"When I'm not celebrating Papuan independence, I'm a New Guinean economist who's been following the presidential race in the U. S. very closely for the past two years. What I've been hearing from candidates in both political parties is 'Lower Taxes On....Suspend Tax Rules That....Accelerate The Tax Write-Off For....Reduce Capital Gains Taxes For....Eliminate Taxes On....', et cetera. So here's what I'd like to know. Given the fact that the national debt of the U. S. now exceeds $10 trillion and the budget deficit for the fiscal year just passed was almost $500 billion, isn't talk of more tax cuts rather, shall we say, uncivilized?"
"I believe, Charlie, that the best of America is in small towns that I get to visit, and in those wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being there with all of those hard working, very patri- otic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. That's why I can hardly wait to enter New York City, that hotbed of anti-Americanism, and appear on Saturday Night Live. And, thanks
to Senator Ted Stevens, the show will be piped into Wasilla through the Internet tube you see behind us."
"At those times on the campaign trail when sometimes it's easy to get a little bit discouraged, when, you know, when you happen to turn on
the Rachel Maddow Show when your cam- paign staffers will let you turn on something other than Fox News. Usually, they're like 'Oh my gosh, don't watch. You're going to, you know you're going to get depressed.'"
Secretary Paulson did a quick check to make sure all members of his Wall Street Rescue Unit were present. Jabberwock was there, as were Jubjub Bird, Mimsy Borogove, and Slithy Tove. But where oh where were Mome Rath and Frumious Bandersnatch?