Common Sense From The Past

A good friend sent me this list of quotes which are pretty interesting. Although these truisms have been published by many blogs and websites I thought them good enough to share again.

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Truisms
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 endeavours 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– author unknown Thank you Danielwalldammit for correcting me on this quote.

http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/government-big-enough-to-give-you-everything-you-wantquotation

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

FIVE BEST SENTENCES

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!

Wisdom Galore

When growing up during World War II my immigrant parents often lectured me on the Democrat Party, “they are for the workin’ man” Dad would say. Then he and Mom went on living conservative lives despising the idea of getting “charity” from the government.
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Political Musings

English: Headstone (front and back) of Adlai E...

English: Headstone (front and back) of Adlai Eewing Stevenson II. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Democratic party poster 1952 for Adla...

English: Democratic party poster 1952 for Adlai Stevenson. never copyrighted; no (c) symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Note the campaign poster comparison between the Republican and Democrat challengers, the message has still not changed nor have the outcomes, the country is still a mess.

This morning while I wait for my bride to get ready for a road trip I am reading e-mails and have some really great ones to share with you. My favorite quote is by Adlai Stevenson, the last great Governor of  Illinois. Aesop wins the most lasting quote award, true in BC and still true today.

 If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.

~Jay Leno~
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII~
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~Aesop~
If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.
~Will Rogers~
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~
Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
~Author unknown~
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton~
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Ameringer~
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I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Tex Guinan~
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle~
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson~
There ought to be one day — just one — when there is open season on senators.
~Will Rogers~
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