Reflections of Great Minds on Government

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(0) "It is indeed probable that more harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil." -- Fredrich von Hayek, Nobel Laureate in Economics, from "The Constitution of Liberty"

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

(2) 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

(3) A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw

(4) 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

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

(6) 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

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

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

(9) 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)

(10) I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. -- Will Rogers

(11) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free. -- P.J. O'Rourke

(12) If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist. -- Joseph Sobran, Former Editor of the National Review (1995)

(13) 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 (1764)

(14) 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.)

(15) No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. -- Mark Twain (1866)

(16) Talk is cheap ... except when Congress does it. -- Unknown

(17) The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. -- Ronald Reagan

(18) 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

(19) The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. -- Mark Twain

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

(21) There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress. -- Mark Twain

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

(23) A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -- Thomas Jefferson, Famous Revolutionary

(24) They're all liars. -- Bob Thorne

(25) "Unionism seldom, if ever, uses such power as it has to insure better work; almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguarding bad work." —H.L. Mencken

(26) “Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.” -- George Norman Douglas Finnish Composer, (1865-1957)

(27) "Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine," -- Irwin Edman

(28) "Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself... [I] hope we have once again reminded people at man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts." -- Ronald Reagan"

(29) "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." -President Harry S. Truman

(30) "Death and taxes are inevitable" - Thomas C. Haliburton

(31) "The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." – Will Rogers

(32) "I shall never use profanity except in discussing house rent and taxes." - Mark Twain

(33) "We are told that this is an odious and unpopular tax. I never knew a tax that was not odious and unpopular with the people who paid it." - John Sherman

(34) "A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right." - Author Unknown

(35) "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery." - Calvin Coolidge

(36) "The politicians say "we" can't afford a tax cut. Maybe we can't afford the politicians." - Steve Forbes

(37)"Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?" - Peg Bracken

(38)"The avoidance of taxes is the only pursuit that still carries any reward." - J M Keynes

(39)"There is no art which one government sooner learns from another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people." - Adam Smith

(40) "Your federal government needs your money so that it can perform vital services for you that ou would not think up yourself in a million years." - Dave Barry

(41) “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” -- Thomas Jefferson

(42) "To achieve victory at the cost of eroding civil liberties would not really be a victory. We cannot change the core identity of our nation and claim success." -Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

(43) "If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." also by... Ronald Reagan

(44) "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem." -- Ronald Reagan

(45) "of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper-money." -- Daniel Webster

(46) "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." -Sir Winston Churchill

(47) Thomas Jefferson remarked of this practice of bequeathing debt, "I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

(48) "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem" -- Ronald Reagan

(49) "If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." Also by.. Ronald Reagan

(50) "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -James Madison

(51) "A wise and frugal government...shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."--Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

(52) "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." -Benjamin Franklin

(53) “The most serious threat to the United States is not someone hiding in a cave in Pakistan of Afghanistan, but our own fiscal irresponsibility.” — David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States

(54) "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." -- Benjamin Franklin

(55) Democracy: "the worst form of government, except for all the rest that have been tried." -- Winston Churchill

(56) "When men get in the habit of helping themselves to the property of others, they cannot easily be cured of it." -- The New York Times in 1909, when discussing the Income Tax laws, then just passed in Congress

(57) "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's mone—Margaret Thatcher

(58) The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not. - Thomas Jefferson

(59) "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." Winston Churchill

And even more Libertarian thoughts

"However things gets hashed...the single operative word in the [immigration] debate for most Americans is 'illegal'..." —Kathleen Parker

"Do American citizens go around carrying documents with them when they work or apply for work? Most Americans are undocumented workers but they are not illegal immigrants. There is a difference." —Thomas Sowell

"If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions." —James Madison

"I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy." -John Bolton US Ambassador to the UN (A man who stopped the United Nations plans to regulate US guns, but is a real neo-conservative who thinks Ron Paul is wrong)... Bolton doesn't mind "other people's kids" dieing in wars that prove nothing.

Libertarian Thoughts about Central Banks, Real Money, and Inflation Theft... if you have other thoughts, send me some e-mail at

Let's start at the beginning....we have to understand that humanity through the ages has come to know Gold and Silver as "money".... a medium of exchange.... something to trade for something you want, and something that "stores it value" for you for some time.

