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Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story, by Gov. Nikki Haley


Obamanomics, by John R. Talbott, published July 1, 2008


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Mitt Romney: An Inside Look, by R.B. Scott


I Ain't Got Time To Bleed, by Gov. Jesse Ventura


The Promise: President Obama, Year One, by Jonathan Alter


The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul (Feb. 22, 2011)


Saving Freedom, by Sen. Jim DeMint


Now Or Never, by Sen. Jim DeMint


No Apology, by Gov. Mitt Romney


Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper


Confidence Men, by Ron Suskind


American Conspiracies, by Gov. Jesse Ventura


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2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com, July 21, 2011


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Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games


To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine, by Newt Gingrich


To Renew America, by Newt Gingrich


The Path to Prosperity, by Paul Ryan


The Party's Over, by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist


Obama's Challenge, by Robert Kuttner


Do the Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee



America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson


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Why She Will Win, by Ron Paul Jones (May 21, 2011)


What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe and Steve Kettman


Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, by Amanda Carpenter


The Unique Voice of Hillary Clinton


The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by Joe McGinniss


How Bill Clinton Won, by Bob Woodward


Ten Letters, by Eli Saslow


Tea Party Patriots, by Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin


Don't Start the Revolution Without Me!, by Jesse Ventura & Dick Russell


Seven Principles of Good Government: Gary Johnson


Obama: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell


Romney vs. Obama On the Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org


Gingrich vs. Paul On the Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org


Bachmann vs. Palin On the Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org


Obama and the Empire, by Former Cuban President Fidel Castro


Jeb: America's Next Bush, by S.V. Date


Newt! Leader of the Second American Revolution, by Dick Williams


My Life, by Bill Clinton


Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, by Joyce Purnick


A Life of Trial and Redemption, by Jules Witcover


Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal


Kids Who Kill, by Mike Huckabee


Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson


Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin


The Freedom Agenda, by Senator Mike Lee


Fortunate Son, by J. H. Hatfield


A Fighting Chance, by Sen. Elizabeth Warren


End the Fed, by Ron Paul


Do I Stand Alone, by Jesse Ventura


Decision Points, by George W. Bush


Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove


Character IS the Issue, by Mike Huckabee


Change We Can Believe In


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And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since, by Charles Rangel


The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama


The Art of the Deal, by Donald Trump


The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump


America by Heart, by Sarah Palin


Jeb Bush: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert E. Crew


Survey of 2012 Presidential contenders' campaign websites


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Joe Biden on Budget & Economy
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 20 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Reduce spending by $1T; increase taxes by $600B; cut debt. (Feb 2013)
  • Increase debt ceiling & Commission on Fiscal Responsibility. (Sep 2011)
  • As banks become profitable, start fundamental reforms. (Sep 2011)
  • 1996: Accused of sweetheart deal on sale of personal home. (Oct 2010)
  • Obama’s economic plan focuses on middle class. (Oct 2008)
  • Deregulation got us into the housing crisis. (Oct 2008)
  • Balancing budget is about priorities; GOP made wrong choices. (Dec 2007)
  • Save Pentagon spending by getting the troops out of Iraq. (Dec 2007)
  • More transparency for hedge funds and private equity funds. (Aug 2007)
  • Invest in new programs by ending war & eliminating tax cuts. (Apr 2007)

