Friday, February 02, 2007

Political Wisdom

(received in my inbox this morning)

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
andle.
-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, 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

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

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

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics
won't take an interest in you!
-Pericles

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in
session.
-Mark Twain

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

There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress.
-Mark Twain

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
-Edward Langley

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

2 Comments:

At 9:32 AM, February 04, 2007, Blogger Pete Fanning said...

THESE are my favorite quotes:

"I can remember way back when a liberal was one who was generous with his own money." -- Will Rogers

"A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money." -- Carter Glass

"Liberal -- a power worshiper without the power." -- George Orwell

 
At 1:22 PM, February 13, 2007, Blogger Crawford's Take said...

Twain is by far my favorite writer ever. Many other writers have brought a chuckle, a smile, a tear, but that man's genius is really quite impossible to ever describe in mere words... He was perhaps the only man who could have found a way to do that...

It's fun to pull the anti-government/congress quotes, but pull his take on war (there's plenty of stuff, google mark twain quotes on war) and you'll be busy reading for months.

He was no fan of government, but most especially because they created wars.

Interesting how stuff written a century ago is still so pertinent today.

Here are a few of my favorites to get you started:

One frequently only finds out how really beautiful a really beautiful woman is after considerable acquaintance with her; and the rule applies to Niagara Falls, to majestic mountains, and to mosques--especially to mosques. -- Innocents Abroad

To be a patriot, one had to say, and keep on saying, " Our country, right or wrong," and urge on the little war. Have you not perceived that that phrase is an insult to the nation.
- "Glances at History," 1906

An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war.
- "Glances at History," 1906

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out...and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel. ..And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for "the universal brotherhood of man"--with his mouth.
- What Is Man?

And this in light of the Libby trial and Scooter Libby is clearly prophetic:

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- "Chronicle of Young Satan"

 

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