Quotes

The Cry Wolf Quote Bank chronicles the false predictions and hyperbole by opponents of these laws and protections.  While the issues and specific policies change over time, the rhetoric and themes remained the same.  You can search the Quote Bank for what opponents said to prevent these laws from passing. Using the drop down menus on the right their statements by issue, by specific law, by who said it and by the core themes they evoke.   Elsewhere on the site, you can find articles, studies, and other material that debunks their claims. 

E.g., 2017-03-28
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There will be no insurance industry left in three years.

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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
10/12/2010 | Full Details

One of the best things I can say, when you get the government out of micromanaging the economy -- you don't want government to set price controls, you don't want government to set wage controls. It's an archaic system that frankly has not worked.

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John Raese, Republican candidate for the West Virginia Senate. ABC News.
10/12/2010 | Full Details

[We have] High unemployment because small businesses, people who make $250,000 a year, are not spending and investing and it will get worse if we don’t extend those tax cuts.

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Sean Hannity, Fox News' Hannity.
10/06/2010 | Full Details

RGGI makes us less competitive.

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New Jersey State Senator Steven Oroho (R., Sussex).
10/04/2010 | Full Details

[This is] a fight to allow businesses, taxpayers and private industry to keep more of their money so that they can provide real stimulus and lasting growth to the economy.

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House minority whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Wall Street Journal.
09/20/2010 | Full Details

The Obama Tax Plan Would Eliminate Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs Each Year….In other words, for Americans who are unemployed now, their prospects of employment would worsen under the Obama tax plan.

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The Heritage Foundation's study “Obama Tax Hikes: The Economic and Fiscal Effects".
09/20/2010 | Full Details

President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi want to keep the current rates on income, capital gains and dividends in place only for those who happen to fit their description of ‘middle class.’ In this moment of economic distress, will they get their way even though a bipartisan majority of the House disagrees with them? Or will present tax rates be extended for all American taxpayers—and most importantly for small businesses and investors, the nation's job creators?

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House minority whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Wall Street Journal.
09/20/2010 | Full Details

The GOP has two primary motivations. The first concerns the pain that tax increases threaten to inflict on our economy over the short term. The second is to stop the slide under our current leadership towards becoming a stagnant European-style welfare state with limited individual opportunity and entrepreneurship.

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House minority whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Wall Street Journal.
09/20/2010 | Full Details

Most economists believe that they [rich people] would spend the money and stimulate the economy.

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Gretchen Carlson, co-host of Fox & Friends.
09/16/2010 | Full Details

[The rich are] the people who've been hit hardest by this recession and who we need to create the jobs that will get us out of it.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Speech on the Senate floor.
09/16/2010 | Full Details

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