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Debunking The Myth Of Economic Austerity In Europe
Posted By: Letters on May 12, 2015 01:38 PM in MYTHS
ALAN REYNOLDS  Investor’s Business Daily Published on May 4, 2015


"My colleague Dan Mitchell and I have long been baffled by the Quixotic efforts of such prominent economists Paul Krugman and Joe Stiglitz to blame economic stagnation in the eurozone on insufficient government spending.

Government spending in the euro countries rose from 45.3% of GDP in 2007 to 49.5% in 2013, according to Eurostat, with particularly huge increases in Greece, France, Italy and Portugal. The table shows how little austerity there has been in euro public sectors.

Stiglitz writes: "Austerity had failed repeatedly, from its early use under U.S. President Herbert Hoover, which turned the stock-market crash into the Great Depression, to the IMF 'programs' imposed on East Asia and Latin America in recent decades. And yet when Greece got into trouble, it was tried again."

In reality, those are all examples of the failure of higher tax rates, not government spending restraint.

In 1931, Herbert Hoover increased federal spending by 43% in a single year — to $4.3 billion from $3 billion in 1930. In June 1932, however, Hoover greatly increased all income-tax rates, with the top rate rising from 25% to 63%. Federal revenues fell from 4.4% of GDP in 1930 to 3.0% in 1933, but the private economy fell even more.

Similarly, the austerity of "IMF programs imposed on East Asia and Latin America" invariably meant higher income and/or value-added tax rates, and sometimes higher tariffs.

For instance, the IMF required suicidal tax hikes as a condition of loans to South Korea in 1980, Thailand in 1997, Argentina 1998-2001 and Russia 1998-2000.

Europe is suffering under Herbert Hoover/IMF tax policy. Since 2007, the top tax on personal income was increased by six to 15 percentage points in the most troubled economies of Europe — from 40% to 46% in Greece, from 41% to 48% in Ireland, from 43% to 52% in Spain and from 42% to 56.5% in Portugal (to name just a few). Meanwhile, VAT rates also rose from 19% to 23% in Greece, 16% to 21% in Spain, 20% to 22% in Italy and 20 to 23% in Portugal.

Why have mainstream Keynesian economists been so strangely silent about the infliction of punitive tax rates on depressed European economies? What accounts for this blind spot?

One explanation, articulated by former Obama economist Christina Romer, may be that "supply-based theories of the effects of tax changes imply that the output effects depend mainly on the impact of the changes on marginal rates, while demand-based theories imply that they depend mainly on the revenue effects."

 

High marginal tax rates rarely raise more revenue, which means they don't matter in this view because only smaller deficits are defined as austerity. If judged by revenue effects, higher tax rates in 1932 and 1991 look like big tax cuts.

Another explanation for mainstream silence about huge increases in top tax rates among collapsing European economies is the trendy fetish about the "top 1%" income share. "Toppling the top 1%," as Hillary Clinton put it, supposedly justifies punitive tax rates regardless of any adverse behavioral impact on work effort, investment, entrepreneurship or migration to low-tax countries.

The following table puts six troubled euro countries that raised top tax rates in context by adding six other OECD countries that made the same mistake. The last column shows average annual growth of real GDP during those seven years. At the bottom are six other OECD countries that reduced top tax rates or kept them low. This is a small sample and short time period (I'm working on a big sample for 1979-2013). Yet economic growth in countries that raised top tax rates to 45%-56% was generally much weaker than for those that cut top tax rates to 15%-36%.

Higher value-added taxes clearly depressed demand, but so did raising top income-tax rates: Higher-income people account for most sales of consumer durables.

Higher marginal tax rates had the additional bad effect of depressing supply: They undermine incentives to make the extra effort and investment needed to raise personal income and therefore national income. The highest marginal tax rates cause the most crippling distortions and disincentives — fostering brain drain and capital flight while driving much of the remaining economy underground.

Since 2007, the austerity imposed on the weakest economies of Europe was not from spending cuts, but from higher tax rates.

If Keynesian critics of European austerity would shift focus away from invisible spending cuts to highly visible tax increases, then we could all join forces to support less destructive tax policies at home and abroad." -- ALAN REYNOLDS

Reynolds is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute.


ALAN REYNOLDS  Investor’s Business Daily May 4, 2015

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    Mark Twain

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

    Spanish Proverb

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

    George Berkeley

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

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

  • "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

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

    Alfred Adler

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

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

    Jack Miner

  • "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin"

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    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

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

  • "If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong"

  • "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

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "If most thinking people supported me it still wouldn't be enough. Because in America, you need a majority."

