Publius / Sep. 9, 2015

Wednesday Short Cuts

Insight: “The necessity of every one paying in his own labor for what he consumes, affords the only legitimate and effectual check to excessive luxury, which has so often ruined individuals, states and empires; and which has now brought almost universal bankruptcy upon us.” —Josiah Warren (1798-1874)

Upright: “[T]he left has no interest in discussing ghetto pathology. Summer movies like ‘Straight Outta Compton’ are too busy glorifying it, and summer books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ are too busy intellectualizing it. The Black Lives Matter crowd has become an appendage of the civil-rights industry, which uses the black underclass to push an agenda that invariably leaves the supposed beneficiaries worse off.” —Jason Riley

For the record: “So Hillary Clinton mumbled some kind of apology yesterday… This raises the question: Who gives a rat’s ass? Were you demanding an apology from Hillary Clinton? I wasn’t. I wanted the facts.” —Jonah Goldberg

Birds of a feather… “Donald Trump and I both agree that there ought to be more taxation of the billionaires, the people who are making their money on Wall Street.” —Elizabeth Warren

Non Compos Mentis: “I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people.” —Donald Trump on his time in military boarding school

Too soft on Obama: “I don’t think Barack Obama has bad motives. I just think he’s wrong on a lot of issues.” —Jeb Bush

Friendly fire: “There is something profoundly wrong when … the average American is working longer hours for lower wages and we have shamefully the highest rate of child poverty of any major country on earth.” —Bernie Sanders on the Obama economy

And last… “In his weekly address, President Obama said he’d ‘push our economy and the world to ultimately transition off of fossil fuels.’ Uh huh. Still waiting for him to start flying around in that solar-powered Air Force One.” —Fred Thompson

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