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Publius / January 4, 2017

Wednesday Short Cuts

Insight: “It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” —Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

For the record: “Seven hundred sixty-two people were murdered in [Chicago] in 2016, a nearly unheard of 50 percent increase over the year before. … While everyone on the left pays obeisance to the slogan Black Lives Matter, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel runs a jurisdiction where black lives have been getting cheaper almost by the day, especially in its poorest areas.” —Rich Lowry

Dezinformatsia: “Let’s pretend we’re in some cosmic therapist’s office, in a counseling session with the year 2016. We are asked to face the year and say something nice about it. Just one or two things. The mind balks. Fingers tighten around the Kleenex as a cascade of horribles wells up in memory: You were a terrible year. We hate you. We’ll be so glad never to see you again. The silence echoes as we grope for a reply.” —New York Times editorial

Demo-gogues: “The only way we’re going to work with [Donald Trump] is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues. Ninety, 95 percent of the time, we’ll be holding his feet to the fire and holding him accountable. But we’re Democrats — we’re not going to just oppose things to oppose them.” —Sen. Chuck Schumer

The BIG lie: “The purpose of the ACA was to lower costs, to improve benefits and to increase access. The ACA has made transformative progress in doing all three.” —Nancy Pelosi

Despicable: “Start your 2017 off on the right foot — no time like the present to make an appointment at Planned Parenthood!” —Cecile Richards

And last… “The ethics committee should disband. There hasn’t been any ethics in Congress for years, so what’s its purpose?” —Frank Fleming

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