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Notable Quote – Will Rogers

by Skip November 13, 2014

On the danger of what lame duck politicians can do when unconstrained by no accountability: An awful lot of people are confused as to just what is meant by a lame duck Congress. It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let’em out, but after you fired ‘em, […]

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Notable Quote – Dana Loesch

by Skip November 2, 2014

On Obama’s outlook on “fly-over” or Middle America: 8. [On the view of progressives on Middle America] “We’re the bitter, bastard child of the coasts, and we use our guns, faith, and racism as Linus blankets to soothe our insecurities because, BUSH, obviously. We all sit around and eat corn from a shared tooth and every […]

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Obama fatigue is setting in…

by Steve MacDonald October 31, 2014

Setting?  I was fatigued by Obama’s voice before the beginning of the end of Recovery Summer 2009.  Probably sooner.  Obama was the cure for my Bush era “we don’t hear enough from the office of the President” period.  While Bush didn’t say so much about what was going on, the ‘O’ on Obama was for […]

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Notable Quote – DaTechGuy: ‘Watch Those Polling Places’

by Mike October 28, 2014

From our friend, Pete DaTechGuy (emphasis added): But the big thing is to watch the pols and the ballot boxes: Given the spending levels of government Tens of millions of dollars are a drop in the bucket. These people are not going to give up those hundreds of billions of your tax dollars nationwide without […]

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Notable Quote – Patrick Henry

by Skip October 25, 2014

Which means Transparency – something that is in short supply from the Obama Administration.  But as the Groksters have found out personally here in little NH, it is oft not to be found here either.  Obfuscation, delay, intolerance for NH Citizenry – and an attitude of “who are you to ASK ME to justify Govt […]

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Notable Quote – Calvin Coolidge

by Skip October 25, 2014

“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves.  I want them to have the rewards of their own industry.  That is the chief meaning of freedom.” – President Calvin Coolidge (“Silent Cal”)

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Notable Quote – Why Governmnt At All?

by Steve MacDonald October 17, 2014
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    Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint. -Alexander Hamilton Federalist 15

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Notable Quote – David Friedman

by Skip October 11, 2014

In spite of popular myths about capitalism oppressing the poor, the poor are worse off in those things provided by government, such as schooling, police protection, and justice.  There are more good cars in the ghettos than good schools. – David Friedman Above emphasis mine – it is hard to argue with.  We don’t fuss […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip October 5, 2014

Pretty much sums up what we at GraniteGrok are all about (emphasis mine): We write about a set of principles and compare everyone to them, regardless of party. Without principles as a litmus there are no limits to what any elected official can or will do. We also write about Republican principles outlined in their own […]

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Notable Quote: Keep Safe Our Founding Creed

by Steve MacDonald September 26, 2014
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  “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few, or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people. Entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed . . .” -President […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Thomas Sowell on true greed

by Skip September 20, 2014

Among the many other questions raised by the nebulous concept of “greed” is why it is a term applied almost exclusively to those who want to earn more money or to keep what they have already earned—never to those wanting to take other people’s money in taxes or to those wishing to live on the […]

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Notable Quote – F.A. Hayek on Adam Smith

by Skip September 15, 2014

[Adam] Smith’s chief concern was not so much with what man might occasionally achieve when he was at his best but that he should have as little opportunity as possible to do harm when he was at his worst.  It would scarcely be too much to claim that the main merit of individualism which he […]

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Notable Quote – Thomas Sowell

by Skip September 7, 2014

With many people now acting as if it is time for “a woman” to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a president of the United States on the basis of demographic characteristics instead of individual qualifications. It would not matter to me if […]

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Notable Quote – Dwight Lee

by Skip September 1, 2014

You can tell for whose benefit an institution is run by looking at who gets the closest parking spaces. At universities the students get the most distant spaces, administrators and faculty the closest. At Wal-Mart, they ask the employees to park away from the entrance. – Dwight Lee, economist Public Servants or Public Masters – go to […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Thomas Sowell

by Skip August 25, 2014

One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess. Despite TV pundits who say that public opinion polls show Barack Obama is in trouble, the president is not in the […]

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Notable Quote – George Washington “… including their own government. “

by Skip August 24, 2014

No less than “the Father of our Country” states that the American people have the Right to the arms to defend themselves against tyranny – including their own government.  As a law abiding citizen, why should I (if I could afford it) own my own F-22?  Many of the Left scoff and dismiss this idea […]

