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The Myth Of The Clinton Surplus
Posted By: Letters on February 9, 2015 08:14 AM in MYTHS
Craig Steiner   CraigSteiner.us Published on October 31, 2007


The government can have a surplus even if it has trillions in debt, but it cannot have a surplus if that debt increased every year. This article is about surplus/deficit, not the debt. However, it analyzes the debt to prove there wasn't a surplus under Clinton.

For those that want a more detailed explanation of why a claimed $236 billion surplus resulted in the national debt increasing by $18 billion, please read this follow-up article.

Time and time again, anyone reading the mainstream news or reading articles on the Internet will read the claim that President Clinton not only balanced the budget, but had a surplus. This is then used as an argument to further highlight the fiscal irresponsibility of the federal government under the Bush administration. 


The claim is generally made that Clinton had a surplus of $69 billion in FY1998, $123 billion in FY1999 and $230 billion in FY2000 . In that same link, Clinton claimed that the national debt had been reduced by $360 billion in the last three years, presumably FY1998, FY1999, and FY2000--though, interestingly, $360 billion is not the sum of the alleged surpluses of the three years in question ($69B + $123B + $230B = $422B, not $360B).

While not defending the increase of the federal debt under President Bush, it's curious to see Clinton's record promoted as having generated a surplus. It never happened. There was never a surplus and the facts support that position. In fact, far from a $360 billion reduction in the national debt in FY1998-FY2000, there was an increase of $281 billion.

Verifying this is as simple as accessing the U.S. Treasury (see note about this link below) website where the national debt is updated daily and a history of the debt since January 1993 can be obtained. Considering the government's fiscal year ends on the last day of September each year, and considering Clinton's budget proposal in 1993 took effect in October 1993 and concluded September 1994 (FY1994), here's the national debt at the end of each year of Clinton Budgets:

Fiscal
Year
Year
Ending
National Debt Deficit
FY1993  09/30/1993  $4.411488 trillion  
FY1994  09/30/1994  $4.692749 trillion  $281.26 billion
FY1995  09/29/1995  $4.973982 trillion  $281.23 billion
FY1996  09/30/1996  $5.224810 trillion  $250.83 billion
FY1997  09/30/1997  $5.413146 trillion  $188.34 billion
FY1998  09/30/1998  $5.526193 trillion  $113.05 billion
FY1999  09/30/1999  $5.656270 trillion  $130.08 billion
FY2000  09/29/2000  $5.674178 trillion  $17.91 billion
FY2001  09/28/2001  $5.807463 trillion  $133.29 billion


As can clearly be seen, in no year did the national debt go down, nor did Clinton leave President Bush with a surplus that Bush subsequently turned into a deficit. Yes, the deficit was almost eliminated in FY2000 (ending in September 2000 with a deficit of "only" $17.9 billion), but it never reached zero--let alone a positive surplus number. And Clinton's last budget proposal for FY2001, which ended in September 2001, generated a $133.29 billion deficit. The growing deficits started in the year of the last Clinton budget, not in the first year of the Bush administration.

Keep in mind that President Bush took office in January 2001 and his first budget took effect October 1, 2001 for the year ending September 30, 2002 (FY2002). So the $133.29 billion deficit in the year ending September 2001 was Clinton's. Granted, Bush supported a tax refund where taxpayers received checks in 2001. However, the total amount refunded to taxpayers was only $38 billion . So even if we assume that $38 billion of the FY2001 deficit was due to Bush's tax refunds which were not part of Clinton's last budget, that still means that Clinton's last budget produced a deficit of 133.29 - 38 = $95.29 billion.

Clinton clearly did not achieve a surplus and he didn't leave President Bush with a surplus.

So why do they say he had a surplus?

As is usually the case in claims such as this, it has to do with Washington doublespeak and political smoke and mirrors. 

Understanding what happened requires understanding two concepts of what makes up the national debt. The national debt is made up of public debt and intragovernmental holdings. The public debt is debt held by the public, normally including things such as treasury bills, savings bonds, and other instruments the public can purchase from the government. Intragovernmental holdings, on the other hand, is when the government borrows money from itself--mostly borrowing money from social security.

Looking at the makeup of the national debt and the claimed surpluses for the last 4 Clinton fiscal years, we have the following table:

Fiscal
Year
End
Date
Claimed
Surplus
Public
Debt
Intra-gov
Holdings
Total National
Debt
FY1997 09/30/1997   $3.789667T $1.623478T $5.413146T
FY1998 09/30/1998 $69.2B $3.733864T $55.8B $1.792328T $168.9B $5.526193T $113B
FY1999 09/30/1999 $122.7B $3.636104T $97.8B $2.020166T $227.8B $5.656270T $130.1B
FY2000 09/29/2000 $230.0B $3.405303T $230.8B $2.268874T $248.7B $5.674178T $17.9B
FY2001 09/28/2001   $3.339310T $66.0B $2.468153T $199.3B $5.807463T $133.3B


Notice that while the public debt went down in each of those four years, theintragovernmental holdings went up each year by a far greater amount--and, in turn, the total national debt (which is public debt + intragovernmental holdings) went up. Therein lies the discrepancy.

When it is claimed that Clinton paid down the national debt, that is patently false--as can be seen, the national debt went up every single year. What Clinton did do was pay down the public debt--notice that the claimed surplus is relatively close to the decrease in the public debt for those years. But he paid down the public debt by borrowing far more money in the form of intragovernmental holdings (mostly Social Security).

    Update 3/31/2009: The following quote from an article at CBS confirms my explanation of the Myth of the Clinton Surplus, and the entire article essentially substantiates what I wrote.
    "Over the past 25 years, the government has gotten used to the fact that Social Security is providing free money to make the rest of the deficit look smaller," said Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. 

Interestingly, this most likely was not even a conscious decision by Clinton. The Social Security Administration is legally required to take all its surpluses and buy U.S. Government securities, and the U.S. Government readily sells those securities--which automatically and immediately becomes intragovernmental holdings. The economy was doing well due to the dot-com bubble and people were earning a lot of money and paying a lot into Social Security. Since Social Security had more money coming in than it had to pay in benefits to retired persons, all that extra money was immediately used to buy U.S. Government securities. The government was still running deficits, but since there was so much money coming from excess Social Security contributions there was no need to borrow more money directly from the public. As such, the public debt went down while intragovernmental holdings continued to skyrocket. 

The net effect was that the national debt most definitely did not get paid down because we did not have a surplus. The government just covered its deficit by borrowing money from Social Security rather than the public.

Consider the following quotes (and accompanying links) that demonstrate how people have known this for years:

In the late 1990s, the government was running what it -- and a largely unquestioning Washington press corps -- called budget "surpluses." But the national debt still increased in every single one of those years because the government was borrowing money to create the "surpluses." 
So the table itself, according to the figures issued yesterday, showed the Federal Government ran a surplus. Absolutely false. This reporter ought to do his work. This crowd never has asked for or kept up with or checked the facts. Eric Planin--all he has to do is not spread rumors or get into the political message. Both Democrats and Republicans are all running this year and next and saying surplus, surplus. Look what we have done. It is false. The actual figures show that from the beginning of the fiscal year until now we had to borrow $127,800,000,000. -Democratic Senator Ernest Hollings, October 28, 1999 Video: CSPAN
An overall "downsizing" of government and a virtual end to the arms race have contributed to the surplus, but the vast majority is coming from excess Social Security taxes being paid by the workforce in an attempt to keep Social Security benefit checks coming once the "baby-boomers" start to retire. 
Of the $142 billion surplus projected by the end of 2000, $137 billion will come from excess Social Security taxes.
When these unified budget numbers are separated into Social Security and non-Social Security components, however, it becomes evident thatall of the projected surplus throughout this period is attributable to Social Security. The remainder of the budget will remain in deficit throughout the next decade.
Despite a revenue shortfall, full benefits are expected to be paid out between 2017 and 2041. The system will draw on its trust fund, a collection of special-issue bonds from the government, which borrowed prodigiously from the program's surplus over the years. But since the country is already running a deficit, the government will have to borrow more money to pay back its debt to Social Security. That's a little like giving with one hand and taking away with the other. 
The surplus deception is clearly discernible in the statistics of national debt. While the spenders are boasting about surpluses, the national debt is rising year after year. In 1998, the first year of the legerdemain surplus, it rose from $5.413 trillion to $5.526 trillion, due to a deficit of $112.9 billion... The federal government spends Social Security money and other trust funds which constitute obligations to present and future recipients. It consumes them and thereby incurs obligations as binding as those to the owners of savings bonds. Yet, the Treasury treats them as revenue and hails them for generating surpluses. If a private banker were to treat trust fund deposits as income and profit, he would face criminal charges.


