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Al Gore on Budget & Economy
Click here for 32 full quotes OR click here for 16 older headlines OR click here for 17 headlines from Gore's book Prosperity for America's Families OR click here for Al Gore on other issues.
  • Prosperity itself is on the ballot; keep “new-economy”. (Oct 2000)
  • Paying down debt reduces government intrusion. (Oct 2000)
  • After 8 years of prosperity, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”. (Oct 2000)
  • Prosperity results from current policy plus entrepreneurship. (Oct 2000)
  • Make hard choices to keep prosperity rolling. (Sep 2000)
  • Helping middle-class is goal of economic plan. (Sep 2000)
  • Lays out 10 goals in Prosperity for America’s Families plan. (Sep 2000)
  • Safeguard prosperity to reduce poverty. (Sep 2000)
  • Enable more families to save, own homes, and pay less tax. (Sep 2000)
  • Encourage “Retirement Savings Plus” accounts. (Sep 2000)
  • Confidence in markets & policy is basis for solid economy. (Apr 2000)
  • Economic slowdown would prompt Reinvention push. (Dec 1999)
  • Clinton-Gore budget concepts broke cycle of recession. (Dec 1999)
  • Low interest rates are a key to strong economy. (Oct 1999)

    Budget Surplus

  • Surest way to bust economy is Bush’s tax cuts. (Oct 2000)
  • Set aside $300B as a “Surplus Reserve Fund”. (Sep 2000)
  • $4.56 trillion spending plan for 10 years’ budget surplus. (Sep 2000)
  • Set aside one-sixth of surplus in case rosy estimates fail. (Sep 2000)
  • Free America from debt by paying down $3 trillion. (Sep 2000)
  • Use surplus to strengthen Social Security, Medicare. (Sep 2000)
  • Spend $164B surplus on Medicare, tax cuts, & debt. (Apr 2000)
  • Pay off the national debt by 2013. (Apr 2000)
  • Set aside 15-16% of budget surplus to fix Medicare. (Oct 1999)
  • Balance or surplus except in crises. (May 1999)

