Publius / May 5, 2016

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “As I watch government at all levels daily eat away at our freedom, I keep thinking how prosperity and government largesse have combined to make most of us fat and lazy and indifferent to, or actually in favor of, the limits being placed on that freedom.” —Lyn Nofziger (1924-2006)

Upright: “[Hillary Clinton] calling Trump a ‘loose cannon’ also reaffirms he’s unpredictable and his unpredictability, his constant ability to be saying something new, is one of the things that makes the media and his fans love him. This attack actually subtly reaffirms one of Hillary’s weaknesses: everything that Hillary says feels like it was run through twelve different focus groups before being cleared by the lawyers and getting final approval from the Candidate Spontaneous Statement Approval Committee.” —Jim Geraghty

If only he’d practice what he preaches: “Our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom, and we have long upheld the belief that how we pray and whether we pray are matters reserved for an individual’s own conscience. On the National Day of Prayer, we rededicate ourselves to extending this freedom to all people.” —Barack Obama

Flip-flop: “I’m actually looking at [raising the minimum wage], because I’m very different from most Republicans. I mean, you have to have something you can live on.” —Donald Trump (“I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is.” —Trump is November)

Conspiracy peddler: “Of course I don’t believe [Rafael Cruz conspired to kill JFK]. I wouldn’t believe it, but I did say let people read it.” —Donald Trump

Late-night humor: “A high school girl brought a cardboard cut-out of Bernie Sanders as her prom date. Meanwhile, another girl brought a cardboard cut-out of John Kasich that turned out to be John Kasich.” —Conan O'Brien

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