Custom Search

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quotes on politics and the economy

I thought I'd put some quotes on politics and economics out there. Feel free to add yours to the comments section and I'll be updating this post with new ones every so often.








“We're lost, but we're making good time.” ~Yogi Berra (not political, exactly, but kinda fits don't ya think?)

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ~Mark Twain

Truth is not determined by majority vote. ~Doug Gwyn

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. ~Stewart Udall

Politics, n: [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"] ~Larry Hardiman

Taxation with representation ain't so hot either. ~Gerald Barzan

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. ~Laurence J. Peter

Did you ever notice that when you put the words "The" and "IRS" together, it spells "THEIRS?" ~Author Unknown

The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away. ~John S. Coleman, address, Detroit Chamber of Commerce, 1956

The 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 know if I can live on my income or not - the government won't let me try it. ~Bob Thaves, "Frank & Ernest"

A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right. Author Unknown

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. ~Author unknown, from a Washington Post word contest

"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."
-- Voltaire

"You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money."
-- P. J. O'Rourke








"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it."
-- Thomas Sowell

"A government policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, 'the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.'"
-- Thomas Jefferson

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
-- C.S. Lewis

"Collectivism doesn't work because it's based on a faulty economic premise. There is no such thing as a person's 'fair share' of wealth. The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless."
-- P. J. O'Rourke, "How to Explain Conservatism"








* "You cannot bring prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further brotherhood of men by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
-- Rev. William J. H. Boetcker (This quote is often erroneously attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy? Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?” –Ronald Reagan


Now add your own!!!

2 comments:

backwoods conservative said...

Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so. Ronald Reagan

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

backwoods conservative said...

How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy? Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?” –Ronald Reagan