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" A 20-pound weight on the back of a small horse is more damaging than a 20-pound weight on a very big horse. "
" If you feel the government should leave you alone, you're a Republican. If you think the job of the government is to go push people around and take things for you, then you're a Democrat. "
" If the parties would brand themselves the way Coke and Pepsi and other products do so that you knew what you were buying, it had quality control. I vote for the Republican. He or she will not raise my taxes. I'll buy one. I'll take that one home. "
" Most Republicans have made it very clear they're not interested in raising taxes. They want to reform government. "
" We laugh at liberals who declare that their favorite spending programs should be exempt because the spending is for a noble cause. "
" Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub. "
" The tax issue is the most powerful issue in American politics going back to the Tea Party. "
" Historically, opposition to immigration in the United States has been racially and religiously motivated in the ugliest, nastiest way possible. "
" When I was younger, I thought of myself as a Nixon Republican because he was the anti-Communist. "
" It is wrong to divide the nation white against black, native born against immigrant or one religion against another. It is also wrong to divide people by income. East Germany was not an improvement over South Africa. Obama divides Americans against each other. This is wrong. "
" Stupider than France is not where we want to be on tax policy. "
" The taxpayer group in every state is always - always referred to as nuts. "
" Immigration is America's No. 1 economic asset. The rest of the world can't do that. We can have every smart person we want, every high-skilled person we want. "
" As more and more Americans own shares of stock, more and more Americans understand that taxing businesses is taxing them. Regulating businesses is taxing them. They ought to be thinking long-term about their ownership, not just their income, and that they should pay taxes on capital, as well as taxes on labor. "
" We plan to pick up another five seats in the Senate and hold the House through redistricting through 2012. And rather than negotiate with the teachers' unions and the trial lawyers and the various leftist interest groups, we intend to break them. "
" My goal in life is to get the federal government down to half its present size and under control, and then I can write murder mysteries. "
" If you let people own their land, they take care of it. That's why privately owned land is always taken care of, and the parks look like cesspools. Nobody takes care of what everybody owns. "
" Compromise is moving in the right directlon more slowly than one might like. "
" Twenty-five years ago, I created the Taxpayer Protection Pledge at the federal level. Then I brought it to the state and local level. About 97 percent of the Republicans in the House and 85 percent in the Senate have signed on, and the number of candidates who have taken the pledge is even higher. It's become a party position. "
" Obama wants to take the individual small business tax to 44 percent, and the corporate rate - he says - down to 28 percent or whatever. But that really damages the small businesses. And it doesn't make us competitive. You got to take them both down to 20, because state and local corporate taxes are 5 percent. "
" I run a taxpayer group - the most powerful guy in D.C., nonsense. OK? There are buildings with thousands of people in them, all lobbying for more spending and higher levels of spending and more government commitments. And there are a handful - a handful of groups that fight for less spending. "
" I'm for tax reform, not tax increases. "
" The problem is government spends too much. So raising taxes is what politicians do, instead of reducing spending. "
" This always confuses liberals, that conservatives like the military and don't like the bureaucracy. That's because the military has their guns pointed out and the bureaucracy has them pointed in. "
" We need a Federal government that does what the government needs to do and stops doing what the government ought not to be doing. "
" I think it's very important to always make sure that you're talking to the entire coalition and to as many Americans as possible; not to go chasing after one little group or another. The Democrats would bring new groups into their party and not notice that larger groups are going out the back door. "
" Less government, less regulation, lower taxes. "
" Someday I hope Americans will not believe that anyone had to spend his or her days fighting for limited government because everyone they know wants maximum freedom and minimum statism. "
" Well, certainly the Democrats have been arguing to raise the capital gains tax on all Americans. Obama says he wants to do that. That would slow down economic growth. It's not necessarily helpful to the economy. Every time we've cut the capital gains tax, the economy has grown. Whenever we raise the capital gains tax, it's been damaged. "
" Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. "
" My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub. "