Reform quotes

  • Lost in much of the national debate about immigration reform is how Democrats ultimately stand to gain electorally with any legislation or executive action that would put the newly legalized residents on a path to voting.
    -- Aaron Klein

    #Voting #Reform #Gains

  • The bottom line: health care reform is about the patient, not about the physician.
    -- Abraham Verghese

    #Physicians #Reform #Care

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the most sweeping civil rights legislation of its day, and included women's rights as part of its reforms. Ironically, the section on women's rights was added by a senator from Virginia who opposed the whole thing and was said to be sure that if he stuck something about womens' rights into it, it would never pass. The bill passed anyway, though, much to the chagrin of a certain wiener from Virginia.
    -- Adam Selzer

    #Rights #Virginia #Reform

  • I'm really not one about reform, I'm about tearing it down, revolution
    -- Aja Monet

    #Reform #Revolution

  • The Congress is virtually incapable of passing any reforms unless they first get permission from the powerful special interests who are most affected by the proposal.
    -- Al Gore

    #Powerful #Special #Reform

  • For a free country to continue thriving, there have to be regular reforms, because any society, any economy that stays in place, you're going to see repeated attempts to exploit the openings for twisting policy to the advantage of those who already have wealth and power.
    -- Al Gore

    #Country #Reform #Wealth

  • Indifference to all the refinements of life--it's really shocking. Just Calvinism, that's all. Calvinism without the excuse of Calvin's theology.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Luxury #Reform #Indifference

  • The name of 'reform' simply covers what is latently a process of the theft of the national heritage.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Names #Reform #Heritage

  • Wherever indeed a right of property is infringed for the general good, if the nature of the case admits of compensation, it ought to be made; but if compensation be impracticable, that impracticability ought to be an obstacle to a clearly essential reform.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Essentials #Reform #Obstacles

  • Before we even consider expanding Medicare, or another program based on its rates, we must reform our Medicare payment system so that it rewards value, not volume, and doesn't disadvantage states like Minnesota that provide high-quality care in an efficient way.
    -- Amy Klobuchar

    #Quality #Reform #Care

  • Well, paycheck protection is an important ingredient for a successful campaign finance reform measure.
    -- Andrew Card

    #Successful #Important #Reform

  • In reality, we've had more spending, more bureaucracy, more waste and higher costs but without necessary reform nor rising productivity.
    -- Andrew Lansley

    #Reality #Reform #Cost

  • A balanced program for tax reform based upon the common sense idea of lowering taxes out of surplus revenues.
    -- Andrew Mellon

    #Ideas #Common Sense #Reform

  • Nobody wants campaign finance reform more than me. It would save me a fortune.
    -- Andrew Tobias

    #Reform #Campaigns #Want

  • We need a reform of the Security Council. It must be perceived as truly representative by all the 191 member states, to uphold the credibility and legitimacy of the UN as the main political arena.
    -- Anna Lindh

    #Political #Reform #Needs

  • One of the best aspects of health care reform is it starts to emphasize prevention.
    -- Anne Wojcicki

    #Reform #Prevention #Care

  • Look, you're not going to get me to say that Democrats don't make mistakes. We do. I mentioned two areas - pension reform and seniority and tenure. I've done both - I've advocated for both. I've advocated for - seek for reform as well.
    -- Antonio Villaraigosa

    #Mistake #Two #Reform

  • We've seen more reform in the last year than we've seen in decades, and we haven't spent a dime yet. It's staggering how the Recovery Act is driving change.
    -- Arne Duncan

    #Recovery #Years #Reform

  • He led the state through a budget crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, working across party lines for a better environment, election reforms, and bipartisan solutions.
    -- Arnold Schwarzenegger

    #Party #Political #Reform

  • Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before.
    -- Art Buchwald

    #Past #Reform #Taxation

  • No true reform has ever come to pass Unchallenged by a liar and an ass.
    -- Arthur Guiterman

    #Liars #Government #Reform

  • In every industrialized nation, the movement to reform health care has begun with stories about cruelty.
    -- Atul Gawande

    #Reform #Stories #Movement

  • I have fought against spending. I have fought against special interests. I have fought for reform.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Special #Reform #Spending

  • We need earmark reform, and when I'm President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.
    -- Barack Obama

    #President #Reform #Needs

  • Look, all this is about is utilizing the rules of the Senate, using a majority of the senators, to make sure that we get health reform done. We cannot wait another day.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Waiting #Majority #Reform

