- Penn Jilette (comedian, magician, commentator) – "Counterintuitive action makes a fellow feel smart. ….Obama tells us that we can spend our way out of debt. He tells us that even though the government had control over the banks
and did nothing to stop the bad that's going on, if we give them more
control over more other bank-like things, then they can make sure bad
stuff doesn't happen ever again. He says we can get out of all those
big wars President Bush caused by sending more troops into Afghanistan.
And I don't know. I really don't know." (in Is Obama skidding or crashing?)
- Mark Stein (conservative Canadian political writer) – "Apparently, nothing testifies to the
American virtues of self-reliance, entrepreneurial energy and the
can-do spirit like joining the vast army of robotic extras droning in
unison, “The government needs to do more for me…” For the moment,
Washington is offering Euro-sized government with Euro-sized economic
intervention, Euro-sized social programs and Euro-sized regulation. But
apparently not Euro-sized taxation."(from THE EUROPEANIZATION OF AMERICA)
- William K. Black (in an interview w/ Bill Moyers, April 3, 2009):
BILL MOYERS: To hear you say this is unusual because you
supported Barack Obama, during the campaign. But you're seeming
WILLIAM K. BLACK: Well, certainly in
the financial sphere, I am. I think, first, the policies are
substantively bad. Second, I think they completely lack integrity.
Third, they violate the rule of law. This is being done just like
Secretary Paulson did it. In violation of the law. We adopted a law
after the Savings and Loan crisis, called the Prompt Corrective Action
Law. And it requires them to close these institutions. And they're
refusing to obey the law.