Some Memorable Quotations
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
G. Gordon Liddy
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
James Bovard, 1994
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P.J. O'Rourke, libertarian
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan 1986
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.
In general, the art of [statist] government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
Pericles 430 B.C.
No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain 1866
Talk is cheap. except when Congress does it.
The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings.
The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
The only difference between a taxman and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher 1820-1903
There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
Edward Langley, Artist 1928 - 1995
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
" My friends, there is a battle going on in American politics right now. It is a fundamental battle between Left and Right, between Big Government power over your life and more Liberty for you. " -- Rush Limbaugh, among remarks made on his nationally syndicated radio program on June 13, 2001
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." -- P. J. O'Rourke
"Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."-- Lord Acton
"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."-- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 1801
"A government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you've got -- and will!" -- Tom Anderson
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." -- Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 1791. ME 8:276
"We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money." -- Davy Crockett, Congressman 1827-35
"The moral justification of capitalism does not lie in the altruist claim that it represents the best way to achieve the 'common good.' It is true that capitalism does--if that catch phrase has any meaning--but this is merely a secondary consequence. The moral justification for capitalism lies in the fact that it is the only system consonant with man's rational nature, that it protects man's survival qua man, and that its ruling principle is: justice." -- Ayn Rand
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes"
"Maxine Waters is one of the few people who is almost always morally wrong -- and she is a Member of Congress!" -- Dennis Prager
"Don't let them get your guns." -- a quote from a Holocaust survivor
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