White House economic spokesperson Austan Goolsbee, on a panel, responding to Jack Welch's opinion that Barack Obama's budget is "from the moon":
The budget is from the moon, Jack is from Mars and Joe [Stiglitz] is from Venus.
Look, we enter the government essentially in a hotel that is on fire. We’re throwing people from the windows into the pool to save their lives and this is the evaluation of the Olympic diving committee: Well, the splash was too big.
I am no economist, but neither are most people who want to debate the economy with me. I don't know if what's being done is right, but I'm not sure anyone else does either, so when people complain, on either side, I just tune out. It's like discussing the weather.