Publius / Feb. 9, 2017

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “I think you’re tackling public expenditure from the wrong end, if I might say so. Why don’t you look at it as any housewife has to look at it? She has to look at her expenditure every week or every month, according to what she can afford to spend, and if she overspends one week or month, she’s got to economize the next. Now governments really ought to look at it from the viewpoint of ‘What can we afford to spend?’ They’ve already put up taxes, and yet the taxes they collect are not enough for the tremendous amount they’re spending. They’re having to borrow to a greater extent than ever before, and future generations will have to repay.” —Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

For the record: “It’s not surprising that Democrats have responded to the president’s executive order by declaring it racist, xenophobic, a sign of an imminent fascist takeover, etcetera. They find everything to be racist, xenophobic and a sign of an imminent fascist takeover.” —Jim Geraghty

Lessons in Trolling 101: “After the White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks it considered to be ‘underreported’ on Monday, a host of journalists from David Ignatius to Anderson Cooper issued their fervent disagreement with that charge. … But … every article [that media] outlets published on the story … served only to keep the attacks fresh in people’s minds. In essence, the media’s efforts to undermine the White House’s claims fulfilled their ultimate goal of increasing coverage.” —Emily Jashinsky

The BIG lie: “[Trump is] going out there and saying: ‘This [travel ban] is keeping the American people safe.’ And that has a market! People think, ‘Oh yeah, well, we’re vetting people so that they don’t come in.’ No, that isn’t what this is. Of course we always subject anything to protect the American people to scrutiny to make sure it’s doing its job. That’s not what this is about. This is about a ban on Muslims that is unconstitutional and immoral and wrong. And the American people know it. And it isn’t making us safer, it’s making us less safe.” —Nancy Pelosi

And last… “A whistleblower says the only global warming occurring in the last 12 years was caused by the Obama administration cooking the (data) books.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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