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10. “We live in a 21st century economy, but we still have a government organized for the 20th century. Our economy has fundamentally changed — as has the world — but our government, our agencies, have not. The needs of our citizens have fundamentally changed but their government has not. Instead, it’s often grown more complicated and sometimes more confusing.”

Who said it?
Obama (speech, January 2012)

11. “We should have an amazing rail network in the United States, but we don’t . . . The United States has three corridors that are very susceptible to this kind of high-speed train investment. We could build a system between Boston and Washington; from Miami to Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville; and from San Diego to San Francisco.”

Who said it?
Gingrich (Real Change, pp. 206–207)

12. “Where I fault the [Bush] administration is, sometimes it would be so easy to just be simple and straight, okay? All they had to do is go to the American people and say, we want to make sure that if the National Security Agency picks up a foreign terrorist calling someone in the U.S., that they can listen to the call.”

Who said it?
Gingrich (speech, April 2006)

13. “Throughout our history, there’s been a tension between those who’ve sought to conserve our natural resources for the benefit of future generations, and those who have sought to profit from these resources. But this is a false choice. With smart, sustainable policies, we can grow our economy today and preserve the environment for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.”

Who said it?
Obama (speech, March 2009)

14. “There ought to be a tax break for trading in old cars that use a lot of petroleum and emit a lot of pollution. This would help the poor, help the environment, and help the auto industry.”

Who said it?
Gingrich (Real Change, p. 200)

15. “Within a decade or less, solar energy may be able to compete with other sources of energy. A serious effort to fund solar research and development, on the scale of the World War II–era Manhattan project, would doubtless yield huge progress in the production and marketing of solar energy throughout the nation. Our federal government should take the lead on this vital issue, an effort that may require strong incentives to encourage enterprise and drive the formation of private-public economic partnerships.”

Who said it?
Gingrich (Contract with the Earth, p. 143)

16. “I ran for office pledging to make our government leaner and smarter and more consumer-friendly. And from the moment I got here, I saw up close what many of you know to be true: The government we have is not the government that we need.”

Who said it?
Obama (speech, January 2012)

17. “I am prepared to advocate the size of tax credit that the electric-utility industry and General Electric [ask for, if they] walk in and say, ‘If you did X, we would do it.’”

Who said it?
Gingrich (Real Change, pp. 206–207)

18. “And as we seek to ensure that [Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac] continue to perform what is a vital function on behalf of middle-class families, we also need to maintain transparency and strong oversight so that they do so in responsible and effective ways.”

Who said it?
Obama (speech, February 2009)

19. “Clever marketing will be necessary to encourage best environmental practices by American citizens . . . We must be willing to deploy our best and brightest marketing geniuses to drive citizen participation and responsible, mainstream environmental activism. Fellowships to provide graduate-level training in social marketing are a good place to start.”

Who said it?
Gingrich (Contract with the Earth, p. 139)

— Patrick Brennan is the 2011 William F. Buckley Fellow at National Review.



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