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

-George Bernard Shaw

 

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

-Douglas Casey (1992)

 

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 (1764)

 

4. There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with other people’s money. Well, who isn’t? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he’ll do good with his own money—if a gun is held to his head.

-P.J. O’Rourke

 

5. There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for you.

-Robert A. Heinlein

 

6. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

-Frederic Bastiat

 

7. Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.

-Ludwig Von Mises

 

8. 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 Churchill

 

9. If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.

-Thomas Sowell (1992)

 

10. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

-James Bovard (1994)

 

11. The power to tax is the power to destroy.

-John Marshall

 

12. A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury.

-Alexander Tyler

 

13. 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

 

14. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

-Mark Twain

 

15. To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.

-Thomas Jefferson

 

16. The best government is the one that charges you the least blackmail for leaving you alone.

-Thomas Rudman-Brown

 

17. A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which 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

 

18. I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men’s rights.

-Abraham Lincoln

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