State of Montana secondary Archives: on Budget & Economy


Mark Perea: Government stimulus is repugnant in a free country

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, `Stimulus better than market-led recovery`?

A: Oppose; stimulus is a government solution which is repugnant in a free country.˙ The free-market will not only help to bring about recovery but will also minimize recession--but only if it is a truly free market without monopolies and monopolistic mega-corporations that espouse anti-competitive practices.

Source: Email interview on 2016 MT Governor's race with OnTheIssues Nov 3, 2015

Conrad Burns: Control the budget throttle by not raising taxes

Q: Your view on tax cuts versus deficit spending?

BURNS: His record is very clear on that, and my record is very clear also. I don’t vote for tax increases.

TESTER: Sen. Burns talks about how he doesn’t raise taxes. He’s spending more money than the economy is growing--that’s putting a tax burden on our children. If you think that’s a way to do business, it certainly wouldn’t have worked on our farm. You are a borrow-and-spender, that’s unequivocal.

BURNS: You said to some students, “I want to lower your tuition.“ Since you’ve been in the senate, tuition has gone of 48%. I have no control over that--you do, with the board of regents. You’ve got your hand on the throttle.

TESTER: You want to talk about a throttle--your hand on the throttle has doubled the national debt in 5 years. On our kids! If my folks had done that on our farm, they’d have lost the farm. You’re running this country into bankruptcy. China’s buying our debt, because he can’t balance our checkbook.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

Jon Tester: Borrow-and-spend policy puts burden on our children

Q: Your view on tax cuts versus deficit spending?

BURNS: His record is very clear on that, and my record is very clear also. I don’t vote for tax increases.

TESTER: Sen. Burns talks about how he doesn’t raise taxes. He’s spending more money than the economy is growing--that’s putting a tax burden on our children. If you think that’s a way to do business, it certainly wouldn’t have worked on our farm. You are a borrow-and-spender, that’s unequivocal.

BURNS: You said to some students, “I want to lower your tuition.“ Since you’ve been in the senate, tuition has gone of 48%. I have no control over that--you do, with the board of regents. You’ve got your hand on the throttle.

TESTER: You want to talk about a throttle--your hand on the throttle has doubled the national debt in 5 years. On our kids! If my folks had done that on our farm, they’d have lost the farm. You’re running this country into bankruptcy. China’s buying our debt, because he can’t balance our checkbook.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

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