This quote is taken from the West Wing It perfectly illustrates the liberal approach to the economy.
[Donna and Josh are discussing what should be done with the budget surplus]
Donna Moss: What’s wrong with me getting my money back?
Josh Lyman: You won’t spend it right.
Donna Moss: What do you mean?
Josh Lyman: Let’s say your cut of the surplus is $700. I want to take your money, combine it with everybody else’s money and use it to pay down the debt and further endow Social Security. What do you want to do with it?
Donna Moss: Buy a DVD player.
Josh Lyman: See?
Donna Moss: But my $700 is helping employ the people who manufacture and sell DVD players, not to mention the people who manufacture and sell DVDs. It’s the natural evolution of a market economy.
Josh Lyman: The problem is the DVD player you buy might be made in Japan.
Donna Moss: I’ll buy an American one.
Josh Lyman: We don’t trust you.
Donna Moss: Why not?
Josh Lyman: We’re Democrats.
Donna Moss: I want my money back.
Josh Lyman: You shouldn’t have voted for us.