March 17, 2023

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Peggy Flanagan, Douglas Andrews, and more.

Non Compos Mentis Award

“When our [gender-confused] children tell us who they are, it is our job as grown-ups to listen and to believe them. That’s what it means to be a good parent.” —Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan (“No it is not our job as grownups to simply believe whatever our children say. In fact our job very often is to do exactly the opposite.” —Matt Walsh)


“I don’t believe the deficit spending is one of the main causes of inflation.” —Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

The BIG Lies

“There were 550 companies of the Fortune 500 that made $40 billion that didn’t pay a penny … in taxes. … I said they ought to pay a minimum of 15%. … That’s less than you all pay. And guess what? It allowed me to cut the deficit.” —Joe Biden

“[Biden’s] economic agenda is fueling an unprecedented clean energy manufacturing boom that is bringing energy costs down.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“Everything that we have seen since June, when … Roe v. Wade … was taken away from women, puts women’s lives in danger. And now we’re seeing anti-abortion legislation across the country — again, dangerous to the health of women.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

Veep Thoughts

“It is important to understand what freedom and opportunity means to real people every day, which calls into question whether we’re all on the same page about what freedom means.” —Kamala Harris

“[Biden] is an extraordinary leader and I wish that people could see what I see.” —Kamala Harris

Re: The Left

“Black Lives Matter has taken up the Marxist mantle and is incorporating a Jesse Jackson-style extortion scheme through which BLM threatens to call people racist and damage their reputations or businesses in order to get the funding it desires. The Claremont Institute has been able to track at least $82.9 billion in ‘donations’ or ‘pledges’ by individuals and companies to BLM. … The reasoning [leftist] companies have behind bending to the grift (as if giving money will ultimately protect them, which it won’t) isn’t as scary as the political and cultural ramifications of the riots, bullying, lying, and indoctrination that BLM is bringing about.” —Emmy Griffin

“Blacks now make up less than 6% of [San Francisco’s] population but an estimated 38% of its homeless people. If the do-gooders running the city want to actually do good, they’d clean up the city, make it safe, and free its residents of the draconian one-party tyranny that has plagued it for so long. … For several years now, San Francisco has only exported its residents. We’d say the pain is starting to open some minds except that enacting reparations will likely only accelerate that exodus.” —Nate Jackson

“Calling individuals ‘people of color’ is literally no different than saying ‘colored people,’ but they’ve trained you to be good little sheep who use the first term because they added a preposition to make it sound nicer.” —Joel Abbott

For the Record

“The cost of Joe Biden’s open border is incalculable, and not only in terms of the human and financial costs. Even harder to calculate is the cost to the American fabric, which is irrevocably altered over weeks and months and years and generations as an influx of people unlike any in American history is forcibly distributed across the land, often without notice and in the dead of night. Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states, ‘The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion’ (emphasis ours). Maybe Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats should revisit the oaths they took.” —Douglas Andrews

“As the Reason Foundation reported in 2020, ‘Inflation-adjusted K-12 education spending per student has increased by 280 percent since 1960.’ … But trust us: Our kids haven’t gotten 280% smarter since 1960. Indeed, now we’re learning that they’ve gotten demonstrably dumber. A new study suggests that, for the first time in nearly 100 years, the American people’s average IQ is declining, with the greatest difference in annual IQ scores being in the 18-22 age group. … Trillions of dollars have been pumped into our nation’s public schools and universities for decades, and this is what we’re getting. If ever a moment was ripe for a hostile conservative takeover of Big Education, this is it. —Douglas Andrews

"The reality of abortion is dark and leaves women hurt and ashamed while abortion facilities continue to profit. Abortion is a lucrative industry preying on misinformed or desperate women.” —Scarlen Valderaz

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