Government Quotes


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"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government"
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"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys"
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"Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there"
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"Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us"
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"Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be"
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"Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off"
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"A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others"
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"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master"
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"You don't pay taxes - they take taxes"
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"Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners"
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"As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States"
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"Americans no longer look to government for economic security; rather, they look to their portfolios"
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"I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could"
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"Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed"
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"Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down"
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"If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?"
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"It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government"
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"So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system"
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"Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists"
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"Democracy is an abuse of statistics"
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"I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it"
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"Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?"
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"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer"
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"Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln"
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"Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy"
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"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern"
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"Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor"
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"To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places"
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"Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home"
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"Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people"