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President's Day Giveaway!


The contest closed at 5:00pm. I am going through the list one more time and will pick my favorite, which will be announced at 8:00pm. Thanks to everyone for participating.


To commemorate Barack Obama's signing of Porkulus in Denver tomorrow, I'm giving away one of my Stimulus t-shirts to one lucky commenter.

One of you could win this:


But you've got to earn it to win it. This is what you need to do. Just leave a comment with your favorite quote from your favorite conservative/free market/liberty-loving thinker and I will pick my favorite. Those quotes that are especially pertinent to current events are encouraged but not necessary. If two or more people pick the same quote I will choose the one who suggested it first. You have until Friday, February 20th at 5:00pm. The winner will be announced at 8:00pm.

Good luck!


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A government big enough to ... (Below threshold)

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

Giving money and power to g... (Below threshold)
Yogurt Author Profile Page:

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O'Rourke

"Spiritual movements are re... (Below threshold)

"Spiritual movements are revolts of thought against inertia, of the few against the many; of those who because they are strong in spirit are strongest alone against those who can express themselves only in the mass and the mob, and who are significant only because they are numerous." ~Ludwig Von Mises

The government cannot give ... (Below threshold)

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. Dr. Adrian Rogers

Does it have to fit on a te... (Below threshold)

Does it have to fit on a tee shirt, Kim?


Those who do not remember t... (Below threshold)

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

"Democracy is the principle... (Below threshold)
The Last of the Duke Street Kings:

"Democracy is the principle that the common people know what they want and deserve it good and hard." -- H.L. Mencken

"'Emergencies' have always ... (Below threshold)

"'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded."

"Freedom is never more than... (Below threshold)

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

Ronald Reagan

"The government's view of t... (Below threshold)

"The 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

"The price of greatness is ... (Below threshold)

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


And this should win since I understand our newly elected pres removed the bust of Winston Churchill today...


"Government is like a ba... (Below threshold)

"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

- Ronald Reagan.

"We're at war with the most... (Below threshold)

"We're at war with the most dangerous enemy to face mankind since his long climb from the swamp to the stars. And it's been said that if we lose this war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, that history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening."

-- Ronald Reagan (1964)

"It only stands to reason t... (Below threshold)

"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master."

Ayn Rand

It isn't that liberals a... (Below threshold)

It isn't that liberals are ignorant, its just that they know so much that isn't so.
-- Ronald Reagan

CONSERVATISM wins every tim... (Below threshold)
retired military:

CONSERVATISM wins every time it is tried - Ann Coulter (of course she isnt talking about the liberal "conservatism" that most "republicans" practise.

"The state is the great fic... (Below threshold)

"The state is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."

Frederic Bastiat 1848

"We are so screwed."
Me 11/5//08

"No government ever volunta... (Below threshold)

"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!"

Ronald Reagan

"Well sure, the government ... (Below threshold)
Mike G in Corvallis:

"Well sure, the government lies. And the newspapers lie. But in a democracy they aren't the same lies."

-- Alexis A. Gilliland

When buying and selling are... (Below threshold)
Mike G in Corvallis:

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

-- P. J. O'Rourke

There is only one basic hum... (Below threshold)
Mike G in Corvallis:

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.

-- P. J. O'Rourke

"The tree of liberty must b... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - -- Thomas Jefferson

KING. What's he that wishes... (Below threshold)
retired military:

KING. What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day


"Of all tyrannies, a tyrann... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

CS Lewis

"The tyranny of a p... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy"

Charles de Montesquieu

"I say it is time we fight ... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

"I say it is time we fight back. We must strip off everything that hides our greatness, beauty and unique national identity. We must rebuff the dullness of apathy. We must scrub away the filthy lies of the Left and get back to those freedoms with their inherit limitations which distinguish us from the rest of the world. We must act while there is still time to reclaim our former glory."

-- Michael Savage (The Enemy Within)

"Arguing principle from con... (Below threshold)

"Arguing principle from convenience is no principle at all." - Rickbert

Bureaucracy expands to m... (Below threshold)

Bureaucracy expands to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.

Oscar Wilde

The most dangerous moment f... (Below threshold)

The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform. Alexis de Toqueville

"Government isn't the solut... (Below threshold)

"Government isn't the solution to the problem; government is the problem."

--Ronald Reagan

"He that is of the opinion ... (Below threshold)

"He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money."
Benjamin Franklin

"When the people find that ... (Below threshold)

"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
Benjamin Frankin

"Government does not solve ... (Below threshold)

"Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." - Ronald Reagan

"Go f**k yourself."<p... (Below threshold)

"Go f**k yourself."

