Pericles (430 B.C.)
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.
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody else.
Frederic Bastiat, French Economist(1801-1850)
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
The only difference between a taxman and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain (1866)
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
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.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
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)
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
- Gordon Liddy
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
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)