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Liberal Privilege – Harry Reid

by Steve MacDonald August 24, 2014

“One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight” -Nevada, Democrat – Senator Harry Reid (to a predominantly Asian audience.)   H/T Hot Air

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip August 18, 2014

…Progressives say corporations using inversions are unpatriotic, which is amusing. When the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision stipulated that Americans do not forfeit their First Amendment right to political advocacy when they act together through corporations (including, and especially, incorporated nonprofit advocacy groups), progressives ridiculed the idea that corporations should be treated as people. Now, progressives charge that corporations resorting […]

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Notable Quote – Gregg Gutfield, on Feminism

by Skip August 9, 2014

“The fact is, guns do more for female empowerment than modern feminism which prefers government as their protector. But legal ownership gives you real power, equalizing the battle between you and evil. Ask any girl: The confidence from learning to shoot a pistol is far superior to any gender studies course, and a stalker is […]

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Notable Quote – Capt. Keith Colburn

by Skip August 7, 2014

“Work harder than the next guy. Make sure that what you’re going into, that you’ve done your research, and you know what you’re doing, and you’ve got a good handle on the job or the business you’re trying to open. “I didn’t go up to [Alaska] and say, “I’m going to buy a boat in […]

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Notable Quote – Kevin Williamson

by Skip July 29, 2014

The founding ideal of this republic is that we are the who and government is the whom, a necessary evil that is to some degree necessarily evil. On the right scale and in its proper place, that necessary evil is bearable. But when it oversteps, we are under no obligation to bear it — in […]

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Notable Quote – David Marmet

by Skip July 27, 2014

Hayek calls this utopian vision The Road to Serfdom.  And we see it in operation here, as we are in the process of choosing, as a society, between Liberty – the freedom from the State to pursue happiness, and a supposed but impossible Equality, which, as it could only be brought about by a State capable and empowered […]

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Notable Quote – Senator Ted Cruz

by Steve MacDonald July 23, 2014
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Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list. Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a “Ted Cruz fundraiser. Well, I’m sorry to have lost the vampire vote, but am […]

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Notable Quote – Doug Bandow

by Skip July 20, 2014

The problem is not just the money—roughly $100 billion a year for corporate welfare, for instance. Also disturbing is the message government is sending to all Americans. The way to rise and prosper, to expand one’s business and increase one’s income, is to seize control of the State to loot your neighbors. Gaining wealth by […]

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Notable Quote – Barry Goldwater

by Skip July 19, 2014

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” “Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” – US Senator Barry Goldwater, GOP nomination for President, 1964 50th anniversary of their use upon accepting the GOP nomination for President in 1964 (7/16/14).  (H/T: Instapundit).  Ann Althouse has 10 of the best lines of that […]

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Notable Quote – James Poulos

by Skip July 18, 2014

On the dissolving of the  dividing line of public vs private that was a foundational governing philosophy – a bug, not a feature: …Today, indeed, we confront a transformation in the regulatory state so profound as to indicate a change at the regime level. Today, our regulatory state does not simply promulgate the kind of […]

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Notable Quote – Calvin Coolidge on the Proper Role of Government

by Skip July 14, 2014

I was in a Facebook discussion a couple of days ago when I was asked which one of the Presidents was one of my favorites – it is “Silent Cal” (emphasis mine): Under this weight [of ever larger government] the former accuracy of administration breaks down.  The government has not at its disposal a supply […]

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Notable Quote – John C Maxwell on Mistakes

by Skip July 11, 2014

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes; smart enough to profit from them; and strong enough to correct them. – John C Maxwell Well, gee now…. (H/T: Joe)

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Notable Quote: Frederic Bastiat – The advantages of Plunder, Without Its Risk or Disgrace

by Steve MacDonald July 10, 2014
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The oppressor no longer acts directly and with his own powers upon his victim.  No, our discretion has become too refined for that.  The tyrant and his victim are still present, but there is an Government intermediate person between them, which is the Government–that is, the Law itself. What can be better calculated to silence […]

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Notable Quote – Oscar Wilde

by Skip July 9, 2014

“Selfishness is not living your life as you wish, it is asking others to live their lives as you wish.” – Oscar Wilde If only Progressives and Nanny Staters would read and meditate upon that…. (H/T: TTAG)

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