Jordan Candler / October 26, 2021

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ben Shapiro, J.D. Vance, Merrick Garland, and more.

Insight: “Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being.” —Lord Acton (1834-1902),

“The Taliban is allowed to tweet. But not [Jim Banks] — a United States Congressman and Naval officer. Yep. Twitter is favoring terrorists over Americans.” —Congressman Jim Jordan

“[On Sunday], Terry McAuliffe claimed the 2018 election in Georgia was stolen from Stacey Abrams. ‘They took the votes away,’ he said, one day after saying this kind of talk is ‘running down our democracy.’” —Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin

“If [Big Tech companies] control what you’re allowed to say, they’ll eventually control what you’re allowed to think and that is the end of the constitutional republic in this country. We have to go to war against these companies or they’re gonna destroy our country.” —U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance

“The original 1913 income tax was 1% for people with incomes above $3,000 (about $80,000 today) and 6% on $500,000 or more ($13 million). About 3% of the population was taxed. Just keep that in mind when Democrats lie and say the wealth tax will remain targeted at just the top. There has never been nor will there ever be a type of tax that remains relegated to its original low rate and small base of payers.” —Ben Shapiro

A blind bird finds a worm: “Hyperinflation is going to change everything. It’s happening.” —Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

Dumb and dumber: “I think what’s under consideration is a proposal that Senator Wyden and the Senate Finance Committee have been looking at that would impose a tax on unrealized capital gains, on liquid assets held by extremely wealthy individuals, billionaires. I wouldn’t call that a wealth tax.” —Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

Pot calling the kettle black: “The reduction in policing currently in [Minneapolis] and the lawlessness that is happening is due to two things. One, the police have chosen to not fulfill their oath of office and to provide the public safety they are owed to the citizens they serve.” —Congresswoman Ilhan “Defund Police” Omar

Non sequitur: “Today, a white family is 30% more likely to own a home than a black family. This present-day gap in home ownership rates is larger than it was in 1960.” —Attorney General Merrick Garland (“This is an example of how critical race theory leverages statistics to advance a subjective narrative that contains a built-in and unquestionable assumption. In this case, that the purported 30% ‘gap’ is solely due to ‘racism’ and that we’re entering a new era of redlining.” —Darrell B. Harrison)

Non compos mentis: “The sudden push for parental rights … isn’t a response to substantive changes in education or the law. It’s a political tactic.” —Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire in a Washington Post perspective piece titled, “Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum. They don’t.”

Baghdad Bob: “What we have here is a demand issue. The economy is doing better. Since the president’s been in office we’ve created five million jobs. People have money in their pocket.” —Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo

And last… “Many on the left are quite desperate to downplay the idea of cancel culture because I think they sense their greatest fear: That when the history books are written, they will be placed firmly in the ‘wrong side’ section.” —Frank J. Fleming

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