Monday, June 07, 2004

Reflections on government

Thursday, May 20, 2004
Reflections on government
I am in such a political mood lately with the insanity of the world so very present in daily life.


this got messed up so I am re-posting it.

REFLECTIONS ON GOVERNMENT

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

2) 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.
Winston Churchill

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

4) Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

5) 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

6) Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

7) Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

8) 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)

9) I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers

10) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.
P.J. O'Rourke

11) 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, Former Editor of the National Review (1995)

12) 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)

13) 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.)

14) No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session
Mark Twain (1866)

15) Talk is cheap ... except when Congress does it.
Unknown

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

17) 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

18) The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Mark Twain

19) The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

20) There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.
Mark Twain

21) What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)

22) A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
Thomas Jefferson, Famous Revolutionary

23) 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

24) They're all liars.
Bob Thorne

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