Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Speaking Truth

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion: that one
useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. ~
John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do
read the newspaper you are misinformed. ~ Mark Twain

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

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a
man standing in a bucket & trying to lift himself up by the handle. ~
*Winston Churchill*

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

6. 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

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep
voting on what to have for dinner. ~ James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor
people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. ~ Douglas Casey

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey
and car keys to teenage boys. ~ P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. ~ Frederic Bastiat,
French Economist (1801-1850)

11. 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)

12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report
the facts. ~ Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you
see what it costs when it's free! ~ P.J. O'Rourke

14. 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)

15. 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.)

16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the
Legislature is in session. ~ Mark Twain (1866 )

17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. ~ Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a
happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. ~ Ronald Reagan

19. 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

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

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is
to fill the world with fools. ~ Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher

22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class ...
Save Congress. ~ Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. ~
Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)

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

25. Liberalism is a mental disorder, NOT a difference of opinion.


Shadowscapestudio said...

And you named this in honor of me....I'm proud!
And I agree 100% with every one of these people.
That is where you and I separate.
I agree with these ideas based on their ideas. You agree with them based on politics.
Everyone of these is true. But it is not a political argument, it is a moral argument.

Unknown said...

Who would ever think to equate morality with politicians. Politicians are by definition amoral.

Notice they just nationalized a part of our health care system and announced an additional trillion dollar package. I guess the first trillion just wasn't enough.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is one the attributed to Ronald Reagan. I copied and pasted this post to send to a few like-minded individuals that I know.

Thank you Gary.

Stiff Man

TyMax said...

A billion here a billion there and soon we are talking real money. I think you are giving politicians to much credit by calling them amoral.

I like 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.) Somethings just do not change.

Anonymous said...

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country"
Hermann Goering

Anonymous said...

Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen.
Bob Edwards
Crime does not pay ... as well as politics.
Alfred E. Newman
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Ronald Reagan

Anonymous said...

Gary, you didn't happen to get these from Lamb and Lion's newsletter did you? I get their excellent newsletter and they had the exact phrases you have here!

All excellent and show how smart these men were don't they? Timely stuff.