This is a departure from my usual comment on the mortgage market and the economy. However, the more I think about it, maybe not that much of a departure.
- 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
- 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
- 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 Case, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.
- Giving money and power to 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. — Anonymous
- The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with 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
- The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
— Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
- There is no distinctly Native American criminal class, save Congress. –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
- We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. –Aesop
And, a bonus: Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society Aristotle.