Are intragovernmental holdings really debt?

Yes, intragovernmental debt is every bit as real as the public debt. It's not "a wash" simply because the government owes the money to "itself."

As I explained in a previous article, Social Security is legally required to use all its surpluses to buy U.S. Government securities. From Social Security's standpoint, it has a multi-trillion dollar reserve in the form of U.S. Government securities. When the Social Security system starts to falter due to insufficient contributions to pay for all the benefits of retiring baby-boomers, probably around 2017, it will start cashing those securities and will expect the U.S. Government to pay it back, with interest. The problem is, the government doesn't have the money. The money has already been spent--in part, effectively, to pay down the public debt under Clinton.

    Update 3/31/2009: The Social Security "surplus"--which has been borrowed by the Federal Government every year, including under Clinton to generate the "surplus"--is now expected to evaporate within a year (2009 or 2010) rather than the 2017 mentioned above. The following quote also provides additional evidence that the "surplus" was indeed borrowed from Social Security "for decades."

    With unemployment rising, the payroll tax revenue that finances Social Security benefits for nearly 51 million retirees and other recipients is falling, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. As a result, the trust fund's annual surplus is forecast to all but vanish next year -- nearly a decade ahead of schedule -- and deprive the government of billions of dollars it had been counting on to help balance the nation's books....

    The Treasury Department has for decades borrowed money from the Social Security trust fund to finance government operations. If it is no longer able to do so, it could be forced to borrow an additional $700 billion over the next decade from China, Japan and other investors. And at some point, perhaps as early as 2017, according to the CBO, the Treasury would have to start repaying the billions it has borrowed from the trust fund over the past 25 years, driving the nation further into debt or forcing Congress to raise taxes. 

The Federal Government cannot just wave a magic wand and somehow "write off" the intragovernmental debt. Essentially, citizens invested money in Social Security and Social Security invested that money in the Federal Government. Now Social Security effectively owes you money (in the form of future retirement benefits) andwon't be able to pay you that money if the Federal Government just cancels the intragovernmental debt. The only way the Federal Government can "write off" intragovernmental debt is if it simultaneously eliminates the Social Security system. That might very well be a good idea, but it isn't likely. And Social Security will start running out of money in about 2017 if the Federal Government doesn't honor those intragovernmental holdings as real debt.

In short, if the government doesn't pay back intragovernmental holdings, other government agencies (like Social Security) will fail. Since allowing Social Security to fail is not a politically viable option, the debt represented by intragovernmental holdings is just as real as the public debt. It can't just be eliminated by some fancy accounting trick or political maneuvering. If it were possible, believe me, politicians would have done it already and taken credit for reducing the national debt by trillions of dollars.

Trust Funds = Intragovernmental Debt

Social Security isn't the only trust fund in the federal budget. There are a number of others including the civil service retirement fund, federal supplementary medical insurance trust fund, unemployment trust fund, military retirement trust fund, etc. All of these trust funds, like Social Security, invest their surpluses in U.S. government bonds and increase intragovernmental debt. And like Social Security, their surpluses really shouldn't count toward a "surplus" because the excess money they contribute to federal coffers actually has to be borrowed by the government from the trust funds.

When the government declared a $236 billion surplus in fiscal year 2000, it literally borrowed $248 billion from trust funds and considered that borrowed money "income" which it counted towards a "surplus."

For a more detailed explanation of how the government borrowed from trust funds and used the borrowed money to count towards an alleged surplus, please read thisfollow-up article which goes into more detail on the subject of government accounting.

The reality of the national debt

The only debt that matters is the total national debt. You can have a surplus and a debt at the same time, but you can't have a surplus if the amount of debt is going up each year. And the national debt went up every single year under Clinton. Had Clinton really had a surplus the national debt would have gone down. It didn't go down precisely because Clinton had a deficit every single year. The U.S. Treasury's historical record of the national debt verifies this.

A balanced budget or a budget surplus is a great thing, but it's only relevant if the budget surplus turns into a real surplus at the end of the fiscal year. In Clinton's case, it never did.

COMMON RESPONSES TO THIS ARTICLE

    1. Go to the U.S. Treasury website: http://www.treasury.gov/
    2. Scroll to the "Bureaus" section and click on "Bureau of the Public Debt" which takes you to http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/
    3. Scroll down to the section "The U.S. Public Debt" and click on "See the U.S. Public Debt to the Penny."
    4. This takes you to the link I originally provided:http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np
      Update 4/26/2009: Please read this note where President Obama, too, is trying to get certain government expenditures not "counted" in the official CBO deficit even though they'll cost billions of dollars and increase the national debt. As this paragraph has explained, CBO numbers are not to be trusted as an accurate reflection of reality.
  • Since this article has become a popular reference for people debunking the myth of the Clinton surplus, I have seen a number of responses made by those that cannot seem to accept the fact that there was never a surplus. Some of those responses are listed here and I explain why the responses are invalid.

    Adjusting the National Debt for Inflation or as % of GDP

    A common tactic used by those that cling to the myth of the Clinton surplus seems to be showing a bar graph of the total national debt adjusted for inflation, or depicted as a percentage of GDP. When you adjust for inflation or show the debt as a percentage of GDP, it looks like the national debt went down for a year or two under Clinton. However, that does not mean Clinton had a surplus, it simply means inflation was increasing faster than the national debt or the economy was expanding faster than the national debt. That does not change the fact that Clinton never had a surplus. 

    Explained another way, adjusting the national debt for inflation is valid for comparing the debt load of the federal government but it has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not the federal government had a surplus a given year. If you spend more than you take in in a given year, you have a deficit even if your relative debt load went down because of inflation. Explained numerically, let's say you owe $50,000, earn $30,000, and spend $31,000 (debt load=50,000/30,000=167%)--that leaves you with a deficit of $1000 so that the following year you owe $51,000. The next year inflation is 5% so you now earn $31,500 and spend $32,550 with a deficit of $1,050. $31,500 in earnings with a $51,000 debt is a 162% debt load--so your relative debt load went down thanks entirely to inflation but you still had a deficit of $1,050 that year and your debt continued to grow.

    It wouldn't be accurate to claim that you had a surplus because your debt load went down even though you spent more than you earned. That's what people are saying when they try to adjust the national debt for inflation to claim a surplus. 

    The bottom line is that the national debt going down as adjusted for inflation or as a percentage of GDP is a valid metric for evaluating the debt load of the government but it says nothing about whether or not there was a surplus. If the total national debt went up, there was a deficit. Those that think a decrease in the debt load of the federal government as a percentage of GDP or adjusted for inflation is equivalent to a same-year surplus don't understand the definitions and purposes of each of these terms.

    Congressional Budget Office (CBO) vs. These "Partisan" Numbers

    Another common response to the above explanation of the myth of the Clinton surplus is that the budget surpluses are based on the numbers produced by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Indeed if you access the CBO's "historic budget data" document , on the fist page you will see that 1998 shows a surplus of $69 billion, 1999 shows $126 billion, 2000 shows $236 billion--the same surpluses claimed by Clinton and CNN in the article mentioned at the top of this page.