  • For most people reform meant relief from ecclesiastical extortions.
    -- Barbara Tuchman

    #People #Reform #Relief

  • You cannot reform your society or institution without opening your mind.
    -- Bashar al-Assad

    #Mind #Reform #Institutions

  • I welcome the President and working with him to try to get some of that medical malpractice reform so we can get the cost of health care to come down.
    -- Ben Quayle

    #Trying #President #Reform

  • None more deceive themselves than they who think their religion is true and genuine, thought it refines not their spirits and reforms not their lives.
    -- Benjamin Whichcote

    #Thinking #Religion #Reform

  • What were once felt to be defects-isolation, institutional simplicity, primitiveness of manners, multiplicity of religions, weaknesses in the authority of the state-could now be seen as virtues, not only by Americans themselves but by enlightened spokesmen of reform, renewal and hope wherever they may be-in London coffeehouses, in Parisian salons, in the courts of German princes.
    -- Bernard Bailyn

    #Simplicity #Weakness #Reform

  • Somewhere I put it this way: first drafts are for learning what one’s fiction wants him to say. Revision works with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to reform it. Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
    -- Bernard Malamud

    #Writing #Ideas #Reform

  • Some often repent, yet never reform; they resemble a man traveling in a dangerous path, who frequently starts and stops, but never turns back.
    -- Bonnell Thornton

    #Men #Reform #Path

  • Not a single reform effort in Russia has ever been completed.
    -- Boris Yeltsin

    #Russia #Effort #Reform

  • You don't get real reform by pandering to every special interest. With cap and trade we wound up with a bill that didn't accomplish much, was enormously complicated and expensive.
    -- Brian Baird

    #Real #Special #Reform

  • I would go to them and I would explain this is the price of going forward. We're going to move ahead in all these other areas. We're moving ahead in tax reform and GST, we are moving ahead on trade, but this will not be done at the cost of the environment.
    -- Brian Mulroney

    #Moving #Done #Reform

  • Radical thought has inspired many of the great political and social reform movements in American history, from ending slavery to establishing the minimum wage.
    -- Carl Bernstein

    #Political #Reform #Movement

  • The cost of pension reforms has been perhaps the biggest error committed in the process of modernizing Bolivia's economy.
    -- Carlos Mesa

    #Errors #Reform #Cost

  • The Indian Bureau system is wrong. The only way to adjust wrong is to abolish it, and the only reform is to let my people go. After freeing the Indian from the shackles of government supervision, what is the Indian going to do: leave that with the Indian, and it is none of your business.
    -- Carlos Montezuma

    #Government #People #Reform

  • When the business interests... pushed through the first installment of civil service reform in 1883, they expected that they would be able to control both political parties equally.
    -- Carroll Quigley

    #Party #Political #Reform

  • it is better to inspire a reform than to enforce it.
    -- Catherine the Great

    #Change #Inspire #Reform

  • Nature is entirely indifferent to any reform. She perpetuates a fault as persistently as a virtue.
    -- Charles Dudley Warner

    #Nature #Reform #Faults

  • The idealist's program of political or economic reform may be impracticable, absurd, demonstrably ridiculous; but it can never be successfully opposed merely by pointing out that this is the case. A negative opposition cannot be wholly effectual: there must be a competing idealism; something must be offered that is not only less objectionable but more desirable.
    -- Charles Horton Cooley

    #Political #Reform #Negative

  • Most people do not go to the dentist until they have a toothache; most societies do not reform abuses until the victims begin to make life uncomfortable for others.
    -- Charles Issawi

    #People #Abuse #Reform

  • This bill [Immigration Reform and Control act of 1986] is a gamble, a riverboat gamble. There is no guarantee that employer sanctions will work or that amnesty will work. We are headed into uncharted waters.
    -- Charles Schumer

    #Water #Immigration #Reform

  • When Mitt Romney says he wants to reform the tax code, hold onto your wallets.
    -- Charles Schumer

    #Reform #Want #Wallets

  • When Mitt Romney says he wants to reform the tax code, hold on to your wallets. We know Mitt Romney never met a tax haven he didn't like. But his new favorite tax haven is actually not the Cayman Islands - its Paul Ryan's budget.
    -- Charles Schumer

    #Islands #Reform #Want

  • There's a need to reform Medicare, but not a need to cut a half trillion dollars out of Medicare.
    -- Charlie Dent