    Bailout + Stimulus

  • $90B stimulus program had only 0.4% waste. (Oct 2012)
  • We inherited a god-awful mess; just level the playing field. (Oct 2012)
  • TARP stuck in our throats, but it worked. (May 2010)
  • Recovery Act is slowly making progress, but not good enough. (Feb 2010)
  • FactCheck: McCain didn’t “lurch” from “strong” to “crisis”. (Oct 2008)
  • Bail out Fannie & Freddie, fairly, to stabilize market. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Mike Bloomberg on Budget & Economy
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 3 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • 2008: Wall Street executives deserve bonuses. (Sep 2010)
  • Turned NYC’s $5 billion deficit into a $4 billion surplus. (Jun 2007)
  • Balanced $6B deficit with higher property taxes. (Oct 2005)
John Bolton on Budget & Economy
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  • Cure for recession is increasing private-sector activity. (May 2012)
Jeb Bush on Budget & Economy
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 11 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • $787B economic plan: whole lot of spending & not stimulative. (Feb 2014)
  • Stimulus more related to liberal agenda than stimulus. (Feb 2014)
  • Bipartisan compromise to reduce the deficit significantly. (Dec 2012)
  • Mortgage bankers got us into this mess; they should solve it. (Oct 2011)
  • Florida budget grew by 27% during Bush's terms. (Dec 2009)
  • Bank bailouts were needed to avoid financial unraveling. (Aug 2009)
  • OpEd: 1990 S&L bailout included $4M to Jeb. (Feb 2007)
  • 1988: Lost $4M in taxpayer bailout of failed Savings & Loan. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment. (Nov 1998)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Ben Carson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Let the economy work the way it's supposed to. (Jan 2014)
  • The free market works. (Jan 2014)
  • 1990s deregulation paved way for 2008 economic meltdown. (Jan 2012)
  • Cut every agency spending by 10%, with no exceptions. (Jan 2012)
Hillary Clinton on Budget & Economy
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 31 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Government action to tackle recession, not tax cuts. (Feb 2008)
  • The economy is not working for middle class families. (Jan 2008)
  • We need immediate relief for home heating & housing crisis. (Jan 2008)
  • No evidence as to how Obama would pay for new programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Foreclosure moratorium mitigates agony; doesn’t prolong it. (Jan 2008)
  • 90-day moratorium on foreclosures; freeze interest rates. (Jan 2008)
  • Call for a moratorium on housing foreclosures for 90 days. (Jan 2008)
  • Freeze mortgage interest rates for five years. (Jan 2008)
  • Look back to 1990s to see how I’d be fiscally responsible. (Dec 2007)
  • Help people facing foreclosure; don’t just bail-out banks. (Aug 2007)
  • Balanced budget replaced with rising costs & falling wages. (Jun 2007)
  • 2000: Eight years of a great economy is not enough. (Jan 2007)
  • Last six years were challenging; let’s try a new direction. (Oct 2006)
  • Co-sponsored bills totaling $502B in spending thru 2005. (Oct 2006)
  • Use tax dollars to upgrade infrastructure, not for stadium. (Oct 2000)
  • Pay down debt & cut taxes within balanced budget. (Sep 2000)
  • Stimulate upstate economy by more local decision-making. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports Niagara casino, but prefers job creation strategy. (Sep 2000)
  • Protect next generation by paying off national debt. (Aug 2000)
  • We have outlived the usefulness of Bretton Woods. (Jun 1999)
  • The economy creates consumers but cannot create citizens. (Jun 1999)
  • Invest in people instead of “smokestack chasing”. (Feb 1997)

