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Profound Statements...

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Profound Statements...

Profound Statements
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, a
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
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 
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techguy
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Re: Profound Statements...

Some very true statements there.
Question is though, what would you do if you had no government?
Euge
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Form some kind of democratically elected group of representatives to ... wait
Grin
Doesn't matter how much people moan about the nanny state and the current Government they have their uses.
techguy
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Maybe it should not be a job, maybe becoming an MP is something someone does in their spare time so that we can kill off the culture of backhanders and ridiculous expenses.
Euge
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Who would volunteer their spare time to it, seems that there would be a lot of work to be done. The only people with enough spare time are the rich and/or retired. Neither of which would be a sensible idea.
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Both groups would have many years of experience to call on. 
itsme
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Quote from: Euge
Who would volunteer their spare time to it, seems that there would be a lot of work to be done. The only people with enough spare time are the rich and/or retired. Neither of which would be a sensible idea.

You better be careful ageism is now against the law.
Euge
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Funnily enough both of you have stressed my point even more. You couldn't just have the retired to represent the country. You need young people as well, I fail to see how that is ageism.
itsme
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I believe that we should go back 50+ years when being a member of parliament was not a full time job. Hence the reason the commons use to seat at night so that the members could work in the day time. Now it's and career and not a service.
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Euge, you seemed to suggest the old and rich were 'not suitable'.  Why not? 
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Re: Profound Statements...

I know I sometimes miss things, but I can't see anywhere that old people have been mentioned.
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Was anybody else struck by just how old some of these truism's are? nothing much changes in life does it?
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.
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He actually said 'retired' rather than 'old'.
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Quote from: Petlew
Was anybody else struck by just how old some of these truism's are? nothing much changes in life does it?

Yes, most would be as true today as when they were first said.
techguy
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Hmmm, shy should the rich not govern.

Perhaps because laws, tax structure etc would be geared toward reducing/eliminating their tax burden and increasing their wealth.
In a lot of tribal cultures they have elders so perhaps it should be the more experienced people that hold the top jobs at least.