Notable Quote

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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Notable Quote – Dr. Walter Williams

by Skip July 4, 2014

Henry Ford benefited immensely from mass-producing automobiles, but the benefit for the common man from being able to buy a car dwarfs anything Ford received.  Individuals and companies that produced penicillin and polio and typhoid vaccines may have become very wealthy, but again it was the common man who was the major beneficiary.  In more […]

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Notable Quote – David Starr

by Skip June 29, 2014

H/T (that would be Hat Tip) to Weekend Pundit for this great observation: As David Starr reminds us, it’s not the number of executive orders the President issues, it’s what’s in them. I have no problem with settling bureaucratic turf battles by executive order. I do have a problem with over riding Congressional votes by […]

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Notable Quote – Bertrand de Jouvenel, Don Boudreaux

by Skip June 26, 2014

… is from page 17 of Liberty Fund’s 1990 edition of Bertrand de Jouvenel’s book, The Ethics of Redistribution: Christ’s bidding to the rich is most imperative.  It is necessary to stress that while he urged the rich young man to “distribute unto the poor,” he did not tell the poor to take upon themselves to […]

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Notable Quote – Robert Heinlein

by Skip May 28, 2014

But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they […]

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Notable Quote: Frederic Bastiat – “Government Is…”

by Steve MacDonald May 23, 2014
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  “Government is that great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”   I’ve added some additional quotes that lead up to this definition…

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Notable Quote – George Will on the Great Society

by Skip May 17, 2014

 …In 1964, 76 percent of Americans trusted government to do the right thing “just about always or most of the time”; today, 19 percent do. The former number is one reason Johnson did so much; the latter is one consequence of his doing so. …When Johnson became president in 1963, Social Security was America’s only […]

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