Jordan Candler / December 21, 2022

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Gary Bauer, Cal Thomas, Adam Schiff, and more.


“It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.” —Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

For the Record

“Father Frank Pavone is a fixture of the pro-life movement in America. At a time when so many faith leaders have been too timid on moral issues, Father Pavone is a fearless, unapologetic advocate for the sanctity of life. … Those of us who have had the honor of working with Father Pavone have known for some time now that he has occasionally clashed with the Catholic hierarchy. Nevertheless, we were stunned by the news this weekend that he was removed from the priesthood under orders from the Vatican. … Now contrast Father Pavone’s ‘firing’ with the recent reinstatement of Father Michael Pfleger, who was restored to his pulpit last week after being cleared of a second accusation of sexual abuse. Pfleger is legendary for his left-wing politics. He publicly supported Barack Obama, and even invited notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan to preach in his church!” —Gary Bauer

“Throughout history, three factors have contributed to a nation’s decline. One is massive national debt. The second is losing a shared sense of moral values. The third is uncontrolled immigration without assimilation. All three are now challenging the very existence of the country. Will no one enforce immigration laws? Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) had it right when he said: ‘Part of the problem is there are people in Washington, D.C., in positions of power to whom the border is just a nuisance, and I think some of them believe that illegal immigration is a moral good. It is not. It undermines legal immigration.’” —Cal Thomas

“There’s no pretense right now that either party cares too much about the hangover effect from binge spending. Congress has approved some $5 trillion of debt spending since COVID-19 hit these shores. That’s more money adjusted for inflation than Washington spent to win World War II. Worse, COVID-19 is long over, but the debt spending isn’t slowing down a bit. Biden has spent at a more financially ruinous pace than any president in modern times. But even with COVID-19 long over, Congress isn’t pulling back. The new pandemic in America is runaway spending debt. In a sane world, we would be searching under the sofa pillows for loose change and dollar bills to save money in bankrupt Washington.” —Stephen Moore

Grand Delusions

“The January 6 Committee did a tremendous job from beginning to end. … The fact that they were able to conduct this type of inquiry with such intense pressure and maintain the dignity of it all was incredible and I think will go down in history as one of the most important moments of congressional inquiry ever in the republic.” —Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

“The American people now understand that in the view of our committee, the former president committed serious crimes that the Justice Department needs to investigate.” —Congressman Adam Schiff

“I think [DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas] is very competent. He can do a good job. They just need to unleash him and let him do his job.” —Senator Joe Manchin

The BIG Lies

“Sadly, what we have seen in particular, I am sad to say, from Republicans in Congress is an unwillingness to engage in any meaningful [immigration] reform that could actually fix a lot of what we are witnessing." —VP Kamala Harris

"The fact is that the removal of Title 42 does not mean the border is open. Anyone who suggests otherwise is simply doing the work of these smugglers.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“It’s nice that some people, you know, idolize me and put me up on a pedestal, but I don’t get impressed by that. I never have.” —Dr. Anthony “I Am the Science” Fauci


“Admittedly, I’m pretty proud of the fact that with a Democratic president, a Democratic House, and a Democratic Senate, we were able to achieve through this omnibus spending bill essentially all of our priorities.” —Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

“Providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the number one priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans.” —Mitch McConnell

And Last…

“The GOP needs to stop asking what Joe Biden’s plan to deal with the end of Title 42 is. Guys, what’s happening IS the plan!” —John Cooper

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