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine"

    Lord Byron

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

  • "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

  • “When the power of Love overcomes the love of Power, the world will know PEACE”

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    George Eliot

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Byrd Baggett

  • “I fear not the individual who occupies the Oval Office, but the people who elected him to that office.”

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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

  • "We are fast approaching a time when the majority sign the back of the check, rather than the front"

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Dick Cheney

  • "Every morning is the dawn of a new error."

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

    George Orwell

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

  • "The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much"

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

  • "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

  • "Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God"

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Doug Larson

  • “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

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

    Aristotle

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

    WAG

  • "Media outlets exist not to inform us, but to influence us; not to educate us, but to enrich themselves"

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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)

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

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    Herbert Spencer

  • “If the facts don’t fit the theory, just change the facts”

    Albert Einstein

  • “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

  • "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

  • “It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.”

    Martin Van Buren

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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)

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

    WAG

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

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

    Jay Leno

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

  • "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 better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man."

    Psalm 118:8

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Frost

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • Ships are safe in harbors, but that's not what ships are for...

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • "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

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

  • "Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • "The measure of a man’s character is how he treats another who can do nothing for him"

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    James Madison

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

    Patrick Henry

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

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Dave Gardner

  • 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

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    George Washington

  • “What matters is not the truth, but what we choose (are told) to believe.”

    WAG

  • "The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have."

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

    WAG

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

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

    WAG

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

    Adolph Hitler

  • "We are great because we are good"

  • “American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it”

    Dave Barry

  • "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."

    Paul Horning

  • "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.

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

  • “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

  • “So far consumers are worried about the future. Once they start worrying about the present, we’re in trouble.”

  • “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”

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

  • “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of anyone else”

  • “It’s unprofessional to confuse loyalty with integrity”

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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

  • 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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Willis Player

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

  • “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

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

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    WAG

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

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

  • “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

  • "It’s not really lying if you know I’m not telling the truth."

    WAG

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    Mike Adams

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

    WAG

  • “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 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

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

    Joseph Addison

  • "Ignorance is a choice one makes, often with happiness being the desired outcome. They are however mutually exclusive.”

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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.

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

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

    Bill Vaughan

  • “Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Anne Coleman

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

    GR

  • "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it"

    Upton Sinclair

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

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

    Strom Thurmond

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

    Government Motto

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

  • "It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Mark Twain

  • “It is not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children, but to provide them a road map”

  • “Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Bertrand Russell

  • "Law, once a shield of the innocent, is now a weapon in the hands of government"

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • 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

  • “Ignorance is an asset, when common among the majority.”

    WAG

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

  • Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is a mystery: Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the Present"

    Winnie the Pooh

  • "Liberalism faltered when it turned out it could not cope with the truth"

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

  • “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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    John Kerry

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Schuller

  • “I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Eugene Ionesco

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Will Rogers

  • "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them."

    Isaac Asimov

  • "Greed, is a great motivator, yet a powerful destroyer."

  • “The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie”

    Ann Landers

  • “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)

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "If we're dealing with Islamic nations, the suspects are Middle Eastern. Some people call that profiling. Law enforcement people would call it a clue."

    Wayne LaPierre

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

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    Rick Perry

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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

  • "When we lose GOD, it is not GOD who is lost"

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

  • "One of the greatest ironies of our day is that in this age of information, so many are so ignorant"


    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    John Adams

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    WAG

  • “Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society.”

    Aristotle

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Brad Thor

  • "Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals"

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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

  • “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

  • “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

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • May Americans' thirst for the truth, never be quenched."

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Liberal Logic

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

  • "A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”

  • “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away”

    Philip K. Dick

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

  • "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government"

    James Madison

  • "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)

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

    Isaiah 5:20

  • "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

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

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • "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

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

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

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Larry Elder

  • "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

  • “I used to think of Wall Street as a financial center. I now think of it as a crime scene.”

    Danny Schecter

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

    John Wayne

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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”

  • "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

  • “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 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

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

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

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

    Charlotte

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    James Madison

  • "A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top"

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Dana Buchman

  • "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

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

    Vince Lombardi

  • "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."