    Voting Record

  • Voted to limit credit card interest to 30%. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Consistently against making bankruptcy stricter. (Jan 2008)
  • 2005 bankruptcy bill was by big credit cards & lenders. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
Ted Cruz on Budget & Economy
Click here for 10 full quotes by Ted Cruz OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Lost Generation: Obama agenda hammers young people. (Mar 2014)
  • Balanced budget amendment to stop bankrupting our country. (Mar 2014)
  • Choice is more federal spending, or free markets & liberty. (Aug 2012)
  • FactCheck: Yes, gross federal debt now exceeds GDP. (Aug 2012)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports a constitutional BBA. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • by the Club for Growth, for pro-growth stances. (Oct 2012)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
Andrew Cuomo on Budget & Economy
Democratic Governor
Click here for 4 full quotes by Andrew Cuomo OR click here for Andrew Cuomo on other issues.
  • Economic Blueprint: growth via development projects. (Jan 2012)
  • 1990s HUD: Sued banks to make more mortgage loans. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: 2001 HUD Fannie/Freddie policy led to mortgage crisis. (Apr 2010)
  • Upstate economy will be a priority, not “caboose”. (Mar 2002)
Rahm Emanuel on Budget & Economy
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee
Click here for 8 full quotes by Rahm Emanuel OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Economy was in freefall in 2008; we're still recovering. (Sep 2012)
  • Served on Freddie Mac board prior to 2005 economic meltdown. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
Newt Gingrich on Budget & Economy
Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House
Click here for 27 full quotes by Newt Gingrich OR click here for Newt Gingrich on other issues.
  • We balanced the budget four times in the 1990s. (Jan 2012)
  • We balanced the budget four times in the 1990s. (Jan 2012)
  • Ron Paul's economic stances compared to Gingrich's. (Jan 2012)
  • Don't bail out Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae; break them up. (Dec 2011)
  • Dodd-Frank kills small business & small banks. (Nov 2011)
  • Only leadership can balance the budget. (Sep 2011)
  • Modernizing government would save $500B per year in waste. (Sep 2011)
  • No sequel to failed stimulus & job-killing policies. (Sep 2011)
  • The Fed's secrecy & power are antithetical to a free society. (Sep 2011)
  • Put people back to work to raise revenues without taxes. (Sep 2011)
  • The Super-committee is as dumb an idea as I've ever heard. (Aug 2011)
  • It's a scandal that the Federal Reserve is secret. (Aug 2011)
  • Federal government pays at least $150B a year to crooks. (Jul 2011)
  • Putting people in houses they can't afford invites disaster. (May 2010)
  • Microlending efficiently gets money to local entrepreneurs. (May 2010)
  • Insure banks rather than pass out checks. (Apr 2010)
  • 1995-97: Pushed for (and got) capital gains tax cut. (Apr 2010)
  • Bailout combines bad policy with worst of Detroit's decay. (Jul 2009)
  • 1995 budget: cut taxes, regulations, & spending. (Aug 2008)
  • 1995: Eliminate the annual federal deficit in 7 years. (Nov 2005)
  • Negotiated 1998 budget: first one balanced since 1969. (Jun 2004)
  • Balancing budget is morally AND financially right. (Jul 1996)
  • Focus on customers; use employee knowledge. (Jul 1995)
  • Achieve balanced budget by 2002. (Jan 1995)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Nikki Haley on Budget & Economy
Click here for 8 full quotes by Nikki Haley OR click here for Nikki Haley on other issues.
  • Trained as bookkeeper for family business at age 12. (Apr 2012)
  • 2009: Reject stimulus funds because it creates new costs. (Apr 2012)
  • S.C. budget was perfect example of unaccountable government. (Apr 2012)
  • Stimulus funds come with too many strings attached. (Apr 2012)
  • It's the people's money; government has no prior claim. (Apr 2012)
  • No debt-ceiling increase without spending cuts & caps. (Apr 2012)
  • It's time for truth in budgeting; & government spending cap. (Jan 2012)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Mike Huckabee on Budget & Economy
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 18 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • 2007 economy ok for the rich; but working class struggled. (Nov 2008)
  • Infrastructure projects: start immediately, for stimulus. (Feb 2008)
  • We’re worse off than in 2000, due to Congress’ over-spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Rebates of $150 billion help China; widening I-95 helps US. (Jan 2008)
  • I steered AR from $200M deficit to an $850M surplus. (Jan 2008)
  • Recessions “trickle-up”--working class hit first & hardest. (Jan 2008)
  • Infrastructure investment causes long-term economic stimulus. (Jan 2008)
