Words for the Weekend – 12-3-10

December 3, 2010

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

                                      – Benjamin Franklin


Words for the Weekend – 11-26-10

November 26, 2010

“The average American has regular contact with the federal government at three points – the IRS, the post office and the TSA. Start with that fact if you are formulating a unified field theory to explain the public’s current political mood.”

                                              — George Will


Words for the Weekend – 11-19-10

November 19, 2010

“At the foundation of our civil liberties lies the principle that denies to government officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.”

— Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis


Words for the Weekend – 11-12-10

November 12, 2010

“It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to health care, the ‘right’ to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.”

                                                                                 — P.J. O’Rourke


Words for the Weekend – 11-5-10

November 5, 2010

“Republicans campaign like Libertarians and govern like Democrats.”

                             — Harry Browne


Words for the Weekend – 10-22-10

October 22, 2010

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.”

– attributed to either E. F. Schumacher or Albert Einstein


Words for the Weekend – 10-8-10

October 8, 2010

Murray Rothbard

“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.”

                                 – Murray Rothbard


Words for the Weekend – 10-1-10

October 1, 2010

Will Rogers

“It’s awful hard to get people interested in corruption unless they can get some of it.”

                                      — Will Rogers


Words for the Weekend – 9-24-10

September 24, 2010

P.J. O'Rourke

“Collectivism doesn’t work because it’s based on a faulty economic premise. There is no such thing as a person’s ‘fair share’ of wealth. The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless.”

                        — P. J. O’Rourke


Words for the Weekend – 9-17-10

September 17, 2010

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

                                                                             — Daniel Webster