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Жан Кретьен

Дата рождения: 11. Январь 1934

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Джозеф Жак Жан Кретьен — канадский политик, 20-й премьер-министр Канады , министр юстиции Канады , глава Либеральной партии Канады .

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Цитаты Жан Кретьен

„God gave me a physical defect, and I've accepted that since I'm a kid.“

—  Jean Chrétien
Context: But last night, the Conservative Party reached a new low; they tried to make fun of the way I look. God gave me a physical defect, and I've accepted that since I'm a kid. It's true, that I speak on one side of my mouth. I'm not a Tory, I don't speak on both sides of my mouth. 1993, at a campaign stop, in response to the infamous attack ad that appeared to mock him and suggest he was unfit for the job of Prime Minister due to his Bell's Palsy condition. Source video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM

„Taken to its logical extreme, the Laffer curve makes no sense because, if you lower your taxes to zero, how are you going to get higher revenues?“

—  Jean Chrétien
Context: I never bought into the Laffer curve, a theory, named after an American supply-side economist who had been an adviser to the Reagan administration, that essentially argues that a government will increase its revenue by reducing its taxes. If it were that easy, everybody would do it. What politician doesn't want to reduce taxes in order to win votes? Taken to its logical extreme, the Laffer curve makes no sense because, if you lower your taxes to zero, how are you going to get higher revenues? In practice, every government that toyed with this theory ended up with larger deficits, higher interest rates and greater social inequality. Chapter Two, The Virtuous Circle, p. 75

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„They may think that they are very smart about everything because they made millions of dollars by digging a hole in the ground and finding oil, but the talent and luck needed to become rich are not the same talent and luck needed to succeed on Parliament Hill.“

—  Jean Chrétien
Context: I learned early that business is business and politics is politics. The proof is how few important businessmen have made good politicians. They may think that they are very smart about everything because they made millions of dollars by digging a hole in the ground and finding oil, but the talent and luck needed to become rich are not the same talent and luck needed to succeed on Parliament Hill. Chapter Four, The Politics Of Business, p. 91

„The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall,“

—  Jean Chrétien
Context: The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall, your elbows high, and a smile on your face. It's a survival game played under the glare of lights. Chapter Five, A Balancing Act, p. 118

„Most Canadians don't understand the House of Commons.“

—  Jean Chrétien
Context: Most Canadians don't understand the House of Commons. They turn on their televisions, see us yelling at one another, and dismiss us as a bunch of fools. Chapter Two, Learning The Ropes, p. 36

„The public is moved by mood more than logic, by instinct more than reason,“

—  Jean Chrétien
Context: A successful politician must not only be able to read the mood of the public, he must have the skill to get the public on his side. The public is moved by mood more than logic, by instinct more than reason, and that is something that every politician must make use of or guard against Chapter Three, The Business Of politics, p. 67

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