Ok class, listen up - quiz time. Who made the following comments?
"In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive . . . I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated. Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors, and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state."
Newt Gingrich? Nope.
Ron Paul? Nope.
Rush Limbaugh? Nope.
Lou Dobbs? Nope.
Give up . . . ?
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. That's right. He sounds like more of a free-market supporter than our own President. I've been adducted by aliens and transported to a parallel universe.