    Oil + Energy

  • Renewable energy instead of nuclear power. (Oct 2000)
  • Drilling ANWR too high a price for a few months of oil. (Oct 2000)
  • Tax incentives for development of renewable energy. (Oct 2000)
  • Release oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve. (Sep 2000)
  • $150B Energy Security and Environment Trust Fund. (Sep 2000)
  • Tax breaks for fuel efficiency will fuel prosperity. (Jun 2000)
  • New energy technology will lead to more prosperity. (Jun 2000)
  • Energy policy: focus on future tech & incentives. (Jun 2000)
Alan Keyes on Budget & Economy
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  • Can’t address budget deficit until we address moral deficit. (Aug 1995)
  • More $ for defense, NASA, parks; less for Ag, educ, arts. (Jan 2000)
  • Enforce spending limits to balance the budget. (Jan 2000)
  • Amend the Constitution to limit borrowing and spending. (Jan 1999)
  • Seeing people merely as consumers is bad for moral fiber. (May 1996)
Bill Bradley on Budget & Economy
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  • Define national interest in human terms, not economic terms. (Aug 2000)
  • Fiscal restraint, open markets, invest in future. (Aug 2000)
  • Prosperity is a means to an end; goal is solving problems. (Aug 2000)
  • Early supporter of simplifying taxes, cutting deficit & debt. (Jan 2000)
  • More for tech education since tech created surplus. (Jan 2000)
  • America’s prosperity must also benefit the poor. (Jan 2000)
  • Don’t raise taxes during economic downturns. (Dec 1999)
  • Re-appoint Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve chairman. (Aug 1999)
  • Open markets; low taxes; research investments. (May 1999)
Bill Clinton on Budget & Economy
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  • Longest Economic Expansion in US History. (Dec 2000)
  • Pay off National Debt to reduce interest payments for all. (Dec 2000)
  • Cut the deficit to lower interest rates. (Jan 1996)
  • Focus on education, investment, and change. (Jul 1980)
Christie Todd Whitman on Budget & Economy
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  • $7.3B EPA budget is part of right-sized federal budget. (Feb 28)
Colin Powell on Budget & Economy
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  • Government out of free marketplace & it’ll thrive. (Jan 1995)
  • Cut strategic oil stockpile; end Cold War spending. (Jan 1995)
Dan Quayle on Budget & Economy
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  • Congress, not Fed, should manage economy. (Aug 1999)
  • Greenspan should lower interest rates, and should retire. (Aug 1999)
Dick Cheney on Budget & Economy
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  • After 8 years inaction, must act based on rosy forecast. (Oct 2000)
  • Give responsible tax relief by returning 5% of surplus. (Oct 2000)
  • Increase domestic energy production without damage to land. (Oct 2000)
  • In 1980s, US needed limited spending for deficit & Cold War. (Jul 2000)
  • Budget surplus softens opposition to spending. (Jul 2000)
  • Supported Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1999)
  • Investment in defense brings economic growth. (Sep 1992)
  • Don’t fund domestic priorities by cutting defense. (Sep 1992)
  • Co-sponsored numerous bills for balancing the budget. (Jan 1986)
  • Supported biennial budgeting for deficit reduction. (Jan 1986)
Donald Trump on Budget & Economy
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  • 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)
Elizabeth Dole on Budget & Economy
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  • Farm economy needs more exports. (Jun 1999)
  • Re-appoint Greenspan to avoid inflation & unemployment. (Apr 1999)
  • Private enterprise created prosperity, not Clinton/Gore. (Apr 1999)
Gary Bauer on Budget & Economy
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  • More $ for defense & police; less $ for welfare & arts. (Jan 2000)
  • Support balanced budget spending limits. (Jan 2000)
  • Spend surplus on defense, debt, & Medicare; not education. (Jan 2000)
George Bush Sr. on Budget & Economy
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  • 1992 growth plan: deregulate & cut taxes. (Dec 2000)
George W. Bush on Budget & Economy
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  • More exploration, more nuclear, more energy research. (May 14)
  • Restore consumer confidence with tax cuts & new oil supplies. (Mar 28)
  • Proposes to shrink federal budget to 16% of GDP. (Mar 12)
  • Cut national debt by $2T in 10 years; leave $1.2T in debt. (Feb 27)
  • Too much government spending will end prosperity. (Nov 2000)
  • Despite prosperity, “It’s time for a change” in Washington. (Oct 2000)
  • Claims of Gore’s spending are based on inflated figures. (Oct 2000)
  • Claim of Gore’s 20,000 new bureaucrats is unlikely. (Oct 2000)
  • Claim of 1/4 for important projects is overestimate. (Oct 2000)
  • Prosperity results from entrepreneurship & ingenuity. (Oct 2000)
  • Private sector responsible for economic boom. (Aug 2000)
  • Make budget biennial; reinstate line-item veto; target pork. (Jun 2000)
  • $46B in new spending on health, education, & defense. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: remove obstacles to advancement. (Apr 2000)
  • Federal government should stay out of the marketplace. (Dec 1999)
  • Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth. (Apr 1999)
  • More job training; R&D tax credits. (Jul 1998)

    Budget Surplus

  • Surest way to bust economy is Gore’s enlarged government. (Oct 2000)
  • Don’t let Gore bring back big government; 200 new programs. (Sep 2000)
  • Bush’s budget: $265B left of surplus after 10 years. (Sep 2000)
  • Gore: Feds spend surplus; Bush: taxpayers spend it. (Aug 2000)
  • Spend $586B surplus on tax cuts, health, & defense. (Apr 2000)
  • 10-year surplus: $2T Social Security; $1T debt; $1T tax cut. (Jan 2000)
  • Use presidential power to get money away from Congress. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1998)

