Quote of the Day: Fiscal Conservatism

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From Sen Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), on his dedication to fiscal prudence:

Six years ago, “it was standard practice not to pay for things,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “We were concerned about it, because it certainly added to the deficit, no question.”

Note to Hatch: It has never been “standard practice” not to pay for things. It was a short-lived innovation of the Bush/Rove White House not to pay for things. And no, you showed no serious concern about it at the time. Other than that, you’re right.

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