September 8, 2023

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Julie Su, Justin Wolfers, Chris Van Hollen, and more.

Hot Air

“We’re seeing the impact of the climate crisis all across the country right now. And we have to do something about that. And … there’s an entire, you know, climate agenda to do that.” —Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su

Theater of the Absurd

“It’s almost pointless asking Republicans how they feel about the economy; only 7% of them were willing to admit that the economy had gotten better over the past two years. So I think when we ask these questions, people are no longer telling us how they feel about the economy — really they’re telling us how they feel about the president.” —University of Michigan professor Justin Wolfers

The BIG Lie

“Wages are beating inflation. … In the real world, real wages are beating prices.” —Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jared Bernstein

Belly Laughs of the Day

“When it comes to results and performance, President Biden has a spectacular record.” —Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

“President Biden has had one of the most productive three, four years in office than any presidents in recent history.” —Chris Van Hollen

“[Republicans] feel the need to attack because they’re scared that we will win based on the merit of the work that Joe Biden and I and our administration has [sic] done.” —Kamala Harris

For the Record

“We will win reelection. There’s too much at stake and the American people know it.” —Kamala Harris


“Our elite class used to be inculcated in the same set of baseline values as ‘normal’ Americans: John D. Rockefeller was a regular churchgoer; so was Cornelius Vanderbilt. … Throughout the 1930s, even the poorest Americans aspired to dress well, wearing suits even on the breadlines. Today, even the richest Americans dress as though they shop at Salvation Army. When elites promulgate countercultural garbage that eats at the roots of fundamental societal institutions, societal bonds dissolve.” —Ben Shapiro

“America, despite its might and moral compass, cannot be the savior to all. A delicate balance must be struck between our noble intentions and the realistic capabilities of our nation to ensure the welfare of the greatest number of people.” —Armstrong Williams

“An enemy of the truth is an enemy of the people. That goes double for those whose job descriptions should include relentless pursuit of the truth and informing the public of that truth.” —Laura Hollis

And Last…

“Murders have been happening way out of control in Chicago among the African American community for far too long and not really reported … in the way that they should be. It’s amazing how black lives don’t seem to matter when they’re taken by black lives.” —Bill Maher

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