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Quotes of the Week [12/14/2010] 

  "I'm going to argue forcefully for the nonsensicalness and the almost, you know, moral corruptness of that particular policy. This is beyond politics. This is about justice and doing what's right." — Sen. Mary Landrieu, condemning President Barack Obama's budget compromise that would allow the Bush tax breaks for the top 2 percent of Americans to continue. Landrieu added, "We're going to borrow $46 billion from the poor, from the middle class, from businesses of all sizes, basically to give a tax cut to families in America today that despite the recession are making over a million dollars. I mean, this is unprecedented. Unprecedented."

  "We used to have three income levels: poverty or lower income, middle class and high income. The middle class is gone." Vicky Vasconi Hale, a California Democrat responding to a Dec. 8 Bloomberg poll about tax cuts. The poll, conducted before, during and after President Barack Obama's compromise to extend tax breaks for the wealthy, found only one-third of respondents supported extension of the cuts.

"CORRECTION: I am sorry to disappoint all the readers who wished to apply for the position, but New Orleans does not employ a 'sex assessor.' That was a misprint in Wednesday's column. It should have read 'tax assessor.' Slips don't come much more Freudian than that." — The Times-Picayune's James Gill, in an online addendum to a February column. That clarification was cited as one of the best of the year by Regret the Error, a journalism website that tracks outrageous newspaper errors and corrections.

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