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Notable Quote – Larry White

by Skip January 30, 2016

Government grows as its beneficiaries find ways to outmaneuver the interests of the taxpayers. -Larry White ( The Clash of Economic Ideas) (H/T: Cafe Hayek) It’s always “The Bigger the Government, the smaller the citizens”  

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Notable Quote – Kerry Jackson

by Skip January 24, 2016

The REAL greedy ones are not the capitalists but the politicians: Like most on his side of the political spectrum, Sanders doesn’t know how to use the word. Greed is not a company or a person working hard to make more money, and then working just as hard to keep what they have earned, what […]

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Notable Quote – Progressivism where the future is, well, only the past

by Skip January 14, 2016

For those of us who love comedy, one of the most delightful ironies of progressivism is how regressive it is, how mired in the past. While conservatives gather to discuss fresh reformist ideas on how to fight poverty and keep a free society afloat, all progressives ever do is reach into their Magic Box of Tomorrow and draw out the same sclerotic socialism […]

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Notable Quote – Jeff Foxworthy

by Skip January 7, 2016

“If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you safer according to the government — you might live in a nation founded by geniuses run by idiots.” -Jeff Foxworthy – comedian, author, TV host, entrepreneur (H/T: The Truth About Guns) [unconfirmed]

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Notable Quote – George Carlin on “Jolly”

by Skip December 27, 2015

The main reason why Santa is so jolly is that he knows where all the bad girls live. -George Carlin (comedian, author, raconteur) (H/T: Caveman Circus)

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Notable Quote – David Boaz

by Skip December 25, 2015

It’s the exercise of power, not the exercise of freedom, that requires justification. – David Boaz (The Libertarian Mind (H/T: Cafe Hayek)

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Notable Quote – Harold Demsetz

by Skip December 21, 2015

Woodrow Wilson fit this mold.  The Socialists of the Frankfurt School did as well. Beware the intellectual who seeks power over our decisions and over the persuasion to which we can respond, especially when he seeks this power to prevent us from doing what he thinks we should not desire to do. – Harold Demsetz (“The […]

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Notable Quote – Kurt Schlichter

by Skip December 11, 2015

Being a Man and Having a Traditional Family Is a Rebel Act “By being man, you reject the role the liberal elite has prepared for you, that of a weak, confused manchild unfit to be sovereign over your own destiny. Taking care of your family yourself repudiates them. Defending your family (especially when you exercise […]

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Notable Quote – Mark Perry

by Skip December 10, 2015

In summary, economists are not unconcerned about unskilled workers, we are actually very concerned about those workers. And it is because of that concern to maximize employment opportunities that economists oppose the minimum wage. Simply put, we would rather see unskilled workers employed at a market wage – even if that wage is only $5, […]

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip November 18, 2015

On what Progressivism and its tool, political correctness / cultural Marxism, has wrought in the Ivory Tower (emphasis mine): But whatever responsibility attaches to the parenting that produced those brittle Yalies, a larger portion of blame goes to the monolithic culture of academia. Where progressivism reigns, vigilant thought police will enforce a peace of wary […]

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“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed.”

by Steve MacDonald November 12, 2015
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“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

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Notable Quote – Michael Huemer

by Skip November 3, 2015

The general lesson is that if some part of government fails in its function, it will most likely be given greater funding and power. Of course, the purpose of this is not to reward failure; the thinking would be that more money and power will enable the agency to solve the problem. But the effect […]

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Notable Quote – Samuel Adams

by Skip September 29, 2015

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. -Samuel Adams, Founding Father What would he think of our current Government, and those running for it, that willy-nilly and willingly […]

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Notable Quote – Professor Thomas Sowell

by Skip September 24, 2015

Pope Francis’ own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world. In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century. […]

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Notable Quote – Professor Randy Barnett

by Skip September 17, 2015

[T]he paramount issue of constitutional legitimacy is whether the commands, not of the Constitution itself, but of government officials rendered pursuant to constitutional authority, are binding in conscience on us.  The answer to this question will depend on the quality of the lawmaking and enforcement process that the Constitution establishes.  One of these qualities is […]

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Notable Quote – President Calvin Coolidge

by Skip September 7, 2015

No other country, I am told, makes a like observance. But in America this high tribute is paid in recognition of the worth and dignity of the men and women who toil. You come here as representative Americans. You are true representatives. I cannot think of anything characteristically American that was not produced by toil. […]

