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This is a competitive company. It's a company that can't fill every order it gets because they're constrained by being able to find enough workers.
"Not being able to" would make a lot more sense, and is therefore probably what he was supposed to say, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Aug. 10, 2006

The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom to hurt our nation.
Dubya declares that the "war on terror" is actually the "war on Islamic fascists", which simultaneously puzzles and offends, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Aug. 10, 2006

I think the job of a problem is to confront problems, not to pass them on to future Presidents and future generations.
The job of a problem... That's rich. Cuba City, Wisconsin, Oct. 26, 2004

We can do a better job. We can make this tax code pro-growth, pro-family, and fair. And I will bring Republics and Democrats together to do so.
Wow... how do you get the name of your own party wrong? Onalaska, Wisconsin, Oct. 26, 2004

You can't lead this country if your ally in Iraq feels like you question his credibility.
Wow, I had no idea that the authority of the American presidency stems directly from Iraq, Janesville, Wisconsin, Sep. 24, 2004

When you're out there campaigning and talking to people, remind them what we have been through as a country. We've been through a recession that means we're going backwards.
This riff about going backwards seems out of place given the usual talk about the economy being out of recession, Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

Now, look, I don't think you can choose I mean, I know you have to choose between patients and doctors and plaintiff's attorneys. You have to make a choice. You can't be for both. And my opponent made his choice and he put him on the ticket.
Dubya seems determined to make this new "joke" a repeat offense, Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

You know, my opponent said the other day you can find the heart and soul in Hollywood I think you find it right here in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
In Dubya's world, a light-hearted statement made by his opponent one month earlier on July 17 is still fair game, and still just "the other day", Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

Investment means you're purchasing something, and somebody has to make that which you purchase and sell that which you purchase. And that's how the economy works.
It's just that simple... Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

You know, there's concern about jobs going overseas. I share the concern. We want people working here. We want our jobs here. And the best way to do so is to make sure this is the best place to do business in the world. The best way to make sure jobs are here, this is a place for risk-takers, feel comfortable taking risk, and you're able to do so without getting sued right and left so we need tort reform.
Dubya takes an enormous logical leap to attribute overseas outsourcing to companies being afraid of being sued if they employ people in the U.S., Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

Your fellow citizens ought to worry about somebody who is out there making promise after promise after promise, like over $2 trillion worth of new promises, and not telling you how he's going to pay for it. You know, he says, well, we can pay for it because we'll tax the rich. Well, we've heard that kind of language before. And you know what happens with this kind of tax the rich deal. That's why they've got accountants and lawyers. So the rich figure out ways not to pay, and you get stuck with the tab.
So, basically, we should just give up trying to tax the rich because they have all those accountants and lawyers? If that's the case, shouldn't we triple or quadruple their taxes and see what trickles down in tax revenues? Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

Let me tell you an interesting story, and then I promise to answer some questions. If Laura were here, she'd be giving me the hook. That's the way it is. Anyway, the Oval Office door opens up and in walks seven men from Iraq, all of whom had had their right hands cut off by Saddam Hussein. They had been to Houston, Texas, where a newscaster had a quite famous newscaster raised money and set up a foundation to help people. ... Anyway, so these guys walk in, you know, and I was emotional, they were emotional. And I said, why you? He said, that Saddam dinar had devalued and he was a merchant, a small businessman. I don't know if he was a sub-chapter S corporation or not, but he was a small businessman. And he had sold dinars on a particular day to buy another currency, euros or dollars, so he could buy gold to manufacture his product. And because the Soviet Dinar had devalued, Saddam Hussein plucked this guy out of society to punish him, and six other small merchants, for the devaluation of their currency. He just summarily said, you're it, come here and cut his hand off.
Featured here is inappropriate goofiness in relation to the subject of people losing their limbs under repression in Iraq, culminating in a completely unnecessary reference to sub-chapter S corporations, and just for fun, Dubya invents a new currency: The Soviet Dinar. Hudson, Wisconsin, Aug. 18, 2004