    #Cutting #Reform #Dollars

  • We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform.
    -- Chen Shui-bian

    #Effort #Groups #Reform

  • And on this you have my pledge - unlike in the past, when you stood up and did what was right, this governor will not pull the rug out from underneath you - I will sign strong reform bills.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Strong #Past #Reform

  • They said it was impossible to touch the third rail of politics, to take on public-sector unions and to reform a pension and health benefits system that was headed to bankruptcy. But with bipartisan leadership, we saved taxpayers $132 billion dollars over 30 years and saved retirees their pensions. We did it.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Years #Reform #Dollars

  • I can guarantee you this, that more pension and benefit reforms which I will consider arbitration reform to be one of them, are things that when they come to my desk, they will be signed.
    -- Chris Christie

    #Umpires #Arbitration #Reform

  • In Iran the whole reform and democracy movement has been based on the emerging free press.
    -- Christiane Amanpour

    #Iran #Democracy #Reform

  • Reducing the budget for Amtrak makes no sense unless the Administration is prepared to implement a reform strategy which can be supported by the budget request.
    -- Christopher Bond

    #Reform #Amtrak #Administration

  • My goal for reform is not necessarily to pass laws but to make sure the laws are being followed.
    -- Chuck Grassley

    #Law #Goal #Reform

  • For reforms ameliorate the situation of the working class, they lighten the weight of the chains labour is burdened with by capitalism, but they are not sufficient to crush capitalism and to emancipate the workers from their tyranny.
    -- Clara Zetkin

    #Crush #Class #Reform

  • When aroused the American conscience is a powerful force for reform.
    -- Coretta Scott King

    #Powerful #Reform #Force

  • Fundamental [tax] reform almost always runs the risk of making things worse.
    -- Dan Rostenkowski

    #Running #Risk #Reform

  • Climaxing a movement for calendar reform which had been developing for at least a century, in 1582 Pope Gregory ordained that October 4 was to be followed by October 15.
    -- Daniel J. Boorstin

    #Reform #Calendars #Movement

  • I've always been fond of the saying that when it comes to oversight and reform, the federal government does two things well: nothing and overreact.
    -- Darrell Issa

    #Government #Two #Reform

  • I don't need to be looking at every failure of government, I need to be looking where failure of government needs reform.
    -- Darrell Issa

    #Government #Reform #Needs

  • Going forward, as we work to strengthen our border in the interests of homeland security, we must also recognize the economic importance of immigration reform.
    -- Dave Reichert

    #Immigration #Reform #Borders

  • You've taxed too much, borrowed too much and are a roadblock to reform.
    -- David Cameron

    #Reform #Too Much #Roadblock

  • There's a grosser irony about Politically Correct English. This is that PCE purports to be the dialect of progressive reform but is in fact - in its Orwellian substitution of the euphemisms of social equality for social equality itself - of vastly more help to conservatives and the US status quo than traditional SNOOT prescriptions ever were.
    -- David Foster Wallace

    #Reform #Dialect #Facts

  • The Bolshevists would blow up the fabric with high explosive, with horror. Others would pull down with the crowbars and with cranks--especially with cranks. . . . Sweating, slums, the sense of semi-slavery in labour, must go. We must cultivate a sense of manhood by treating men as men.
    -- David Lloyd George

    #Men #Blow #Reform

  • You can’t have people curating culture in this way when we need to see things in order to reform from them.
    -- David Oyelowo

    #Order #People #Reform

  • We have history as a guide, and history suggests that this brand of comprehensive reform ... is a recipe for failure.
    -- David Vitter

    #Immigration #Reform #Recipes

  • I've developed several serious policy proposals to create jobs, reform Washington and reduce spending.
    -- Deb Fischer

    #Jobs #Serious #Reform

  • When President Obama passed health care reform, it was personal! And when Governor Romney says he would repeal Obamacare and put insurance companies back in charge of a woman's health, that's personal too.
    -- Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    #Obamacare #President #Reform

  • Reform is Chinas second revolution.
    -- Deng Xiaoping

    #Reform #Revolution #China

  • Education leads to enlightenment. Enlightenment opens the way to empathy. Empathy foreshadows reform.
    -- Derrick Bell

    #Empathy #Enlightenment #Reform

  • One of the persistent ironies of reform is the impossibility of predicting the full consequences of change ...
    -- Diane Ravitch

    #Change #Reform #Irony

  • The greatest obstacle to those who hope to reform American education is complacency.
    -- Diane Ravitch