V.P. Dick Cheney to Sen. Patrick Leahy

(I know this might not stay published for long and it doesn't stand a ****'s chance of winning, but it IS my favorite.)

I have said, with respect t... (Below threshold)

I have said, with respect to authorization bills, that I do not want the Congress or the country to commit fiscal suicide on the installment plan.

Everett Dirksen

"The trouble with socialism... (Below threshold)

"The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money"
- Margaret Thatcher.

"We have tried spending mon... (Below threshold)

"We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started and an enormous debt to boot!"
-Henry Morgenthau, FDR's Treasury secretary

I'm not here to join the co... (Below threshold)

I'm not here to join the contest but I want to contribute a line that never left my mind. It's by Reagan, and it goes something like "The government isn't the solution to the problem--the government IS the problem."

"Property is the fruit of l... (Below threshold)

"Property is the fruit of labor...property is desirable...is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII.

"If we can prevent the g... (Below threshold)
Aye Chihuahua:

"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors [money] of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they [the people] will be happy."

- Thomas Jefferson, 1802

"The American Republic will... (Below threshold)

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."

--Alexis de Tocqueville

Ignorance is bliss - Author... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Ignorance is bliss - Author unknown

... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."

Ronald Reagan

"Hell isn't merely pa... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions, it is walled and roofed with them"

Aldous Huxley

"It is difficult to s... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

"It is difficult to say who do you the most harm: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best"
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

"I didn't have evil i... (Below threshold)
retired militiry:

"I didn't have evil intentions, but I guess I did have power."
Harmon Killebrew

"State ownership! It leads ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"State ownership! It leads only to absurd and monstrous conclusions; state ownership means state monopoly, concentrated in the hands of one party and its adherents, and that state brings only ruin and bankruptcy to all."
-- Benito Mussolini

"Great nations have respons... (Below threshold)

"Great nations have responsibilities to lead and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile because they might just wind up lowering our flag."

Ronald Reagan

"During my tenure at the En... (Below threshold)
retired miiitary:

"During my tenure at the Endowment, I often found that those who did us the most damage did so under the justification of helping us by 'preventing worse language.' In the military it would be called friendly fire. One ends up just as dead."
-- John Frohnmayer

"We didn't actually overspe... (Below threshold)
retired miitary:

"We didn't actually overspend our budget. The allocation simply fell short of our expenditure."
-- Keith Davis

"The stakes involved in Was... (Below threshold)
retired miitary:

"The stakes involved in Washington policy debates are often so high-- whether we send our young men and women to war; whether we allow stem cell research to go forward-- that even small differences in perspective are magnified. The demands of party loyalty, the imperative of campaigns, and the amplification of conflict by the media all contribute to an atmosphere of suspicion. Moreover, most people who serve in Washington have been trained either as lawyers or as political operatives-- professions that tend to place a premium on winning arguments rather than solving problems. I can see how, after a certain amount of time in the capital, it becomes tempting to assume that those who disagree with you have fundamentally different values-- indeed, that they are motivated by bad faith, and perhaps are bad people."

Barrack Obama

(Ironic isnt it)

"The democracy will cease t... (Below threshold)

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

"The definition of insanity... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results." - Author unknown.

"Without Jimmy Carter, we w... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

"Without Jimmy Carter, we would not have had Ronald Reagan"


President Ulysses S. Grant ... (Below threshold)

President Ulysses S. Grant vetoed the Stimulus Porkulous of his day, the inflation act of 1874, which was designed by a Congress desperate to "do something" to combat the Panic (depression) of 1873 by increasing greenbacks (money not backed by government gold). Under tremendous pressure to sign the bill, he wrote out elegant reasons for giving his approval, arguing that it wouldn't mean inflation, that it wouldn't affect the country's credit and that it would truly help people, not hurt:

"When I finished my wonderful message, I read it over and said to myself, 'What is the good of all of this? You do not believe it. You know it is not true.' Throwing it aside I resolved to do what I believed to be right, veto the bill! I could not stand my own arguments."

(He vetoed the bill and immediately promoted the Specie Resumption Act of 1875, which, when it finally became law in 1879, effectively ended the Panic.)

"This liberal would be all ... (Below threshold)

"This liberal would be all about socializing -- uh, uh, would be about basically taking over and the government running all of your companies."

