Thursday, December 22, 2005

Times Watch

Times Watch has put together the worst quotes of 2005 from the New York Times. One of my favorites:
"Anyone who cares about responsible budgeting and the health of America's rivers and wetlands should pay attention to a bill now before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The bill would shovel $17 billion at the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and other water-related projects -- this at a time when President Bush is asking for major cuts in Medicaid and other important domestic programs. Among these projects is a $2.7 billion boondoggle on the Mississippi River that has twice flunked inspection by the National Academy of Sciences. The Government Accountability Office and other watchdogs accuse the corps of routinely inflating the economic benefits of its projects. And environmentalists blame it for turning free-flowing rivers into lifeless canals and destroying millions of acres of wetlands -- usually in the name of flood control and navigation but mostly to satisfy Congress's appetite for pork. This is a bad piece of legislation."
-- Editorial page, April 13.
And I like this comparison:
"An Advocate for the Right."
-- Front-page headline on Bush Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, July 28, 2005.


"Balanced Jurist at Home in the Middle."
-- Headline on Clinton Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg, June 27, 1993.
(Hat tip.)