    Oil + Energy

  • Natural gas is hemispheric; find it in our own neighborhood. (Feb 13)
  • Clarify rules to allow for more nuclear power generation. (Oct 2000)
  • Better to drill ANWR than import oil from Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2000)
  • Replenish energy supplies with new domestic coal & pipelines. (Oct 2000)
  • Use ANWR fees for alternative energy and home oil help. (Oct 2000)
  • Look for oil in US rather than tap into emergency reserves. (Sep 2000)
  • Explore ANWR; explore for gas; reduce foreign dependence. (Jan 2000)
  • Wean from oil, via electric deregulation & natural gas. (Dec 1999)
Harry Browne on Budget & Economy
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  • Entire federal budget should be $100B, not $1.8T. (Sep 2000)
  • Return to the gold standard; end Federal Reserve. (Jun 2000)
  • Budget surplus is over-taxation, so return it all. (Jan 2000)
  • Decrease defense & police $; eliminate everything else. (Jan 2000)
  • Neither Dems nor Reps “reign in spending”. (Mar 1999)
  • Amendment: Limit spending to prior year’s revenue. (May 1996)
  • Against block grants; repeal income tax instead. (May 1996)
  • Priorities: cut budget; repeal income tax; pay off debt. (May 1996)
  • Great Depression was caused by federal monetary policies. (Jul 1995)
  • Politicians don’t want to reduce government. (Jul 1995)
  • Reduce budget from $1.5 trillion to $385 billion. (Jul 1995)
  • Get rid of $5 trillion debt by selling federal assets. (Jul 1995)
Hillary Clinton on Budget & Economy
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  • 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)
Howard Phillips on Budget & Economy
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  • No spending increases; no compromise. (Feb 2000)
  • Smaller budget-or no budget-is better than a balanced budget. (Sep 1999)
  • The Fed is an instrument for legalized plunder. (Sep 1999)
Jesse Ventura on Budget & Economy
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  • 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)
Jimmy Carter on Budget & Economy
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  • Failed to control inflation and unemployment. (Dec 2000)
  • Pushed alternative energy program to fight oil shortage. (Dec 2000)
John Ashcroft on Budget & Economy
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  • Helped balance budget; now pay down national debt. (Nov 2000)
  • Pay off the national debt. (Oct 1998)
John Hagelin on Budget & Economy
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  • Ideas drive growth--tap creativity via education. (Apr 2000)
  • More $ for environment; crime prevention; health care. (Jan 2000)
  • GDP inadequately measures quality of life. (Aug 1996)
  • Lessened taxation best for higher growth. (Aug 1996)
  • Restore fiscal growth policy over monetary policy. (Aug 1996)
  • Enterprise zones can aid inner cities. (Aug 1996)
John McCain on Budget & Economy
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  • Use veto power to reduce government spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Distribute surplus: 23% tax cuts; 62% Social Security. (Jan 2000)
  • $9B of pork in current budget bills; cut subsidies. (Oct 1999)
  • For Balanced Budget Amend., & off-budget Social Security. (Jul 1999)
  • List of budgetary spending priorities. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1998)
  • Apply surplus to Social Security, Medicare, tax cuts & debt. (Jul 1998)
Newt Gingrich on Budget & Economy
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  • Focus on customers; use employee knowledge. (Jul 1995)
Noam Chomsky on Budget & Economy
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  • Corporations are fascist and incompatible with democracy. (May 1994)
Pat Buchanan on Budget & Economy
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  • Return surplus to American people; end ‘bipartisan pig-out’. (Oct 2000)
  • Break up OPEC instead of Microsoft. (Sep 2000)
  • Dow crash is based on OPEC conspiracy. (Mar 2000)
  • Lethal projectile-the trade deficit-aimed at US workers. (Dec 1999)
