Allan Hubbard, the assistant to President Bush for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council, was Thursday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
"Economists ... are good at wringing their hands. But there are fewer things to worry about today than there normally are.... Obviously, energy costs are a significant concern."
"We are in constant dialogue with both sides.... [If] Senator Reid and Congresswoman Pelosi truly care about solving this problem, I don't understand how they can take the positions they have taken: not to consider a voluntary personal retirement account."
"[The president] is willing to consider what people are calling add-on accounts. He certainly has not endorsed add-on accounts. It is fiscally irresponsible to be talking about adding ... demands on the federal budget, which most or certainly many add-on accounts would do. You can design add-on accounts that don't add to the budget deficit.... It is not off the table."
"I think we have to wait and see where we are with everything else."