Monday, April 20, 2009

Thoughts Worth Recalling

In my many years I have come to a conclusion
that one useless man is a shame,
two is a law firm
and three or more is a congress.
-- John Adams

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

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

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, Civil Libertarian (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, Civil 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.
-- Will Rogers

If yo u 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
-- Mark Twain (1866)

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

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 inherent vice of capitalism
is the unequal sharing of the blessings.
The inherent blessing of socialism
is the equal sharing of misery.
-- Winston Churchill

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

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.
-- 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

[From my friend and colleague, Dan Smith.]

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