The Week in Words: Stimulus up for debate; the beef about restaurants

Waiting for job interviews in Los Angeles in August. Last week's jobless claims report was encouraging.
Waiting for job interviews in Los Angeles in August. Last week's jobless claims report was encouraging. (NICK UT / AP)
Posted: October 14, 2012

"We advocated for constituents who had applied for grants."

- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, regarding the Obama administration's federal stimulus program, which Mitt Romney and Ryan decry.

"I love that. This is such a bad program, and [Ryan] writes me a letter saying . . . we need this stimulus."

- Vice President Joe Biden, during Thursday night's debate with Ryan.

"We think there are more important issues for presidential candidates to talk about than our little funding issue here."

- Patrick Butler, a lobbyist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, regarding Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding for PBS.

"I served people, but I couldn't afford to eat where I worked."

- Waitress Victoria Burton, reacting to a report of low wages for food servers in Philadelphia restaurants.

"They paint [the restaurant industry] as evil."

- Patrick Conway, chief executive of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, regarding the food-servers report.

"The overall trend seems to be that the labor market is improving."

- Brian Kim, of RBS Securities, Stamford, Conn., on the weekly jobless claims report of 339,000, the lowest since February 2008.

"This is a reason to celebrate a company stepping forward to make a public commitment to sharing their data . . . at the patient level and fostering open science."

- Harlan M Krumholz, of the Yale School of Medicine, on GlaxoSmithKline announcing it will share its drug research.

"This is definitely a crossroads."

- David Daoud, analyst at IDC, on a report that the already flagging personal-computer business dropped 8 percent in the third quarter.


Compiled from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Associated Press, Bloomberg and The Inquirer.

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