Jordan Candler / January 24, 2023

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Seth Dillon, Eva Vlaardingerbroek, Dick Durbin, and more.

Insight

“Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does.” —Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

For the Record

“The GOP’s renewed interest in limiting the size and scope of the federal government is both warranted and welcome: The $31 trillion national debt is an ugly 124 percent of Gross Domestic Product. Multitrillion-dollar deficits are expected for years to come. Debt of this size is a mark of national decline. It invites harmful tax increases on work, savings, and investment; requires high interest payments that crowd out spending on defense and erode U.S. primacy; and saddles future generations with burdensome obligations. It is a national security threat that deserves to be taken seriously.” —Matthew Continetti

“If one assumes that current tax cuts will be extended, balancing the budget would require slashing $12 trillion in scheduled spending over the decade, and $2.7 trillion in 2032 alone. That means eliminating one-third of all projected federal spending a decade from now.” —Brian Riedl

Upright

“If autonomy justifies abortion, then it would also justify killing burdensome infants, toddlers, and teens. The reason autonomy fails to justify murdering offspring of any age is because parents have both a moral and legal obligation to self-sacrificially care for their children. Few things are more demanding on a woman’s body than a newborn. Infants require round-the-clock care and attention. Yet we rightly condemn new mothers who discard their babies in a dumpster. Why? Because the right of a precious baby to live supersedes his mother’s autonomy.” —Seth Dillon

“I’m against vaxx mandates, because it’s my body, so my choice. Not the government’s. I’m pro-life, because the unborn life is a separate human being; and suggesting otherwise is both intellectually & morally dishonest. It is not my body, therefore it is not my choice. Simple.” —Eva Vlaardingerbroek

“If you were more upset … about Tony Dungy being pro-life than two pedophiles in Georgia pimping out their child, re-evaluate your life and find God.” —CJ Pearson

The BIG Lies

“I visited the border earlier this month, the first time as president. I’ve been there before, but for the first time as president.” —Joe Biden (“The reality is that prior to his recent visit, Biden had never visited the border in his 50-year political career.” —Joel B. Pollak)

“House Republicans are using their narrow majority to force the American people to pay higher gas prices.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“The Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact.” —California Governor Gavin Newsom

Braying Jenny

“We are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” —Kamala Harris (“What happened to the first and foremost of those rights — the right without which the others are meaningless? What happened to the right to life?” —Douglas Andrews)

“Republicans in Congress are now calling for a nationwide abortion ban. Some even from the moment of conception. … How dare they! How dare they!” —Kamala Harris

Friendly Fire

“I’m concerned. There’s a standard we follow when it comes to members of Congress and classified information. To think that any of [Biden’s classified documents] ended up in boxes in storage one place or the other is just unacceptable.” —Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)

“It’s unbelievable how this can happen. It’s totally irresponsible.” —Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

And Last…

“That there are hundreds of millions of guns in America and that there are very little records of who has them and where they are and thus they are impossible to get rid of is sort of the point.” —Frank J. Fleming

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