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By Reporting Bad Science As Fact, Biased Media Help Create Panics
Posted By: FlyBoy on October 19, 2010 07:11 AM in MEDIA BIAS
HENRY I. MILLER  Investor's Business Daily Published on October 18, 2010


The media have a history of offering more heat than light on many issues. Recall publisher William Randolph Hearst's telegram to a photographer on assignment to document the supposed conflict in Cuba in 1897: "You furnish the pictures, and I'll furnish the war."

In the heated debate over the use and effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in food packaging and hard plastic containers, Americans are being exposed to a largely phony war.

BPA is a ubiquitous industrial chemical that for more than 50 years has been an important raw material in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics used in consumer products including beverage containers, infant feeding bottles, plastic dinnerware and plastic storage containers.

BPA is also used in the lining of cans of food to prevent spoilage that can lead to bacterial contamination and the risk of botulism.

Numerous regulatory agencies in the U.S. and abroad have concluded repeatedly that BPA is safe as used and has not been shown to cause health problems in adults, children, or unborn babies.

They regard the very few studies suggesting possible health concerns over BPA to be inconclusive and any such concerns to be overshadowed by the risk of replacing BPA with unproven, untested — or even more dangerous — alternatives.

This is "comparative risk assessment" in the real world.

Missing Facts

However, the mainstream media have proven themselves incapable or unwilling to report the subtleties of this saga.

Not letting the facts get in the way of a good story, the media remain fixated on exposing an imaginary BPA boogeyman by cherry-picking the information they deem newsworthy.

Take, for example, the recent announcement by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which, after yet another exhaustive study of the scientific literature, concluded that BPA is safe.

The EFSA analysis went largely unreported by the American media. If you're not privy to the chemical trade press or don't reside on an esoteric distribution list for scientists and health professionals, you probably saw nothing of the EFSA announcement.

The same is true for the August report from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, which concluded that concerns about adverse impacts from BPA on neurological and behavioral development were unsubstantiated. Again, deafening silence from the American press.

Biased Results

Such neglect of a somewhat arcane scientific subject might be excused had the American press not shown itself to be so obsessed with BPA previously.

When the notoriously unscientific and ideological Environmental Working Group (EWG) published its July 2010 report on the presence of BPA on store receipts, it caused a media feeding frenzy.

Although EWG's "study" involved a wipe test of 36 store receipts and was able to draw no conclusions about whether it is absorbed into the body or health effects, it was reported in papers such as the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times. ABC and CBS, and even NPR's Science Friday produced features on the report.

Similarly, when the U.S. Public Research Interest Group — another organization short on science and long on hysterics and known for generating reports to support its advocacy agenda — published its quaintly titled "No Silver Lining" about BPA in canned foods, the media came running.

It's worth noting that this particular "study" consisted of testing 50 canned food products for the presence of BPA, developing a fictitious meal plan for an "ordinary North American person" that consisted of canned foods, and then drawing (dubious) conclusions about exposure levels to BPA.

The report garnered coverage in USA Today, one of the nation's highest-circulation newspapers, as well as the venerable U.S. News and World Report, dozens of regional papers and CBS affiliates throughout America.

These are examples of the media going to great lengths to publicize works of pseudoscience crafted solely for the purpose of fear-mongering about BPA and driving an advocacy agenda, while ignoring contrary assessments by regulators who rely on actual science to assess the safety of BPA.

The Food and Drug Administration's widely reported announcement in January confirming its 2008 position on BPA safety reveals a different problem — namely, when the media are not neglecting pronouncements of BPA's safety, they are straining to find controversy and danger.

In spite of the FDA's finding of BPA's safety and the statement of deputy agency head Joshua Sharfstein that "if we thought it was unsafe, we would be taking strong regulatory action," these were drowned out in virtually every media report by the FDA's pronouncement that certain studies using "novel" methods raised "some concern" about BPA.

Many press accounts led with the FDA's announcement being a "reversal" of previous positions, when the reality is that the FDA merely committed to looking more closely at studies that were inconclusive and plagued by "substantial uncertainties."

It's no secret that the media thrive on sensationalism and controversy, real or imagined. In the case of BPA, the media have abetted a campaign to stoke public fears while failing to provide a complete and balanced picture of how the science is evolving and how it shapes regulatory decisions.

The American public deserves better.

Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, is a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He was founding director of the FDA's Office of Biotechnology.


HENRY I. MILLER  Investor's Business Daily October 18, 2010

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "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

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

  • "I'll bet you never dreamed you'd look back at Jimmy Carter as the good old days."

    Mitt Romney

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

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

    St. Augustine

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    W. C. Fields

  • 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

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

    Dave Barry

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    George Orwell

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Alfred Adler

  • "Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

  • "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)

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

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

  • “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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

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

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

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

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

    George Mason

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

    Thomas Fuller

  • "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

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

  • "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

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

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    WAG

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • "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

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Charlotte

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

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

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

    David Letterman

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

    Adolph Hitler

  • “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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • 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

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

    Lou Holtz

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mao Tse-Tung

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    WAG

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “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

  • “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

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "The more comfortable you make welfare recipients, the more welfare recipients you will have."

