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" Pessimism is as American as apple pie - frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese. "
" Perhaps the soundest advice for parents is: Lighten up. People have been raising children for approximately as long as there have been people. "
" Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good. "
" The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised. "
" World War II was the last government program that really worked. "
" Modern parents want to nurture so skillfully that Mother Nature will gasp in admiration at the marvels their parenting produces from the soft clay of children. "
" Believing that a crisis is a useful thing to create, the Obama administration - which understands that, for liberalism, worse is better - has deliberately aggravated the fiscal shambles that the Great Recession accelerated. "
" Political ignorance helps explain Americans' perpetual disappointment with politicians generally, and presidents especially, to whom voters unrealistically attribute abilities to control events. "
" Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses. "
" Corporations do not pay taxes, they collect them, passing the burden to consumers as a cost of production. And corporate taxation is a feast of rent-seeking - a cornucopia of credits, exemptions and other subsidies conferred by the political class on favored, and grateful, corporations. "
" If those who wrote and ratified the 14th Amendment had imagined laws restricting immigration - and had anticipated huge waves of illegal immigration - is it reasonable to presume they would have wanted to provide the reward of citizenship to the children of the violators of those laws? Surely not. "
" Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout 'Bang!' "
" Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues. "
" Only recently - about five minutes ago, relative to the long-running human comedy - have parents been driving themselves to distraction by taking too seriously the idea that 'as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.' "
" Well, you know, the definition of second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. "
" Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions. "
" Big government is indeed big, and like another big creature, the sauropod dinosaur, government has a primitive nervous system: The fact of an injury to the tail could take nearly a minute to be communicated to the sauropod brain. "
" Popularity makes no law invulnerable to invalidation. Americans accept judicial supervision of their democracy - judicial review of popular but possibly unconstitutional statutes - because they know that if the Constitution is truly to constitute the nation, it must trump some majority preferences. "
" A politician's words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience. "
" The 1935 Social Security Act established 65 as the age of eligibility for payouts. But welfare state politics quickly becomes a bidding war, enriching the menu of benefits, so in 1956 Congress entitled women to collect benefits at 62, extending the entitlement to men in 1961. "
" Money is time made tangible - the time invested in the earning of it. Taxation is the confiscation of the earner's time. Although some taxation is necessary, all taxation diminishes freedom. "
" The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. "
" Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal. "
" Barack Obama hopes his famous health care victory will mark him as a transformative president. History, however, may judge it to have been his missed opportunity to be one. "
" Childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it. "