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   S J Pedde

Insights On Government

The collection of quotes displayed below was sent to me by a friend.  I believe that it was originally compiled on the internet somewhere.  My question:  If everyone knows that governments everywhere are ineffective and corrupt, why do we keep voting the bastards in?

  • A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw
  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.  But I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain
  • 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
  • Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. -- Douglas Casey
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.  -- P.J. O'Rourke
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. -- Pericles
  • No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. -- Mark Twain
  • 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 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
  • There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.  -- Mark Twain
  • What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. -- Edward Langley
  • 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