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Listen, the estate tax is a lousy deal, particularly for farmers and small business owners. I mean, you get taxed twice. You get taxed when you build your business, and then they tax you when you die.
Not only is his take on the estate tax inaccurate in depicting who it affects the most (very wealthy inheritors), but he also claims that a person is taxed once while alive, and again while dead. I'm pretty sure it's the inheritor paying the second round of taxes. Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 7, 2008

DUBYA: Every good school every school that succeeds by the way, it's a Blue Ribbon School. So I asked Margaret like, I remember coming up, everybody was a blue ribbon school. I don't know if you remember those days. It was kind of a feel-good era. Just say, okay, you're a blue ribbon school, and everybody feels better about education. There's less than 300 Blue Ribbon schools across America this year. I think what did you say, thirteen
EDUCATION SECRETARY MARGARET SPELLINGS: Two hundred and thirty nine public.
DUBYA: Two hundred thirty nine public schools are Blue Ribbon Schools, and maybe a dozen here in the state of Illinois.
You have to love the simultaneous belittling of the old days, and the celebration of an extremely small number of schools that meet Blue Ribbon standards for a country of 300 million. Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 7, 2008

There's a lot of issues that I'm sure we'll be talking about today North Korea and Iran, hopefully the Middle East, maybe some local issues here in Chicago. It's my honor to be here. Thank you for coming. And now I'll start answering some questions, starting with one of the senior members of the press corps are you over 60? You look like you're about 65. Anyway, go ahead.
Dubya gets the press conference off to a classy start, Chicago, Illinois, Jul. 7, 2006

[The Supreme Court was] silent on whether or not Guantánamo whether or not we should have used Guantánamo. In other words, they accepted the use of Guantánamo, the decision I made.
Not really, since the case was not about the legality of the Guantánamo detention facilities themselves. Chicago, Illinois, Jul. 7, 2006

I am willing to abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court.
I suppose that's good to know, although in any case he is bound by the Constitution to abide by Supreme Court rulings, willing or otherwise. Chicago, Illinois, Jul. 7, 2006

At my press conference, they spent a lot of time talking about the world. And I told them today like I'm going to tell you now that my biggest job is to protect is to work to protect the American people. And I think about it all the time. They ask, what's the job like to be President. And the answer to that job is you make a lot of decisions. It's a decision-making experience.
And a language-bending experience, too, in some cases. Chicago, Illinois, Jul. 7, 2006

I will be making the troop level decisions based upon what General George Casey recommends. We owe that to our troops. We owe that to their families. We owe that to the Iraqi.
Do you have one particular Iraqi in mind? Chicago, Illinois, Jul. 7, 2006

In my judgment, we need to set aside whether or not greenhouse gases have been caused by mankind or because of natural effects, and focus on the technologies that will enable us to live better lives and at the same time, protect the environment.
(1) I think this issue was settled by scientists a while ago... (2) How does Dubya propose to address the root causes of the problem if they are discarded as irrelevant? Chicago, Illinois, May 22, 2006

I can't imagine a tax code that penalizes marriage. It seems like to me we ought to be encouraging marriage to our tax code.
Dubya proposes something interesting here in a discussion on the economy, Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 6, 2006

We have a duty in your government to protect the American people. So the second big task at hand is to make sure we do everything we can to protect our homeland. And I will assure you I will continue to work to spread freedom and democracy, and therefore, peace, in parts of the world that are desperate for freedom, democracy, and peace.
And how will he be spreading freedom, democracy and therefore, peace? That's right. Through armed conflict. Collinsville, Illinois, Jan. 5, 2005

I believe we are called to do the hard work to make our communities and quality of life a better place.
Or something like that, Collinsville, Illinois, Jan. 5, 2005

To address the cost of medical care, we need to apply 21st century information technology to the health care field. We need to have our medical records put on the IT.
I'm not sure how you put records on the IT, but it sounds high-tech enough, Collinsville, Illinois, Jan. 5, 2005

We'll get to the bottom of this and move on. But I want to tell you something leaks of classified information are a bad thing. And we've had them there's too much leaking in Washington. That's just the way it is. And we've had leaks out of the administrative branch, had leaks out of the legislative branch, and out of the executive branch and the legislative branch, and I've spoken out consistently against them and I want to know who the leakers are.
There's so much wreckage to work through here... But probably the worst is Dubya's addition of a 4th branch of government, the "administrative branch", and this isn't the first time he's done that, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 30, 2003

The House of Representatives will take up this issue in the coming weeks, under the leadership of a man from Illinois, a guy who I've got a lot of respect from, Speaker Denny Hastert.
Even when he's trying to show appreciation for someone else, he manages to turn it around and direct it toward himself, Chicago, Illinois, Jun. 11, 2003

The crux of the plan I laid out said that if a person has more money in their pocket, they're likely to demand an additional good or a service. In our type of economy, when you demand a good or a service, somebody is going to produce the good or a service. And when somebody produces that good or a service, it's more likely a fellow citizen will find work.
Just one more instance of a Dubya repeat offense, Chicago, Illinois, Jun. 11, 2003