    However, further analysis of the document should make it very clear that important information is missing from the CBO document--specifically focusing on the last two columns of the table on page 1. If you take the $3,772.3 billion debt held by the public at the end of 1997 and subtract the "total" $69.3 billion surplus stated for 1998, you would expect to see the debt go down by 69.3 billion to $3,703 billion. Instead, the debt indicated for 1998 is $3,721.1 billion--suggesting a surplus of only $51.2 billion. This alone should tell you that the CBO numbers aren't telling the whole story because they don't add up--and the story they aren't telling is intragovernmental holdings. 

    The reality is that the federal government and politicians use a form of accounting that would get most accountants thrown in jail. As USA Today wrote in 2007 , special rules used by the federal government allowed it to report a $248 billion deficit in 2006 rather than $1.3 trillion if it had used corporate-style accounting.

    While the CBO may be non-partisan, that does not mean the CBO is non-political nor that their numbers are honest or transparent.

    The fact remains that the total national debt, as explained above, is the only real measure of what we owe. We can discuss the meaning of the different columns of the CBO documents and what they do and don't include, and we can argue about the accounting tricks that the federal government uses for political reasons. But the fact remains that the Bureau of the Public Debt is responsible for the daily reporting of the total national debt. Regardless of how politicians play with the budget numbers, the current national debt reported by the Bureau of the Public Debt is what we owe. If, at the end of each year, we owe more than we did the previous year, politicians can call it a surplus until the cows come home--but the fact remains that we owed more money than we did the previous year. Playing accounting and political games to call it a "surplus" doesn't change the fact that we're even more in debt than we were the year before.

    During the Clinton years, the total national debt increased every year. Only in Washington D.C. would that somehow be considered a "surplus." 

    There was a Surplus Not Counting Interest and "Off-Budget" Items

    It is sometimes claimed that there was a surplus but the national debt didn't go down because of interest payments on the existing debt, or because of "off-budget" items. Anyone that makes this claim is just buying into twisted Washington accounting games that are convenient for their argument.

    The reality is that "off-budget" items and interest payments on the debt are real government expenditures just like any other. Off-budget items are declared as such by the stroke of a pen specifically for political reasons but it does not change the fact that they are part of government expenses.

    To demonstrate the fallacy of this argument, consider this: We have a budget surplus right now, too, if we declare the department of Health and Human Services to be "off-budget." After all, Congress and the president can do that with the stroke of a pen. Presto, we now have a surplus!

    Of course, we wouldn't really have a surplus. And neither did Clinton. It's just a matter of saying that some expenses don't "count" even though they do.

    There Was a Surplus But It Wasn't Used to Pay Down The Debt

    Some people claim that there was a surplus but it wasn't used to pay down the debt. They claim that one issue is whether or not you have a surplus and another issue is what you do with it; hence they also claim that you can have a surplus and not have the national debt go down.

    However, this is not true. 

    If there was a surplus and it wasn't used to pay down the debt, then that means it was spent--which means even if there could have been a surplus, it evaporated the moment it was spent. During the Clinton years, not only was it spent--the government borrowed even more! Every year!

    It's like earning $30k in a year and only having $29k in expenses--so you have a $1000 surplus. To celebrate, you then go out and spend $2000 on a new LCD TV. All the sudden you earned $30k and spent $31k and what originally looked like a $1000 surplus is now a $1000 deficit and you're even further in debt. You almost had your financial house in order but then you went out and spent the "extra" money rather than saving it or paying off some of your existing debt.

    In short, if the government had a surplus and spent it on anything other than paying down the national debt, there was no longer a surplus the moment the money was spent on something else.

    Comparing National Debt on January 1st

    Some have responded by saying that Clinton had a surplus and paid down the debt because, when they compare the national debt from one January 1st to the next, the debt does show a decrease. This may be an honest mistake, but the government's fiscal year is from October 1st through September 30th. All government and budgetary activities are based on that fiscal year so it is necessary to do debt comparisons using that same fiscal year. As a result, all comparisons should be made either on September 30th or October 1st... not January 1st.

    FactCheck.org Says Clinton Had a Surplus

    FactCheck.org repeats and uses the same government numbers that this article illustrates to be misleading. Further information on why the CBO's numbers (and FactCheck's numbers) are misleading is explained in my follow-up article here

    The Link Provided Above is Allegedly False

    Some people have claimed that the link I provided (http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np) is an illegitimate or fraudulent site that provides false numbers. I don't know where that accusation comes from or why people think that, but I've seen at least some comments that criticize the link because it doesn't point tohttp://www.ustreas.gov/. To verify that my link is to a valid government information source, please follow these steps:

    The assertion that my article points people to a fraudulent website is incorrect. I am providing a direct link to the U.S. Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt, National Debt to the Penny website. This is the official website that the U.S. government provides which allows the public to track the debt." -- Craig Steiner

Craig Steiner   CraigSteiner.us October 31, 2007

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  • “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation”

    James Madison

  • "Republicans in Washington have shown that the word ‘cave’ is a noun in places like Afghanistan, but it’s a verb in places like Congress"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance."

    James Madison

  • "Ask not that GOD be on our side, insist that we be on His"

    WAG

  • “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

    Mark Twain

  • “Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency: their sole object is gain”

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”

    Antonio Porchia

  • "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce."

    James A. Garfield

  • “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

    Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf )

  • "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes"

    Mark Twain

  • “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend" .

    Martin Luther King, Jr

  • "Success is never final. Failure is never fatal."

  • "I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine"

    Ayn Rand

  • "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."

    Josef Stalin

  • “The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

  • "The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed often, and for the same reason."

    Mark Twain

  • "I am a simple man who happens to still possess what at one time was all too common….. A thing called sense."

  • “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...”

    Isaiah 5:20

  • "I have more guns than I need but fewer than I want"

    Mike Adams

  • "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

  • “Don't ever argue with an idiot.... they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience"

    Anonymous

  • “When your talent interests a human need, you are on the path of your life’s purpose”

  • "Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."

    James Madison

  • "True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost"

    Charles Caleb Colton

  • "A bad day on the lake is better than a good day at the office"

  • "If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance."

    Cicero, 55 BC

  • “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism, but under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened”

    Norman Thomas - Socialist Party Presidential candidate (1976)

  • "If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something"

  • "A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake, at the moment"

    Willis Player

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

  • "Luck is at the intersection of preparation and opportunity."

    Luck

  • "Uncommon valor was a common virtue." - Iwo Jima

  • Nothing could be more dangerous to the existence of this Republic than to introduce religion into politics”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval"

    Mark Twain

  • "Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with"

  • "Freedom is never won in a single battle - It must be fought for every day"

  • "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."

    Mark Twain

  • "Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience"

  • “He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked”

    Voltaire

  • "As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."

    Andrew Carnegie

  • "BEER: "I" before "E," except in Budweiser."

    Professor Irwin Corey

  • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

    Philip K. Dick

  • "Abortion is not a woman’s rights issue but a human rights issue"

    Kathy Ireland

  • “Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation”

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

  • It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "A lie is not a lie if you call it the truth."

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

  • "It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge."

    Enrico Fermi

  • “We can state with conviction, therefore, that a man's support for absolute government is in direct proportion to the contempt he feels for his country.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Sometimes, it's what you do not do, that makes you who you are"

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

  • "To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."

    Richard Henry Lee (1787)

  • “Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed”

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."

    James Bovard

  • "The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread"

  • "Only an educated and informed people will be a free people"

    John F. Kennedy

  • “A goal without a plan is just a wish”

    Larry Elder

  • "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."

    Dave Barry

  • "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

  • "Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production"

    Ayn Rand

  • "Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones"

    Phillip Brooks

  • “Man is not free unless government is limited … As government expands, liberty contracts”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Sometimes things are so obvious, they appear unbelievable."

    WAG

  • "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."

    James Madison

  • "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "A memorandum is written to protect the writer -- not to inform the reader"

    Dean Acheson

  • "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "If you really want to judge a man's character, give him power"

  • “The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.”