    WAG

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

    Dante Alighieri

  • "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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke off the unused path"

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Evan Sayet

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

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

  • "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

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    George Orwell

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    WAG

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Anonymous

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Paul Horning

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

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

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

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

    Francis Bacon

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

    GR

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Liberal Logic

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Syrus

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

    WAG

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • “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

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    George W. Bush

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

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

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

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

  • “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

  • "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

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

    John Adams

  • “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

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

    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

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

    Voltaire

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

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

  • "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.

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

    Saul Bellow

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • "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)

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

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

    Socrates

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

    Isaac Asimov

  • "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

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

    James Madison

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

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

    Larry Elder

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

    Mike Adams

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

  • "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

  • 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

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

    Reverend Ike

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

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Will Rogers

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

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    Sophia Loren

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

    American Citizen

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

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

    Anatole France

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

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

    George Santayana

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

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Robert Novak

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Robert Schuller

  • “I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS”

    Malcolm Forbes (when asked if he was afraid of terrorism)

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

    WAG

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Daniel Greenfield

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

    Jack Miner

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

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

    George Eliot

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

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

    Moliere

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    H.L. Mencken

  • "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

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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

    Adolf Hitler

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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 )

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

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

    Mark Steyn

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

    Doug Powers

  • "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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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 lesson of history is that people never learn the lessons of history."

  • “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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

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

    WAG

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

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

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

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

    Robert Frost

  • "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

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "Before you open your mouth to speak, please make sure it's an improvement upon the silence"

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Milton Friedman

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

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "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

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

    Sam Adams

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

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

  • “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

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

  • "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

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

    Pat Flynn

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    WAG

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Edward R. Murrow

  • "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

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Eugene Ionesco

  • "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

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

    American Patriot

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

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

    Karl Marx

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • "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

  • "We are great because we are good"

  • "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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Paine

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

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "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

  • “The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.’”

    Harry Browne

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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


    WAG

  • "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

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    G. K. Chesterton

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

  • "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)

  • “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”

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Patrick Henry

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Tacitus

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

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

    Bob Hope

  • 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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

  • “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

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • "The optimist simply does not have all the facts."

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Plato

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

    William Faulkner

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

    Voltaire

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

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

    Jason Laumark

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

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    Aaron Levenstein

  • "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

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

    John Wooden

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    WAG

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

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

    David Stockman

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

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

  • “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

  • “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?”

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

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

    Rod Serling

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

  • "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

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

    Yiddish Proverb

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

  • "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."

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

  • "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

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    Dana Buchman

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Knute Rockne

  • "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

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

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

    Brad Thor

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Rudy Giuliani

  • “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”

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

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    John Adams

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

    Dick Cheney

  • "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

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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

    Harry Truman

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

    Cal Thomas

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Jimi Hendrix

  • “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)

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

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

    WAG

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning"

    Albert Einstein

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

  • “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

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    John Kerry

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

    Danny Schecter

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

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

    George Washington

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

  • "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

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

  • "If you can’t explain what you're doing in simple English, you’re probably doing something wrong"

    Alfred Kazin

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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Enrico Fermi

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    George Washington

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    John Adams

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    Government Motto

  • "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

  • "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)

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • 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

  • "Wise men learn from their mistakes, wiser men learn from the mistakes of others"

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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."

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

    John Adams

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    James Madison

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Anne Coleman

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

    Author Unknown

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Joseph Goebbels

  • “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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

  • "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)

  • "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

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

    Will Rogers

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Winnie the Pooh

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Sir Walter Scott

  • "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

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

    Lao-tzu

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Steven Wright

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

  • "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

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

    Aldous Huxley

  • "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

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

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

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    George Washington

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “The satisfaction acquired through giving surpasses those pleasures attained from receiving”

    WAG

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Galileo

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

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

    Luck

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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

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

    WAG

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • "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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “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)

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

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

  • "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax"

    Albert Einstein

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

    Larry Elder

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    George Washington

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “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)

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

    Plato

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

    von Clausewitz

  • “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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Douglas Casey

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

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

    Confucius

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

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Jerry Pournelle

  • "Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian."

    Henry Ford

  • "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

  • “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

  • In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress"

    John Adams

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

    Bill Vaughan

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

    James Madison

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "Knowledge is the source of Wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes Productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes Innovation"

    Peter Drucker

  • “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

  • "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

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

  • “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

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Mark Twain

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

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

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

    Confucious

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

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    James Bovard

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

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

    Lord Byron

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

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Aristotle

  • "The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think"

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

  • "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

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

    William Pitt

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    Jay Leno

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

    Mark Twain

  • "We are a government of laws, and not of men"

    John Adams

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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Spend other people's money as though it was your own"

    WAG

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