Friday Short Cuts

Shot across the bow: "The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America." —Nancy Pelosi

Political Editors · Feb. 15, 2019

Friendly fire: “I don’t understand how you’re going to give a job for everybody, how you’re going to give free college to everybody, how you’re going to create clean energy throughout the country in every building of the land. I think it’s immoral to suggest that we can tally up $20, $30, $40, $50 trillion of debt to solve a problem that could be solved in a different way.” —Howard Schultz

Friendly fire II: “In terms of revenue collection, you wouldn’t want to just focus on the ordinary income rate, because people who are wealthy have a rounding error of ordinary income. They have income that just is the value of their stock, which if they don’t sell it, it doesn’t show up as income at all, or if it shows up, it shows over in the capital gains side. … The one thing that never gets much press — the IRS shows the statistics for the top 400 people of the highest income and the rate they pay … It’s about a 20% rate, so it has nothing to do with the 39.6[%] marginal ordinary income rate. … If you focus on that, you’re missing the picture.” —Bill Gates’s memo to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez et al.

The BIG Lie: “Unlike this President, Rep. [Ilhan Omar] demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn [about] history of antisemitism, [and] grow from it while clarifying her stance.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Major shot across the bow: “The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that.” —Nancy Pelosi

Braying Jackass: “Gun violence is a national emergency. Climate Change is a national emergency. Income inequality is a national emergency. Access to healthcare is a national emergency. Building a wall on the southern border is not.” —Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

Alpha Jackass: “I would take the wall down. … [The border wall] has cost us tens of billions of dollars to build and maintain, and it has pushed migrants and asylum seekers and refugees to the most inhospitable, the most hostile stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border, ensuring their suffering and death. More than 4,000 human beings — little kids, women and children — have died. They’re not in cages, they’re not locked up, they’re not separated — they’re dead.” —Beto O'Rourke

And last… “With Democrats and Republicans locked in a staring contest over border security, there’s a solution here that secures the border and won’t cost the taxpayers one dime: Let’s build a wall, and make El Chapo pay for it.” —Ted Cruz

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