  • “You learn a lot about people not just by what they say, but by what they don't say”

  • “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.”

  • "He who would give up a little liberty in return for a little security deserves neither liberty nor security"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "I love to go to Washington, if only to be nearer my money"

    Bob Hope

  • “Every time government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves”

    Benjamin Constant, Brazilian statesman

  • "Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerly exercised for the good of its victims may be the most opressive. It may 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."

    C. S. Lewis

  • "I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar"

    Robert Brault

  • "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves”

    Thomas Sowell (1992)

  • "Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

  • "In faith and hope the world will disagree, but all mankind’s concern is charity"

    Alexander Pope

  • "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins”

    William Pitt

  • “There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter"

    Mark Twain

  • "Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible. He who has trusted where he ought not will surely mistrust where he ought not"

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

  • "The government that can give you everything you want, can take everything that you have"

  • "Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

    George Washington

  • “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there”

    John Wooden

  • “It is better to conceal one's knowledge than to reveal one's ignorance”

    Spanish Proverb

  • "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work."

    Thomas Edison

  • "If voting made a difference, it would be illegal"

  • "Winners make things happen - Losers let things happen"

  • "Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program"

    Milton Friedman

  • “If no American voted on election day, what would Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory be?”

  • "Money is like manure; If you spread it around, it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell"

    Clint Murchison

  • "Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt."

    Sam Adams

  • “The news is not about news anymore. It’s about protecting some people, destroying others and shoving a socialist agenda down the collective throats of America.”

    Charlie Daniels

  • "We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Real courage is found, not in the willingness to risk death, but in the willingness to stand, alone if necessary, against the ignorant and disapproving herd"

    Jon Roland (1976)

  • "Golf scores are directly proportional to the number of witnesses"

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

  • "Feed a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime"

  • "The great ignorant failure of the left: Though it has learned how to get elected, it has not learned how to govern."

    Daniel Greenfield

  • "Free speech is a two-way street, and if you use it, you'd better be prepared to dodge oncoming traffic"

    Doug Powers

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

  • "Bureaucracy is nothing more than the hardening of an organization's arteries"

    William P. Anthony

  • "Silence is foolish if we are wise, but it is wise if we are foolish"

  • "If you're not out there upsetting idiots, you just might be yourself an idiot"

    Ted Nugent

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "Sports do not build character, they reveal it."

  • “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • "It is said that all humor has a little bit of truth to it. Sarcasm, it is said, often contains a lot of truth with the thinnest veneer of humor."

  • "I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds. ... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution"

    Grover Cleveland

  • "If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.”

    Thomas Sowell

  • "You piss off a conservative by lying. You piss off a liberal by telling the truth."

  • “I am an ignorant American and proud to be in the majority.”

  • “Tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth”

    Joseph Goebbels

  • "If you tell the truth often enough, people will come around to believing it"

  • "No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel"

    Mark Twain

  • "Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April fifteenth"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "A woman with a gun can't be beaten"

    GR

  • "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    Voltaire

  • "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun"

    Mao Tse-Tung

  • "Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get"

    Mark Twain

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

  • “Do you think you would ever have heard of Christianity if the Apostles had gone out and said, ‘I believe in consensus?’”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "We are one justice away from the Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution is unconstitutional."

    WAG

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

  • "I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."

    Ronald Reagan

  • “The reason the charge of having a double standard never sticks against liberal/progressives, is because they have no standards to begin with.”

    WAG

  • "It’s not the votes that count. It’s who counts the votes"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time"

    Mark Twain

  • “The one (a president) can confer no privileges whatever; the other (the king) can make denizens of aliens, noblemen of commoners; can erect corporations with all the rights incident to corporate bodies.”

    Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 69

  • "Let it never be said that failure arose from lack of effort"

  • "In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation"

  • "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it"

    Mark Twain

  • “Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror"

    Byrd Baggett

  • "Liberals have two sets of rules – one for the average Joe, the ordinary American who they have contempt for and don’t have much faith in, and another set of rules for themselves"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it"

    Albert Einstein

  • "There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials."

    George Mason

  • "When the Federal Reserve cites statistics to claim that there is not much evidence of inflation, we need to keep in mind that the statistics they rely on exclude food and energy prices. The cost of living is no sweat if you can do without electricity and food."

    Thomas Sowell

  • "Modern day liberalism is a disease that literally has the power to poison the character of those who fall under its spell"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Destroy the family, you destroy the country."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Laughing at oneself is often the best source of humor"

    WAG

  • "A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station"

  • "The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope"

    Karl Marx

  • "The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice"

    Plato

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

  • “Liberalism is not really a political philosophy. Instead, it is a state of arrested emotional development. It is a way of thinking, which leads to no place in the real world. It is a place existing only in the imagination”

    Mike S. Adams

  • “Great men set out not to be great, but to do great things”

  • "I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure"

  • “The Nine most feared words – I am with the government and here to help”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "The Constitution shall never be construed....to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

    Samuel Adams

  • "Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it"

    Mark Twain

  • "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

  • "Our political parties are broken and have failed miserably. They stand for nothing and will compromise everything”

    David Stockman

  • "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last”

    Winston Churchill

  • "Make sure the government treats others the same, as you would want the government to treat you. … Once you consent to the government ignoring the Constitution, you deny yourself the protection of the Constitution”

    Charley Reese

  • “You don’t marry someone you can live with; you marry the person who you cannot live without”

  • "It is far easier to introduce a government program than to get rid of it"

    Milton Friedman

  • “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

  • "I love my job, I love fighting for what I believe in, I love having fun while I am doing it, I love reporting stories that the complex refuses to report, I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and famously I enjoy enemies."

    Andrew Breitbart

  • "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see"

    Mark Twain

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

  • “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to be stupid.”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "The more I know, the more I realize how much I don’t know."

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

  • "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

    George Santayana

  • “The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about”

  • "The day that you are born is the day that you begin to die"

    William Faulkner

  • "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

    Matthew 16:26

  • "A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar"

    Mark Twain

  • "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."

    Milton Friedman

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others."

    Moliere

  • "Expect the best, prepare for the worst, capitalize on what comes"

  • "Life's about the journey, not a destination."

    Anne Coleman

  • "Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable"

    Mark Twain

  • The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities”

    Ayn Rand

  • "Great men do not set out to be great, they set out to do great things"

  • “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer”

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished freedom is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while there was still time."

    George Sutherland

  • “Society was cut in two: those who had nothing united in common envy; those who had anything united in common terror.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Apparently, I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine."

  • "Terrorism is the weapon of the weak, against the strong"

  • "Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back"

  • “When the desire for success, overcomes the fear of failure, great things can be achieved”

    WAG

  • "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

  • “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

    George Bernard Shaw

  • “Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously"

    Oscar Wilde

  • “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

    George Orwell

  • "We now have more people in the business of preparing tax returns than we have in the … army”

    Dick Cheney

  • "Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting."

  • "I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.”

    Pietro Aretino

  • "Remove one freedom per generation, and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed."

    Karl Marx

  • "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Someone who does not know the difference between good and evil is worth nothing"

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

  • “It’s a funny thing about free speech: It can’t be just for your political friends. If freedom means anything, it is the one valuable gift you have to give to your worst enemies, in order to keep it for yourself”

    Doug Christie

  • "Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it"

    Edmund Burke

  • “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him”

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder"

    George Washington

  • "A joy shared is doubled, a sorrow shared is halved"

  • "Al Gore proved that you can win the Presidential election without a single Southern state"

    John Kerry

  • "Corrupt government is host to many ironies, but three are paramount: SUCCESS is a liability, FAILURE is an asset, and as long as the INTENTIONS are pure in the public mind, better funding follows failure, not success."

  • Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, but that America gave him the White House based on the same credentials."

    Newt Gingrich

  • "He does not believe who does not live according to his belief."

