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    James Russell Lowell

    Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

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    Kathleen Sebelius

    The essence of good government is trust.

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    Henry Clay

    Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.

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    Ronald Reagan

    The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

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    Paul Harvey

    If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?

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    Gore Vidal

    The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.

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    William E. Gladstone

    Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.

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    P. J. O'Rourke

    Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

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    H. L. Mencken

    Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

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    Bill Owens

    As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States.

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    Jorge Luis Borges

    Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

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    George Washington

    Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

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    James Madison

    Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

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    Otto von Bismarck

    Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.

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    Barack Obama

    What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute power on either side. And that's just not what the founders intended.

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    Jonathan Swift

    For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

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    Fred Woodworth

    Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.

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    Woodrow Wilson

    The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.

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    Thomas Paine

    The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.

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    James Madison

    If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

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    Sydney J. Harris

    Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.

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    Milton Friedman

    So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

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    Vladimir Lenin

    The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament.

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    Lily Tomlin

    Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.

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    Dirk Kempthorne

    Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners.

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    Cal Thomas

    In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it.

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    Thomas Paine

    Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.

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    Denis Diderot

    Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

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    Henry Ward Beecher

    The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.

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    Bill Owens

    Americans no longer look to government for economic security; rather, they look to their portfolios.

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    Robert Orben

    Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.

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    Henry David Thoreau

    That government is best which governs least.

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    Lord Acton

    The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.

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    Thomas Jefferson

    It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

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    Benjamin Franklin

    Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

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    Winston Churchill

    We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

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    Abraham Lincoln

    No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

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    Jonathan Mayhew

    But let us remember, at the same time, government is sacred, and not to be trifled with.

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    Louis D. Brandeis

    Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

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    Will Rogers

    This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.

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    Robert Half

    People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.

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    Ayn Rand

    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.

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    Larry Flynt

    Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.

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    Dale Dauten

    Bureaucracy gives birth to itself and then expects maternity benefits.

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    To rule is easy, to govern difficult.

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    John W. Gardner

    It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.

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    Wilhelm Reich

    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.

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    Will Rogers

    Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.

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    Cullen Hightower

    The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.

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    Tom Stoppard

    It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.

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    Thomas Jefferson

    Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

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    Winston Churchill

    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

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    Andrew Jackson

    It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.

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    Will Rogers

    Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?

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    Fred Woodworth

    If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.

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    Milton Friedman

    The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.

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    Chris Rock

    You don't pay taxes - they take taxes.

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    Lewis Mumford

    The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.

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    Andrew Jackson

    The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.

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    Kay Bailey Hutchison

    I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could.

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    P. J. O'Rourke

    Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.

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    William Penn

    Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.

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    Adrian Cronauer

    Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.

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    Larry Ellison

    A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.

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    Wendell Phillips

    To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.

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    Cullen Hightower

    Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.

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    Saint Augustine

    In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

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    James Q. Wilson

    But no one has yet succeeded in reducing the size or scope of the federal government.

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    John Kenneth Galbraith

    Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

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    Alexander Woollcott

    I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.

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    Charles de Secondat

    There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.

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