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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

 

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

-Douglas Casey, classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

 

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)

 

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

-Mark Twain

 

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

-Thomas Jefferson

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