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Bullshitters say I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start – And only because I won the Election! Donald Trump, 7:44 AM – 3 Mar 2019 © 2019
Capitalism The priority of capitalists is not the election of Republicans. It is the maintenance of public support for capitalism. If this is best achieved through some redistribution and regulation, it would not be the first time. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, March 13, 2019 © 2019
Cocks of the walk say Future plans— president of the United States 1988 From Roger Stone's 1970 high school yearbook © 2019
Cocks of the walk say I want to be in it. Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment. Beto O'Rourke, a month before announcing he's running for president © 2019
Facts The problem in western democracies is not mass confusion about points of fact. The problem is that, even when apprised of the facts, even when exposed to the most objectively persuasive arguments, millions of voters remain unmoved. In a blurring of the line between politics and sport, they have picked their team, and that is that. In other words: my president, right or wrong. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, March 7, 2019 © 2019
Fox News Fox's great insight wasn't necessarily that there was a great desire for a conservative point of view. The genius was seeing that there's an attraction to fear-based, anger-based politics that has to do with class and race. Blair Levin © 2019
Fox News It's changed a lot. Before, it was conservative, but it wasn't crazy. Now it's just propaganda. Bill Kristol © 2019
Fox News It's the closest we've come to having state TV. Nicole Hemmer © 2019
Freedom of the press A free press does not have to be repressed when it can be rendered irrelevant and even exploited for political gain. Christopher R. Browning, “The Suffocation of Democracy” © 2018
Government The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities. Abraham Lincoln © 2019
Immigration When natives have lots of children of their own, immigrants look like reinforcements. When natives have few children, immigrants look like replacements. No wonder that, according to a 2016 survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic, nearly half of white working-class Americans agree with this statement: “Things have changed so much that I often feel like a stranger in my own country.” David Frum, The Atlantic, April 2019 © 2019
Impeachment I'm not for impeachment. Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it. Nancy Pelosi © 2019
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019
Kwiplers say Enhance America's infrastructure (1) without privatizing it (2) without giving tax breaks and windfall profits to private investors (3) without issuing government bonds, which increases government debt and income inequality resulting from paying interest to bondholders by (1) contracting to build or improve assets of long-lasting public value, like roads, schools, parks, housing (2) printing money and paying for work as it's done © 2017
Politics America's political inclination is to distribute power rather than wealth. Edward Luce, Financial Times, March 7, 2019 © 2019
Populism Demagogues don't arise by talking about irrelevant issues. Demagogues rise by talking about issues that matter to people, and that more conventional leaders appear unwilling or unable to address: unemployment in the 1930s, crime in the 1960s, mass immigration now. Voters get to decide what the country's problems are. Political elites have to devise solutions to those problems. If difficult issues go unaddressed by responsible leaders, they will be exploited by irresponsible ones. David Frum, The Atlantic, April 2019 © 2019
Post-2018 Senate shituation 15 states (Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2018 population: 40,056,961 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,335,232 people 1 state (California) 2018 population: 39,776,830 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,888,415 people 19,888,415 / 1,335,232 = 16, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth 16 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 6% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2018 population = 573,720, therefore: 1 Senator per 286,860 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 69 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.4% of a Wyomian's © 2016
Public discourse There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, “M-Fer, I want more iced tea.” You know, I mean, everybody was — it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all. Bill O'Reilly, recounting his visit to Sylvia's, a famous restaurant in Harlem  © 2019
Selfie I play to people's fantasies. Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal © 2019
Snapshot [T]he Green New Deal is already branded in the public's mind. Just as Ms Ocasio-Cortez is known by her initials – AOC – her bill is already known by its shorthand, GND. Few politicians, or bills, make that distinction. Think of John F Kennedy (JFK) or Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). The fact that a 29-year-old former bar- tender has gone from zero to ubiquitous abbreviation in a few months tells us something about America's appetite for change. She is now the most influential figure in US politics after Mr Trump. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez portrayed by Edward Luce, Financial Times, February 15, 2019 © 2019
Snapshot He can't afford to lose Fox, because it's all he's got. Donald Trump portrayed by an unnamed former Fox host quoted by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker, March 8, 2019 © 2019
Trumpism This is a presidency marked by chaotic lurching actions that often make no sense, leaving even some top Trump appointees baffled. The political termites Trump has loosed into our government are a wrecking crew doing damage not so obvious because they eat away at the foundations of good government … This is a kakistocracy, a government of the worst people. The Trump administration can be described with three words: Dissemble, Dismantle, and Destroy. David Cay Johnston, It's Even Worse Than You Think © 2019
Trumpists What set them apart from other Republicans was their economic insecurity and their cultural anxiety. David Frum, Trumpocracy  © 2019
Trumpists say I think, most importantly, what you saw today is the same thing that we have said since day one: There is absolutely no evidence that Paul Manafort was involved with any collusion with any government official in Russia. Kevin Downing, Manafort's attorney, announcing Manafort had been sentenced to 47 months for bank and tax fraud in a trial where the judge declared that Manafort was “not before this court for anything having to do with collusion with the Russian government,” making his statement as misleading as saying, “Most importantly, there is no evidence that Paul Manafort raped Mrs. McGillicuddy in the kitchen with a Coke bottle.” © 2019
Trumpists say This guy's got more stamina  than anybody I've ever met. I mean, I thought I was in good shape. I mean, it's unbelievable. He's constantly doing things.  Steven Mnuchin © 2019
Trust  Trustworthiness before trust. Trust is the response. Trustworthiness is what we have to judge. Onora O'Neill © 2019
Welfare state There is a plausible future in which a more generous welfare state, funded by taxes on those who have been  enriched by a decade's asset inflation, drains some of the anti-capitalist pus from the body politic. There is no plausible future in which another round of unreconstructed supply-side economics does the same. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, March 13, 2019 © 2019