Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A few for laughs

'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,

Giving money and power to the government is like
giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-P.J. O'Rourke , Civil Libertarian


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

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)

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.)

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.
-Unknown

The government is like a baby's alimentary canal:
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

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

4 comments:

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

These are classic - gotta love Mark Twain!

Don said...

Mark Twain, one of my all-time favorites. Especially when done by
Hal Holbrook.

Kansas Bob said...

Hmmm.. I wonder.. who is better to oversee the..

..Health Industry.. Insurance companies or the governmemnt?

..Finance Industry.. Wall Street companies or the government?

..Trade Industry.. American cmpanies or the government?

..Civil Rights.. Company employers or the government?

Not sure who I have lost more faith in.. the folks who run our governments or the folks who run our corporations?

karen said...

B and D....Love Twain...and Holbrook was awesome!

KB...no to government, thank you!