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>> Thursday, October 14, 2004

Government truths sent to me via email.


  1. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

    --Mark Twain

  2. We 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.

    --Winston Churchill

  3. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

    --George Bernard Shaw

  4. 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

  5. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

    --James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

  6. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

    --Douglas Casey, Classmate of W.J. Clinton at Georgetown U.(1992)

  7. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

    --P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

  8. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

    --Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

  9. 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)

  10. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

    --Will Rogers

  11. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.

    --P.J. O'Rourke

  12. If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist.

    --Joseph Sobran, Editor of the National Review at one time (1995)

  13. In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

    --Voltaire (1764)

  14. 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.)

  15. No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.

    --Mark Twain (1866)

  16. Talk is cheap-except when Congress does it.

    --(Unknown)

  17. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

    --Ronald Reagan

  18. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

    --Winston Churchill

  19. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

    --Mark Twain

  20. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

    --Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

  21. There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.

4 comments:

Anonymous 10:16 AM  

Fabulous! And so good to see that politics have been a pain in the a** for thousands of years...

Doug Halsted 2:27 PM  

The more things change...the more the stay the same.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit 5:51 PM  

"Government, like fire, is a useful tool but a harsh master."

"The opposite of Progress is Congress."

"The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 is 23 pages long."

Brett Rogers 6:46 PM  

Excellent quotes... I'd like to add one more:

"The higher the title of public servant, the greater the function as self-servant."

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