Jordan Candler / August 9, 2022

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Tom Cotton, Richard Blumenthal, Barack Obama, and more.

For the Record

“The raid of [Mar-a-Lago] is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

“I’ve seen enough. The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization. When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.” —House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy

“We are truly living in a situation where the FBI has become a praetorian guard from Rome where they take it unto themselves to decide who wields power in this country.” —former senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller

“This administration has used the weaponization of the justice system against its political enemies. It’s arrested people, denied them bail, put them in handcuffs — used all kinds of techniques that are not usually applied to American citizens. … Raids are a last resort, but today, in many instances, it’s being used as a first resort. … We want to make sure what’s being done here is something that Democrats would not oppose if it were being done to Democratic operatives as well. I don’t think it passes the test.” —law professor Alan Dershowitz

“They’re saying they raided Trump’s home because he had classified documents. This already makes little sense because Trump, as president, had the power to declassify literally anything he wanted, whenever he wanted.” —Matt Walsh

“I’m more worried about inflation tonight than I was last night … And I think it’s misleading not to see things that way. There’s nothing in [the July jobs] report to suggest that we’re getting inflation under control — rather the opposite … The principal problem of the economy for some time has been inflation.” —former Obama economic adviser Larry Summers

“[The Inflation Reduction Act is] a very partisan bill. There’s no agreement on any of these policies. We know that with certainty by looking at the vote. … Naming it ‘anti-inflation’ is a joke. This is going to very inflationary almost immediately because we’re printing billions of dollars.” —entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary

“87,000 new IRS agents, higher taxes, and a massive green energy slush fund. Anyone who says this bill reduces inflation is lying.” —Senator Tom Cotton

“There are 724 billionaires in the US and 87,000 new IRS agents. They’re not going after the rich, cupcakes. They’re coming for you.” —Hannah Cox

The BIG Lies

“The idea that there’s gonna be this army of IRS agents descending on the average American is just preposterous.” —Senator Richard Blumenthal (“Last year, the IRS audited poorer Americans FIVE TIMES MORE than everyone else.” —Republican National Committee)

“It should be called the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ because that’s exactly what it’s going to do. It is an anti-inflation bill.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

A Trip Down Memory Lane

“You don’t want to take money out of the economy when the economy is shrinking.” —Senator Chuck Schumer, 2008

“When the economy is in decline, you don’t want to raise overall taxes.” —Chuck Schumer, 2008

“No one is going to want to raise taxes when we have a recession.” —Chuck Schumer, 2008

“In an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.” —then-Senator Barack Obama, 2008

“The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession." —then-President Barack Obama, 2009

"I don’t think during a time of recession you mess with any of the taxes or increase any taxes.” —then-West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, 2010

And Last…

“Democrats are celebrating a bill that raises taxes on the middle class and sneaks in climate subsidies under pretend inflation reduction. This is like a football coach dumping the Gatorade on himself after losing 55-10. How embarrassing.” —Jimmy Failla

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