“I think most of the [P]resident's tax cut ought to be repealed. It's very bad economic policy.”
-- Howard Dean (NBC's "Meet The Press," July 21, 2002)
Despite his liberal stances on many social issues, Dean claims to be the most fiscally conservative governor Vermont has had in the last 40 years. This may have been true at the beginning of his career as governor, when the Cato Institute gave him B’s in 1994 and 1996 for his fiscal policy. However, his grades slipped to C’s in 1998 and 2000, and in 2002 Cato gave him a D.