  • Pay down debt; reduce federal share of economy. (Nov 1999)
  • Interventionist in US economy; isolationist abroad. (Sep 1999)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment & tax cuts. (Jun 1999)
Ralph Nader on Budget & Economy
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  • 47 million full-time workers make less than $10 an hour. (Oct 2000)
  • Use surplus to rebuild country & provide for communal needs. (Oct 2000)
  • Top priorities: Infrastructure; poverty; preventive health. (Jul 2000)
  • High gas prices are the fruit of corporate power. (Jun 2000)
  • People indicators are down despite good economic indicators. (May 2000)
  • Two-tiered economy is unhealthy & troubling. (May 2000)
  • Allow citizen lawsuits for waste in govt spending. (Feb 2000)
  • The economy is down, when measured by human yardsticks. (Feb 2000)
  • Fed worries wrongly about wage inflation over profits. (Nov 1999)
  • Spend surplus on public works & infrastructure. (Jul 1999)
  • GNP fails to measure quality of life. (Dec 1995)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Budget & Economy
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  • Race gap being replaced by class gap. (Jul 1999)
  • Working poor choose bear lottery over bull market. (Jul 1999)
  • Focus on poor building wealth, not just income. (Jul 1999)
  • Minorities should influence companies by being shareholders. (Jul 1999)
  • Lotteries disproportionately hurt the poor. (Jul 1999)
  • Back out of debt the same way we got in. (Aug 1995)
  • Economic justice & fairness over efficiency. (Jul 1991)
  • Reagan’s recovery was for corporations, not the poor. (Jul 1984)
Ronald Reagan on Budget & Economy
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  • Reaganomics: generate growth by stimulating the supply side. (Dec 2000)
  • U.S. economy does not need master planners, just freedom. (Dec 2000)
  • Are you better off now than you were four years ago? (Jul 1987)
  • Laffer curve appealed to Reagan’s beliefs, not his economics. (Jul 1987)
  • Supply-side economics gets govt out of the way of growth. (Jul 1987)
  • Stockman’s plan: cut taxes & encourage defense growth. (Jul 1987)
Ross Perot on Budget & Economy
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  • Weak dollar means weak America. (Jul 1996)
  • Lack of Balanced Budget Amendment caused dollar’s decline. (Jul 1996)
  • Idea for Balanced Budget Amendment began in 1787. (Jul 1996)
  • Balanced Budget in 1970s equals $15,500 more income now. (Jul 1996)
  • Tax incentives to encourage corporate & personal savings. (Jul 1996)
  • Stabilize dollar with central bank intervention. (Jul 1996)
  • United We Stand America: Focus on economy & debt. (Jan 1993)
  • Limit power to tax; expand power to intervene in market. (Nov 1992)
  • More federal involvement in business. (Nov 1992)
  • Change rules to foster small business investment & growth. (Jul 1992)
Rudy Giuliani on Budget & Economy
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  • Economic development requires maintenance. (Jan 2000)
  • Fiscal responsibility turned $2B deficit into $2B surplus. (Dec 1999)
  • Record tourism based on revitalization. (Dec 1999)
  • Entertainment revitalization contributes to economy. (Dec 1999)
Steve Forbes on Budget & Economy
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  • Conservative economics: flat tax, less govt, Greenspan out. (Dec 1999)
  • Fed’s bizarre theory: prosperity causes inflation. (Dec 1999)
  • We should create wealth, not redistribute it. (Nov 1999)
  • Link dollar to gold to avoid inflation. (Nov 1999)
  • Free markets, free elections, free trade, free people. (Oct 1999)
  • Maintain budget caps until Social Security is saved. (May 1999)
  • Cut taxes & interest rates to avoid Asian recession. (May 1999)
  • Fed’s deflation policy worsened Asian currency crisis. (Aug 1997)
  • Set money supply via gold prices to lower interest rates. (Nov 1995)
Tommy Thompson on Budget & Economy
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  • Build the roads and the jobs follow. (Jan 31)
  • Vetoed 255 spending bills totalling $43M. (Dec 2000)


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