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Government Truisms | TAPC

Government Truisms

Published by at 3:09 pm under Governance

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose
you were a member of Congress. But then
I repeat myself. – Mark Twain
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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
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A government which robs Peter to pay Paul
can always depend on the support of Paul.
– George Bernard Shaw
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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
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Democracy must be something more than
two wolves and a sheep voting on what to
have for dinner. – James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
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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 Univ.
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Giving money and power to government is like
giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
– P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian
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Government is the great fiction, through which
everybody endeavors to live at the expense of
everybody else. – Frederic Bastiat, French
Economist (1801-1850)
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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)
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I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government
and report the facts. – Will Rogers
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If you think health care is expensive now,
wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!
– P.J. O’Rourke
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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)

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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.)
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No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe
while the legislature is in session.
– Mark Twain (1866)
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Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.
– Unknown
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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
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The only difference between a tax man and a
taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
– Mark Twain
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The ultimate result of shielding men from the
effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
– Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
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There is no distinctly native American criminal
class…save Congress. – Mark Twain
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What this country needs are more unemployed
politicians. – Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)
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A government big enough to give you everything you
want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
– Thomas Jefferson
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“Government is not the solution to our problem;
government is the problem. if no one among us is
capable of governing himself, then who among us
has the capacity to govern someone else?”
– Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, 1/20/1981
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“Politics is the highest form of science because it determines what all the other sciences do.” – – Aristotle