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

4. 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

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on 
the support of Paul. 
— George Bernard Shaw

6. 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

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

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a 
transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. 
— Douglas Case, 
Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University .

9. Giving money and power to 
government is like giving whiskey 
and car keys to teenage boys. 
— P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, 
through which everybody 
endeavors to live at the expense 
of everybody else. 
— Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

11. 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)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch
the government and report the 
facts. — Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is 
expensive now, wait until you 
see what it costs when it’s free! 
— P. J. O’Rourke

14. 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)

15. Just because you do not take an 
interest in politics doesn’t mean 
politics won’t take an interest 
in you! — Pericles (430 B.C.)

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

17. Talk is cheap, except when 
Congress does it. — Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby’s 
alimentary canal, with a happy 
appetite at one end and no 
responsibility at the other. 
— Ronald Reagan

19. 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

20. The only difference between a 
tax man and a taxidermist is that 
the taxidermist leaves the skin. 
— Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding 
men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. 
— Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly Native 
American criminal class, save 
Congress. — Mark Twain

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

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is 
strong enough to take everything 
you have. — Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and 
appoint the great ones to public 
office. — Aesop


1. You cannot legislate the poor into 
prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without 
working for, another person must 
work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to 
anybody anything that the 
government does not first take 
from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by 
dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the 
idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the 
beginning of the end of any nation!


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