The Week in Words: A Greek scenario; sitting on marbles

Posted: July 02, 2012

"[T]hey've reaffirmed a fundamental principle that here in America — in the wealthiest nation on earth — no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin."

— President Obama, on the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act, his signature health-care reform.

"This day will go down in history as the day when Americans lost a part of their freedom — the freedom to choose what to buy with their own money."

— Karen Harned, director of the Small Busines Legal Center at the National Federation of Independent Business, one of the groups that challenged the health-care law's constitutionality.

"If we continue to get more and more debt, we will see a Greek scenario here and this generation will have to pay dearly for the stupidity of those that have delayed decisions."

— Slovenia's prime minister, Janez Jansa, in saying the country may ask for an international bailout if lawmakers fail to adopt legislation to limit public spending.

"The good news is that this time around expectations are very low; the bad news is that the main players seem to be diametrically opposed when it comes to a strategy for ending the crisis."

— Gary Jenkins, managing director of Swordfish Research, a London-based consulting firm, on the summit of European leaders.

"The first one thousand summits, I was pretty excited."

— a deadpanning Jeff Sica, president and chief investment officer of SICA Wealth Management in Morristown, N.J.

"It's an engineering problem and there will be an engineering solution."

— ExxonMobile chief executive Rex Tillerson, on climate change.

"Facebook is clearly looking to try to raise more revenue, especially as questions about their ad model keep getting raised."

— Dan Petty, social media editor for the Denver Post, on Facebook's decision to charge some users for what it calls "promoted posts."

"They are not quality issues anyone would want the FDA or other regulators to look the other way on — glass shards, metal fractures, contaminants."

— Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, defending FDA actions amid criticism that agency action stifles the economy.

"He often said it felt like he was sitting on marbles."

— Whitehall, Pa., resident Pat Lorenz, speaking of her husband, Steve, whose hip replacements have been recalled by the manufacturer.

Compiled from The Inquirer, Associated Press and Bloomberg News.

comments powered by Disqus