Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were
a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax it-
self into prosperity is like a man standing
in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by
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
--James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
Giving money and power to government is like
giving whiskey and car keys to teenage
--P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
Government is the great fiction, through which
everybody endeavors to live at the expense of
--Frederic Bastiat, French Economist
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.
If you think health care is expensive now,
wait until you see what it costs when it's
If you want government to intervene domes-
tically, 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 moder-
ate. If you don't want government to in-
tervene anywhere, you're an extremist.
Editor of the National Review at one time (1995)
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.
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 are safe
while the legislature is in session.
--Mark Twain (1866)
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.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the un-
equal sharing of the blessings. The in-
herent blessing of socialism is the equal
sharing of misery.
The only difference between a tax man and
a taxidermist is that the taxidermist
leaves the skin
The ultimate result of shielding men from
the effects of folly is to fill the world
--Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher
There is no distinctly native American
criminal class save Congress.
There is only one basic human right, the
right to do as you please. And with it
comes the only basic human duty, the duty
to take the consequences.
--P.J. O'Rourke (1993)
What this country needs are more unemployed
-- Edward Langley, Artist 1928-1995
When buying and selling are controlled by
legislation, the first things to be bought
and sold are legislators.
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