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Notable Quote – Gerry O’Driscoll

by Skip August 28, 2015

The principle of spontaneous order – or of “undesigned order,” as it might more properly be called – can be viewed as the first principle of economics.  Indeed, James Buchanan has recently gone so far as to suggest that it is the only principle of economics.  The principle is, in any case, a cornerstone of modern economics, whether we […]

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“…Greatest sins a government…”

by Skip August 16, 2015

“Burn this into your cerebral cortex: The two greatest sins a government can impose on its citizens are to 1) provide for them, because it destroys their souls by creating dependency instead of self-reliance, and 2) take the sweat, hard work and equity of one man and give it to another (e.g., spread the wealth […]

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Notable Quote- P.J. O’Rourke

by Skip August 12, 2015

All politicians hate people. Politics is a way to gain power over people without justification for having that power. Nothing in the 11,000-year history of politics—going back to the governing elites of Mesopotamia—indicates that politicians are wiser, smarter, kinder, more moral, or better skilled at any craft (aside from politics) than we are. But political […]

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Notable Quote – James Madison

by Skip August 8, 2015

In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been […]

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Notable Quote – Mark Levin

by Skip August 2, 2015

[Boehner] is essentially delivering for Barack Obama everything Barack Obama wants. Just because you’re dressed up as a Republican doesn’t make it so… By his actions, he has demonstrated that he is not a conservative. He spends his time with [Rep. Kevin] McCarthy (R-CA) and [Rep. Steve] Scalise (R-LA) conspiring against the Tea Party and […]

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Notable Quote – Hannah Bleau

by Skip July 31, 2015

Liberals are more upset over the death of a freaking lion than Planned Parenthood running a baby chop shop and more outraged over Tom Brady destroying his phone than Hillary Clinton destroying thousands of emails and continually lying out of her liar hole about it. – Hannah Bleau (Young Conservatives) (H/T: Instapundit)

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Notable Quote – US Congressman Jeb Hensarling

by Skip July 27, 2015

Before Dodd-Frank’s passage, former Sen. Chris Dodd said that “no one will know until this is actually in place how it works.” Today we know. The law he co-wrote with former Rep. Barney Frank is gradually turning America’s largest financial institutions into functional utilities and taking the power to allocate capital—the lifeblood of the U.S. economy—away from the free market […]

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Notable Quote – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

by Skip July 19, 2015

On life: Next, remember that life is not easy for any of us. It will probably not be fair, and it certainly is not all about you. The gray hair and wrinkles you see on older people have been earned the hard way, by living and dealing with the challenges of life. When I was […]

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Blogline of the Day – Derek Hunter

by Skip July 17, 2015

Conservatives are rudderless, but progressives are relentless. -Derek Hunter Go read the entire post where this line was lifted (Why Liberals Win).

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Notable Quote: Archbishop Chaput on Evil and Tolerance

by Mike April 11, 2015

Over at Townhall.com, Erick Erickson has an excellent piece on the “Gaystapo” and their totalitarian approach to dissent, in which he quotes from a letter by Archbishop Chaput to his congregation (on the topic of abortion, but it fits) about Evil and tolerance: “Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip March 16, 2015

Shot: from an email, back from 2013, on a report from a meeting where NH Senate plans on endorsing Obamacare were being discussed: I arrived just in time to hear an influential member of the board saying (I’m paraphrasing here) what a great plan it was and the only people who would not want to accept […]

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Notable Quote – Theodore Dalrymple

by Skip February 25, 2015

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, […]

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Notable Quote – Christopher Chantrill

by Skip February 19, 2015

You liberals took a wrong turn over a century ago. You thought of yourselves as a benevolent, beneficent elite, kindly dispensing justice and benefits to a grateful nation through a professional expert-led government. You completely misunderstood the nature of government. Government is force, not a beneficent Oz, and politics is civil war by other means. […]

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Notable Quote – Judge Andrew Napolitano

by Skip February 15, 2015

Again, another example of the Constitution being redefined: Last week, we learned how deep the disrespect for the Constitution runs in the government and how tortured is the logic that underlies it. In a little-noted speech at Washington and Lee Law School, Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of both the CIA and the NSA, […]

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