-Maxine Waters

Oh, wait...not exactly what Kim had in mind, is it? Let's see:

"I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years...I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job, and I think that if I were to seriously consider running on a national ticket, I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the Senate. There may be some who are comfortable with doing that, but I'm not one of those people."

-Barack Obama (2004)

Dang, I'll have to keep looking for a good one. Sorry for the interruption.

More great ones from Grant:... (Below threshold)

More great ones from Grant:

"I have never advocated war except as a means of peace."

"If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail."

"I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution."

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."

President Eisehower:<... (Below threshold)

President Eisehower:

"Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion."

"I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?"

"There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure."

At the battle of Asculum in... (Below threshold)
retired military:

At the battle of Asculum in 279 BC, the Greek king Pyrrhus defeated a Roman legion, but at frightful cost to his own troops. When sycophantic courtiers congratulated him on his "great victory," Pyrrhus responded: "one more such victory, and we shall be undone."

From http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/obama_is_big_on_symbolism.html

......It really never was a... (Below threshold)

......It really never was an economic stimulus plan. It is now and always has been a government growth and Democrat job insurance plan.......

-Neal Boortz

My vote is for Tom Blogical... (Below threshold)

My vote is for Tom Blogical:

"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
- Ronald Reagan.

Give that man a T-Shirt.

Here's mine Kim, although n... (Below threshold)

Here's mine Kim, although not eligible for the prize.

"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife."

--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Spencer Roane, 9 March 1821


"Socialism is (but) the gra... (Below threshold)

"Socialism is (but) the grandiose rationalization (and institutionalization) of petty resentments."
-- Ludwig Von Mises (Apologies to)

Brian Richard Allen

"Human culture has a... (Below threshold)

"Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If Man had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until he was secure, his search would never have begun."
-- C S Lewis

Brian Richard Allen

You cannot legislate the po... (Below threshold)

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

Adrian Rogers

"Give a man a fish; you hav... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime"--Author unknown

Very nicely done. On messa... (Below threshold)

Very nicely done. On message and not inflammatory. One might even have a better than even chance of wearing it to the mall and not be screamed at or have objects heaved at you.

To compel a man to furnish ... (Below threshold)

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

T. Jefferson

"Any politician should be p... (Below threshold)

"Any politician should be put in jail who votes for an appropriation bill and fails to vote the tax to pay for it."--General George S. Patton, Jr.

We're gonna be in the Hudso... (Below threshold)
R Clay:

We're gonna be in the Hudson.--Chesley Sullenburger

Different context but still true.

The only thing that can cur... (Below threshold)

The only thing that can cure poverty is wealth.
Thomas Sowell

"The nine most terrifying w... (Below threshold)

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

- Ronald Reagan

When a fellow says, "It ain... (Below threshold)

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. Kin Hubbard

"Woe to the president who i... (Below threshold)

"Woe to the president who imagines he needn't inspire fear among the wicked even as he embraces the adulation of the good." -- Bret Stephens

The first lesson of economi... (Below threshold)

The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
Thomas Sowell

"Politicians are the lowest... (Below threshold)

"Politicians are the lowest form of life on earth. Liberal Democrats are the lowest form of politician." --General George S. Patton, Jr.

not for the contest but ... (Below threshold)

not for the contest but if I had a tshirt
and instead of the so called stimulus bill

mine would say

I'd rather have my share (1 million dollars per US citizen)

"The whole aim of practical... (Below threshold)

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

- H.L. Mencken

Collecting more taxes than ... (Below threshold)

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
-Calvin Coolidge

Absolute power corrupts eve... (Below threshold)

Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.
Eric Hoffer

Unity and self-sacrifice, o... (Below threshold)

Unity and self-sacrifice, of themselves, even when fostered by the most noble means, produce a facility for hating. Even when men league themselves mightily together to promote tolerance and peace on earth, they are likely to be violently intolerant toward those not of a like mind.
Eric Hoffer

The only index by which to ... (Below threshold)

The only index by which to judge a government or a way of life is by the quality of the people it acts upon. No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion--it is an evil government.
Eric Hoffer

"There is no art which one ... (Below threshold)

"There is no art which one government sooner learns of another, than that of draining money from the pockets of the people."
- The Wisdom of Adam Smith, page 194.

