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Monday, January 02, 2006

38. Politics As Usual

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

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich
countries to rich people in poor countries. -- Douglas Casey (1992)

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

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

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)

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

Talk is cheap -- except when Congress does it. 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

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

We 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

To announce that there be no criticism of the President, or to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. -- Theodore Roosevelt

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