For the most part, Sen. Bob Corker stuck to Republican talking points when he spoke today to the Knoxville Economics Forum.
The first-term Tennessee Republican said the fiscal crisis the nation faces requires tax reform, entitlement spending cuts and otherwise slashing the size of federal government.
And he made standard Republican cracks about health care reform, Dodd-Frank and the Environmental Protection Agency.
However, he made some in the mostly friendly audience squirm when he suggested a few tax reform specifics.
Columnists often lift quotes from political speeches to illustrate the point they’re trying to make. I’ve done it myself many times — it’s an excellent way to add emphasis to what you’re writing.
However, keeping the quote in context isn’t always easy. A case in point, David Moon’s column in Sunday’s News Sentinel. In the April 24 column, Moon used a quote from President Barack Obama to draw a contrast between Ronald Reagan’s tax reform policies and the current president’s financial reform policies.
The Obama quote — from a speech just about a year ago — has been widely repeated by the president’s political opponents who want to paint him as a socialist. Unfortunately, the quote is often taken out of context.