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A compilation of quotations on a variety of issues by national, state and regional writers, well-known personalities, just plain everyday people and from various publications collected by the editors of THE ADVANCE.

Quotes for our Times:

Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner: Most Americans don't know how bad the border crisis Is.

The information deficit among so many Americans favors the Biden administration. If more people knew the true scope of the problem the president's policies have created, then more would likely be concerned, and more would oppose the administration's actions. Indeed, the Harvard-Harris pollsters, once they informed respondents of the correct answer, asked, 'Given these numbers, should the administration continue its current policies or issue new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of people coming across the border?' Sixty-seven percent of those polled favored new, stricter policies, while just 33% wanted to continue current policies.

If more people knew what was happening, more people would demand change.

Guy Benson,'s Political Editor: Sinema: Look, it's a 'no brainer' for a certain someone to finally visit the unsecure southern border.

To the extent that they can help draw any serious attention to the problem, which the White House tends to dismiss as 'stunt' work by Republicans, then more power to them. If they can convince the president to go down there to survey the historic, embarrassing, lethal mess he's created, that would be fine. But I fear that any presidential excursion to the southern boundary would end up being a photo-op-minded exercise in useless box-checking. If Biden is willing to really witness what's going on, without an advance team sanitizing reality and steering him clear of the true damage — while listening to frontline agents with genuine curiosity and interest — then a trip might be worth it. Given this crew's track record, I fear the chances of that really happening are slim to none.

E. J. Antoni, research fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis and a senior fellow at Committee to Unleash Prosperity: Big welfare handouts mean folks who stay home are living high on the hog off your tax dollars.

While our study examined only two welfare programs that are not means-tested, there is an entire suite of means-tested programs for which many people are eligible, and which together provide a surprisingly high standard of living.

In Loudoun County, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., you can receive over $25,000 in annual rental assistance alone – and that is just one program. Add to that food stamps, which have just been expanded, and subsidies for everything from education to transportation, and you have not just a robust social safety net but a perverse incentive not to work because even a small amount of income disqualifies you from receiving these means-tested benefits.

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