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" America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. "
Laurence J. Peter
" While there's always plenty of room for improvement, our government is actually quite effective and efficient. Our military and judicial systems and national parks are the best in the world. Unlike in countries where government corruption is rampant, I've never once been solicited for a bribe. "
" A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed. "
" Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. "
" Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. "
Henry David Thoreau
" The heavy hand of government and its rules are causing family businesses to shutter their doors. "
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
" The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression. "
H. L. Mencken
" If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy. "
" Where there is a free government, and the people make their own laws by their representatives, I see no injustice in their obliging one another to take their own paper money. "
" Imagine a country that flies into space, launches Sputniks, creates such a defense system, and it can't resolve the problem of women's pantyhose. There's no toothpaste, no soap powder, not the basic necessities of life. It was incredible and humiliating to work in such a government. "
" Our elected officials would do well to remember that the most prosperous countries are those that allow consumers - not governments - to direct the use of resources. Allowing the government to pick winners and losers hurts almost everyone, especially our poorest citizens. "
" I was opposed to the government mandating that restaurants not allow people to smoke, believing it becomes the customer's choice whether they go in or not. But then, I thought, 'What about the employees? Aren't they hostage to a smoking environment, even if they don't smoke?' "
" A Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets has no charm for me. If the Union is dissolved and government disrupted, I shall return to my native state and share the miseries of my people, and save in defense will draw my sword on none. "
Robert E. Lee
" The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded. "
" I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers. "
" I understand that government should live within its means, value the money it holds in trust from you the taxpayer, avoid waste and, above all else, observe the first maxim of good government: namely, do no avoidable harm. "
" Cuba ought to be free and independent, and the government should be turned over to the Cuban people. "
" Men now monopolize the upper levels... depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence. "
Laurence J. Peter
" Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. "
Laurence J. Peter
" I'm wondering if they haven't reported all the people with MS, because if all of the cases were reported, the government would have to step in and give more financial aid to us. "
" For almost two centuries, American gray wolves, vilified in fact as well as fiction, were the victims of vicious government extermination programs. By the time the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, only a few hundred of these once-great predators were left in the lower 48 states. "
" The definition of an extreme authoritarian is one who is willing blindly to assume that government accusations are true without any evidence presented or opportunity to contest those accusations. "
" It is only when there is the supervision and critical oversight from the people that the government will be in a position to do an even better job, and employees of government departments will be the true public servants of the people. "
" Government can provide opportunity. But opportunity means nothing unless people are prepared to seize it. "
Richard M. Nixon
" Let those men who still have these misguided ideas, let those men who still have these hallucinations, realize that by anarchism, by dastardly crimes, they cannot bring about good government; let them realize that these methods have not succeeded in any country of the world and are not likely to succeed in India. "
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
" The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary. "
" It is the right of government to protect the weak; it is the right of the weak to find in their courts fair treatment before the law. "
" Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy. "
P. J. O'Rourke
" A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. "
" I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people, using their government as an instrument and a tool, can do toward building the whole man, which will mean a better society and a better world. "
Lyndon B. Johnson
" Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men. "
Gerald R. Ford