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Axiom’s to Live By

Posted by Jeff Id on October 22, 2008

I received an email with these.

Political axioms—

‘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

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from

poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

-Douglas Casey,

Giving money and power to the 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.


The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal:

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 taxi dermist 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

One Response to “Axiom’s to Live By”

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