Fw: Great Truths


Subject: Fw: Great Truths
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 5:49 AM


1. 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
2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark  Twain
3. Suppose you were an idiot.  And suppose you were a member of Congress.  But then I repeat myself. -- Mark  Twain
4. 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. -- Winston  Churchill
5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. --
George Bernard Shaw
6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. --  G. Gordon  Liddy
7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. -- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
8. 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
9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -- Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)
11. 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   (1986)
12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. -- Will  Rogers
13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- 
P.J.  O'Rourke
14. 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. -- Voltaire  (1764)
15. 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.)
16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. --
Mark Twain   (1866)
17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. -- Anonymous
18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no  responsibility at the other. --  Ronald Reagan
19. 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
20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.  -- Mark Twain
21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with  fools. -- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress. -- Mark Twain
23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. --
Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)
24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you  have. -- Thomas  Jefferson
25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. --  Aesop
1.  You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.  
2.  What one person receives without working for...another person must work for without receiving. 
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.  
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going  to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!
Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?
Neither could I......


LiberalGunner said...

Ill bet most of these are fake.

CharlieE said...

Got it. All we have to do to achieve a utopian society is to dismantle government and eliminate taxation.

But wait - 50% of Americans already don't pay taxes. And yet the Republicans call them deadbeats and slackers who "don't pay their fair share."

Which is it?

Thx 4 Fish said...

What they don't want you to know is that the biggest group of 'tax deadbeats' are the elderly.

I notice none of these quotes is concerned with the middle class. It's not really about Rich v Poor. It's Rich v Middle Class.

It was during the high tax years of decades past that we grew our middle class. And now it is disappearing. Part of the problem is low tax rates. Today the rich can keep most of their money, so they do. When tax rates were 70-90% the rich hated to let the wasteful government have it they preferred to give it to their employees in the form of higher salaries or expand their business-- more jobs. Higher taxes on the rich allows the middle to exist! With out higher taxes ours is just another system where the rich get richer and EVERYONE else is the poor.

Anonymous said...

Strange how, out of all those quips purportedly from our greatest leaders and thinkers, the "five best sentences" are unsourced (and nonsense to boot).

All of them appear to be paraphrases of Adrian Rogers, a Southern Baptist pastor.

I am always frustrated by pastors who are so eager to lay all the blame for society at the feet of the least fortunate.

Mysophobe said...

Another famous Churchill Quote: "What do you mean, I'm *hiccup* cut off?!?"

ferschitz said...

Couple of things:

PJ O'Rourke is a libertarian douchebag, so I really don't give a sh*t what he has to pontificate about in terms of taxes or health care. He's rich, so what does he care? He doesn't.

Ronald Reagan wouldn't have known the meaning of the words "alimentary canal," so that's something some fascist wrote & then attributed to the B-Grade "Actor" with Alzheimers.

The so-called "Five Best Sentences" certainly sum up rightwing Oligarchy thinking. ALL for ME, and none for you... suckahs!!!! How many conservatives can buy into this junk is beyond me, but as Valeyard indicates, a lot of this nasty diatribing against the less fortunate is actively "preached" in many a mega-church, esp those espousing so-called "Christianist prosperity" gospel.

Not all people of faith are so vapid and mean-spirited, but sadly, far too many are these days, esp in the USA.

I have heard most of those sentences before... spouted about by my dittohead, "Prosperity" Christian rightwing fundie family members. Clearly it's propoganda that works in terms of getting them to "go along" with group-think.


Marc with a C said...

"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -- G. Gordon Liddy"

And G. Gordon Liddy is a convicted felon who plotted to assassinate journalists, firebomb liberal institutions, and somehow got out of prison with his anus intact, thereby proving the impossibility of a just, vengeful God.

Anonymous said...

"Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?
Neither could I......"

Cause they suck? Because wealth is not created in a vacuum?

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