[Ads-l] Attention Garson: new postdating of (metaphorical) "prime the pump"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 12 10:39:27 EDT 2017

From an interview with President Trump (as in Pump) in The Economist [http://www.economist.com/Trumptranscript]:

Reporter: But beyond that it’s OK if the tax plan increases the deficit?

Trump: It is OK, because it won’t increase it for long. You may have two years where you’ll…you understand the expression “prime the pump”?

Reporter: Yes.

Trump: We have to prime the pump. 

Reporter:It’s very Keynesian.

Trump: We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world. Have you heard that expression before, for this particular type of an event?

Reporter: Priming the pump?

Trump: Yeah, have you heard it?

Reporter: Yes.

Trump: Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just…I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.

Reporter: It’s...

Trump: Yeah, what you have to do is you have to put something in before you can get something out.
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