September 6, 2023

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jared Bernstein, Anthony Fauci, Jake Sullivan, and more.

Non Compos Mentis

“I wouldn’t have been elected to the United States Senate in the first place were it not for Philadelphia. That’s not a joke.” —Joe Biden (D-Delaware)

The BIG Lies

“We have seen the deficit fallen [sic] by more than a trillion dollars under this president.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“In my first two years … guess what? I cut the deficit $1.7 trillion. Cut the debt $1.7 trillion.” —Joe Biden

“Inflation has been coming down with some speed. … That is leading to real wage gains.” —Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jared Bernstein


“Bidenomics is a blue-collar blueprint for America. … America has the strongest economy in the world right now.” —Joe Biden

“I think it’s an inaccurate narrative to declare that somehow Bidenomics isn’t working or that it’s not favorably received by people when you drill down into what it actually is.” —Jared Bernstein

“Bidenomics in action is helping. It’s working. It’s helping to build the economy from the bottom up and the middle out.” —Jared Bernstein

Swamp Doctor

“I am concerned that people will not abide by recommendations. I would hope that if we get to the point that … the CDC recommends … that people wear masks, I would hope that people abide by that recommendation and take into account the risks to themselves and their families.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dumb & Dumber

“Under the administration before the previous guy, Iran’s nuclear program was in a box. The last guy let it out of the box. We are now trying to manage the results of that decision, and we are doing so while deterring Iran from going for a nuclear weapon.” —National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

“The thing that we ultimately stand for is a stable, effective supply of energy to the global markets so that we can in fact deliver relief to consumers at the pump.” —Jake Sullivan

Village Academies

“Public education needs to be a site of socialist organizing. I think libraries really do too. … We need to be on the agenda of socialist organizing.” —American Library Association President Emily Drabinski

Village Idiot

“A woman, when it comes to biology and sex, is an adult girl. But there are some women who may have gender dysphoria. And, you know, trans women can also be women as well.” —London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Re: The Left

“Subsidies for consumers to buy EVs mean subsidies are needed for manufacturers to make them — and for union workers to benefit, thereby subsidizing the Democrat Party with political donations. See how the circle of graft works?” —Nate Jackson

Political Futures

“Biden’s strongest argument for another term is the country’s reluctance to sign on for another four years of Trump. Trump’s strongest argument for a return to the Oval Office is the country’s reluctance to sign on for another four years of Biden.” —Jim Geraghty

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