--- Kent Conrad, the Democratic Senate Budget Committee chairman and a leading fiscal hawk
Quoted in The Economist, Waiting for God-only-knows-what, Jan 8th 2009; about the budget deficit
"Politically, a reform that antagonises so many constituencies is hardly appetising. “When you start making choices, you start losing friends,” says Kent Conrad, the Democratic Senate Budget Committee chairman and a leading fiscal hawk. He argues the job should be handed over to a bipartisan task force. But Thomas Kahn, the top staffer on the House Budget Committee, notes that some legislators worry that such mechanisms undermine the democratic process by limiting the opportunity for amendment and debate."