Politics and Government Quotations

4-socialism The Quippery

A child can go only so far in life without potty training. It is not mere coincidence that six of the last seven presidents were potty trained, not to mention nearly half of the nation’s state legislators.
– Dave Barry-

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
– Gerald R. Ford –

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
– Caskie Stinnett –

A politician can appear to have his nose to the grindstone while straddling a fence and keeping both ears to the ground.

An intelligent Russian once remarked to us, “Every country has it’s own constitution; ours is absolutism, moderated by assassination.”
– Georg Herbert –

By keeping the population in a state of artificially heightened apprehension, the government-cum-media prepares the ground for planting specific measures of taxation, regulation, surveillance, reporting, and other invasions of the people’s wealth, privacy, and freedoms.
– Robert Higgs -Fear: The Foundation of Every Government’s Power –

Canadians often point out that while the American constitution promises “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” the constitution of Canada – written in the 1860s in England – sets a more modest goal: “Peace, order, and good government.”
– Robert Fulford –

“Dad”, the little boy asked, “Do political plums grow from seeds?” “No, son,” replied the father. “They’re the result of clever grafting.”

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.
– Johnny Carson –

Democracy consists of choosing our dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.
– Alan Coren –

Democracy is an interesting, even laudable, notion and there is no question but that when compared to communism, which is too dull, or Facism, which is too exciting, it emerges as the most palatable form of government. This is not to say that it is without its drawbacks – chief among them being its regrettable tendency to encourage people in the belief that all men are created equal. And although the vast majority need only take a quick look around the room to see that this is hardly the case, a great many remain utterly convinced.
– Fran Lebowitz –

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
– H. L. Mencken –

Did you ever get to wondering if taxation without representation might have been cheaper.
– Robert Orben –

Dogbert’s Home Safety Tips #2 – Your household may have a member who can legally vote but probably shouldn’t.
– Scott Adams –

Fear mongering is the deliberate use of fear based tactics including exaggeration and continuous repetition to alter the perception of the public in order to achieve a desired outcome.
– Wikipedia –

For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

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 –

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
– George Bernard Shaw –

Here in Canada, national political campaigns are brief: We begin by pretty much ignoring the whole thing for a few weeks – then there’s a debate, a little yelling, maybe some pointing, every leader buys a bunch of Timbits and, boom, suddenly it’s election day.
But in the United States, presidential campaigns last longer than all pregnancies and most wars.
– Scott Feschuk, MACLEAN’S Magazine, September 3, 2012 –

How does a bureaucrat wink? He opens one eye.

I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first four hundred people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
– William F Buckley –

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
– Abraham Lincoln –

In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
– Author Unknown –

Managers and supervisors with large numbers of people under them – each with his own ideas – must sometimes feel like Charles DeGaulle, who once lamented, “Nobody can simply bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese.
– Author Unknown –

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
– Adlai Stevenson –

Regulations grow at the same rate as weeds.
– Norman Ralph Augustine –

The American taxpayer is another scarce natural resource that will be depleted unless used only when absolutely necessary.

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.
– Jean Baptiste Colbert –

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
– Winston Churchill –

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
– Ronald Reagan –

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
-Mark Twain –

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.
– Maureen Murphy –

The trouble lies in the fact that a Canadian Prime Minister has never been exiled to the Arctic.
– Stefansson Vilhjalmeer –

To create a housing shortage in a huge country, heavily wooded, with a small population – ah, that’s the proof of pure political genius.

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
– George Burns –

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
– Kurt Vonnegut –

Why doesn’t a bureaucrat look out his office window in the morning? Because he needs something to do in the afternoon.–

What could be worse for a creaky, cancerous political system than what the Democratic and Republican parties are brewing up? Nothing really. This is as bad as it gets… First: Do I even bother to vote?
For those who do cast a ballot, there is the even sadder choice: Which candidate do I loathe the least?
– Ron Fournier, The Atlantic, American election 2016

Years from now, when telling my future grandchildren about 2015, I will speak at length about the treachery, fibs, toxic scoops, deceits, tall tales, viral hoaxes, half-truths, tomfoolery, unverified junk and fake news.
“What a time to be alive,” I will say. “You just didn’t know what to believe in 2015.”
– From The Truth Wasn’t Out There –

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