables; December 20, 1993

Vol. Six; No. 26


The Gordon Gekko Greed is Good Award (for ‘80s Hate)



“In the plague years of the 1980s – that low decade of denial, indifference, hostility, opportunism, and idiocy – government fiddled, medicine diddled, and the media were silent or hysterical. A gerontocratic Ronald Reagan took this [AIDS] plague less seriously than Gerald Ford had taken swine flu. After all, he didn’t need the ghettos and he didn’t want the gays.”

CBS Sunday Morning TV critic John Leonard, Sept. 5.


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"Florio will win substantially. Whitman’s offer of a 30 percent tax cut, she lost all credibility. Last year’s hustle doesn’t work. Supply-side economics is dead.”

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift, Oct.16 McLaughlin Group.

“In the greedy excesses of the Reagan years, the mean income of the average physician nearly doubled, from $88,000 to $170,000. Was that warranted?”

– Bryant Gumbel to Dr. Richard Corlin of the American Medical Association, March 31 Today.

“[Christie] Whitman tried a Ronald Reagan rerun and proposed a 30 percent tax cut. The lost revenue could be made up by cost-saving devices, such as no longer giving free Adidas sneakers to prison inmates. A decade after Reagan, New Jersey’s voters aren’t buying government by apocryphal anecdote.”

– Eleanor Clift before Whitman won New Jersey gubernatorial race, October 25 Newsweek story.