    Thomas Fuller

  • “May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past”

  • “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets”

    Will Rogers

  • "They keep saying, 'A school is supposed to be a safe place!' Yeah well so is a womb."

    Pastor John MacArthur

  • “Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.”

    Otto von Bismarck

  • "Be good, stay healthy, and laugh often."

    WAG

  • "The idea of war is not to die for your country. It's to make the other poor S.O.B. die for his"

    General George Patton

  • "Tell me and I forget - Teach me and I remember - Involve me and I learn"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "With each failure, you move one step closer to success. It’s when you give up that you truly fail."

    Pat Flynn

  • "Look at yourself, like yourself, and find the positive"

    Dana Buchman

  • "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Politics is the only field in which the more experience you have, the worse you get”

    Kinky Friedman

  • "At least the federal governments is there to hand you a crutch after it breaks your leg, right?"

  • "Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity"

    Karl Marx

  • "One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it"

    Knute Rockne

  • "I don’t know what my future holds, but have faith in whose hands it’s held."

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

  • “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

  • "Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief"

    Joseph Addison

  • "To delve inside the liberal progressive mind, one must endure a dark and errie place, absent all logic and devoid all reason and common sense"

    WAG

  • “I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach"

  • "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

    Samuel Adams

  • "Continuing to do nothing and expecting things to change"

  • "When you vote to allow the taking of another life, you are complicit in the taking of that life."

  • "A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour"

  • "This year will go down in history; for the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"

    Adolph Hitler (1935)

  • "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

    Thomas Paine

  • "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools."

    Herbert Spencer

  • "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises"

    Demosthenes

  • “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • People once came to America to GIVE all that they had, to become all that they could. Now they come only to TAKE all that they can.

    WAG

  • "A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron"

    Joseph Stalin

  • ''Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.''

    Charlotte

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

  • "I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery."

    George Washington

  • "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free"

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • "Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them"

    Frederick Douglass

  • "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."

    H.L. Mencken

  • “It isn't what people think that is important, but the reason they think what they think."

    Eugene Ionesco

  • "The mind is like a parachute, it works best when it is opened"

  • Thinking is hard work – that is why so few engage in it”

    Mark Twain

  • “I am proud of my country, yet ashamed of my government”

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

  • "If Mother Nature doesn’t get you, Father Time will"

  • "Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own"

  • "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.”

    Napoléon Bonaparte

  • "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up"

    Mark Twain

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Every time Congress makes a joke, it’s a law. And every time it makes a law, it’s a joke"

    Will Rogers

  • "Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value"

    Albert Einstein

  • "It took Teddy Kennedy longer to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick, than it took the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard"


    Rush Limbaugh

  • "For a representative republic to prosper, much less survive, its citizens must be both informed and engaged."

    WAG

  • “If a man doesn’t find something he is willing to die for, he isn’t fit to live”

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

    Vince Lombardi

  • “Only in Washington does a decrease in the proposed increase equal a spending cut”

    Larry Elder

  • “Rarely is it said after Senate debate that everything has not been said, rather it is whether every Senator has said it”

  • “A man's reputation is the opinion people have of him; his character is what he really is."

    Jack Miner

  • You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence"

    C. A. Beard

  • “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years you would have a shortage of sand.”

    Milton Friedman

  • "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"

  • "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy"

    Ernest Benn

  • “One must indoctrinate a child while he still fits width-wise on the bed.”

    Soviet Union saying

  • “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it”

    Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood)

  • “The tragedy in life is not reaching your goals, it is to have no goals to achieve”

  • “You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong.”

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees."

    American Patriot

  • "In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man - if you want anything done, ask a woman"

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all"

    John F. Kennedy

  • "Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom."

    Anatole France

  • "Belief in a falsehood does not make it true"

    WAG

  • "The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"

  • "Never allow success to go to your head, nor failure to your heart."

  • "There are two ways of doing things: the right way, and the way they do it in Washington"

    Ronald Reagan

  • 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”

    Ayn Rand

  • “The tragedy in life is not reaching your goals, it is to have no goals to achieve”

  • "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so"

    Mark Twain

  • "Statistics are not meant to inform, but to deceive"

    WAG

  • "Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical"

    Yogi Berra

  • "Democracy is the worst form of government except all others"

    Winston Churchill

  • "Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin"

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • "You're never too old to learn something stupid"

  • "For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together"

  • "Mama used to say, dig faster, you’ll get to the bottom sooner (rather than later)."

  • "Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free."

    Jerry Pournelle

  • “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

    Patrick Henry

  • “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors"

    Plato

  • "The power to unite is stronger than the power to destroy"

    Anonymous

  • "Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly"

    Robert Schuller

  • “If you don't have the law, you argue the facts; if you don't have the facts, you argue the law; if you have neither the facts nor the law, then you argue the Constitution”

  • "One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective - election and power are"

    Cal Thomas

  • "It is far easier to keep the law abiding in line, than those who disregard the law altogether."

    WAG

  • "History will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "An armed man is a citizen; a disarmed man is a subject"

  • “An individual who believes their lies cannot be considered a liar.”

    Progressive apologist

  • "I sincerely believe ... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "There are times in one’s life, and in a nation’s life, where siting on the sidelines just isn’t an option."

    WAG

  • “I used to pray for somebody to speak out, to stand up and defend our liberties, … then I realized I am somebody.”

  • "A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders"

    Larry Elder

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

  • "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water"

  • "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."

    Patrick Henry

  • "Show me your friends I'll show you your future"

  • "Find something that you love, and you will never work a day in your life"

  • “If government didn’t create problems they’d be left will none to solve”

    WAG

  • "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "The only real power comes out of a long rifle"

    Joseph Stalin

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

  • “Government is not the answer to our problems -- government is the problem"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Friends, like life itself, should be cherished ALWAYS!"

    WAG

  • "Don't steal - The government hates competition"

  • “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half”

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

  • “Accept the past, look to the future, live in the present”

  • "The best thing you can do for the poor is not become one"

    Reverend Ike

  • "Inflation rewards debt – and erodes savings. It is legalized counterfeiting, the deliberate creation of money with nothing to back it up."

  • “In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

    Hunter S. Thompson

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."

    George Orwell

  • “A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”

    Edgar J. Mohn

  • "Look to Government to solve most problems. Often going to the source is the best solution"

    WAG

  • “It’s better to die a Hero, than live the life of a Coward”

    Charles Woods (father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods) in a message to President Obama

  • “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and them misapplying the wrong remedies”

    Groucho Marx

  • "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

  • “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys”

    P. J. O'Rourke

  • "If you tell a lie, but have a good reason for telling that lie, then it really is not a lie."

    WAG

  • “It is not enough to merely be enlightened, one must also be engaged.”

    WAG

  • "Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom"

    Mark Twain

  • "Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Without rest, a man cannot work; without work, the rest does not give you any benefit."

    Abkhasian Proverb

  • “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil”

    Ayn Rand

  • "One man with a gun can control 100 without one"

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks"

    Doug Larson

  • "Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind"

    Hugo Black

  • “It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress”

    Mark Twain

  • "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain"

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

  • "In America today, it's considered anti-American to be pro-American"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one"


    Alexander Hamilton

  • "A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying,"

    Saint Pope John Paul II

  • “Bureaucracy -- the organizational weaknesses that cause smart people to make dumb decisions”

  • "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."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Who better to solve a problem then the people responsible for creating it in the first place."

    WAG

  • "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session"

    Mark Twain

  • "It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense"

    Mark Twain

  • "An ignorant electorate, every politician's lifeblood."

  • "Life is but an experiment, and we are all lab rats."

    WAG

  • "TRUTH is a hard, and often bitter, pill to swallow."

    WAG

  • "Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.”

    Aristotle

  • "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today"

    Cherokee proverb

  • "Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men"

    Thomas Henry Huxley

  • "Knowledge is a powerful tool. Without it, a powerful tool one becomes."

    WAG

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes.”

