‘If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed;
if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.’
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
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
– George Bernard Shaw
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
-James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian
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)
No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
-Mark Twain (1866)
The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal: a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
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.
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.