October 18, 2008

Election season wisdom from all over

What do Thomas Jefferson, Will Rogers, Voltaire and Pericles have in common? None of them lived through this interminable election -- and yet they all had something wise to say about it. Here, to help keep you sane through the final 20 days of election attack ads, some words of wisdom about the process we are enduring. (Note: These all came from the Internets -- sent to me by a friend -- so take 'em with a grain of salt.)
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw

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 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 Casey, classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
--PJ. 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!
-- PJ. 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.
-- Unknown

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

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

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
-- Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)


  1. I often quote Bovard - that is a great one!

    Here are two few more - the second quote is quasi-political and more business oriented but the shocking part is when it was said. The last piece is a joke but I do not know the author.

    "The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge."

    Daniel J Boorstin

    “We trained hard – but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing,and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.”

    Petronius Arbiter – 66 A.D.

    Mao Tse-Tung, Joseph Stalin and Karl Marx were having a conversation one day. Marx posed the question “how would you get a cat to eat a handful of red pepper” Stalin quickly responded “I’d just grab that cat, pry open its mouth and shove the pepper down its throat”. Mao thought a bit and said “I would mix the pepper with a large amount of cat food and put it in his bowl”. Marx observed “Joseph, your solution requires coercion and we cannot have this with communism. Mao, your solution requires deception and we cannot have this with communism” Both Tse-Tung and Stalin implored “but then what is the answer?” Marx responded “place the pepper on the cat’s tail – once his tail begins to smart he will lick it off, and it will be his own decision.

  2. Geez, there are alot of good sayings in there. PJ O'Rourke may have said it best. Thanks for those quotes.