    Joseph Stalin

  • "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Welfare is mistrusted by those who pay for it, and held in contempt by those who receive it"

  • "Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied"

    Mark Twain

  • "If you’re not getting flack, you’re not over the target"

  • "Police in Austria are looking for a bank robber who wears a Sarah Palin mask while committing robberies. He started out with a Barack Obama mask, but no one took him seriously"

    Jay Leno

  • "A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality"

  • “If you have truth on your side, you really don't need to lie”

    Paul Jacob

  • "I oppose the war, but support the troops"

    Liberal Lingo

  • “To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth”

  • “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them"

    George Mason

  • “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it”

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

  • "Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times"

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

    Alexander the Great

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

  • “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”

    Saul Bellow

  • "To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace"

    George Washington

  • "Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace"

    Rod Serling

  • "The progressive mind is as deep as the pavement puddle"

    WAG

  • "There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the world"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again."

  • “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom"

  • "Japan would never invade the United States. We would find a rifle behind every blade of grass."

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • “The power to tax is the power to destroy”

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • "Facts are not liberals' strong suit. Rhetoric is."

    Thomas Sowell

  • “The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it”

    Ayn Rand

  • "Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on 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 optimist simply does not have all the facts."

    WAG

  • “Truth is like poetry, and most people hate poetry”

  • "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • "Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it."

    Samuel Johnson

  • “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live”

  • "Why is it that so many individuals place their trust in people to solve the very problems which those people created in the first place?"

    WAG

  • “A person who lives by logic and studies history and tries to implement the lessons learned by history cannot begin to rationally explain the conduct of this president or his attorney general or this administration,” Nugent said. “It is psychotic, it is crazy, it is illogical.”

    Ted Nugent

  • “America is the best half-educated country in the world”

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."

    Alexander Hamilton

  • "It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere."

  • "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."

    Charles de Montesquieu

  • "Nothing beats a failure but the failure to try"

  • "If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done"

    George W. Bush

  • "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence"

  • It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Eternity Voter Card……. Don’t leave this life without it"

  • “Give me control over a man's economic actions, and hence over his means of survival, and except for a few occasional heroes, I'll promise to deliver to you men who think and write and behave as I want them to”

    Benjamine A. Rooge

  • "We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays."

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Today, too many polititians seek public office rather than public service."

  • "Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

    John Adams

  • "Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration"

    Thomas Edison

  • "Rights are granted by the individual, or governmental agency, that signs your welfare check"

    WAG

  • "The US dollar is backed by little more than confidence. Confidence in people's lack of understanding of how America's monetary system functions."

  • “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”

    Patrick Henry

  • "A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks"

    Charles Gordy

  • "That which does not destroy me, makes me stronger"

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • “There are severe limits to the good that the government can do for the economy, but there are almost no limits to the harm it can do”

    Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate

  • “The same administration that can’t build a web site, just took over the internet.”

    Brad Thor

  • "I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty"

    Strom Thurmond

  • "Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.”

    John Wayne

  • “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”

    Bertrand Russell

  • "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "That to which we aspire, though cannot attain, we often tear down"

    WAG

  • "May the thirst for truth never be quenched."

    WAG

  • "In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

    George Orwell

  • “The largest single barrier to full employment of our manpower and resources and to a higher rate of economic growth is the unrealistically heavy drag of federal income taxes on private purchasing power, initiative and incentive.”

    John F. Kennedy - special message to Congress on tax reduction and reform (1/24/63)

  • "Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Ask why until you understand"

  • "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat"

    Mark Twain

  • “I know enough to know, there is so much that I do not know”

  • "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak"

  • "If voting made a difference they wouldn't let us do it."

    Mark Twain

  • “We always have enough time to do a job a second time – and never enough time to do it right the first time”

  • "Everything the Democrats do is the result of a political calculation designed to take advantage of something going wrong"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them...”

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • "I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."

    Sir Walter Scott

  • "The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes"

    Thomas Paine

  • "Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party"

    Winston Churchill

  • “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”

    Orison S. Marden

  • "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy"

    Winston Churchill

  • “Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured.... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.”

  • “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself”

    James Madison

  • "When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know."

  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.”

    Confucius

  • "Every member of the State ought diligently to read and to study the Constitution [the documents] of this country...By knowing their rights they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them."

    John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

  • “The more alike men are, the weaker each feels in the face of all.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “When the truth hurts, or is otherwise offensive, it is inappropriate.”

    WAG

  • “To be fair, we should all be allowed our own set of facts, truth be dammed”

    WAG

  • "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed"

    Mark Twain

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

    Nelson Mandela

  • "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen"

    Mark Twain

  • The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

    Socrates

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • "Agenda 21 is not a "conspiracy theory", it is an Action Plan."

  • “If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

    James Madison

  • "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it"

    William Arthur Ward

  • "To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research"

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force"

    Ayn Rand

  • "It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people."

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

  • "The American constitution was designed by a group of geniuses, knowing it would be administered by a group of idiots"

  • “One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress”

    John Adams

  • We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public"

  • "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect"

    Mark Twain

  • "Don't let schooling interfere with your education"

    Mark Twain

  • "Banning gun shows to reduce violent crime will work about as well as banning auto shows to reduce drunken driving"

    Bill McIntire - NRA Spokesman (1992)

  • “No matter how fast a lie is, the truth will catch up with her.”

    Dutch Proverb

  • "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere."

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

  • "The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive."

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings"

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

  • "You can't have freedom of speech, and at the same time have people not being offended"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trouble - it empties today of its strength"

  • "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "A lie is an untruth told with intent to deceive."

  • "Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach"

    Albert Einstein

  • “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty."

    James Madison

  • "History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own fall"

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves”

    Winston Churchill

  • "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry"

    Maya Angelou

  • “When I refuse to obey an unjust law, I do not contest the right of the majority to command, but I simply appeal from the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of mankind.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity"

    Albert Einstein

  • "The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money"

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Those ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it."

  • "The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty"

    Eugene McCarthy

  • "it is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “To be clever enough to get all that money, you must be stupid enough to want it”

    G. K. Chesterton

  • "Better to die on your feet, than live on your knees."

    American Patriot

  • Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

    William Pitt

  • "All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance."

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

  • "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that aren't true”

    Mark Twain

  • "Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it"

    Harry S. Truman

  • "America's liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily"

    George Washington

  • "Knowledge is power yes, and often a burden as well"

    WAG

  • “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Don't cry because it’s over, smile because it happened"

  • "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life"

    Mark Twain

  • "It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them"

    Alfred Adler

  • "Comedy brings out laughter, tragedy fear. Hopelessness leads to despair, sadness a tear. It takes a unique individual who can elicit all of these emotions by the mere mention of their name – Obama is a unique individual"

    WAG

  • Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

    George Washington

  • "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

    Anonymous

  • "A great man never ignores the simplicity of a child"

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • "In the age of information, ignorance is a choice"

    WAG

  • "A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates"

    Jay Leno

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

  • “The Constitution does not grant rights, it recognizes them”

    Jason Laumark

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • Scheme: “To be shady or otherwise use intellectual power to deceive or carry out a plan for a personal interest. To plan to do something to get someone’s money, most often by cheating.”

  • "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."

    George Washington

  • "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated"

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • “The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”

    James Madison

  • "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

    Winston Churchill

  • "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car"

  • "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything You gave me"

    Erma Bombeck

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

  • "I could give up chocolate but I'm no quitter!"

  • “I may be ignorant, but I’m in the majority”

    American Citizen

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

  • "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means"

    Albert Einstein

  • “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws”

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

  • "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws"

    Ayn Rand

  • "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

  • "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."

