Quote by Karl Rove
The claim made by Team Obama that every dollar in stimulus translates into a dollar-and-a-half in growth is economic fiction. The costs of stimulus reduce future growth. No country has ever spent itself to prosperity. The price of stimulus has to be paid sometime.
This quote criticizes the claim made by Team Obama that stimulus spending results in economic growth. It argues that this claim is "economic fiction" because the costs of stimulus ultimately hinder future growth. The statement suggests that no country has achieved prosperity solely through spending, and emphasizes that there is always a price to be paid for stimulus. In essence, it challenges the notion that stimulus spending brings unmitigated benefits and raises concerns about the negative consequences it can have on long-term economic health.
One cannot but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase getting something for nothing, as if it were the peculiar and perverse ambition of disturbers of society. Except for our animal outfit, practically all we have is handed us gratis. Can the most complacent reactionary flatter himself that he invented the art of writing or the printing press, or discovered his religious, economic, and moral convictions, or any of the devices which supply him with meat and raiment or any of the sources of such pleasure as he may derive from literature or the fine arts? In short, civilization is little else than getting something for nothing.