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The essence of government: 24 political truths ^

Posted on 06/18/2003 12:21:28 PM PDT by keyd

The essence of government: 24 political


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Over the years, millions of words have been written about government. Deep

thinkers from Aristotle to John Maynard Keynes have weighed in with their opinions

about the optimal size and scope of government. Books great and small have been

devoted to the subject.

Ignore them. They're all unnecessary.

In fact, all you'll ever need to properly understand government are the following

'24 political truths.' They are the distilled essence of verisimilitude about

politics, politicians, and governing. They're a crash course in how politics really

works. They're a political-science masters degree in just a few minutes.

And they're even fun. Enjoy.

1. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of

Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw

2. 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

3. 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

4. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't

take an interest in you. -- Pericles

5. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no

constitution, no law, no court can save it. -- Judge Learned Hand

6. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to

have for dinner. -- James Bovard

7. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to

rich people in poor countries. -- Douglas Casey

8. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to

teenage boys. -- P.J. O'Rourke

9. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at

the expense of everybody else. -- Frederic Bastiat

10. 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

11. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. -- Will


12. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs

when it's free. -- P.J. O'Rourke

13. No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in

session. -- Mark Twain

14. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I

repeat myself. -- Mark Twain

15. Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it. -- Anonymous

16. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one

end and no responsibility at the other. -- Ronald Reagan

17. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The

inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. -- Winston


18. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist

leaves the skin. -- Mark Twain

19. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the

world with fools. -- Herbert Spencer

20. There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress. -- Mark


21. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you please. And with it

comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. -- P.J.


22. We 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


23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. -- Edward Langley

24. When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be

bought and sold are legislators. -- P.J. O'Rourke

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government

1 posted on 06/18/2003 12:21:28 PM PDT by keyd
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To: keyd
Politics SITREP
2 posted on 06/18/2003 12:25:59 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: keyd
3 posted on 06/18/2003 12:33:24 PM PDT by RAT Patrol (Congress can give one American a dollar only by first taking it away from another American. -W.W.)
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To: keyd
Home truths bump!

Nevertheless, the public keeps believing the politician's BS, so the rascals are doing something right!
4 posted on 06/18/2003 12:38:53 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: headsonpikes
One of Will Roger's famous sayings ...

"when Congress goes into session and the politicians leave their districts - the intelligence level takes a bump upwards ---

when they arrive at the capital - the intelligence level takes another bump upwards" !
5 posted on 06/18/2003 12:57:30 PM PDT by f.Christian (( I'm going to rechristen evolution, in honor of f.Christian, "shlockology"... HumanaeVitae ))
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