    George Washington

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "In politics, never let facts get in the way of a good story"

    WAG

  • "When people fear government, there is tyranny – When government fears the people, there is liberty"

    Thomas Paine

  • "In Washington, second guessing has become second nature"

    George W. Bush

  • "Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward"

  • "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow"

    Mark Twain

  • "The more one worries, the older one gets; the more one laughs, the younger one feels"

    Chinese proverb

  • "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "If it ain't broken, fix it until it is"

    Government Motto

  • “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

    Aldous Huxley

  • "It is so much more difficult to manipulate people when they are educated and enlightened"

    WAG

  • "Profanity is the act of a feeble mind attempting to express itself forcibly"

  • "I know of no way to judge the future but by the past"

  • "When you find you’re digging yourself into a hole, I always say dig faster, you’ll get to the bottom sooner."

    WAG

  • "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself."

    Tullius Cicero

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

  • "Sometimes you do have to go backwards before you can move forward"

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

  • "Thinking was OUTLAWED in the 1980's. The first time you think is the last time you are a Democrat.”

    Evan Sayet

  • "It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare"

    Mark Twain

  • “If you tax something more, you get less of it. If you subsidize something you get more of it”

  • "Though something may be true, if not widely known, it cannot be considered fact."

    Liberal Logic

  • "The road to success is littered with many setbacks, never failures."

    WAG

  • "No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left"

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

  • When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The man that sets out to change the world without first changing himself is a fool"

  • At that point when we put America first, will be the time that this nation begins to heal itself”

    WAG

  • “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith"

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "For when democracy becomes tyranny, those of us with rifles still get to vote"

  • "God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question."

  • "A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it."

  • “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic”

  • "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too."

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain"

    Robert Frost

  • "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."

    Ian Fleming

  • "The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits."

    Albert Einstein

  • "We are great because we are good"

  • "People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge."

    Lao-tzu

  • "A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory"

  • “Gold is important, but so are guns and ammunition, and it’s the guys with the guns and ammunition that’ll get the gold in the end”

  • "A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it"

    Bob Hope

  • "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."

    George Washington

  • "If only the Nazis and Soviets had been as merciful to the innocent as America is to the guilty"

    Senator Jim Talent

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

  • "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty"

    John F. Kennedy

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Not interested in Left vs. Right. Interested in Right vs. Wrong."

  • “About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation”

    Will Rogers

  • “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice)

  • “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Lies influence the ignorant, and inflame the informed"

    WAG

  • "Few men think, yet all will have opinions"

    George Berkeley

  • "Plan ahead, Noah didn’t build the Ark in a storm"

  • "War does not determine who is right - only who is left"

  • "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."

    George Orwell

  • "The experiment of self-government can't work where people do not govern themselves"

    James Madison

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “The University campus is the only place where everything that a parent has taught a young person for 18 years is completely undermined in one semester of their freshman year"

    Kevin McCullough

  • "The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see"

    Ayn Rand

  • “The very people, who will go to the ends of the earth to defend the most heinous of murderers, do not give a second thought to the taking of an innocent life”

    WAG

  • "Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!"

    Unknown

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds"

    Francis Bacon

  • “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

    Winston Churchill

  • "Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people."

    Wendell Phillips

  • "I will prepare, and some day my chance will come"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you"

    John D. Ashcroft

  • "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves."

    Author Unknown

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Until such time that compassion is measured by helping people to help themselves, we will only ensure the enslavement of others, in the very name of compassion"

    WAG

  • "A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip"

  • “Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

    Ronald Reagan

  • “No republic has long outlived the discovery by a majority of its people that they could vote themselves largesse from the public treasury”

    Alexander Tytler

  • “If you voted for Obama to prove that you were not a racist - Who will you vote for in 2012 to prove that you are not an idiot?”

  • "A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give."

    Unknown

  • "The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself."

    St. Augustine

  • "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Douglas Casey

  • Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred."

    Jacques Barzun

  • "What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."

    Edward Langley (artist)

  • "Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “Men who so uneasily tolerate superiors patiently suffer a master, and show themselves proud and servile at the same time.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think"

    Adolf Hitler

  • "That which we call sin in others is experiment for us."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live"

    Mark Twain

  • "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

    George Washington

  • "All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation."

    John Adams

  • "Why would anyone save for tomorrow, if tomorrow, that which you can buy today, will be so much more expensive. Therein lies the problem. Therein lies the plan."

    WAG

  • "Some goals are so worthy, it's glorious even to fail"

  • "The purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the First Amendment"

  • "No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut"

    Sam Rayburn

  • "The last time France needed more proof it rolled through the streets of Paris in the form of a German tank"

    David Letterman

  • "When you want to help people, you tell the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell people what they want to hear."

    Thomas Sowell

  • "Blaming guns for spree killings is like blaming short skirts for rape."

  • “There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give it everything”

    Vince Lombardi

  • “Society is endangered not by the great profligacy of a few, but by the laxity of morals amongst all.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • Common Sense: “when we remove the sense, it becomes all too common”

    WAG

  • "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted"


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Something that can’t go on forever, won’t."

    Herb Stein (Economist)

  • "To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target"

  • "What if there was a cure for the disease we call LIBERLISM? There is, and it's called REALITY (one dose daily)."

    WAG

  • "If you cannot prove a lie is a lie, is it then the truth?"

    WAG

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  • "One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors."

    Plato

  • “First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    Pastor Martin Niemöller

  • "Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos."

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

  • “The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies."

    Winston Churchill

  • "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "You can entertain without teaching, however cannot teach without entertaining."

  • "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."

    Milton Friedman

  • “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 truly is a choice…….. in this age of information."

    WAG

  • "Does reality influence the news, or is it the news that influences reality?"

    WAG

  • "We provide Americans an education in exchange for their commitment to serve in our armed forces, while at the same time, we offer amnesty to illegal immigrants in exchange for their commitment to vote Democrat for life."

    WAG

  • “Finding your purpose in life begins with Faith, Hope, and Charity”

  • "If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."

    George Washington

  • "It is never too late to be what you might have been"

    George Eliot

  • “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

    John Adams (1826)

  • "Public sector employment....... because it sure beats work."

  • "May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door"

  • "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

  • “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

    Edmund Burke

  • “The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “The American people are the passengers aboard the Titanic… And Obama is at the helm.”

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

  • “If you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they would not reach a conclusion”

  • "Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step"

    Dr. Martin Luther King

  • "Reputation is what others perceive you to be. Character is what you are"

    John Wooden

  • "Just because someone says something that’s not factual, does not mean it’s not truthful, if they believe what they are saying."

    Liberal Logic

  • "A nation of sheep will get a government of wolves"

    Edward R. Murrow

  • "I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Laws were most numerous when the state was most corrupt"

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • "To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge."

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • "Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents... pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan."

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Wings on a Pig Don't Make It an Eagle."

  • "Hey, don’t get me wrong. I 'm all for the government (spending) investing our money into “shovel” ready projects, so long as I’m the one selling the shovels."

    WAG

  • "The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan”

    von Clausewitz

  • "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."

    John F. Kennedy

  • "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned in life. It goes on."

    Robert Frost

  • "He who fails to prepare, prepares for failure"

  • "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."

    Lyndon B. Johnson

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • "When you give a monkey the choice between an addictive drug and food, it will starve to death."

    Rick Perry

  • “There’s only one kind of patriotism, and that’s the kind that loves and supports – not loathes and fears – America”

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Saying a gun shoots people is like saying a pencil makes mistakes, or a spoon makes people fat."

  • "I’ve had my fun and I didn’t enjoy it"

  • “When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already....”

    Adolph Hitler

  • "Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition"

  • “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get."

    Dave Gardner

  • "Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy"

  • "A government that requires "integrity provisions" is by definition past the stage where they will do any good."

    Mark Steyn

  • "Progressivism is an illness and should be treated as such….. Institutionalize them all."

