If the battle over U.S. government spending and what to do about outsized federal deficits were decided by which side has the best quotes, score a point for the deep-budget-cut-now types.
The quote is from Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota, who is considered a possible Republican presidential hopeful for 2012. I read it this morning in an email roundup from Mike Allen of POLITICO. A quick search shows Pawlenty had been using the thrust of the quote often as he speaks publicly, sometimes promoting his just published book.
The quote: “We may have followed Greece into democracy, but that does not mean we should or will follow the Greeks to the brink of bankruptcy.”