You can use Bread, but it gets old quick... you could use Salt, but that depends on its rarity. You could use Pork Bellies, but they start to smell in a week... you could use a ton of corn, but you have to store it someplace, and its bad after 3 years... etc, etc.

Silver and/or Gold is genuine real "money" because no one can artificially manufacture it, it is rare, and it does not deteriorate... it stays in perpetuity. It cannot be printed or made up artificially so it holds it value through the ages. In Roman times an ounce of Gold would buy you a good suit of clothes, and an ounce of Silver would buy you a good meal. It remains about the same today. Can you say that for a U.S. Dollar you might have saved in 1913, when Central Banking got started?

No matter what you hear on TV or read on the Internet, this concept is ingrained into humanity... French, English, Japanese, Chinese, Iranians, it doesn't matter..there is no place on Earth where Gold and Silver are not recognized as some kind of is completely universal, and no other currency has lasted for centuries.

The Romans used it.. The Greeks used it. If you yourself had an equal opportunity to have $500 or an ounce of Gold, (and wanted to save something tangible for 20 yrs) you would opt for the Gold.

About 1700, a guy named John Law weaseled his way into the inner circle of the King of France.... by telling the King that the King could buy things he wanted but didn't have the Gold or Silver to buy, simply by printing certificates that promised that if someone else would hand over their own Gold and Silver and let the King borrow (spend) it, they could get their Gold or Silver back any time in the future (with interest!) just by asking at the Kings Bank, set up by Mr. Law in Paris...this was perhaps the first real "Ponzi scheme" used by governments.. see John Law and the King of France

Eventually, the ever-growing "interest" which had to be paid to suckers willing to hand over their Gold and Silver couldn't be paid any longer, and the whole thing collapsed in something called the Mississippi Land Company (a French Company), and lots of important people lost their shirts, and John Law was sent packing.

This is exactly what we now call "Central Banking" today.... and I believe every Country in the World has its version of a Central Bank... the job of which is to produce exactly those same kinds of Certificates that John Law made for the King of France around 1700....I just have to wonder what organization makes up these Internationalist Bankers?

Our United States Constitution recognized the danger of paper money that cannot be exchanged at will for Silver or Gold. Several attempts were made to allow a "central bank authority" in the USA, but early Presidents didn't cave in to the Banking interests, and until President Woodrow Wilson finally got in bed with International Banks, and we had our 1st central bank that stuck.

Paper money was still "backed by Gold and Silver" after 1913...but after making a campaign promise never to sever the connection between the Dollar and Gold, The then new President Franklin Roosevelt (another Eastern elite snob like Wilson) did exactly that in 1932 (?) making the United States one of the only major countries in World to "outlaw" private citizens' ownership of Gold. And about 1960, Silver was no longer allowed to be handed out for paper money...and in 1972, Nixon did the last step..he stopped allowing even foreign governments to exchange Dollars for Gold (he "shut the gold window")

So, we have had almost 100 years of false money but only about 35 years of complete disconnection from Silver and Gold by using paper money. If you were a teenager when this happened, and I bet you remember what a bottle of Pop cost, or a Snickers bar?

In the early history of our country, the purchasing power of Silver and Gold actually allowed a slow "Deflation" to happen, where things actually cost less and less each year, because of improving productivity... it was perfect.. you could save money and know that your savings would actually grow with interest, and actually buy as much or more as the day you saved it, but it didn't suit International Banks and Monied Families, who wanted to be able to skim off this deflationary profit for they started "Central Banking", and our Country has had continueous inflation ever since... most people even believe it is a good thing!

Since 1913 though, the purchasing-power of that same savings has declined steadily... a Dollar in 1913 would buy a basket of stuff that it now takes about $100 to buy today. The "value" of your savings is being degraded each year, even after factoring in interest and taxes.

This degradation is accelerating and unless something is done to stop the inflation, you can probably expect to see much, much higher prices in your old-age... start "saving" now, but finding ways to invest in things that can grow in Dollars at least as fast as the Inflation goes up..and be prepared to then pay the taxes you will owe on the Capital Gains this Inflation will produce... the government will take a percentage of your wealth, based on things they do to artificially make things more costly... cute!

And for last, here is a truism if I ever heard one

To see how Gun Control works, read Parable of the Sheep, by Charles Riggs-1997, by permission of the author

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