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"Over half of the people who would be taxed under (a millionaire surtax) are, in fact, small businesspeople."

"These 15 political appointees (on the IPAB) will make all the major health care decisions for over 300 million Americans."

"Over the last four years, 53 percent of black wealth has just disappeared."

"The average Republican voter thinks there should be some revenue as part of this deal."

"We do not want to raise anybody's tax rates. That's never been on the table."

"Over the last 15 months, we've added more than 2 million jobs in the private sector. That's far in excess of what it was in the comparable period after the last recession."

"Manufacturing is having its best employment year in almost 15 years."

Medicare "only has about 50 percent of it paid for by either premiums or payroll taxes, and the rest is deficit spending ... or debt spending."

Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal cuts "nothing" from Medicare, Social Security or defense in the next two to three years, and "in three years, he does not cut one dime from the debt."

Says although the unemployment rate seems to be improving, it does not reflect real job creation -- it’s caused by a "shrinking of the actual labor force."

"Every time we've cut taxes, revenues have gone up, the economy has grown."

"The Republicans have demanded deep cuts in education. They've demanded cuts in cancer research and other research to find cures and treatments to diseases."

A Republican proposal changes Medicare for those under age 55 so that they will  "participate in the same kind of health plan that members of Congress do."

"We lost more jobs in this great recession than the last four recessions combined."

The coalition of Arab states against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi is the biggest coalition against a fellow Arab leader since the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991.

Federal spending is "all discretionary, other than interest on the national debt. Social Security is discretionary. We have the discretion to change the law. Same is true with Medicare and Medicaid."

Says iPads and iPhones "are built in the United States of America."

The 2006 Massachusetts health care law has "added (only) about 1 percent to our state budget."

"The (Wisconsin) governor has proposed tax giveaways to corporations."

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