Jordan Candler / October 13, 2022

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jamie Dimon, Karine Jean-Pierre, Ashish Jha, and more.

Insight

“In a system of free trade and free markets poor countries — and poor people — are not poor because others are rich. Indeed, if others became less rich the poor would in all probability become still poorer.” —Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

Observations

“Looking back at that Tea Party wave of twelve years ago, it is hard to judge it as anything but a failure. It did not fundamentally change Washington. Its priorities did not shift the GOP conference in either house. And if the ultimate policy ramifications of this sweeping change amounted to little more than a brief financial sequestration, that says a great deal about how little impact the wave ultimately had on the Republican Party.” —Ben Domenech

“Stop being shocked when mainstream liberals express their desire to see their political adversaries not only censored by a union of state and corporate power but also imprisoned. The crux of American liberalism is authoritarianism.” —Glenn Greenwald

For the Record

“Democrats and their media allies are sounding the alarm that the Supreme Court is ‘dismantling’ the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Washington Post warns that this term, the court will likely strip Black voters of their right to elect someone ‘who represent(s) them.’ Don’t believe it. Truth is, the Democratic Party has converted the Voting Rights Act into a scam. Twenty-two congressional districts in the United States are engineered to guarantee that Black voters are in the majority. These rigged districts elect Democrats every time, without fail, though not always a Black Democrat. (Democrat Rashida Tlaib was elected from Michigan’s Black-majority 5th Congressional District.) Not one of these racially gerrymandered districts elects a Republican. Ever. Twenty-two rigged districts — that’s nearly three times the size of the Democrats’ majority in the House.” —Betsy McCaughey

“President Biden and Democrats in Congress are furious at Saudi Arabia for pushing the OPEC cartel to reduce oil production, and they’re threatening ‘consequences.’ The ingenious plan seems to be to tell the Saudis that unless they do what Mr. Biden wants, the U.S. will shoot itself in the head.” —The Wall Street Journal

“We have it completely backwards, and in my view America should have been pumping oil and gas. … America needs to play a real leadership role. America is the swing producer, not Saudi Arabia. And we should have gotten that right starting in March.” —JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon

The BIG Lies

“I say this as a father of a man who … lost his life in Iraq.” —President Joe Biden (“Beau Biden died of brain cancer on May 30, 2015, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, rather than in Iraq.” —Newsweek)

“When a Democrat says something racist or anti-Semitic, we hold them — we hold Democrats — accountable. When a MAGA Republican says something racist or anti-Semitic, they are embraced by cheering crowds and become celebrated.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“What we’re seeing is an economy that doesn’t define what a recession would look like.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

Snake Oil

“We know that vaccines have made a tremendous impact on keeping kids healthy, out of the hospital. … What I’m going to do is I’m going to get my 10-year-old the new updated COVID vaccine and I’m going to encourage every parent I know to do the same.” —White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha

And Last…

“The solution to secure our borders is simple: Allow Border Patrol agents to do their jobs and impeach Alejandro Mayorkas.” —Congresswoman Mayra Flores

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