Paulson: "You're talking about things that are no longer popular--God, property rights, limited government, not providing welfare. It's no longer equal rights; it's equal outcomes. Citizens today are owed a 'fair' salary and subsidized healthcare. There are more women on food stamps than women working full time. Our economic recovery is anemic because small businesses are over-regulated and over-taxed."
Jefferson: "I place economy among the first and more important virtues and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."
Paulson: "Our debt is over $17 trillion and growing, and that doesn't even cover the unfunded pension and entitlement debt that no one wants to face."
Franklin: "That's why we had to come."
Jefferson: "The principle of spending money to be paid by future generations under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
Paulson: "I wish more could be here to listen to you. I wish more even remembered history and the price you paid to give us a country like no other."
Adams: "You'll tell them what we've said in one of your columns?"
Paulson: "Certainly, but if they don't listen, would you visit them? Hearing your words reminds me what Ronald Reagan kept saying--our freedoms must be fought for and earned in every generation."
Jefferson: "I told you we should have brought Reagan with us."
Franklin: "Too young, and he was an actor for Poor Richard's sake!"