    Frederic Bastiat

  • “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

  • “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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • “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

  • "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

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

  • "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf"

    Bob Hope

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

  • "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis"

    Dante Alighieri

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

    John Adams

  • "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

  • “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy”

    James Madison

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George W. Bush

  • “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)

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

  • “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains”

    Winston Churchill

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

    George Orwell

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

    John Wooden

  • "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

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexander Pope

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

    George Washington

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Edward R. Murrow

  • "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)

  • "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

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

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

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Sowell

  • “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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

  • “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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    John Wooden

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

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    American Patriot

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • "Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    David Stockman

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • “Always love your country — but never trust your government”

    Robert Novak

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Anonymous

  • "I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality"

    Bob Hope

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Joseph Stalin

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence … and determination”

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    Moliere

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    WAG

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

  • "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)

  • "Life without GOD is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point"

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

    WAG

  • "Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back"

    Steven Wright

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

    Chinese proverb

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

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

    George Washington

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late."

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • "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

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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    George Santayana

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

    Jacques Barzun

  • “The honesty of the press is as great an object to society as the freedom of it.”

    Thomas Paine

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    Albert Einstein

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

  • "Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born"

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Ludwig von Mises

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • "Ask why until you understand"

  • “The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates"

    Tacitus

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    George Orwell

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

    WAG

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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

    Reverend Ike

  • "The primary objects of government are the peace, order, and prosperity of society. . . . To the promotion of these objects, particularly in a republican government, good morals are essential."

    Oliver Ellsworth (Supreme Court Chief Justice)

  • "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

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

    Galileo

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "Don’t tell me how ruff the water is – just bring in the ship."

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

    WAG

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

    Doug Powers

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

  • "There has never been a golden age of liberty, and there never will be. People who value freedom will always have to defend it from those who claim the right to wield power over others."

    David Boaz

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

  • "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

  • "Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."

    Aristotle

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

    WAG

  • "Government can solve nearly any problem. After all, they created most of them."

    WAG

  • "We have our theory; don't confuse me with the facts"

  • 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.

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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)

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    WAG

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

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

  • “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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little"

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Francis Bacon

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

  • “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

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

    James Madison

  • "Tis better to be ignorant and happy, than informed and upset"

    WAG

  • "Influence peddling and corruption are bipartisan sins: those out of power allege them, those in power commit them"

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

    Anonymous

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Progressive apologist

  • "It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them"

    Mark Twain

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

  • "If it weren't for my aversion to lying, I’d go into politics."

    WAG

  • “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)

  • "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

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

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

  • "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

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

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

  • "Should FDR have warned us about Pearl Harbor?"

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Beer: helping ugly people have sex since 3000 B.C."

    W. C. Fields

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

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

    Dean Acheson

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

  • 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

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

    Luck

  • "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

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "That may be a FACT, but it’s still just your opinion"

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    WAG

  • "A free nation is armed with a free press."

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

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Sam Rayburn

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    Anatole France

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

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Author Unknown

  • "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up"

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

  • “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

  • “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 )

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

    Thomas Edison

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    George Washington

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

  • "Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • “Always speak the truth, and you will never be concerned with your memory”

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

    Anonymous

  • "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read"

    Mark Twain

  • "Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    James Bovard

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

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Karl Marx

  • "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil"

    Ephesians 6:11

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

    WAG

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

    St. Augustine

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    George Washington

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

    Edmund Burke

  • "How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire"

  • "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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

  • "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

  • “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

  • "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality"

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "Statistics are not intended to enlighten, but instead to deceive"

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go"

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "All receive advice - only the wise profit from it"

    Syrus

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

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

    George W. Bush

  • "The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Aldous Huxley

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

  • “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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The woman’s mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine; hers is not to preserve a man-made world, but to create a human world by the infusion of the feminine element into all of its activities.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "It is far easier to control those who obey the law, than to control those who disregard the law altogether."

    WAG

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

    Leo Durocher

  • "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear"

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Orison S. Marden

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

  • "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

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

  • "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

  • 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.”

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

    Lou Holtz

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

    Edmund Burke

  • “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed”

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    WAG

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

    Vince Lombardi

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

  • "The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Demosthenes

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

  • “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

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

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • "The Second Amendment has never been about hunting or crime prevention; it’s about keeping our government in check."

    Patrice Lewis

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    Plato

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

    Albert Einstein

  • “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

  • "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

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

  • "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"

    John Adams

  • "Ronald Reagan pursued those things which he believed in, not necessarily those things which he knew he could win"

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "The most valuable thing you can spend on your children is your time"

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

    Mark Twain

  • "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mark Steyn

  • "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

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

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

    William Pitt

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

    Enrico Fermi

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Maya Angelou

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

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  • "Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • “Worse than evil is the apathy that allows it”

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    David Letterman

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

    WAG

  • "There’s no such thing as the future, just history that hasn’t happened yet."

    Harry Truman

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "Courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of faith."

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

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

    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

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • “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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    James Madison

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party"

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    George Orwell

  • "Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

  • "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Joseph Goebbels