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Jordan Candler / May 13, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from John Kennedy, Joe Biden, Katie Porter, Gina Raimondo, and more.

Insight

“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity — much less dissent.” —Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

“The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit — replacing what works with what sounds good.” —Thomas Sowell

The Bottom Line

“The truth is, President Biden won the nomination because he promised not to be Bernie Sanders. Who has he tried to emulate? Bernie Sanders. After 14 months, we know that President Biden believes in bigger government, higher taxes, more spending, more debt, more regulation, a weaker military, open borders, taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand, and turning cops into social workers. His energy policy — here’s his energy policy: wind, solar, and wishful thinking. He thinks he can run the greatest economy, the most powerful economy in all of human history, without fossil fuels. And that’s one of the main reasons why the prices at the pump are so high. And the American people see this. They see that after 14 months, nothing is built, nothing is back, and nothing is better — and that’s why when you poll it, the American people say, ‘Well, the country is headed in the wrong direction.’ And the president, he has no self-awareness, or at least the people around him won’t allow him to have self-awareness about the real problem.” —Senator John Kennedy

Bloviator-in-Chief

“Remember those long lines you’d see on the television? People lining up in all kinds of vehicles just to get a box of food in their trunk. How quickly we forget!People were hurting. And what did the MAGA crowd want to do? Forget it. Forget it. God, this is the United States of America. The idea that people would have to wait in line an hour, an hour and a half to get a box of food in their trunk. It’s just unbelievable.” —Joe Biden

“We can’t be a country where a mother has to drive up to a McDonald’s parking lot in the evening with her child just so he can get on to the internet to do his homework. This is the United States of America.” —Joe Biden

“Under my predecessor, The Great MAGA King, the deficit increased every single year he was president. The first year of my presidency, the first year, I reduced the deficit, literally reduced the deficit by $350 billion. First year. And this year, we’re on track to cut the federal deficit by [$1.5 trillion], the biggest decline in debt ever in American history.” —Joe Biden

Non Sequitur

“I think [inflation and abortion] actually reinforce each other. … The fact that we’re seeing this jump in expenses … is a reason that people are saying, ‘I need to be able to make my own decisions about when and if to start a family.’” —Congresswoman Katie Porter

Swampthink

“We believe climate change is an existential threat. So, you know, children won’t — forget about clothes on their back. They’re not going to be able to have a life if we don’t deal with climate change.” —Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo when asked about inflation

“Price gouging needs to be stopped. … The Putin tax cut hike at the pump is part of this.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

“When I have conversations with people on the street … it is about, ‘Are we wearing masks or are we not wearing masks? When are kids’ vaccines going to be available?‘” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

And Last…

“In Joe Biden’s America, it seems like it’s easier to get a crack pipe in a government-funded smoking kit than it is to find baby formula.” —Congressman Mike Waltz

“Every 'gender identity’ other than ‘man’ and ‘woman’ is a euphemism for ‘narcissist.’” —Michael Knowles

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