Friday Short Cuts

John Kenneth Galbraith astutely observed, "The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking."

May 19, 2017

Insight: “The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.” —John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)

Braying Jenny: “I really do believe that much of what you saw coming out of Trump’s mouth was a play from Putin’s playbook. I think that when you saw him … calling Hillary ‘Crooked’ [and saying] ‘Lock Her Up! Lock Her Up!’ … I think that was developed strategically with people from the Kremlin, with Putin.” —Maxine Waters

Village Idiots: “If President Trump wishes to reach out to ordinary Muslims in the Middle East and around the world, he should avoid the pejorative terminology, anti-Muslim stereotypes and counterproductive policies promoted by Islamophobic advisers such as Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka.” —CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad

All together now: It’s a spending problem! “Somebody’s going to have to pay the bills to keep the government running. A generation ago, corporations paid 30% of what it costs to run the federal government. Today, corporations pay less than 10%. … The way I see it, taxes and the whole debate around taxes is ultimately going to be about who pays a fair share to keep this government running and that’s the question we need to look at on the corporate side and on the individual side.” —Elizabeth Warren

Non Compos Mentis: “We are the new Jews of the 21st century that Hitler pursued. We don’t carry the yellow star of David … we carry red hearts that are filled with desire to fight for human dignity. And we are going to defeat them, these 21st century Nazis.” —Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro on his own socialist cabal being victims

And last… “The Left wouldn’t be so upset about Trump sharing classified secrets if he had kept them on a unsecured server in a Colorado bathroom.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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