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reflections on government
ifihadahif Posted: Mon Mar 8 17:51:27 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Reflections of great minds 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) 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.
-- Mark Twain

22) What this country needs are more

unemployed politicians.
-- Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995

Malik Posted: Mon Mar 8 22:27:34 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Hah, funny stuff. True stuff, however. Sadly.

mat_j Posted: Tue Mar 9 05:36:48 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  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.)

ah so true


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