  • Stimulus plan is $150B from China, to spend on Chinese goods. (Jan 2008)
  • Fuel prices & subprime mortgages possibly cause recession. (Jan 2008)
  • Do things differently so people need not sacrifice. (Dec 2007)
  • To reduce spending, get rid of IRS & revamp DHS. (Nov 2007)
  • Rein in out-of-control spending and balance the budget. (Sep 2007)
  • Created state surplus in AR; cut spending to do same for US. (Sep 2007)
  • Economic prosperity is accompanied by moral bankruptcy. (Jun 1998)
  • Use cost-benefit analyses on all programs. (Sep 1997)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Protect local milk supplies with Southern Dairy Compact. (Sep 2001)
Jon Huntsman on Budget & Economy
Republican UT Governor
Click here for 5 full quotes by Jon Huntsman OR click here for Jon Huntsman on other issues.
  • Italy is too big to fail; shrink 6 US banks that are too big. (Nov 2011)
  • Clear out the cobwebs; debt is a cancer. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Huntsman offers most pro-growth proposal ever. (Sep 2011)
  • I'm gonna do for the US what I did for Utah. (Aug 2011)
  • I stood up for debt ceiling increase and against default. (Aug 2011)
Bobby Jindal on Budget & Economy
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 3 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Replace "obsession with zeroes" with growth strategy. (Mar 2013)
  • Invest the retirement benefits for teachers & state workers. (Mar 2008)
  • Encourage investment in our low-to-moderate income areas. (Mar 2008)
Gary Johnson on Budget & Economy
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 13 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • Lay out a process for state bankruptcies. (Aug 2012)
  • No bank bailout; no farm subsidies; no stimulus. (May 2012)
  • Cut federal budget by 43% to bring it into balance. (Feb 2012)
  • Trillion-dollar stimulus failed; so will another $450B? (Sep 2011)
  • We could have avoided default without raising debt ceiling. (Aug 2011)
  • Ending the fed OK, but that's only part of the solution. (Aug 2011)
  • Stop incurring more debt; balanced budget by 2013. (Jul 2011)
  • Our debt is greatest threat to our national security. (Jul 2011)
  • Opposed TARP, stimulus & Fannie Mae bailout. (Jul 2011)
  • End the Fed; they've devalued the dollar by printing money. (May 2011)
  • On verge of financial collapse unless we balance budget. (May 2011)
  • Balance budget by cutting entitlements AND Defense. (Apr 2011)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Peter King on Budget & Economy
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • $100 billion of budget cuts good; but more needs to be done. (Sep 2013)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Member of House Banking Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Martin O`Malley on Budget & Economy
Democrat
Click here for 2 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Obama inherited worst economy since the Great Depression. (Sep 2012)
  • Limit budget growth to below inflation. (Jan 2007)
Barack Obama on Budget & Economy
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 67 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for 33 older headlines OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Deficits cut in half, but still higher than 2008. (Jan 2014)
  • FactCheck: $2.5T deficit reduction is a debatable estimate. (Feb 2013)
  • $4T in deficit reduction: tax the top 1%. (Feb 2013)
  • Uphold full faith & credit of US; keep government open. (Feb 2013)
  • Home mortgage problems are holding back our economy. (Feb 2013)
  • After 10 years of war, it's time for nation-building at home. (Oct 2012)
  • Romney's plan will blow up the deficit or raise your taxes. (Oct 2012)
  • Economic patriotism instead of top-down policies. (Oct 2012)
  • $5T in tax cuts & $2T on defense is failed recipe from 2003. (Oct 2012)
  • Deficit came from two wars paid for on a credit card. (Oct 2012)
  • You elected me to tell the truth: The path ahead is hard. (Sep 2012)
  • House of cards collapsed in 2008; new rules now in place. (Jan 2012)
  • We don't need a Constitutional amendment to balance budget. (Jan 2012)
  • Obama economic stances compared to Romney. (Jan 2012)
  • Appoint bipartisan fiscal commission and re-establish PAYGO. (Jan 2010)
  • Some earmarks are defensible, if done in full light of day. (Jan 2010)
  • Some wealth of the last economic boom was illusory. (Sep 2009)
  • Bottom-up economics instead of trickle-down economics. (Jul 2008)
  • Focus on economic justice instead of macroeconomic policy. (Jul 2008)
  • OpEd: "Hope" translates into economic opportunity. (Jul 2008)
  • Take China “to the mat” about currency manipulation. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports federal programs to protect rural economy. (May 2004)
  • Freeze annual domestic spending for next five years. (Jan 2011)
  • The worst has passed, but the devastation remains. (Jan 2010)

