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Reaction to Clinton’s Plan? Depends on Whom You Ask

February 18, 1993


″When you start asking people who make $30,000 to give more in the way of taxes, that’s the kind of sacrifice that goes much too far, particularly if it is not going to be used to reduce the deficit.″ - Sen. Alfonse D’Amato of New York.

″This plan is just warmed over Jimmy Carter economics.″ - Rep. Bob Dornan of California.

″It’s not what America voted for. The president promised a bold experiment but outlined the same old tired rhetoric of more taxes and more spending.″ - Sen. Connie Mack of Florida.

″There’s nothing creative or surgical about this package. It diagnoses the patient correctly, pointing out all the maladies. But the prescription is to hit the patient over the head with a two by four.″ - Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa.


″We will have to cut spending, reform health care, stimulate the economy to a higher level of performance and have some new revenues. All of these are necessary if we are going to pay our bills and not just charge on our grandchildren’s credit card.″ - Sen. Bob Graham of Florida.

″As politically difficult as it is, I want to be able to support our president in this cause. I will work in the coming weeks to ensure that further cuts in agriculture spending are fair and that changes proposed in the overall package will indeed benefit the agricultural and rural economy and the overall welfare of the American people.″ - Rep. Kika de la Garza of Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

″We have a great opportunity to end trickle-down economics and put the peoples agenda first.″ - Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois.

″From a state’s perspective, this plan now gives governors hope that the federal government can once again become a full partner with the states in addressing the needs of children and investing in our economies.″ - Gov. David Walters of Oklahoma.


″President Clinton owes an apology to President Bush who at least had the decency to wait for a year and a half before betraying the taxpayers. Clinton hasn’t yet unpacked before he had his hand in our pockets.″ - Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

″Tonight is act one of Bill and Hillary’s tax-a-thon.″ - Bryan Little, director of government relations for the U.S. Business and Industrial Council.

″President Clinton is challenging Americans to move beyond thinking ‘What’s in it for me?’ to asking, ’What’s best for America?‴ - Keith Geiger, president of the National Education Association.

″President Bill Clinton’s economic package represents a bold reversal from the last 12 years of slash and burn economics.″ - Carl Pope, Sierra Club executive director.

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