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Truths about Government

Truer words are rarely spoken. Here’s 15 quotable quotes that pretty much cover what government is…and always has been.

  1. 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 government.
    - John Adams
  2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
    - Mark Twain
  3. 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
  4. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
    - James Bovard
  5. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
    - Douglas Case.
  6. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
    - P.J. O’Rourke
  7. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
    - Frederic Bastiat
  8. 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
  9. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
    - Mark Twain
  10. 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
  11. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
    - Mark Twain
  12. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
    - Herbert Spencer
  13. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
    - Edward Langley
  14. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
    - Thomas Jefferson
  15. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
    - Aesop
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