Quotable Quotations on Government

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

“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 handle.” – Winston Churchill

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” – James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

“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’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 (1986)

“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 (1764)

“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain (1866)

“Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.” – Anon

“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 (1820-1903)

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

“What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.” – Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)

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

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