    #Reform #Complacency #Obstacles

  • I basically believe the medical insurance industry should be nonprofit, not profit-making. There is no way a health reform plan will work when it is implemented by an industry that seeks to return money to shareholders instead of using that money to provide health care.
    -- Dianne Feinstein

    #Believe #Medical Insurance #Reform

  • We will have health care reform in America.
    -- Dick Durbin

    #America #Reform #Care

  • I hope that Republicans in the House and Mr. Cantor will embrace that as part of immigration reform.
    -- Dick Durbin

    #House #Immigration #Reform

  • Legal reform in Russia is a must. And I keep track of it daily.
    -- Dmitry Medvedev

    #Russia #Track #Reform

  • I think there's bipartisan support in the Senate to pass a good reform bill.
    -- Don Nickles

    #Thinking #Support #Reform

  • The American Communists had thrived as champions of domestic reform.
    -- Earl Browder

    #Champion #Reform #Communist

  • The American economy is driven by small business. And there's nothing basically to create incentives for small businesses. We've done no tax reform. They're the highest-taxed group in the country. And corporations can go anywhere they want and do whatever they want. Small businesses have to stay...
    -- Ed Rollins

    #Country #Reform #Done

  • A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
    -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

    #Abuse #Reform #Revolution

  • Health care reform, the marquee legislative accomplishment of the Obama administration's first term, was passed before we entered the world of divided government.
    -- Eliot Spitzer

    #Government #Accomplishment #Reform

  • Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, and by her busy ways, reform thy own.
    -- Elizabeth Smart

    #Reform #Laziness #Way

  • The need for comprehensive reform must not blind us to the urgency of addressing the massive debt that's already crushing our young people.
    -- Elizabeth Warren

    #Crush #People #Reform

  • But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms.
    -- Ellen G. White

    #People #Reform #Doctrine

  • [Reformers] might be classified as a distinct species having eyes in the back of their heads.
    -- Ellen Glasgow

    #Eye #Reform #Might

  • Mexico urgently needs a series of structural reforms that will detonate its true economic potential for once and generate more public welfare.
    -- Enrique Pena Nieto

    #Reform #Needs #Mexico

  • Education reform has as its main purpose to make sure that the education delivered is of quality.
    -- Enrique Pena Nieto

    #Quality #Reform #Purpose

  • The honeymoon is the only period when a woman isn't trying to reform her husband.
    -- Evan Esar

    #Husband #Trying #Reform

  • All men now allow that if any human power could have stemmed the avalanche of the French Revolution, it would have been the reforms of Turgot.
    -- Evelyn Beatrice Hall

    #Men #Reform #Avalanches

  • There is a great reform required in the education and habits of females.
    -- Ezra Cornell

    #Reform #Female #Habit

  • I'm largely in favor of financial reform.
    -- Fareed Zakaria

    #Favors #Reform #Financial

  • All that is deformed ought to be reformed. The Word of God alone teaches us what ought to be so, and all reform effected otherwise is vain.
    -- Francis Lambert

    #Religious #Reform #Vain

  • They realize at last that change does not mean reform, that change does not mean improvement.
    -- Frantz Fanon

    #Mean #Reform #Doe

  • While the Left seems obsessed with increasing taxes and spending even more money, conservatives have focused more heavily on the need for spending restraint and entitlement reform - primarily to preserve and protect the future of the Medicare program. Overlooked in all of this is the future of Medicaid.
    -- Fred Upton

    #Reform #Needs #Entitlement

  • Why don't you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough.
    -- Frederic Bastiat

    #Reform #Tasks #Would Be

  • It is easier to show the disorder that must accompany reform than the order that should follow it.
    -- Frederic Bastiat

    #Order #Society #Reform

  • Almost everything that I behold in this wonderful country bears traces of improvement and reform - everything except Pie.
    -- George Augustus Henry Sala

    #Country #Pie #Reform

  • We cannot reform our forefathers.
    -- George Eliot

    #Reform #Forefathers

  • If we were going to default, we would have decided that many months ago. It would be wrong for the Greek economy, it would be wrong for the European economy, it would make things worse in the end. That's why we're taking the pain and making these structural reforms, and we're on target.
    -- George Papandreou

    #Pain #Greek #Reform

  • Despite the deep reforms we are making, traders and speculators have forced interest rates on Greek bonds to record highs.
    -- George Papandreou

    #Greek #Reform #Records