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The Daily

Who Said That? A Quiz for the Politically Inclined.

TaxStringer Staff
Published Date:
Oct 2, 2015

This quiz appeared in the 5th Anniversary Issue of the TaxStringer.

Match the quote to the candidate. Answers are below.

  1. "I am campaigning on a flat tax that would allow every American to fill out his or her taxes on a post card that allow us to abolish the IRS."
  2. “I will let the taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year go back to the rates that they were paying in the 1990s.”
  3. “Sorry, you’re all going to have to pay your fair share of taxes. If my memory is correct, when radical socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the highest marginal tax rate was something like 90 percent.”
  4.  “You don’t create jobs by passing bills, you create job by cutting taxes.”
  5.  “You can't have it both ways. You can't tell me that you're taxed enough already, and that you want constitutional government and then in the next breath say, 'Bring me home some bacon.' The pig has been picked clean.”
  6.   “For those who aspire to live in a high cost, high tax, big government place, our nation and the world offers plenty of options. Vermont, Canada and Venezuela all offer you the opportunity to live in the socialist, big government paradise you long for.”
  7. “We currently do not have such a system [fair], because our tax code is so complex that those with good tax attorneys or accountants can find numerous loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.”
  8. “In the South we often say, ‘If it can't be fixed with duct tape and WD-40, it can't be fixed.’ Well our tax system can't be fixed--not even with duct tape and WD-40. We need a total overhaul.”
  9. “… [K]ill the death tax…”
  10. “It's really American to avoid paying taxes, legally.”
  11. “If our goal is to position New York State to thrive in the face of evolving global competition, our fight to cut taxes must continue.”
  12.  "The insidious intangibles tax…"
  13.  “On the issues that I care deeply about - the environment, Roe vs. Wade, the war in Iraq, with no weapons of mass destruction, the tax cuts that are now leading to deficits, I've got some deep issues with the president.”
  14. “We've lowered them [taxes] on the 85%.”
  15. “If all you think we need to do to get this economy going and get this country on the right track is to cut government and reduce taxes, you don't understand America. America is a moral enterprise, not an economic enterprise.”
  16. “ Where do you go if you want a tax break? Government. Where do you go if you want a handout? Government. This must stop.”
  17.   “Insisting that we must tax and take and demonize those who have already achieved the American Dream. That may turn out to be a good re-election strategy for President Obama, but is a demoralizing message for America.”
  18. “Our tax policy is creating a permanent underclass.”
  19. “When I left Washington, we actually had a balanced budget and we paid down the most amount of the national debt in modern history and cut taxes and created jobs. And I was the chief architect of that plan in '97.”
  20. “The alternative minimum tax is continuing to drive people in the middle class into higher and higher tax brackets.” 
  21. “The tax system is a complicated mess for many reasons. But one reason is the way it helps Congress finance its campaigns.”


  1. Senator Ted Cruz
  2. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  3. Senator Bernie Sanders
  4. Former Chairwoman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorna
  5. Senator Rand Paul
  6. Senator Marco Rubio
  7. 7.Dr. Ben Carson
  8. Former Governor Mike Huckabee
  9. Businessman Donald Trump
  10. Senator Lindsey Graham
  11. Former Governor George Pataki
  12. Former Governor Jeb Bush
  13. Former Governor Lincoln Chafee
  14. Former Governor Martin O’Malley
  15. Former Senator Rick Santorum
  16. Governor Bobby Jindal
  17. Governor Chris Christie
  18. Former Senator Jim Webb
  19. Governor John Kasich
  20. Former Governor Jim Gilmore
  21. Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig