Austan Goolsbee - White House Economic Advisor
Amanpour: Rep Boehner says he wants to
cut taxes just like Obama
Goolsbee: we’ve heard that song and dance
Amanpour: how do you get blue dogs on board?
Goolsbee: start crackin skulls
Goolsbee: Boehner wants to repeal the stimulus which would raise taxes
Amanpour: Orzag says we should let the GOP
keep the Bush tax cuts for the rich
Goolsbee: that was a political column not an economic one
Amanpour: but he did say cutting taxes might
help consumer spending
Goolsbee: well Obama has cut taxes for the middle class again and again
Amanpour: did Obama open to door to keeping
cuts for the wealthy?
Goolsbee: no borrowing money to give billionaires $100,000 is the stupidest thing ever
Amanpour: what about unemployment?
Goolsbee: it’s going to stay high
Amanpour: that’s not good
Goolsbee: true but this has been a really bad recession
Amanpour: so how do we get out of it?
Goolsbee: get businesses to hire people
Goolsbee: Old fashioned moxie!
Amanpour: oh my
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Amanpour: will you still build your center even though some people crazy people don’t like it?
Rauf: Christiane the radicals around the world love this fight - they all feed off each other
Amanpour: so why not move the center to
Rauf: because it would piss people off around the world and threaten American soldiers
Amanpour: is that a threat
Rauf: no radicals around the world are watching
Amanpour: should you have reached out more to the community and the 9/11 families?
Rauf: we reached out last year and no one objected until loony politicians seized on it
Amanpour: like Sarah Palin
Rauf: right - she’s playing up anti-islamic hate
Amanpour: but some Americans don’t like Muslims
Rauf: we are Americans!
Amanpour: what if that lunatic had burned Korans?
Rauf: it would have caused a disaster around the world
Amanpour: most Americans don’t have a positive view of Islam
Rauf: well fine but muslims love America and people around the world should know that
Amanpour: is it worse than 2001
Rauf: incredibly I think it is
Amanpour: oh my