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TheChat: Warren Buffett tells candidates to quit bashing the U.S. economy

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▪ “As a result of this negative drumbeat, many Americans now believe that their children will not live as well as they themselves do. That view is dead wrong: The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.” — legendary investor Warren Buffett addressing presidential candidates and urging them to quit bashing the U.S. economy.

Buffett, who was writing in his annual letter to shareholders, is backing Hillary Clinton. He insisted the economy is in better shape than many people think.

▪ “He’s just a bit too erratic. I’d like to see a coherent policy from him. He just shouts things off, and the media just loves it.” — Frieda Keough, a Kirkwood resident, speculating about the impact a Donald Trump nomination would have on other GOP candidates.

Keough is backing Ted Cruz, but says she’ll get behind Trump if he wins the GOP nod. Still, she worries that his presence on the ticket could hinder her party’s candidates. (link courtesy of

▪ “We’ve had a little trouble coming together after the primary was over.” — Missouri GOP chairman John Hancock talking about his party’s struggles when it comes to rallying behind its nominees.

Hancock, though, said 2016 would be different. All four candidates for governor have pledged to meet on the Thursday after the primary to rally behind the winner.

▪ “There is not a single voter ID bill in the entire United States that has been as thought-out as this bill has.” — Missouri state Rep. Justin Alferman, a Hermann Republican and sponsor of a voter ID bill.

Supporters of this latest voter ID bill say they’re working hard to avoid creating confusion among voters. And they’ve exempted certain groups, such as those with physical or mental disabilities who aren’t likely to have IDs.