43 Total Quotes

Kent Conrad Quotes

By using Social Security trust fund dollars to pay for tax cuts and other government spending, the administration significantly understates the true fiscal imbalance of the country.
Kent Conrad
#Government

While I agree that all emergency personnel should be highly trained, this is simply beyond the scope of what we can do in rural communities.
Kent Conrad
#American Politician

Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic need for education in our society.
Kent Conrad
#American Politician #Computers

The reality is no one knows how much it will cost us to wage war with Iraq.
Kent Conrad
#Iraq

Forty-three per cent of the benefit goes to the wealthiest one per cent, those who are making $900,000 a year. There is no fairness in that.
Kent Conrad
#Benefit

This nation is about to be hit with a tidal wave of new retirees. In just six years, the baby boomers will begin to retire. The demands on Social Security and Medicare will be dramatically increased, ... This is no time to divert Social Security and Medicare funds to other purposes.
Kent Conrad
#Babies

My own view is that we ought to protect the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, then, with what is left, have significant tax cuts.
Kent Conrad
#Security

The Congressional Budget Office tells us by 2052, Social Security could meet only 78 percent of its obligations. Medicare is in even worse shape. The shortfall in Medicare is eight times the deficit in Social Security. But the president has no plan to deal with that. The truth is, we need to confront all these challenges sooner rather than later.
Kent Conrad
#Office

We have just had a massive disaster, ... This is not a time to be cutting services to the most needy among us.
Kent Conrad
#Disaster

Negotiating sugar trade in bilateral free trade agreements is a recipe for disaster for the U.S. sugar industry, and it is unnecessary.
Kent Conrad
#American Politician

national crisis that requires a national response.
Kent Conrad
#Crisis

He's highly intelligent. He has strong credentials. He is a conservative, but I think he is mainstream conservative,
Kent Conrad
#Conservative

His tax cut is so big that he leaves no money to pay for a new prescription drug benefit without using the Medicare trust fund,
Kent Conrad
#Money

Democratic amendments led to a package with a smaller tax cut, far more resources for paying down the debt and strengthening education, and for strengthening national defense.
Kent Conrad
#Debt

All of them are being threatened by this policy of ever escalating deficits and debt,
Kent Conrad
#Debt

In six short months, this administration, after advocating a tax cut that was too large and after putting belief in a 10-year estimate of revenue, have put us in the bad old days of raiding every trust fund in sight,
Kent Conrad
#Belief

The request for an additional $18 billion for 2002 for defense would just make this situation worse, and I told the secretary of defense I believe they have an affirmative obligation to come up with a way of paying for this,
Kent Conrad
#Defense

The truth is there are no surpluses, ... There are liabilities.
Kent Conrad
#Truth

I believe President Bush's campaign promises are unraveling, ... He claimed we could afford his massive tax cut, a major defense buildup, more money for education, while paying down the debt and protecting Social Security and Medicare. He was wrong.
Kent Conrad
#Defense

We've had a double whammy: We've been the victims of a surprise terrorist attack and most forecasters believe our economy is heading for recession,
Kent Conrad
#Economy

It would perhaps be better if someone had experience as a judge, but I don't consider the fact that she has not had experience to be disqualifying, ... She has important legal experience and enjoys a good reputation.
Kent Conrad
#Experience

The reality here is we've got a problem here and it's a big problem.
Kent Conrad
#Reality

I've had lengthy discussions with European farm leaders. It is clear they have an agricultural strategy to support their producers and gain dominance in world agricultural trade. They're gaining markets the old-fashioned way - they're buying them.
Kent Conrad
#American Politician

Anybody who has stood on the prairie in North Dakota has felt the force of the wind and knows that our state has an inexhaustible supply of wind power. The potential here to create jobs and draw millions of dollars in new investment to North Dakota is enormous.
Kent Conrad
#American Politician #Force

It is vital that we provide North Dakota's children with nutritionally sound diets. That means ensuring that they are getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and are developing good eating habits for their future.
Kent Conrad
#American Politician #Children

I became involved in helping those with arthritis - and those with other diseases that could benefit from access to self-injected medications - because I strongly believe people suffering from these illnesses should have access to the best medical care available today.
Kent Conrad
#Self

The President is not squaring with the American people as to the seriousness of our nation's fiscal condition. It is time for people to stand up and tell the truth.
Kent Conrad
#American Politician