    Financial Bailout

  • OpEd: Each bailout revealed more of Washington's inside game. (Apr 2012)
  • Push mortgage refinancing; banks repay deficit of trust. (Jan 2012)
  • Establish a Financial Crimes unit; end era of recklessness. (Jan 2012)
  • Recession because Wall St. and Washington failed us. (Oct 2011)
  • 2008 financial collapse: final verdict on failed philosophy. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Undermined message of restraint with new "investments". (Jul 2011)
  • OpEd: Economy recovering, but not feeling it on the street. (Jun 2011)
  • OpEd: Crisis means Obama won, but world's falling apart. (May 2010)
  • Worked on TARP & bank bailouts during 2008 transition. (May 2010)
  • We all hated the bank bailout; but it was necessary. (Jan 2010)
  • $1T avoided Depression; but I took office with $8T debt. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Obama's estimate of $8T deficit is closer to $3T. (Jan 2010)
  • G-20 produced "collective document" on global economy. (Apr 2009)
  • US will emerge from this recession, stronger than before. (Feb 2009)
  • Not enough to help those at the top: it doesn’t trickle down. (Oct 2008)
  • Pay attention to Main Street, not just Wall Street. (Sep 2008)
  • Regulate institutions for what they do, not what they are. (Aug 2008)
  • Free market needs proper government oversight. (Jul 2008)
  • Prosecute mortgager fraud; require full mortgage disclosure. (Jul 2008)
  • Latinos & blacks are hardest hit by housing & gas crises. (Jun 2008)
  • More accountability in subprime mortgages. (Feb 2008)
  • Help the homeowners actually living in their homes. (Jan 2008)
  • Accountability and oversight over the financial markets. (Jan 2008)
  • Modify some of the fraudulent & predatory lending practices. (Jan 2008)
  • Government regulation needed for when markets fail. (Aug 2007)