It's also heartening to rea... (Below threshold)

It's also heartening to realize that as president Mr. Obama will soon be working hand-in-hand with a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard like Senator Robert Byrd to craft the incoherent and destructive programs that will plunge the American economy into a nightmare of full-blown sustained depression. As Vice President-Elect Joe Biden has repeatedly warned, there will be difficult times ahead and the programs will not always be popular, or even sane. But as we look out over the wreckage of bankrupt coal companies, nationalized banks, and hyperinflation, we can always look back with sustained pride on the great National Reconciliation of 2008. Call me an optimist, but I like to think when America's breadlines erupt into riots it will be because of our shared starvation, not the differences in our color.

America's abundance was cre... (Below threshold)

America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.

Ayn Rand

Potter isn't selling. Potte... (Below threshold)

Potter isn't selling. Potter's buying! And why? Because we're panicking and he's not.

"We have the right, as indi... (Below threshold)

"We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress, we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money."

U.S. Congressman Davy Crockett

"I know not what course oth... (Below threshold)

"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."

--Patrick Henry--

"There is nothing as perman... (Below threshold)

"There is nothing as permanent as a temporary government program."

-- Milton Friedman

This blog was recently feat... (Below threshold)

This blog was recently featured on SweepsAdvantage.com. Check out some of our new sweepstakes! www.sweepsadvantage.com/new.php

Good luck to everybody who enters the contests!

"All your base are belong t... (Below threshold)

"All your base are belong to us."

-Barack Obama at the signing of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (paraphrase)

Wait. Sorry, I think I'm still missing the point of this contest.

"I feel obliged to withhold... (Below threshold)

"I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan, as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose.
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government the Government should not support the people."

President Grover Cleveland, upon issuing a veto in 1887

"I SURVIVED THE... (Below threshold)

The t-shirt could have a photo of an Eskimo village with a sign on every "ice-hut" that said, "for sale or rent---government subsidies available"

Laissez faire means: Let th... (Below threshold)
Todd Tharp:

Laissez faire means: Let the common man choose and act; do not force him to yield to a dictator.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action

It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
G.K. Chesterton

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors
. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
G.K. Chesterton

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
G.K. Chesterton

When a private entity does ... (Below threshold)

When a private entity does not produce the desired results, it is (certain body parts excepted) done away with. But a public entity gets bigger.
P.J. O'Rourke

"If you put the federal gov... (Below threshold)

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." - Milton Friedman

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain

Abort Obama-Chip H... (Below threshold)

Abort Obama

-Chip Harrison

There ain't no such thing a... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

-Robert Heinlein

"Were all screwed and it do... (Below threshold)

"Were all screwed and it doesnt even feel good"


"You can all go to hell.... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

"You can all go to hell.

I'm going to Texas."

- Davey Crockett

"Where is the omelette?"<br... (Below threshold)

"Where is the omelette?"
George Orwell

In an essay published in "In Front of Your Nose, 1945-1950," Orwell argues against Soviet apologists: "The formula usually employed is "You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs." And if one replies, "Yes, but where is the omelette?", the answer is likely to be "Oh well, you can't expect everything to happen all in a moment."

I like this quote because it so clearly illuminates the inevitable result of the Stimulus bill and everything else that Congress has in mind for us: A lot will be broken, but we won't have anything useful to show for it.

"Never underestimate the po... (Below threshold)
Drew Wagner:

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."
- Idiocy, www.despair.com

"I cannot undertake to lay ... (Below threshold)
Drew Wagner:

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
- James Madison, 1792

"I have sworn upon the alta... (Below threshold)
Drew Wagner:

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man".
- Thomas Jefferson

"Republics, we are told, la... (Below threshold)

"Republics, we are told, last until the voters realize they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury; after which the many despoil the few; the indolent plunder the industrious; and the state begins to dissolve."

J. Pournelle, introducing "The Aristocrat" by Chan Davis

"The credit which the appar... (Below threshold)
Kent Woodburn:

"The credit which the apparent conformity with recognized scientific standards can gain for seemingly simple but false theories may, as the present instance shows, have grave consequences."

Friedrich August von Hayek

"There are too many people ... (Below threshold)
Drew Wagner:

"There are too many people who imagine that there is something sophisticated about always believing the best of those who hate your country, and the worst of those who defend it."
- Margaret Thatcher

"If you protect a man from ... (Below threshold)
Drew Wagner:

"If you protect a man from folly, you will soon have a nation of fools."
- William Penn

"The free market is ugly an... (Below threshold)
Drew Wagner:

"The free market is ugly and stupid, like going to the mall; the unfree market is just as ugly and just as stupid, except there is nothing in the mall and if you don't go there they shoot you."
- P.J. O'Rourke

"Next to the right of liber... (Below threshold)
Drew Wagner:

"Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race."
- William Howard Taft

It does not require a major... (Below threshold)

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

Samuel Adams

The ship of fools has ancho... (Below threshold)

The ship of fools has anchored in D.C. and were all walking the plank.