  • “Nothing is more powerful in a democracy than knowledge”

    Rudy Giuliani

  • “A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees"

  • "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest"

    Mark Twain

  • “The first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction. The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims”

    Ayn Rand

  • "Nothing is more destructive to a democracy than ignorance and an uniformed citizenry"

  • "If I could live my life over again, I wouldn't have time"

    Bob Hope

  • "Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent"

    Ayn Rand

  • "The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard"

  • "To some it's a six-pack, to me it's Support Group Salvation in a can"

    Leo Durocher

  • "When you find you are digging yourself into a hole, dig faster, you’ll get to your destination sooner”

    WAG

  • "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."

    John Adams

  • “Truth is Treason to an Empire Built of Lies.”

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."

    Galileo

  • "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

  • "Rather than being a selfless act of service, becoming a politician is now about enriching oneself"

    WAG

  • “I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said."

    William F. Buckley Jr.

  • “The path to perfection, the loftiest goal, is success in and of itself”

  • "Funny term “progressive” – oxymoron if ever I heard one when used to describe an ideology so destructive to the liberties and freedoms of the individual."

    WAG

  • "The truth is usually pretty simple, but as I’m sure you would agree, finding it in the mainstream media is next to impossible"

    Ann Coulter

  • "Socialism needs two legs on which to stand; a right and a left. While appearing to be in complete opposition to one another, they both march in the same direction"

    Paul Proctor

  • “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

  • “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

    George Orwell

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

  • "The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office"

    Will Rogers

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • "If we agreed 100 percent of the time, one of us wouldn't be necessary"

  • "Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one"

    Mark Twain

  • "What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul"

    Yiddish Proverb

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

  • "Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart"

  • "Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were"

  • "Governments have killed more innocent people than all the wars combined. 170 MILLION in the 20th Century alone."

  • "Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money."

    Daniel Webster

  • "A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try and take it.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives"

    Mark Twain

  • “GOD may not lighten my load, but HE will strengthen my back.”

  • “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens to give to the other”

    Voltaire (1764)

  • "How the media reports what they report (their bias) is important. What they choose to report (or not report) is equally important"

    WAG

  • "You don’t get ahead in life by looking into your rear view mirror"

    WAG

  • "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all."

  • "And what is the state but a servant and a convenience for a large number of people, just like the electric light and the plumbing system? And wouldn't it be preposterous to claim that men must exist for their plumbing, not the plumbing for the men"

    Ayn Rand

  • “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • “There's nothing better than a friend ... unless it's a friend with chocolate.”

    Charles Dickens

  • “A country that can't control its borders isn't really a country anymore”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

    Confucious

  • "The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas"

  • "I am an American voter, ignorant of my ignorance."

  • “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

    Lou Holtz

  • “Better to deny a child some of life’s wants and pleasures, than to deny them a brother or sister.”

    Pope Saint John Paul II

  • "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • "I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you"

  • "Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them"

    Bill Vaughan

  • “A woman's outfit should be like a barbed-wire fence - serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

    Sophia Loren

  • “Capitalism is a system whereby the rich are powerful. Communism and Socialism are systems where the powerful are rich.”

  • "You can not raise the weak, by holding down the strong"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens at the White House, but what happens inside your house"

    Barbara Bush

  • “Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead”

    Will Rogers

  • "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list"

  • "When we lose GOD, it is not GOD who is lost"

  • "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it"

    Upton Sinclair

  • "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured"

    Mark Twain

  • "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis"

    Dante Alighieri

  • "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

    John Jay

  • "The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

  • "The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"

  • "Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go"

  • “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”

    James Madison

  • "How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire"

  • “What matters is not the truth, but what we choose (are told) to believe.”

    WAG

  • May Americans' thirst for the truth, never be quenched."

    WAG

  • "All receive advice - only the wise profit from it"

    Syrus

  • “It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.”

    Martin Van Buren

  • "Government can solve nearly any problem. After all, they created most of them."

    WAG

  • "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"

  • “American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it”

    Dave Barry

  • "Liberalism faltered when it turned out it could not cope with the truth"

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

    Thomas Sowell

  • “It’s unprofessional to confuse loyalty with integrity”

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

  • "Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "I'll bet you never dreamed you'd look back at Jimmy Carter as the good old days."

    Mitt Romney

  • "Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born"

    Ronald Reagan

  • “I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS”

    Malcolm Forbes (when asked if he was afraid of terrorism)

  • "The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Taylor - 1816)

  • "If you can’t explain what you're doing in simple English, you’re probably doing something wrong"

    Alfred Kazin

  • "Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."

    Chinese Proverb

  • "We are a government of laws, and not of men"

    John Adams

  • “The satisfaction acquired through giving surpasses those pleasures attained from receiving”

    WAG

  • "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"

    John Adams

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

  • "Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke off the unused path"

  • "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

  • "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are"

    Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu

  • “Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence … and determination”

    Calvin Coolidge

  • "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter"

    Mark Twain

  • “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed”

    Joseph Stalin

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax"

    Albert Einstein

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "If it weren't for my aversion to lying, I’d go into politics."

    WAG

  • "Every morning is the dawn of a new error."

  • "There’s no such thing as the future, just history that hasn’t happened yet."

    Harry Truman

  • "The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think"

  • “It is not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children, but to provide them a road map”

  • "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil"

    Ephesians 6:11

  • "A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”

  • "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."

    James Madison

  • If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate” Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • "Ronald Reagan pursued those things which he believed in, not necessarily those things which he knew he could win"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "If you want to protect vital national security secrets from WikiLeaks, just put them in the same vault as Obama's birth certificate"

    Mike Huckabee (a.k.a The Guv)

  • "It’s not really lying if you know I’m not telling the truth."

    WAG

  • "If you choose public service, choose it to serve the public, not your bank account. When you're done serving, go home. Get a real job."

    Jack Abramoff

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

  • "The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

  • “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    John F. Kennedy

  • “Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with nonviolence, reject it.”

    Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • "Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals"

  • "Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”

    Aaron Levenstein

  • "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Media outlets exist not to inform us, but to influence us; not to educate us, but to enrich themselves"

    WAG

  • “Always speak the truth, and you will never be concerned with your memory”

  • "Life without GOD is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point"

  • "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

    Edmund Burke

  • “To possess a memory is to be blessed with a priceless good. It is our link to the past, our guidepost to the present and our passport to the future”

  • "Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "It is far easier to control those who obey the law, than to control those who disregard the law altogether."

    WAG

  • “When the power of Love overcomes the love of Power, the world will know PEACE”

    Jimi Hendrix

  • "Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back"

    Steven Wright

  • “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "Greed, is a great motivator, yet a powerful destroyer."

  • "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."

    Paul Horning

  • "Truth has no agenda"

  • Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is a mystery: Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the Present"

    Winnie the Pooh

  • "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up"

  • Ineptocracy: (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of achieving, and where the members of society least likely to succeed or even to sustain themselves, are abundantly rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

  • "Wise men learn from their mistakes, wiser men learn from the mistakes of others"

  • “The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie”

    Ann Landers

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • "It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them"

    Mark Twain

  • "We are fast approaching a time when the majority sign the back of the check, rather than the front"

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

  • "The Second Amendment has never been about hunting or crime prevention; it’s about keeping our government in check."

    Patrice Lewis

  • “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

    James Madison

  • “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of anyone else”

  • "Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God"

  • "We have our theory; don't confuse me with the facts"

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

  • "Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late."

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • "Before you open your mouth to speak, please make sure it's an improvement upon the silence"

  • "Statistics are not intended to enlighten, but instead to deceive"

    WAG

  • “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy”

    James Madison

  • “It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”

    Henry Louis Mencken

  • "Spend other people's money as though it was your own"

    WAG

  • "A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain"

    Mark Twain

  • “Worse than evil is the apathy that allows it”

  • “Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society.”

    Aristotle

  • “I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "The more comfortable you make welfare recipients, the more welfare recipients you will have."

    WAG

  • “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away”

    Philip K. Dick

  • "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin"

    Mark Twain

  • "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government"

    James Madison

  • "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read"

    Mark Twain

  • “In a free country the monetary unit rests upon a fixed foundation of gold or gold and silver, independent of the ruling politicians.”

    Howard Buffett