Political Philosophy 101

1)  Suppose you were an idiot.  And suppose you were a member of Congress.

But, I repeat myself.  — Mark Twain


2)  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


3)  A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the

support of Paul. — George Bernard Shaw


4)  A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man,

which he proposes to pay off with your money.  — G. Gordon Liddy


5)  Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep

voting on what to have for dinner.  — James Bovard, Civil Libertarian



6)  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 University


7)  Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and

car keys to teenage boys.  — P.J O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian


8)  Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors

to live at the expense of everybody else.  — Frederic Bastiat, French

Economist (1801-1850)


9)  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)


10)  I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the

facts. — Will Rogers


11)  If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see

what it costs when it’s free. — P.J O’Rourke


12)  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 (1764)


13)  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.)


14)  No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature

is in session.  — Mark Twain (1866)


15)  Talk is cheap … except when Congress does it.  — Unknown


16)  The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy

appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.  — Ronald



17)  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


18)  The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that

the taxidermist leaves the skin.  — Mark Twain


19)  The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is

to fill the world with fools.  — Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher



20)  There is no distinctly native American criminal class … save

Congress.  — Mark Twain


21)  What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.  —

Edward Langley, Artist (1928 -1995)


22)  A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong

enough to take everything you have.  — Thomas Jefferson


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