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David Obey Quotes and Sayings

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The NRA was one of the items that we pointed to when
we added money to the labor,
health and Education appropriations bill by reducing the size of the tax cut.
- David Obey

I think we have to be very careful when we toss around
terms like 'cut health care costs.'
We would do very well to expect a cut in the rate of increase.
- David Obey

We need to be careful when we talk about cutting health care costs.
They are not going to be reduced - what we really want
to do is do is slow the rate of increase.
- David Obey

We are going to see a tremendous number of health professionals
retire over the next 8-10 years.
We are not doing nearly enough to deal with this problem.
- David Obey

 

I opposed Clinton's budget deal in 1997 because he
brought in $115 billion cut in Medicare that created
greater pressure for providers not to participate.
- David Obey

There is a sign that hangs on my wall that says,
'What is it you want me to do to somebody else that
is more important than what you want me to do for you?'
- David Obey

If you want quality service, you have to pay for it.
You don't buy into waste.
I have great misgivings about the amount of advertising
that we see in the health care field,
some by hospitals, a lot by drug companies.
- David Obey

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Society as a whole is better off when information is available to the public.
Whether you are talking about how to prevent disease,
or about who does the best job of treating disease,
it is useful to provide as much information to the public as possible.
- David Obey

We don't have enough people going into those fields
and there is a high burnout rate in some health care professions,
so it is very important that we get more people into the pipeline right now.
- David Obey

It puts the provider in a situation of looking for
ways to have someone else pick up a piece of the cost.
As a result, every customer who has insurance ends
up paying a 'hidden premium.'
It simply adds to the health care cost burden.
- David Obey

This is a very difficult question.
If you take a look at the aging population and demographics,
we are going to have a big increase in the number of
health care jobs needed in the state and in the country.
- David Obey

Whether you are from Minnesota, Wisconsin or any other Northern tier state,
you are not going to like the reimbursement formula.
The problem we face is that we wouldn't have that formula
if a majority of the states didn't like it,
and they have the majority of the votes.
- David Obey

I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA.
- John F. Kerry

But there are 90 million gun owners in the United States.
Only 3.5 million want the insurance and magazines and
the various things you get for joining the NRA.
- Michael D. Barnes

These code authorities could regulate production,
quantities, qualities, prices, distribution methods,
etc., under the supervision of the NRA.
This was fascism.
- John T. Flynn

I am in support of the NRA position on gun control.
- William J. Clinton

The NRA provided that in America each industry should
be organized into a federally supervised trade association.
It was not called a corporative.
It was called a Code Authority.
- John T. Flynn

I have enormous respect for Tom Daschle.
The NRA has not yet taken a formal position on which
I'm aware of on this matter,
and I think Tom may be just getting a little ahead of things.
- John Dingell

This is one of the major problems we have.
By the way, it was endorsed by leadership on both sides
of the aisle and both ends of the Capitol,
by the NRA and also by the gun control groups.
- John Dingell

Choose what lies in the shadows to be a matter
for discovery and adventure, rather than fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran PHOTO

Would you rather be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

Lovers embrace that which is between them
rather than each other.
- Khalil Gibran

Most everything in life is about our
point-of-view rather than any absolute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The true delight is in the finding out,
rather than in the knowing.
- Isaac Asimov

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

The difference between a successful person and others
is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge,
but rather a lack of will.
- Vince Lombardi

Make your important choices in life
based on your values and your long-term objectives
rather than on a need for approval.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Be a Human BEing Rather Than a Human DOing.
- Anonymous

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't
come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Koenig

Consider calling it a challenge
rather than calling it a crisis.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach,
but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect,
we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
- Anthony Robbins

I'd rather have thirty minutes of wonderful
than a lifetime of nothing special.
- the movie Steel Magnolias

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Strive not to be a success,
but rather to be of value.
- Albert Einstein

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe in yourself, and trust your own wisdom
rather than being swayed by the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Destiny is not a matter of chance,
It is a matter of choice.
It is not something to be waited for,
But rather something to be achieved.
- William Jennings Bryan

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge.
- Gerald Jampolsky

The function of prayer is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Resilience is about believing in yourself,
and trusting your own wisdom rather than
being swayed by the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A happy person is not a person in a
certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a
certain set of attitudes.
- Hugh Downs

Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgement that something else
is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Service to others is only noble when is is a choice
- a free-will gift.
Anything done out of a sense of obligation
or responsibility or duty becomes a burden
rather than a spiritual empowerment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
- Pythagoras

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship,
we must love our friend for their sakes
rather than for our own.
- Charlotte Bronte

I'd rather see the world from another angle
- Jewel

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
- Henry David Thoreau

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
- Albert Einstein

Do you ever question why our educational system
teaches competition rather than cooperation?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich,
for the hopes of the instructed
are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
- Epictetus

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Each of us is of infinite value,
and each of us has the ability to make
a profound difference in the lives we touch.
We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set -
not by how busy we are,
or how important we believe we are.
Setting an example of being loving, relaxed and joyful,
regardless of external circumstances,
is a great legacy for our family and for the world.
Self importance - ego - is not a path to happiness.
Focusing one's whole life on responsibilities,
without taking time for self-renewal and play,
abandons the joy and the true value of life.
I want my tombstone to read, "Inspired others,"
rather than, "Never missed a day at the office."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins


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