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Watercooler Quote of the Day: 6/3/09

June 3rd, 2009

“When budgets go up like they did, we lose our ability to prioritize. We lose our budget discipline. We lose our analytical capability. We don’t have to do the analysis. And those things are things we should be doing whether budgets are going up or coming down.”

— Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in response to the idea that budget concerns are driving planning decisions

Watercooler Quote of the Day: 3/25/09

March 25th, 2009

“When I explained the game of “paper, rock, scissors” to my oldest son many years ago, he argued strenuously that paper can’t beat rock. When I learned the game as a kid, the explanation was that the “paper” is sandpaper and it wears down the rock. Anyone who has paged through reams of conflicting interpretations of the F[ederal] A[cquisition] R[egulation]s knows that paper can wear down anything or anyone.”

Kent S. Jackson at Aviation Week

Watercooler Quote of the Day: 2/11/09

February 11th, 2009

“The word stupid doesn’t adequately describe the situation.”

An anonymous source referring to DHS security advising an employee to bring a suspicious package containing a dead fish and white powder into department offices

Watercooler Quotes of the Day: 12/10/08

December 10th, 2008

“On November 5, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH spoke with Deputy Governor A regarding positions that ROD BLAGOJEVICH might be able to obtain in exchange for the soon-to-be-vacated seat.  Among the potential positions discussed were Secretary of Health and Human Services and various ambassadorships.  Deputy Governor A noted that the cabinet position of Secretary of Energy is ‘the one that makes the most money.'”

Criminal complaint filed against Gov. Rod Blagojevich and chief of staff John Harris
“I look at percentage of GDP when I’m trying to determine affordability.”

— Lt. General (Ret.) Michael Dunn, Air Force Association President and CEO, overheard at the Center for American Progress

Watercooler Quote of the Day: 12/4/08

December 4th, 2008

“We need a czar.  And we need czars on top of czars.  Then you need a super czar.  And a czarina.”

— Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, on the impulse in Washington to constantly expand bureacuracies

Watercooler Quote of the Day: 11/21/08

November 21st, 2008

“Here in America we are descended in spirit from revolutionaries and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine.”

— President Dwight Eisenhower, 1954

(Hat tip to Sam Smith at the Progressive Review for sending this our way).

Watercooler Quote of the Day: 11/17/08

November 17th, 2008

“I am basically going back to my corporate roots.”

– Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), who is retiring after 14 years in Congress, announcing that he has accepted a job at Deloitte Consulting

Watercooler Quote of the Day: 11/14/08

November 14th, 2008

“Considering how taxpayers’ money around Washington isn’t respected, a day shouldn’t go by without having an inspector general checking on it.”

– Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Watercooler Quote of the Day: 9/19/08

September 19th, 2008

We are an ‘insight’ organization.  If DoD customers ask us for information, we will provide that information as requested.

– Richard Cole, spokesman for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), in response to allegations that the DCMA improperly assisted Lockheed Martin and the Air Force in their efforts to undermine then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s decision to terminate the C-130J program

Watercooler Quotes of the Day: 9/11/08

September 11th, 2008


“Sexual relationships with prohibited sources cannot, by definition, be arms’ length.”

Department of Interior Inspector General report on a wide-ranging ethics scandal involving inappropriate relations between government officials in charge of oil royalties and employees of energy companies

“America is more communist than China right now.”

– Commodities investor Jim Rogers, chief executive of New York-based Rogers Holdings, on the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae bailouts

— Michael Smallberg

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