Phil Gramm

(William Philip Gramm)

Phil Gramm
Phil Gramm
  • Born: July 8, 1942
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Quote Topics Cited
Balancing the budget is like going to Heaven. Everybody wants to do it, but nobody wants to do what you have to do to get there. Budgets & Budgeting
Deregulation played virtually no role Regulation & Deregulation
Filibuster is a harsh word. I prefer to offer amendments and let others filibuster. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I resent any secret plan that I'm not a part of. Secrecy & Transparency
I want to listen with an open mind, but I don't want to listen with an empty mind. Miscellaneous
I will never inflict my values on you. Freedom & Liberty
If gun control worked, the District of Columbia would be the safest place in America. Guns & Gun Control
Part of understanding power is understanding the limits of power. Power
The real drug "kingpin" is the user. It is the casual users who create the profits. But we can't put them all in prison; there isn't any room in the jails. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
There is something in the heart of every politician that loves a dam, or a harbor, or a bridge or a military installation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have crime without punishment. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We have room in America for people who are willing to work. I am not ready, nor will I ever be, ready to tear down the Statue of Liberty ... Immigration & Emigration
We’ve had members of the Senate who have been there 30 years and haven’t gotten good at it yet. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When a President asserts constitutional powers he needs to be pretty certain he has those powers. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When Bill Clinton tells people he feels their pain, they forget that he caused it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When somebody contributes to a campaign, that is democracy at work. Democracies & Republics
You can't write laws in America if you don't compromise. Legislating & Legislative Process
Every technological advance we've made in the 21st century and throughout the 20th has come from the United States of America.
Government is not the generator of economic growth; working people are. Government
Half the world does not know the joys of wearing cotton underwear.
I believe I am more conservative than Bob Dole; I believe I am more committed to fundamentally changing American government than Bob Dole. Government
I have the most reliable friend you can have in American politics, and that is ready money. Money, Coins & Minting ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have to tell you that the innovation and the technology and the entrepreneurship of the world still lies in the United States of America. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I said we are in a mental recession. We keep getting the steady drumbeat of bad news... it's become a mental recession. We don't have measured negative growth. That's a fact, that's not a commentary.
I'd rather go to the dentist... but I'm going.
I'm carrying so much pork, I'm beginning to get trichinosis.
It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Sen. McCain on important economic issues facing the country. That kind of distraction hurts not only Sen. McCain's ability to present concrete programs to deal with the country's problems; it hurts the country.
It's not fair to say that people who work with their head or with their hands ought to pay taxes, but people who earn their living with capital ought not to. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Misery sells newspapers.
Quite frankly, I think nothing could do more to immediately bolster national security then enabling us to produce more oil and gas here at home at a price consumers could afford.
The American story is a story of immigration. I would be the last person who would say immigrants are not important to America.
The cap-and-trade plan is more market driven than anything else. If you want to discourage carbon use, you have to make it more expensive, but what is crucial is that this be a worldwide program that includes China and India.
The Democrats want government to do the spending. Senator McCain wants families to do the spending. Government
The genius of the American system is that through freedom we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people. Freedom & Liberty
There are a lot of things you can say about the Bush tax cuts, but you can't say they didn't work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We have benefited greatly from the globalization of the economy in the last 30 years.