Brian Riedl Quotes


19 Brian Riedl quotes:



"In the absence of even mentioning tax reform in his State of the Union address, it may be presumptuous to assume a revenue-neutral AMT fix after 2007."
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"Those who are advocates of anti-poverty programs, social programs, education, have their programs threatened by runaway entitlements. There won't be room for both."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"The biggest economic danger of the next 50 years is the coming crisis in entitlement spending. The problem is the entire health care system is in crisis. The entire U.S. health care system needs to be overhauled. If not, it will literally bankrupt the federal government."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Crisis Quotes
"There is not much courage out there. Like an alcoholic, the first thing you have to do is admit you have a problem. The flip side of it is, Americans are vehemently opposed to every possible solution."
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"More than anything else, this one program threatens the long-term federal budget."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Budgets Quotes
"President Bush's pledge to halve the budget deficit by 2009 distracts policymakers from the real issue of unsustainable trends in long-term entitlement spending. The president's proposal to slow Medicare's 9% annual growth rate is a good fiscal step, but the budget does not propose enough immediate and bold reforms to the quickly growing entitlement programs that threaten to overwhelm the budget."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Budgets Quotes
"It's easy to practice checkbook compassion."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Compassion Quotes
"What that means is those costs are being passed down to our children - with interest."
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"Congress has no incentive to rein in pork, because pork helps lawmakers get campaign contributions and get re-elected. It is entirely predictable that Congress would create the illusion of reform while retaining the system that allows them to sell government grants for campaign contributions."
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"The more controversial bills will most assuredly end up in a lame-duck Congress."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Congress Quotes
"Congress continues to resist cutting even one program."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Congress Quotes
"It's symbolic progress for Congress to learn that they can terminate programs without the sky falling. Maybe they can come back next year and start terminating programs whose costs make a difference."
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"The White House always says it's [due to] defense and homeland security...but even without defense and homeland security it's record spending. The brakes are off everywhere."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Defense Quotes
"dump the largest debt in world history into the laps of the next generation. Within a decade, tax increases would need to reach $7,000 per household (a 37 percent tax hike) just to balance the budget."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Debt Quotes
"There's so much investment capital out there for profitable new technologies. Investors are constantly looking for good ideas to invest in. If these ideas are as good as these companies say, they should have no problem, at minimum, finding a loan."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"NASA represents something important in the national psyche. Given that, there isn't a lot of hunger to cut NASA substantially, nor to cripple their ability to explore space."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Hunger Quotes
"Sacrifice? ... At this time, there is none."
Author: Riedl Quotes Category: Sacrifice Quotes
"States are dumping more and more expenses on federal taxpayers. States love to spend federal money because state voters don't pay for it — or at least think they don't pay for it."
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"The fiscal situation will probably have to worsen and cause some economic pain before it becomes a priority."
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