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Need a smile?
Here's some help, everyone:

1. Suppose you were an idiot.. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. - Mark Twain

2. We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. - Winston Churchill

3. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw

4. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. - G. Gordon Liddy

5. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. - James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

6. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. - Douglas Casey, Classmate of W.J. Clinton at Georgetown U.

7. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

8. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. - Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

9. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan (1986)

10. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers

11. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free. - P.J. O'Rourke

12. If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist. - Joseph Sobran, Editor of the National Review at one time (1995)

13. In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. - Voltaire (1764)

14. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. - Pericles (430 B.C.)

15. No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain (1866)

16. Talk is cheap-except when Congress does it. - Anon.

17. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. - Ronald Reagan

18. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill

19. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. - Mark Twain

20. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. - Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

21. There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress. - Mark Twain

22. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. - Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)


Why would you think that would make anyone smile?

A bunch of conservative quotes about how bad government is for you?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

G. Gordon Liddy

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?


You beat me to it.


It's all bunk....

All because of G. Gordon Liddy.

Good luck, y'all.

Look, if we're to be successful as a country, we ALL need to take a look at what's wrong in our country...not just take a look at what is "democratic" or "republican".

This was posted by me to show that whatever is put out with regard to rhetoric on this board that is pro-democratic....there's certainly things that are counter to those things.

If you think that it's a "we/them" thing with regard to our country today...you're sadly...S A D L Y...mistaken.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

I wonder how Samuel Clemmons

felt about Mark Twain's outspoken political opinions? :)

Oh, isn't google great?


The best thinking is independent thinking.

Yeah Smitty, I had no idea

Mark Twain was a pen name, and had to Google it.

It's getting tiresome. Real tiresome.

And, you had no idea it supposedly

came from his time on the Mississippi River, when boatmen would yell out depths of two feet as "Mark Twain".

Geez, doesn't every elementary school kid learn that story? Smitty must have slept through that story.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Will Rogers was no conservative and you've got to admit some of

that was pretty funny. # 15 is a paraphrase of an 18th/early 19th century NC politician. I forget which one, Gaston maybe. He said, "No man is safe while the legislature sits."

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Term limits?

I'm wondering if there's a case here somewhere for term limits...think?

The best thinking is independent thinking.

Naaawwwww .. never have liked the idea of term limits

Elections need reforming so as to make them more fair, shorter and less about money, so that the people get to choose their representatives without term limits. An incumbent should have the advantage of running on his/her record and that's about it. If the rep's record sucks, then the rep should have a battle every 2 or 6 years; a battle that a huge monetary warchest can't buy.
If a district or state gets a good rep, then the constituents should be able to keep sending him/her back to D.C. for as many terms as is mutually agreeable.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Reasonable point on term limits

Persondem...that's definately a reasonable argument against term limits for some of our elected officials. It is, also, the most cited argument by those against them. Of course, any argument I might make in favor of term limits would be just the standard arguments about "influence peddling" and "pork spending" and so forth.

I'm definately in favor of term limits. I think it's no less important for different people/points of view to serve in Congress and the Senate than in the presidency. Tenure creates power and power creates corruption...just an opinion.

I'd like to see this argued without the same old rhetoric from BOTH sides.

The best thinking is independent thinking.