More quips on politics & government

In response to our friend Dick Inwood, here is a much longer list of humourous quips dredged up from a past By George Journal post dating back to February 2010.

  • Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent. – Boies Penrose
  • We 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 big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. – Thomas Jefferson
  • A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw
  • I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment’s would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress. – Ronald Reagan
  • Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. – Ronald Reagan
  • Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. – Frederic Bastiat
  • All our opinions should be marked, ‘Subject to change without notice.’ – Nellie McClung
  • No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. – Mark Twain
  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. – Mark Twain
  • Talk is cheap-except when Congress does it. – Will Rogers
  • There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. – P. J. O’Rourke
  • When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. -P. J. O’Rourke
  • I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers
  • Government is the only institution that can take a valuable commodity like paper, and make it worthless by applying ink. – Ludwig van Moses
  • A government committee charged with considering three possible courses of action soon had the choice narrowed down to eight. – Richard Needham
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O’Rourke
  • The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant: It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.  – Ronald Reagan
  • 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
  • What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. – Edward Langley
  • Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you! – Pericles
  • Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. – James Bovard
  • 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
  • Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers
  • 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
  • Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. … if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? – Ronald Reagan
  • The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.  – Ronald Reagan
  • The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program. – Ronald Reagan
  • The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected. – Will Rogers
  • Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for. – Will Rogers


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