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



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2010: Take Back America, by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann



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Obama: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell



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



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



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



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



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A Fighting Chance, by Sen. Elizabeth Warren



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Decision Points, by George W. Bush



Character IS the Issue, by Mike Huckabee



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Blue Collar Conservatives, by Senator Rick Santorum (R. PA)



The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama



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



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Roseanne Barr on Budget & Economy
Peace and Freedom Party nominee for President
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  • Federal Reserve stole our money and our future. (Aug 2012)
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)
Jeb Bush on Budget & Economy
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 14 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • They called me "Veto Corleone" because I vetoed so much. (Aug 2015)
  • We've achieved 4% growth 27 times; I will make it 28. (Aug 2015)
  • 6-year recovery has been slower than other comebacks. (Feb 2015)
  • $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
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  • 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)
Lincoln Chafee on Budget & Economy
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
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  • Widening disparity of wealth hurts the middle class. (Apr 2015)
  • 100-Day, 10-Point Economic Plan for RI development. (Nov 2010)
  • Reinstitute pay-as-you-go: match tax cuts & spending cuts. (Sep 2006)
  • Pork barrel accounts for 1% of the budget, and is requested. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
Hillary Clinton on Budget & Economy
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 22 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 10 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • We need bankruptcy reform, but we need the right kind. (Aug 2014)
  • 1998: Personally lobbied Congress against bankruptcy bill. (Apr 2014)
  • The economy is not working for middle class families. (Jan 2008)
  • Look back to 1990s to see how I’d be fiscally responsible. (Dec 2007)
  • Balanced budget replaced with rising costs & falling wages. (Jun 2007)
  • 2000: Eight years of a great economy is not enough. (Jan 2007)
  • 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)
  • 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
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  • Top 1% under Obama got fat & happy while workers are hurting. (Feb 2015)
  • 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)
Carly Fiorina on Budget & Economy
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  • Stimulus package is a failure; more tax cuts instead. (Oct 2010)
  • Key to recovery is less government, taxation, & regulation. (Sep 2010)
  • Opposes the stimulus bill. (Sep 2010)
Jim Gilmore on Budget & Economy
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
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  • More banking oversight, even if it means bigger government. (Sep 2008)
  • I delivered a balanced budget; no deficit when I ended term. (Sep 2008)
  • Virginia is booming; unemployment at record lows. (Jan 2001)
  • 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)
Lindsey Graham on Budget & Economy
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
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  • Dollar-for-dollar offset: cut spending to raise debt ceiling. (Jan 2013)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
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)
Bobby Jindal on Budget & Economy
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
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  • Constitutional Amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. (Jun 2015)
  • 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
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  • 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)
John Kasich on Budget & Economy
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
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  • Lift everybody and build a stronger America. (Aug 2015)
  • National tour to call for a balanced-budget amendment. (Mar 2015)
  • Balanced Budget Forever: promote constitutional amendment. (Feb 2015)
  • 1989 had 3 budgets: Democrats'; President's; and Kasich's. (May 2006)
  • 1995 shutdown led to first balanced budget in 40 years. (May 2006)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley deters legitimate American business. (May 2006)
  • Against ethanol subsidies, and all subsidies. (Apr 1999)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Peter King on Budget & Economy
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
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  • $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
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  • Why weren't Wall Street CEOs convicted in 2008 meltdown? (May 2015)
  • Reinstate Glass-Steagall: separate investments from banking. (Apr 2015)
  • Tax reductions & regulatory reforms to help job creators. (Feb 2015)
  • Closed $1.7 billion budget deficit in 7 years. (Jan 2014)
  • Middle-out economics instead of trickle-down economics. (Jan 2014)
  • 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 68 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for 33 older headlines OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Should economy benefit the few, or everyone? (Jan 2015)
  • 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)
George Pataki on Budget & Economy
Republican NY Governor
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  • Slash job-killing regulations & cut taxes too. (Jan 2006)
  • Cut taxes & cut spending. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
Rand Paul on Budget & Economy
Click here for 31 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Borrowing a million a minute has gotta stop somewhere. (Aug 2015)
  • Reform the tax code; address the national debt. (Apr 2015)
  • Federal Reserve is insolvent, by private bank standards. (Feb 2015)
  • More oversight of the Fed; less of community banks. (Feb 2015)
  • Audit the Fed: currently no jurisdiction to do so. (Feb 2015)
  • Is the Fed too big to be audited? (Feb 2015)
  • We borrow $1M per minute; mandate a balanced budget. (Jan 2015)
  • 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)
  • Debt crisis is approaching a point of no return. (Feb 2011)
  • No federal bailouts of private industry. (Jul 2010)

    Voting Record

  • Bank bailout represented everything wrong with Washington. (Feb 2011)
  • Bank bailout was bad policy & helped no banks in KY. (Oct 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 18 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • I governed the 12th largest economy in the world. (Aug 2015)
  • Regulate Wall Street, but Dodd-Frank kills community banks. (Jun 2015)
  • Cap federal spending at 18% of GDP. (Jun 2015)
  • 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)
Marco Rubio on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • Repeal and replace Dodd-Frank: it eviscerates banks. (Aug 2015)
  • Freeze spending for everything but defense at 2008 levels. (Apr 2015)
  • 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)
Bernie Sanders on Budget & Economy
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Break up large banks; add fees for high-risk investments. (Apr 2015)
  • Comprehensive 12-step agenda for moving America forward. (Jan 2015)
  • 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 14 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Spend-o-meter: publicize costs of spending amendments. (May 2015)
  • Great Recession knocked away last struts of American Dream. (Apr 2014)
  • 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)
Jill Stein on Budget & Economy
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 13 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • We are in state of emergency; not state of recovery. (Jan 2015)
  • Obama stimulus was ok, but only made slight dent in crisis. (Nov 2012)
  • We're again bailing out Wall Street with quantitative easing. (Oct 2012)
  • Still no end in sight to economic crisis: focus on jobs. (Oct 2012)
  • Stimulus plan was not big enough. (May 2012)
  • Top 1% are rolling in dough; the rest are in crisis. (Feb 2012)
  • 2011 debt ceiling debacle spurred candidacy. (Jan 2012)
  • It's un-American that top 1% own 90% of wealth. (Jan 2012)
  • Our economy is not working for our vast majority. (Jan 2012)
  • Austerity policies: harsh on YOU but easy for establishment. (Jan 2012)
  • 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers. (Jan 2012)
  • End the Bush-Obama recession; ask wealthy to pay share. (Dec 2011)
  • Reduce spending via military cuts & preventive health. (Dec 2011)
Donald Trump on Budget & Economy
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 6 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • If debt reaches $24T, that's the point of no return. (Jun 2015)
  • 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)
Scott Walker on Budget & Economy
Click here for 6 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • Wisconsin Comeback: lower unemployment and lower tax burden. (Jan 2015)
  • Blueprint for Prosperity: Lower taxes & $100M Rainy Day fund. (Jan 2014)
  • Refused to participate in federal stimulus package. (Nov 2013)
  • Growth agenda: ease tax burden & regulatory burden. (Jun 2012)
  • Eliminating collective bargaining created $154M surplus. (Jun 2012)
  • Wisconsin's once strong economy is in need of repair. (Feb 2011)
James Webb on Budget & Economy
Democratic Sr Senator
Click here for 7 full quotes by James Webb OR click here for James Webb on other issues.
  • Top of economy doing great; but workers not. (Jan 2007)
  • 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)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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