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Hotel Lawyer: Stimulate this! The lighter side of political commentary from the centuries

8 March 2009

Hotel Lawyer with political insights from the past centuries.

I started this blog with some thoughts from Bloomberg about how retail sales were down in February, developing nations were $700 billion short on being able to pay for their imports and debt, implications of the soaring unemployment that now exceeds the job creation targeted by Obama’s program, but then my friend Carl Lambert sent me an email with some terse thoughts that rang true and made me smile.

So I thought I would share these today instead.


Can you still smile at our government?

There is a faint ring of that old joke here — that one of the three biggest lies is “I am from the government and I am here to help you.” But that is certainly what we are all expecting these days . . . for the government to help us.

Nonetheless, here are some insights gathered from the past few centuries that do remind us there are dangers as well as benefits from looking to Washington for help. I like the ones from Voltaire, Mark Twain and Churchill the best. What do you like?

Wisdom from the ages

  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. I 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, Frenc h 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.
    — Thomas Jefferson
  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. The biggest difference between Republicans and Democrats is the spelling.
    — Anonymous

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