Tuesday Short Cuts

Publius · Nov. 8, 2016

Insight: “The press is hostile to the idea of liberty. Most people in the press are for big government. Most people think that the solution to anything, whether it’s health care problems, education, whatever it is — it’s got to be more government.” —Harry Browne (1933-2006)

The bottom line: “There is no conservative in the presidential race, which means that no matter who wins [today], conservatives will have to persuade the next president to see the value in our proposals over his or her own instinctive preferences. It will not be easy, but there isn’t really another choice other than surrender and political quietism.” —Kevin Williamson

Stopped clock: “The notion that somehow voter suppression is keeping you from voting — as systematic as Republicans have tried to make voting more difficult for minorities, for Democrats, for young people — the truth of the matter is, if you actually want to vote, then you can vote.” —Barack Obama actually debunking his party’s myth of voter suppression

Alpha Jackass: “You cannot just put Hillary with Republicans in Congress, who are already promising even more unprecedented dysfunction in Washington. … It has been a stated Republican strategy since I took office. And the only way to break it is to make those who engage in it pay a price by electing more Democrats.” —Barack Obama

Inconvenient campaigning: “We learned, breathtakingly, that middle-aged, non-college-educated white Americans’ life expectancy is going down and is now lower than Hispanics, even though they make less money. And the gap between African-Americans and whites is closing, but unfortunately not because the death rate among African-Americans is dropping but because the death rate among white Americans is rising. Why? Because they don’t have anything to look forward to when they get up in the morning. Because their lives are sort of stuck in neutral.” —Bill Clinton in November 2015 remarks leaked via the Podesta emails

And last… “Fellow Dems, please be safe traveling to the polls, your ObamaCare deductible is now $38,000.00.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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