Insight on Politics and Government

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

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

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

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. – 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

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)

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

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

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O’Rourke

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. – Anonymous

You can fool all of the people all of the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. – Joseph Levine

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 ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. – Herbert Spencer

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

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

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. – Aesop

The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks’, meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’. – Larry Hardiman

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

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

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