I don't think you order suiciders to kill innocent men, women, and children if you're a religious person.
No, I don't reckon you do, even if there were such things as suiciders, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Jul. 14, 2004

You cannot be pro-small business and pro-trial lawyer at the same time.
Dubya takes gross oversimplification to a new level, Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jul. 14, 2004

[John Kerry is] up to $1.9 trillion so far, of new promises. And we got a long way to go in the campaign. Pretty easy to stand up in front of people and say, well, I promise you this, and I'll spend that, and then it begins to mount up after a while. So the question is, how is he going to pay for it?
Comment made against the backdrop of the $7.1 trillion national debt, $1.4 trillion of which has accrued on his watch, Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, May 7, 2004

Because we acted, torture chambers are closed.
Only to open again... Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, May 7, 2004

Probably the best reason to put me back in there is so that Laura has got four more years as the First Lady.
You said it Dubya, not me, Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, May 7, 2004

Fortunately, she said yes when I asked her to marry me, and now she is a fabulous First Lady of our country.
Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, May 7, 2004

I laid out a doctrine that said, if you harbor a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorist. By the way, when the President says something, you better mean it. It turns out in this job I, of course, meant it.
Presidential subject-object agreement gone awry, Appleton, Wisconsin, Mar. 30, 2004

There was corporate scandals in America that betrayed the trust.
Appleton, Wisconsin, Mar. 30, 2004

If you're worried about the quality of the education in which you in the community in which you live, you're responsible for doing something about it. Just don't hope for some magic response from a faraway government.
Dubya assures the public that he is not on the front lines of educational reform, Appleton, Wisconsin, Mar. 30, 2004

No, the attacks of September the 11th, and the march to war leading up to the Iraqi excursion, affected the psychology of the country. We had a recession, and we had the attacks, the national emergency, plus the march to war. But we're a strong country. We're a resilient country because the entrepreneurial spirit is strong and things seem to be okay.
We are no longer at war, but involved in an excursion. I'm sure that's news to our troops in Iraq. But I guess they'll be fine as long as their entreprenurial spirit remains strong. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

When somebody has more money in their pocket, they're more likely to demand a good or a service. And in our society, when you demand a good or a service, somebody is going to produce the good or a service.
New variation on this Dubya classic seems to indicate that production in response to demand is an attribute which is unique to American society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

You see, when Al and his company decides to buy a machine, somebody has got to make the machine. And that means somebody in the machine-making company is more likely to find a job, as well.
So simple... if only it made logical sense. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

If you're working all your life to build up your small business, and you want to leave it whoever you want to leave it to, they shouldn't that asset shouldn't be taxed twice, shouldn't tax your income when you're making money, and shouldn't tax it when you pass it on to your son, daughter, whoever you want to pass it on to, it doesn't make we're working with the Congress to get rid of it.
Wow, Dubya proposes to eliminate all income tax (as long as you're making money, at least), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

The world is a better place when we got rid of Saddam Hussein.
Time warp grammar on display here, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

We had a great visit on the plane. There is no air raids on Air Force One, by the way.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

Today when I landed, I met a fellow named Roy Bubeck. You don't know Bubeck at all, and I didn't either maybe some of you do.
Speaking of Badger Mutual Insurance Company CEO Roy Bubeck, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

I mean, after all, for the first three quarters when I was the president, we were in recession, and then that September the 11th hit, and that hurt our economy. And then, some of these liars showed up, some of these scandals started to surface. They've been in the making for a while, but they began to bubble up. And that shook the confidence of our country.
Finding new explanations for the state of the economy (including among his peers, though he wouldn't want you to draw that conclusion), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Aug. 15, 2002

But we're slowly but surely making progress, and we're enforcing the doctrine that says, either you're with us or you're with the enemy, and if you harbor a terrorist, if you feed one, you're just as guilty as those who killed thousands of Americans on September the 11th.
Dubya completely ignoring that 1 out of 6 of the people killed on September 11 were foreign nationals from 90 countries, as usual, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Aug. 14, 2002

And now here she is, the First Lady of the United States, and she's doing a fabulous job.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Aug. 14, 2002

