ON GOVERNMENT


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


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

George Bernard Shaw


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

James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)


"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."

Mark Twain


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

Mark Twain


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, Civil Libertarian


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

Frederic Bastiat, 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.

Will Rogers


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

P.J. O'Rourke


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

Voltaire (1764)


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.

Unknown


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

Ronald Reagan


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

Mark Twain


There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress.

Mark Twain


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.

Thomas Jefferson

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