Quotes - Dubya the Economist (2001 and earlier)
(Dubya's grasp of economics on full display)
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REPORTER: Sir, would you consider bringing or asking Congress to come back early and finish the economic stimulus?
REPORTER: Are you angry at anyone in Congress?
DUBYA: No, I'm not angry at all. I'm joyous. I welcome the holiday season. No, but I don't intend to bring them back early.
REPORTER: What is the impact of not passing a stimulus before the end of the year?
DUBYA: Well, the impact was it was disappointing.
REPORTER: What about for the American people?
DUBYA: Well, we'll just have to see. We'll have to see what the effects are. And we'll have time when they come back to take a look-see at the state of the economy. We're continuing to get mixed signals. Hopefully, the economy will be good, but we'll just have to we'll deal with it when we get back.
Dubya's sense of immediacy in passing an economic stimulus package fades in the end there. And the chief impact in not passing the package was Dubya's disappointment. How terrible for the American People Dubya. White House, Dec. 21, 2001

More money in people's pockets mean more economic activity.
Explaining just how simple economics is (for him), town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

Listen to your mother.
Dubya's response to a 7th-grader asking what he can do to help the economy, town hall meeting in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

I hurt, that coming into the holiday season, that you're not working. But I admire your courage for going out to try to improve yourselves so you can find jobs around here.
Apparently all you need to do find a job is some self-improvement, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

I believe I think you ought to ask the I wish you could have heard the discussion we had. Let me put it to you that way, where I believe people around this table, for example, believe it's important to be aggressive on the front end, that the risk-reward ratio is beneficial to be more aggressive on the front end. And obviously, we agree with that.
Agreeing with something, I'm just not sure what. New York, New York, Oct. 3, 2001

If you try to look at one isolated incident, it's easy to belittle $600 in a person's pocket. But $600 of additional disposable income all across America that amounts to billions of dollars will provide a part of the equation for economic recovery. Of course, if somebody buys a pencil, somebody's had to make it. But it is not just school supplies. That maybe kind of diminishes the effect of billions of dollars getting into the economy in a very quick period of time.
Lost in hypotheticals to the loss of his train of thought, and incorrect in assumption that most people think of $600 as being insignificant, Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 21, 2001

Why? Because it's something people ought to do. And I believe in supporting charities. As you know, every year when I put out my income tax returns, you see the fact that I do give to charities, give to my church. I haven't made up my mind yet.
Stating he would give his tax rebate to charity after insisting the reason for the rebates was to encourage consumer spending, Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 21, 2001

Now, younger workers our younger citizens fully understand I think the polls it's more likely to see some of you go to Mars than to receive a check from the Social Security system.
Offering assessment of Social Security to journalist Jim Lehrer, Apr. 27, 2001

It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade, there's more commerce.
Québec City, Canada, Apr. 21, 2001

The Senate needs to leave enough money in the proposed budget to not only reduce all marginal rates, but to eliminate the death tax, so that people who build up assets are able to transfer them from one generation to the next, regardless of a person's race.
Washington, D.C., Apr. 5, 2001

America is, the harder you work, the easier the middle class ought to become, and the more money you get to keep.
National Newspaper Association 40th Annual Government Affairs Conference, Washington, D.C., Mar. 22, 2001

I mean, these good folks are revolutionizing how businesses conduct their business. And, like them, I am very optimistic about our position in the world and about its influence on the United States. We're concerned about the short-term economic news, but long-term I'm optimistic. And so, I hope investors, you know secondly, I hope investors hold investments for periods of time that I've always found the best investments are those that you salt away based on economics.
Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001

Dick Cheney and I do not want this nation to be in a recession. We want anybody who can find work to be able to find work.
60 Minutes II, Dec. 5, 2000

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.
Dubya commenting on the federal Social Security system, St. Charles, Missouri, Nov. 2, 2000

It's your money. You paid for it.
LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Oct. 18, 2000

It's one thing about insurance, that's a Washington term.
Presidential Debate #3, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2000

A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness.
The Edge With Paula Zahn, Sep. 18, 2000

There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me.
On the coming Social Security crisis, Wilton, Connecticut, Jun. 9, 2000

It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.
Reuters, May 5, 2000

I would hope I mean, I'm not going "hooray." I wish it wasn't as jittery. I wish it was stable because I'm not I'm not so crass as to want to be the president at the expense of somebody's portfolio, but that does trouble me a little bit because I think and I think I think there's some uncertainty out there that's beginning to kind of creep into the conscious of investors.
Speaking on potential for faltering economy to launch him into the Oval Office, as only he can, Apr. 27, 2000

I understand small business growth. I was one.
New York Daily News, Feb. 19, 2000

Some say give it [the Federal Budget Surplus] to the taxpayers who pay the bills. That some is George W. Bush.
Dubya dispensing with the surplus while simultaneously dispensing with all command of the English language, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 22, 2000

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