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March 30, 2017

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses.” —Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

For the record: “In 2016, the Medicaid expansion was $230 billion, or 53 percent, more expensive than originally projected in 2014. It will get worse. As such, rolling back the Medicaid expansion is a first step to start controlling our debt. It’s important for many states, as well, because Medicaid is now the biggest item in their budget and further spending expansion would squeeze out other items, such as education and transportation.” —Veronique de Rugy

Hyperbole: “Historians in the near future will mark today, March 28, 2017, as the day the extinction of human life on earth began, thanks 2 [sic] Donald Trump. Trump has signed orders killing all of Obama’s climate change regulations. The EPA is prohibited henceforth from focusing on climate change.” —Michael Moore

Alpha Jackass: “In order to maintain his popularity, the Trump administration will have to try to find some means of rallying the support. … I think that we shouldn’t put aside the possibility that there would be some kind of staged or alleged terrorist act, which can change the country instantly.” —lefty philosopher Noam Chomsky

Famous last words: “I am not running for public office.” —Chelsea Clinton

Those darn vast right-wing conspiracies: “It’s not like I didn’t know all the nasty things [foes] were saying about me. I thought some of them were kind of creative. But you just have to keep going.” —Hillary Clinton

“Resist we much. We must, and we will much, about that be committed”: “These are bad policies that will hurt people and take our country in the wrong direction. It’s the kinds of things you think about when you take long walks in the woods. Resist, insist, persist, enlist.” —Hillary Clinton

Late-night humor: “Ford announced … it will create 130 new jobs in Michigan. ‘Is one of them president?’ asked Hillary.” —Seth Meyers

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