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"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed.  If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."

— Mark Twain


"Suppose you were an idiot.  And suppose you were a member of Congress...but then I repeat myself."

— Mark Twain


"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


"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 for dinner."

— James Bovard, bestselling libertarian author and lecturer, in his 1994 book Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty


"A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect."

— James Bovard, Civil Libertarian 


"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


"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

— P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian


"Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."

— Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)


"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."

— 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


"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)


"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 is safe while the legislature is in session."

— Mark Twain (1866)


"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, English Philosopher (1820-1903)


"There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress."

— Mark Twain


"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."

— Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)


"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."

— Thomas Jefferson



"If you can't say something nice, let's hear it!"   — Joan Rivers

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