Publius / August 14, 2015

Friday Short Cuts

Insight: “[F]or a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” –Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Class warfare flashback: “I say it is only reasonable to shift the [tax] burden to those most able to pay.” —Donald Trump, while proposing a 14.25% surtax on the wealthy in 1999

The BIG Lie: “If you think of Watts 50 years ago, if you think of South Central with Rodney King, all of the violence we have seen all the way to today in Baltimore and Ferguson has usually been sparked by police violence.” —Al Sharpton

Braying Jenny: “[Congress] called me back to testify on the IRS ‘scandal,’ and I too[k] the 5th again because [Republicans] had been so evil and dishonest in my lawyer’s dealings with them.” —Lois Lerner in an email dated March 6, 2014

Village Idiots: “I was never a political person — this whole fiasco has only made me lose all respect [for] politics and politicians. I am merely a pawn in [the Republicans’] game to take over the Senate.” —Lois Lerner in an email, June 2014

Belly laugh of the week: “There’s nothing criminal about [Hillary Clinton’s email investigation]. … I think she’s been completely truthful and this is an attempt by the Republicans to smear the front-runner early on. … [T]his, in fact, is nothing but a partisan witch hunt.” —Howard Dean

Late-night humor: “Bernie Sanders has now passed Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire polls. It’s the first time anyone’s ever been passed by a guy in a Prius.” —Seth Meyers

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