But one of the things that rang true yesterday to me, and does every time I make a stop here in America, is that we should never lack confidence in our character, in the character of the American people.
Where is he flying in from on his "stops here in America"? Canada? Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Aug. 14, 2002

As the United States works to bring peace around the world our diplomats and/or soldiers can be drug into the court. That's very troubling.
What's even more troubling is that Dubya thinks "drug" is the past tense form of "drag", Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jul. 2, 2002

Now, it's going to take a while it's going to take a while. But much to the chagrin I guess to the chagrin I haven't spent a lot of time talking with the enemy, but I got the feeling they're going to be disappointed to hear that we're going to remain united as a country.
Another bizarre bit of extemporaneous speaking, Logan High School, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

This isn't the kind of war that you're used to studying in the textbooks. This is the kind of war we've never seen before. We face a group of international killers and that's what they are who are a kind of hide in caves and they're not necessarily an organized government.
Still having a hard time perfecting the message in this outing, Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

I also made it clear that we were going to do everything possible to deny sanctuary that means places to train, places to recruit, places to places from which to fight deny sanctuary to the terrorists. And we did that. Thanks to a mighty United States military and our coalition...we threw out a barbaric regime.... You need to know your government and our allies and our friends went into Afghanistan to free a country. We didn't go to conquer a country; we went in to free a country, because we believe in freedom for every individual, no matter where they live in the world.
So which is it, Dubya? Did we go in to deny sanctuary to terrorists, or to free people from an oppressive regime? Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

I appreciate Thomas Downs, who's your superintendent. Interestingly enough, he showed me a picture of he and my dad when he was I think a teacher, he said in Iowa.
Giving a speech on education at Logan High School, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

You're the first high school class to have graduated with America under attack.
Again asserting an incorrect historical fact, see Repeat Offender for more information, and more instances of this assertion, Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

I want to thank your Governor for traveling with me today. It's an honor to be in a presence who has made public education his top priority.
Dubya is in a presence, Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

It's important for you all to understand that when our country speaks, that we mean it, and we do what we say. I said either you're with us or you're against us. I meant that.
Seemingly giving an ultimatim to the high schoolers he's addressing, Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

We've got to trust the local people. We've got to trust the Andys, the teachers here. We've got to trust the Keiths, the principals all across the parents.
I can't get enough of this... Rufus King High School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

With all due respect to the cameras, I hope you read more than you watch TV.
Puzzling. Clarke Street Elementary School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

And, finally, in order to go to college, to meet the goal you've set, make sure you make right choices. Tell them, no, when somebody tries to say drugs are cool, or alcohol is good. Make the right choices. You'll be in college, and that's what we want.
Starts out statement with one set of priorities (what children want), and replaces them with another at the end (what he wants), Clarke Street Elementary School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

She's a fabulous, fabulous First Lady who is going to spend time reminding people that classroom teachers, people in the classroom, are incredibly important for America.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

As a matter of fact, the people who love the children in Wisconsin are the people of Wisconsin.
A vacuous statement made so matter-of-factly that you have to laugh, Logan High School, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, May 8, 2002

If you've been laid off from work, you're 100 percent unemployed.
Dubya clarifying complex economic concepts, Kaukauna, Wisconsin, Sep. 3, 2001

I thank all the there are more people than I can think that impress me. One of the things that impressed me, besides people's friendliness, is the number of people that said, "I pray for you and your family." For those of you that do that, thanks. It really is something unique about America you don't have to show me the party registration card.
Comments made to workers at Harley Davidson Factory, Menomonoee Falls, Wisconsin, Aug. 21, 2001

I quit drinking in 1986 and haven't had a drop since then. And it wasn't because of a government program, by the way in my particular case, because I had a higher call.
CNN.com, West Allis, Wisconsin, Nov. 3, 2000

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.
This quote has inspired me for years... LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2000

It's your money. You paid for it.
LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2000

We want our teachers to be trained so they can meet the obligations, their obligations as teachers. We want them to know how to teach the science of reading. In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal federal cufflink.
That's just hilarious, Fritsche Middle School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mar. 30, 2000

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