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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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Notable Quote – Glenn Reynolds

by Skip May 16, 2014

“If I lived in Venezuela, I’d find out where the guardsmen lived, and shoot them when they walked out the door in the morning. That is, of course, the proper response to dictators and their minions of every stripe, even Hollywood-backed socialists.” – Glenn Reynolds, law professor, proprietor of Instapundit, syndicated columnist, and prolific writer […]

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Notable Quote – Kirsten Powers

by Skip May 15, 2014

Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences. How ironic that the persecutors this time around are the so-called intellectuals. They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance […]

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Notable Quote – Bertrand de Jouvenel

by Skip May 11, 2014

If the natural tendency of power is to grow, and if it can extend its authority and increase its resources only at the expense of the notables, it follows that its ally for all time is the common people. The passion for absolutism is, inevitably, in conspiracy with the passion for equality. – Bertrand de […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip May 7, 2014

“One of the greatest economic misunderstandings is the myth that government officials are more attentive to the long run than are private entrepreneurs, investors and other owners of private property. Private property rights cause us to live for tomorrow, while the need to win political elections causes politicians to live only for today.” – Prof. […]

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Notable Quote: Frederic Bastiat – ‘Materials of Mankind’

by Steve MacDonald May 3, 2014
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“Since the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to allow them liberty, how comes it to pass that the tendencies of organizers are always good?  Do not the legislators and their agents form a part of the human race?  Do they consider that they are composed of different materials […]

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Notable Quote – Bruce Montague

by Skip April 28, 2014

“Trust is a two way street. If your government does not trust you, how can you trust your government?” – Bruce Montague

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Notable Quote – Democrat Party War On Jobs

by Steve MacDonald April 28, 2014
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  Enter Tom Steyer, the billion-dollar man. After long profiting off pipelines and coal, he began trying to save the planet in 2012. The hedge-fund manager and Wall Street tycoon seems to have gained the ears of White House officials and numerous Democrats across the country. He has pledged to pour $100 million into this […]

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Notable Quote – Kyle Becker

by Skip April 25, 2014

“…What makes Constitutional conservatives different from progressives is that they do not desire to rule their political opposition or otherwise impose their will on their fellow citizens. Instead, most conservatives want to restore the nation to its Constitutional foundations, establish fiscal responsibility in government, reinstate the free market economic principles that allowed the majority of […]

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Notable Quote – Dr. Ben Carson

by Skip April 23, 2014

(emphasis mine) …The massive show of federal force in the Bundy case is frightening because it gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace that does not take seriously its voting responsibilities, and places in public office (and returns them to office) who do not represent traditional American values. […]

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Notable Quote – Tom DeWeese

by Skip April 22, 2014

“Freedom.” We use that word a lot. Do we all really know what that word means? It’s used in so many different ways. Do we understand how it is attained? Most importantly, do we understand how it is used by some to actually take freedom away?  Simply put, freedom is the ability to act without […]

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Just So NH Democrats Can Get Their ‘Talking Points’ Straight….

by Steve MacDonald April 13, 2014
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When the left’s other ‘apples’ (in the apples to apples talking points) begin to look a lot like oranges women ‘picked’ of their own free will… “If I said 77 cents was equal pay for equal work, then I completely misspoke,” Stevenson said. “So let me just apologize and say that I certainly wouldn’t have […]

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Notable Quote – Ronaldus Magnus

by Skip April 9, 2014
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Notable Quote – Andrew Sullivan

by Skip April 6, 2014

On speaking about Brendan Eich and Mozilla: Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a […]

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Notable Quote – Angelo M. Codevilla “Whining For Milder Taskmasters?”

by Steve MacDonald April 3, 2014
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Does the Country Class really want to govern itself, or is it just whining for milder taskmasters?  How ready, willing, and able is the Country Class to do more than vote every couple of years for people about whom it does not know and on issues it does not care to understand?  Above all, how […]

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Notable Quote – Tench Coxe (Founding Father)

by Skip April 2, 2014

Speaking to the Second Amendment: Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American . . . . The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the […]

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Notable Quote: Cicero on “Republicrats”

by Mike March 30, 2014

We frequently remark here upon the fecklessness of RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) as they negotiate with, and occasionally vote with, Democrats, in a bipartisan effort to grow the Progressive State. Over at Townhall.com, Steve Deace describes a much more dangerous breed – the ‘Republicrat’: Republicrats are far more dangerous because they’ve learned how to […]

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Notable Quote – Fr. Robert Sirico

by Skip March 28, 2014

Many of the confusions of our age rest on a loss of certain crucial distinctions. The most apparent is the distinction between rights and privileges. John Hospers, my philosophy professor at the University of Southern California, used to say we have undergone a “rights inflation.” As in a monetary inflation, the value of the common […]

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