It is clear there are people in the Middle East who hate peace, people who want to kill in order to make sure that the desires of Israel to live in secure and peace don't happen, who kill to make sure the desires of the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority and others of a peaceful state, living side-by-side with Israel, do not happen.
Despite Dubya's assertion to the contrary, the desires of Israel are happening. They may not be realized, but the process of them having desires is still happening... Chicago, Illinois, Jun. 11, 2003

Since I was [last] here [in Chicago], thanks to the bravery of our military, and to friends and allies, the regime of Saddam Hussein is no more. The world is peaceful and free.
Dubya offers up the number one bald-faced lie of the new century, Chicago, Illinois, Jun. 11, 2003

For the sake of health care for all Americans, we must reform the medical liability system. ...I am very grateful for the Illinois State Medical Society for hosting me today. This distinguished organization was founded in 1840 in Springfield, the same time that Abraham Lincoln was practicing law in that city on North 5th Street. Lincoln was a lawyer who believed in discouraging unnecessary litigation.
A textbook example of co-opting the reputation of a dead president to further your partisan interests, Chicago, Illinois, Jun. 11, 2003

Listen, when people come after us, we're plenty tough. We're a compassionate nation. And so we're on the hunt. You just need to know we're after them one by one. One by one. And so long as I'm the President of this country, we're going to chase them down one by one to make sure the American homeland is secure.
Compassionately hunting, one by one, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, Jul. 22, 2002

It's important for people to understand, particularly in Washington, this Department of Homeland Security is not a good Republican idea, it's not a good Democrat idea, it's simply an American idea, and they need to get their work done.
Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, Jul. 22, 2002

I want to thank Tom Ridge for coming. He's a man I asked him, I said, you know, you need to serve your country. He was serving as the Governor of Pennsylvania. I said, you've got a nice mansion over there.
Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, Jul. 22, 2002

It's going to be hard to do what they've done 90 children over 35 years is a fantastic feat. But it's a fabulous tribute to Americans making the decision to help somebody.
Chicago, Illinois, May 13, 2002

I was and I must confess, it did confuse some of the folks at the Crawford, Texas coffee shop, when I was traveling around the country with Theodore Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, thanking him for working on this bill. But we put it all aside, all the typical Washington, D.C. bickering and name-calling, and decided to do something right for the children, and passed a great piece of education reform.
Senator Kennedy's full name is Edward Moore Kennedy, Chicago, Illinois, May 13, 2002

It's amazing to me that we've got an enemy, on the one hand, that's willing to convince young males to commit suicide on behalf of a cause that's empty and, at the same time, try to escape the justice of America in caves.
Dubya's logic escapes me again, John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, Illinois, Jan. 14, 2002

The first condition to make sure that people can find work is to make sure our nation is secure, secure against an enemy that wants to attack us.
Offering interesting economic theory, John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, Illinois, Jan. 14, 2002

You're expressing a firm national commitment that's so important, that we will not surrender our freedom to travel, that we will not surrender our freedoms in America, that while you may think you have struck our soul, you haven't touched it, that we are too strong a nation to be carried down by terrorist activity.
A plethora of you's in the same breath, referring to different people, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 27, 2001

And one of the great goals of this nation's war is to restore public confidence in the airline industry, is to tell the traveling public: "Get on board. Do your business around the country. Fly and enjoy America's great destination spots. Go down to Disney World in Florida, take your families and enjoy life the way we want it to be enjoyed."
This speech brought to you by Disney, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 27, 2001

The world sees our compassion toward one another, as neighbor helps neighbor, as neighbor grieves with neighbor, as people from all across our country want to hold the families who have been dangered who have been hurt in their arms.
Rallying the people as only he can, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 27, 2001

And we will look at all kinds of technologies to make sure that our airlines are safe, and for example including technology to enable controllers to take over distressed aircraft and land it by remote control.
Really on a roll at this point, Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 27, 2001

Some countries may wanna participate in one way, but not in another. All we ask is that you participate. All we ask is that you use the same amounta effort the United States will to win this war against freedom, to win this battle against global terrorism.
Hopefully it isn't a war against freedom that he's calling for, even though that's what it sounds like. Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 27, 2001

I'm also honored to be here with the speaker of the House just happens to be from the state of Illinois. I'd like to describe the speaker as a trustworthy man. He's the kind of fellow who says when he gives you his word he means it. Sometimes that doesn't happen all the time in the political process.
Chicago, Illinois, Mar. 6, 2001

It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet.
Not sure what he's driving at here, but it sounds sufficiently scary, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Oct. 24, 2000

That's a chapter, the last chapter of the 20th, 20th, the 21st century that most of us would rather forget. The last chapter of the 20th century. This is the first chapter of the 21st century.
On the Lewinsky scandal, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Oct. 24, 2000

DUBYA: There's Adam Clymer, major league ahole from the New York Times.
DICK CHENEY: Yeah, big time.
Colorful remarks not intended for capture by the live microphones placed in front of Dubya and Cheney's faces, Naperville, Illinois, Sep. 4, 2000

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