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History 101 - Some Quotes On Taxes, Politics, Economics & Liberty

I was recently reviewing a file of quotes that I've collected over the years, and the following stood out as timely for the state of today --

"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

"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

"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, Georgetown University

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

"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)

"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)

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