    Stimulus Package

  • We neglect nation-building here when we nation-build abroad. (Oct 2012)
  • OpEd: Stimulus bill derisively called "porkulus". (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: Stimulus vote turned GOP into "party of No". (Sep 2010)
  • Recovery Act averted a second Great Depression. (Jan 2010)
  • Across-the-board tax cuts wouldn't stimulate economy. (Jan 2010)
  • Increased spending comes from Bush's automatic stabilizers. (Jan 2010)
  • Spending freeze now would be destimulative; later is better. (Jan 2010)
  • Restore Pay-As-You-Go law. (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Stimulus trillions must be borrowed, printed, or taxed. (Nov 2009)
  • We’re in the worst financial crisis since Great Depression. (Sep 2008)
  • Spending freeze is like a hatchet where you need a scalpel. (Sep 2008)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against limiting credit to 30%, because 30% too high. (Jan 2008)
  • I opposed both the 2001 and 2005 bankruptcy bills. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
Sarah Palin on Budget & Economy
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 26 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • No budget for 4 years? No budget is no leadership. (Mar 2013)
  • Michele Bachmann economic stances compared to Palin. (Jan 2012)
  • 2009: Rejected $300M in federal stimulus aid. (Sep 2011)
  • "No thank you" to federal dollars with fat strings attached. (Nov 2010)
  • $3.8T budget is mind boggling, and they keep borrowing. (Feb 2010)
  • TARP is becoming a slush fund for big players. (Feb 2010)
  • First priority for GOP Congress: rein in spending. (Feb 2010)
  • Vetoed $25M stimulus earmark; Alaskans don't desire "help". (Nov 2009)
  • Live within our means; save for the future. (Nov 2009)
  • Economic mess from gov't interference in mortgage market. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: Praised Bush $700B bailout; opposed Obama's $787B. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: No, Alaska doesn't deny federal stimulus help. (Nov 2009)
  • Restraint of last two years should continue in tough times. (Jan 2009)
  • We suspended campaign to work on economic reform. (Oct 2008)
  • Predatory lenders got us into the housing crisis. (Oct 2008)
  • We should not reward poor financial decisions. (Sep 2008)
  • McCain’s experience makes him best judge in economic crisis. (Sep 2008)
  • Program of $1,200 to every Alaskan: spent on consumer goods. (Sep 2008)
  • Workforce fundamentals are strong; economy needs oversight. (Sep 2008)
  • Taxpayers cannot be looked to as Wall Street bailout. (Sep 2008)
  • Control spending by request if possible; by veto if needed. (Sep 2008)
  • $7 billion savings plan for education & transportation. (Dec 2007)
  • Reduced general fund spending by $124 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Aim to reduce general fund spending by $150 million. (Jan 2007)
  • Firm believer in free market capitalism. (Nov 2006)
  • Coordinate state tourism marketing but no additional funding. (Oct 2006)
Deval Patrick on Budget & Economy
Democrat
Click here for 6 full quotes by Deval Patrick OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • Trickle-down fantasies got us into recession to begin with. (Sep 2012)
  • Closed $9 billion budget gap. (Jan 2010)
  • We're broke, not poor: recession is temporary. (Jan 2009)
  • $1.1 in cuts in services this year, including many layoffs. (Jan 2009)
  • Focus on stimulating economic growth via local aid. (Sep 2006)
  • Focus on selling Massachusetts. (Sep 2005)
Rand Paul on Budget & Economy
Click here for 24 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it. (Oct 2013)
  • We cannot continue to borrow $50,000 per second. (Mar 2013)
  • Sequester doesn't cut spending; it just slows rate of growth. (Mar 2013)
  • FactCheck: US borrowing $30,000 per second, not $50,000. (Feb 2013)
  • Borrowing $50,000 per second is not sustainable. (Feb 2013)
  • America needs Adam Smith, not Robin Hood. (Feb 2013)
  • Penny Plan: Each $1 by one penny & balance budget by 2019. (Feb 2013)
  • Keep the sequester, and increase it to $4T. (Feb 2013)
  • Not every military dollar is necessary,nor every entitlement. (Aug 2012)
  • Roll back federal spending to 2008 levels. (Jan 2012)
  • We are borrowing $40,000 per second. (Jan 2012)
  • Government not serious about controlling spending. (Feb 2011)
  • Larger government is not a solution for economy. (Feb 2011)
