"We have to watch OPEC, because every time something good happens, they raise the price of oil, and it just drains the blood out of the economy...you really need a Secretary of Energy that would be tough and smart, and you do have to create other alternatives to oil."
The high-profile real estate investor suggested Obama back off of any tax increase plans.
"It just seems to be the wrong time to be raising taxes, and I think your new President is going to see that."
"If you want money today, no matter how good a deal you have, real estate or otherwise, the banks are not lending money. With all the money that's been pumped into the banks, they're not lending it. It's a shame, because that wasn't the deal. The deal was, 'Here's billions of dollars. Put it out there.' It is virtually impossible for anybody -- the strongest company -- to go to a bank and get a loan."