"I actually share her view and understand her frustration when any government attempts to ban secular symbols like Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer or Christmas lights."
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."Steve Israel on Calvin Coolidge
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."Steve Israel on Roy L. Smith
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."Steve Israel on George Carlin
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."Steve Israel on Dr. Seuss
"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."Steve Israel on Benjamin Franklin
"As you know, Social Security functions under the premise that today's workers will help finance benefits for retirees and that these workers will then be supported by the next generation of workers paying into the same system."