  • Bank bailout represented everything wrong with Washington. (Feb 2011)
  • Debt crisis is approaching a point of no return. (Feb 2011)
  • Bank bailout was bad policy & helped no banks in KY. (Oct 2010)
  • No federal bailouts of private industry. (Jul 2010)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Sponsored bill increasing debt limit to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored auditing the Fed & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
  • Liberty Candidate: End the Federal Reserve. (Sep 2010)
Rick Perry on Budget & Economy
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • No debt-ceiling increase without spending cuts & caps. (Apr 2012)
  • The federal reserve is at the root of a lot of our problems. (Dec 2011)
  • Entitlement programs are $115 trillion; we must cut them. (Nov 2011)
  • I pushed TX to 2nd-lowest debt per capita in the US. (Oct 2011)
  • I've signed six balanced budgets in Texas. (Oct 2011)
  • Don't trade tax increases for spending cuts; BBA instead. (Oct 2011)
  • People are tired of spending on programs we don't want. (Sep 2011)
  • Using the Federal Reserve for political purposes is treason. (Sep 2011)
  • We cannot spend our way to prosperity. (Sep 2011)
  • Keynesian theory is now done; never again in America. (Sep 2011)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night. (Sep 2011)
  • Priorities: education; transportation; border; e-government. (Jan 2001)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rob Portman on Budget & Economy
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (OH-2)
Click here for 5 full quotes by Rob Portman OR click here for Rob Portman on other issues.
  • Budget director for President George W. Bush. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes the stimulus bill. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Condoleezza Rice on Budget & Economy
Secretary of State
Click here for 4 full quotes by Condoleezza Rice OR click here for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.
  • A nation losing control of finances loses control of destiny. (Aug 2012)
  • More spending cuts than tax increases. (Feb 2012)
  • Too much cut from international affairs budget. (Nov 2011)
  • US has not lost its edge; problems will work their way out. (May 2008)
Mitt Romney on Budget & Economy
Former Republican Governor (MA); presidential nominee-apparent
Click here for 33 full quotes by Mitt Romney OR click here for 13 older headlines OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • We have a choice of two paths: Obama or prosperity. (Oct 2012)
  • My five-point plan will get this economy going again. (Oct 2012)
  • Economy Tax: Middle-income families have lost $4,300. (Oct 2012)
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were source of housing bubble. (Jan 2012)
  • America needs less spending and more jobs. (Nov 2011)
  • We need president who understands how economy works. (Oct 2011)
  • Cap how much government can spend as a percentage of GDP. (Oct 2011)
  • Obama economy hurt middle class the most, so help them first. (Sep 2011)
  • Can't balance budget by cutting waste; must cut spending too. (Sep 2011)
  • The country needs a turnaround, and that's what I do. (Sep 2011)
  • Better that The Fed manages currency than Congress. (Sep 2011)
  • I understand how the economy works because I lived in it. (Sep 2011)
  • Let middle-income Americans save money tax-free. (Sep 2011)
  • 7 principles for leadership on the economy. (Aug 2011)
  • Don't ask "what can we cut" but "what should we keep". (Jun 2011)
  • Our lack of vision led to financial collapse & loss of $12T. (Mar 2010)
  • Strong economy makes superior defense AND citizen prosperity. (Mar 2010)
  • This recession has cost $12 trillion in net worth. (Feb 2009)
  • Apply Reaganomics to current recession: cut taxes & grow. (Jan 2008)
  • Make sure that we rein in spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Support some kind of national catastrophic fund. (Jan 2008)
  • Only someone who worked in private sector can fix economy. (Jan 2008)
  • Economic strength comes from people, not from Washington. (Dec 2007)
  • Cut deficit via waste, like 342 different economic programs. (Dec 2007)
  • Fundamentally change how Washington works, to reduce pork. (Nov 2007)
  • Washington is broken; needs fundamental change. (May 2007)
  • Balance state budget by removing waste and folderol. (Mar 2002)

