Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, Valerie Jarrett, AOC, and more.

Jordan Candler · Apr. 6, 2020

Insight: “I hope the people on Wall Street will pay attention to the people on Main Street. If they do, they will see there is a rising tide of confidence in the future of America.” —Ronald Reagan

Observations: “Right now … all the talk is about the horrible medical statistics, predictions, models. All the talk is apocalyptic when we’re discussing the virus. … Meanwhile, everybody’s at home, the economy shut down, everybody realizes this can’t go on, but there is this degree of uncertainty as to when this is gonna end. It cannot go on like this. At some point, folks, we as a country are gonna have to answer a question: How much of the economy do we let drift toward Great Depression status before we stop it?” —Rush Limbaugh

For the record: “The Democrats are gonna pitch this as lives versus money, and they’re gonna do their best to make sure this economy stays shut down because that’s the fastest way, they think, to beating Trump. … Lives versus money. When in fact it’s lives versus lives. It’s not lives versus money. Money is not an enemy of lives. Money is not an enemy of life. But to the modern-day Democrat Party and media acolytes, it is.” —Rush Limbaugh

Never let a crisis go to waste: “This crisis has been weaponized. And it’s a tragedy because we’re going to come out of it pretty well. But there are people who feel that they have to emphasize the downside to enact an agenda that otherwise would not be enacted without this popular depression and anger. And yet political correctness says that we can’t really identify it and condemn it, because to do so, ironically, would be to be partisan in our reaction to what is clearly a partisan manipulation of the disaster.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Non compos mentis: “I think this is the opportunity of the century for China to build trust in the world, which it has found so difficult to come by as a rising nation, and to rebuild its international image — China doesn’t [want to] waste an opportunity like this.” —London School of Economics associate professor Keyu Jin (“Well, starting at zero there’s nowhere to go but up.” —Stephen Green)

Braying jenny: “Someone asked me today how would @BarackObama have handled this crisis? Answer in one word — Better. Ok, two words. Much better.” —former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett (“Why do so many Obama administration staffers constantly try to make Americans feel awful? Highlighting policy differences is expected — but this level of vitriol? During this pandemic? Why?” —Rep. Dan Crenshaw)

Alpha jackass: “Gov[ernors] of Florida, Texas, Missouri and Georgia will have thousands of dead on their heads. Rightwing ideologues resisted science. The GOP has become a death cult.” —The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin (“Democrats will not even support bills that would protect babies who survived abortions. They vote against them every time they come up, whether it be at the state level or in Congress. That’s ghoulish in the extreme and is the definition of a death cult.” —Sister Toldjah)

Race bait: “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities. Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions. Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Or it’s the chronic toll of people on urban poverty plantations who think the government is responsible for every aspect of their welfare.)

And last… “The coronavirus has acted as a solvent on a decade or more of cliches about the arrival of a globalized world where old lines drawn on a map no longer matter. In a crisis, everyone turns to borders as a first line of defense.” —Rich Lowry

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