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Government: An Eternal Source of Good Quotes

I received this in my email today and thought it worth posting. Mind you, I haven't checked these quotes, so it is possible that some of them are not legitimate.

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. --Mark Twain

A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have. --Thomas Jefferson

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. --Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903) (This one may require a little explanation. If you keep passing laws to "protect" people from themselves, they will never learn to be responsible for themselves or to think for themselves, and ultimately, you have a nation of idiots. --Marina)

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 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 in 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. --Cullen Hightower

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

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)

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