    Bailout + Stimulus

  • Stimulus package declares war on free enterprise. (Nov 2011)
  • Obama's policies made economy & stock market worse. (Nov 2011)
  • Let foreclosures happen; let the market reboot. (Nov 2011)
  • QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth. (Sep 2011)
  • Bailout program wasted money; let companies go bankrupt. (Jun 2011)
  • US didn't bail out Wall St.; we prevented financial failure. (Mar 2010)
Marco Rubio on Budget & Economy
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  • Tax, borrow, & spend is not the way out of the recession. (Feb 2013)
  • Real problem is $1T deficit each year since 2009. (Feb 2013)
  • Oppose Obama stimulus package; it's bad for America. (Mar 2010)
  • Support balanced budget amendment and line-item veto. (Feb 2010)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
Paul Ryan on Budget & Economy
Republican nominee for Vice President; U.S. Rep. (WI-1)
Click here for 38 full quotes by Paul Ryan OR click here for Paul Ryan on other issues.
  • Tea Party helps keep the taxpayer in the game. (Dec 2013)
  • My budget deal got Democrats to agree to long-term sequester. (Dec 2013)
  • When Fed "tapers", interest rates rise & hurts us fiscally. (Dec 2013)
  • Sequester on discretionary spending yes; no on $1.2T savings. (Feb 2013)
  • A debt crisis is coming; we need leadership. (Oct 2012)
  • Real reforms for a real recovery for every American. (Oct 2012)
  • The Obama stimulus wasted $831B and the agenda failed. (Sep 2012)
  • Get America creating wealth again, not dividing up wealth. (Sep 2012)
  • FactCheck: S&P downgraded U.S. due to Congress, not Obama. (Aug 2012)
  • Solve $16 trillion debt before math & momentum overwhelm us. (Aug 2012)
  • FactCheck: Hometown SUV plant closed in '08,not due to Obama. (Aug 2012)
  • Bishops deny Ryan's "use of Catholic faith" as budget guide. (Apr 2012)
  • Mandatory spending cap as percentage of GDP. (Apr 2012)
  • On current fiscal path, US cannot afford superpower role. (Apr 2012)
  • Reduce deficit by $6.2T over 10 years with no tax increase. (Apr 2012)
  • CBO: Spending cuts & revenue increases make surplus by 2040. (Apr 2012)
  • Replace PAYGO with CUTGO: new spending must cut elsewhere. (Apr 2012)
  • FactCheck:Stimulus spending created between 1.4M & 3.6M jobs. (Jan 2011)
  • Stimulus spending spree created debt but few jobs. (Jan 2011)
  • America is on an unsustainable fiscal path. (Sep 2010)
  • Automatic stabilizer spending is mandatory spending. (Jan 2010)
  • Freeze spending now, rather than in future budget. (Jan 2010)
  • Road Map for America's Future: cut entitlement spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of the House Republican Economic Recovery Working Group. (Sep 2010)
  • Chair of House Budget Committee. (Mar 2011)
Bernie Sanders on Budget & Economy
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 8 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Rick Santorum on Budget & Economy
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 12 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • I opposed the Wall Street bailouts and the auto bailout. (Feb 2012)
  • 2005: Fannie & Freddie should create housing affordability. (Jan 2012)
  • Newt Gingrich's economic stances compared to Santorum's. (Jan 2012)
  • Spend-o-meter: track spending on all Senate amendments. (Jan 2012)
  • TARP was biggest government intrusion into private sector. (Oct 2011)
  • Govt has averaged 18% of GDP and we're now at 25%. (Aug 2011)
  • Audit the Fed; but no gold standard. (Aug 2011)
  • Stopping debt ceiling increase is showmanship not leadership. (Aug 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Donald Trump on Budget & Economy
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 5 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Prepare for upcoming crash, bigger than 1929. (Jul 2000)
  • Optimistic about future of Atlantic City. (Jul 1990)
  • Rent control only benefits a privileged minority. (Jul 1987)
  • One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt. (Nov 1999)
  • Predicts 35% boost to economy from eliminating national debt. (Nov 1999)
Jesse Ventura on Budget & Economy
Former Independent MN Governor
Click here for 12 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Balance American Dream with unfairness of capitalism. (Mar 2010)
  • Keep savings banks separate from speculative investments. (Mar 2010)
  • Return to staid banking: low-risk highly-regulated loans. (Mar 2010)
  • Entered governor race when legislature spent $4B surplus. (Apr 2008)
  • Government is no bottomless pit of money-it’s from you & me. (Jul 2000)
  • End pork-barrel spending; return surplus to the people. (Jan 1999)
  • Return any budget surpluses to the taxpayers automatically. (Jan 1999)
  • Government policy should facilitate business. (Jan 1999)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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