Don’t Let a Crisis Go to Waste

“Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” ~ Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910) Source: The Mysterious Stranger, 1916, Ch.9

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Free Society

“We want a society in which we are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. That is what we mean by a moral society – not a society in which the State is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the State.” ~ Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) British Prime Minister (1979–1990) Source: Speech, Zurich University, 14 March 1977

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Rule of Law

“Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.” ~ Justice Tom C. Clark (1899-1977) US Attorney General, 1945-1949, Associate Justice of theSupreme Court of the United States, 1949-1967. Source: delivering the opinion of the Court in MAPP v. OHIO, 367 U.S. 643 (1961)

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Source of Government Wealth

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” ~ Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) [Claude Frederic Bastiat] French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before — and immediately following — the French Revolution of February 1848. Source: “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat (1850)

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Tax Cuts

“Our practical choice is not between a tax-cut deficit and a budgetary surplus. It is between two kinds of deficits: a chronic deficit of inertia, as the unwanted result of inadequate revenues and a restricted economy; or a temporary deficit of transition, resulting from a tax cut designed to boost the economy, increase tax revenues, and achieve — and I believe this can be done — a budget surplus. The first type of deficit is a sign of waste and weakness; the second reflects an investment in the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th US President Source: Dec. 14, 1962, address to the Economic Club of New York

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Capitalism

“Many of those who attack capitalism know very well that their situation under any other economic system will be less favorable. Nevertheless, with full knowledge of this fact, they advocate a reform, e.g., socialism, because they hope that the rich, whom they envy, will also suffer under it.” ~ Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) Economist and social philosopher

Government Entitlement Programs

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” ~ James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President Source: 1792, in disapproval of Congress appropriating $15,000 to assist some French refugees