~MeMyselfand I~

Just one more, I promise. T... (Below threshold)
Drew Wagner:

Just one more, I promise. This one goes quite well with the t-shirt and is especially pertinent to current events:

"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"It is better to have the r... (Below threshold)

"It is better to have the right enemies, than the wrong friends"


"We have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.

Winston Churchill

I haven't had time to read ... (Below threshold)

I haven't had time to read the comments/quotes, so I don't know if I'm double quoting anyone. My all time favorite is An Armed Society is a Polite Society - Robert A. Heinlein. And the Notebooks of Lazarus Long have so many good, relevant quotes that I don't know where to start...

From the Notebooks of Lazarus Long (Robert A. Heinlein):

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded--here and there, now and then--are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck."

In a mature society, "civil servant" is semantically equal to "civil master."

The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty." Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute--get out of there fast. You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.

Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity!

Political tags--such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and. so forth--are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.

"be it further Resol... (Below threshold)

"be it further
Resolved, That this resolution shall serve as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers"

from the text of WI Sen. Liebham's 10th amendment resolution.

It only stands to reason th... (Below threshold)

It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.
Ayn Rand

The trouble with s... (Below threshold)
The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.

-Margaret Thatcher

"We'll have peace with the ... (Below threshold)
Michael K.:

"We'll have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."
-Golda Meir

"When seconds count, the police are only minutes away."
-Unknown to me.

"Scientists say the Universe is composed of hydrogen because hydrogen is the most abundant element. I say the Universe is composed of stupidity because stupidity is more abundant than hydrogen."
-Frank Zappa

Gore Vidal:"socialism for t... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Gore Vidal:"socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor" could accurately characterize the recent Bush TARP bailout, but my favorite conservative writer's quotation which seems relevant a propos some one like Madeoff who apprently never actually executed a stock transaction in his Ponzi fund is a Balzac paraphrasing: "behind every great fortune there is a great crime" which Balzac's character Pere Goriot said as "the secret of a great fortune is a crime that was never been found out". Unfortunately, no one in America or at the SEC reads Balzac any more.

"Get all the fools on your ... (Below threshold)

"Get all the fools on your side and you can get elected to anything"
- Frank Dane

Diplomacy is the art of say... (Below threshold)
starboardhelm Author Profile Page:

Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
- Will Rogers

Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.
- Golda Meir

"It's gonna get worse, befo... (Below threshold)
starboardhelm Author Profile Page:

"It's gonna get worse, before it gets better"
- The only thing BO has said that I believe

"We gotta get us a bigger t... (Below threshold)
starboardhelm Author Profile Page:

"We gotta get us a bigger truck."
- Granny Pelosi & Barry Obummer

Two watermelon farmers decide to go into marketing. They collect watermelons from all the surrounding farms and pay the farmers 50 cents per melon, figuring to sell them for twice that in the big city.

They rent a truck, load it up with the watermelons and drive to the big city, 400 miles away. There, they sell the entire truckload of melons at 2 for $1.00.

On the way home one farmer says to the other, "You know, we sold all those melons, but we really didn't make too much money. How do you figure it?"

The other one answers, "We gotta get us a bigger truck."

Life is tough, but it's tou... (Below threshold)
starboardhelm Author Profile Page:

Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.
-- John Wayne

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true.
-- Carl Sagan

There are a lot of great qu... (Below threshold)

There are a lot of great quotes here. I enjoyed reading them all, but I don't think I'd like to judge which one is the best.

TANSTAAFL - Milton Friedman... (Below threshold)

TANSTAAFL - Milton Friedman.

"The fundamental difference... (Below threshold)

"The fundamental difference between private action and governmental action--a difference thoroughly ignored and evaded today--lies in the fact that a government holds a monopoly on the legal use of physical force. It has to hold such a monopoly, since it is the agent of restraining and combating the use of force; and for that very same reason, its actions have to be rigidly defined, delimited and circumscribed; no touch of whim or caprice should be permitted in its performance; it should be an impersonal robot, with the laws as its only motive power. If a society is to be free, its government has to be controlled."

Ayn Rand

The whole aim of practical ... (Below threshold)

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
H. L. Mencken






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