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July 23, 2014

Learning From the Berenstain Bears

Jan Berenstain, co-creator of the children’s series “The Berenstain Bears,” died last week.

As a tribute to the legendary children’s books, HOH dug through the Congressional Record archives until we found a 1995 speech where former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) wove together the Berenstain Bears and tax cuts in a way that remains relevant today.

“I read my children children’s books from time to time. They love the Berenstain Bears,” Dorgan said on the Senate floor. “The one I read them most often, perhaps, is the ‘The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies,’ and in that book the parents can simply never seem able to control the habit of the Berenstain cubs saying, ‘Gimmie this, gimmie that, gimmie this.’

“It is the way I feel about the tax cut proposals in the House and Senate by people who talk about the need to deal with the deficit and come to the floor saying, ‘Gimmie this tax cut, gimmie that tax cut because it will gain favor with the American people,’” he said.

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