Gene Sperling Quotes

Eugene B. "Gene" Sperling (born December 24, 1958) is an American economist, who was Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Gene Sperling


There is no question in the world that educating a girl is good for her country and good for her. The challenge is, is it good for her parents who are living in extreme poverty, who need the girl's help to take care of getting firewood, water, taking care of young children?

Gene Sperling


One of the things we have to remember about the poorest countries in the world is that parents, extremely poor parents, are making the choice of whether to send their girls to school. And they are struggling with lack of water, lack of firewood, and lack of care for their youngest children. And those burdens fall on the girls.

Gene Sperling


You never see a child die from education on TV. But make no mistake about it: children die from lack of education all the time. Children without an education are more likely to grow up to have HIV/AIDS. They're more likely to die in infancy or before the age of five.

Gene Sperling


I think Americans have big hearts.

Gene Sperling


“we can save for another day whether you also have a broader, larger tax cut that affects well-off Americans.”

Gene Sperling


“Many of the members of the faculty who oppose him have never fully appreciated the degree that he is someone who is very open to criticism, to reconsidering his positions, to frank discussion.”

Gene Sperling


“I believe the administration may have been successful in the short term at hoodwinking the public,”

Gene Sperling


“I believe the administration may have been successful in the short term at hoodwinking the public.”

Gene Sperling


“We want to provide an incentive for the auto industry and the American consumer to produce and purchase the cars of the future.”

Gene Sperling


“I would say the question is not whether we're going to have growth or productivity, because I believe we will have both, but whether or not that will lead to a strengthening of the middle class or a hollowing out of the middle class.”

Gene Sperling


“What does it say about their priorities and their values that they tax the poorest families ... as their preferred solution to escape the budgetary mess they created for themselves.”

Gene Sperling


“but I'm actually quite confident that we will iron it out and ? that we will have a more formal agreement quite soon.”

Gene Sperling


“If you want to look at who is criticizing their economic plan, the most powerful criticisms came (Sunday) from Republicans Warren Rudman and Pete Peterson -- who rightfully noted that voters should beware of the technical voodoo and rosy scenarios and large increases in the deficit that we are about to see.”

Gene Sperling


“It's targeted toward people on welfare for a long time. It is not likely to just reward companies for people they would have hired anyway, but rather to provide those companies who are trying to do the right thing.”

Gene Sperling


“If you care about progress in market opening, you are going to have to have more ambitious compacts for sharing the downside costs as well as the benefits of open trade, ... As economists, we talk about how the benefits of lower prices are broadly shared. But the costs are very heavily concentrated.”

Gene Sperling