The men in blue ties have been at it again this week, so here’s some contemporary (and ancient) comments about politicians and government…
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 government.
If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of government. But then I repeat myself.
I contend that 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.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul .
George Bernard Shaw
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)
I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!
Pericles (430 B.C.)
No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain (1866)
Talk is cheap…except when government does it.
The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
There is no distinctly Native American criminal class…save government.
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
And this has been doing the rounds in Australia since the election was called: