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Jim Cook

 

RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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December 30, 2011

“Central planning, judicial activism, and the nanny state all presume vastly more knowledge than any elite have ever possessed.”

Thomas Sowell

“Liberals see the Constitution itself as ‘living’ and ‘evolving’ – that is, gradually turning into something that would have been unrecognizable to its authors.”

Joseph Sobran

“The best guarantee against all exploitation is the market.”

Henri Lepage

“In love or war or politics, or religion, or morals it is impossible to foretell how mankind will act, …But once place a man’s ear within the ring of pounds, shillings, and pence, and his conduct can be counted on to the greatest nicety.”

Robert Lowe

“It’s a vain hope to believe that people will voluntarily turn their back on government subsidies.”

James Cook

December 29, 2011

“Notwithstanding all the passionate fulminations of the spokesmen of governments, the inevitable consequences of inflationism and expansionism…are coming to pass.  And then, very late indeed, even simple people will discover that Keynes did not teach us how to perform the ‘miracle…of turning a stone into bread,’ but the not at all miraculous procedure of eating the seed corn.”

Ludwig von Mises

“American bureaucrats are no better than those of any other nationality when it comes to making socialism work.  It can’t be done.”

Paul L. Poirot

“No state empowered to do what is supposedly necessary will restrain itself to those things.  It will expand as much as public opinion will tolerate.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“A free society releases the energies and abilities of people to pursue their own objectives.  It prevents some people from arbitrarily suppressing others.  It does not prevent some people from achieving positions of privilege, but so long as freedom is maintained, it prevents those positions of privilege from becoming institutionalized; they are subject to continued attack by other able, ambitious people.”

Milton Friedman

“Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.”

Will Rogers

December 28, 2011

“To generate any appreciable degree of long-term affluence requires scrupulous honesty and the willingness to honor long-term agreements with employers, suppliers, partners, and especially customers.  The flimflam artist may generate a few quick bucks through fraud or misrepresentation, but no successful and lasting business enterprise was ever founded on such principles.”

Robert Sheaffer

“Men are qualified for civil liberties, in exact proportions to their disposition to put moral chains upon their appetites: in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity.”

Edmund Burke

“The marketplace is a wondrous institution.  It harnesses the self-interest of each of us and puts it to work for the benefit of all.  And it does so without intruding upon our desires, our privacy, or our freedom.  It is regulation by reality, not by coercion.”

Harry Browne

“The capitalistic free market system has been falsely blamed for booms and busts that in reality have been the result of government intervention, subsidy, deficit financing, and inflationary tampering with money and credit.”

Paul L. Poirot

“In all advanced industrial societies, education has become the single most important vehicle of upward mobility.”

Peter L. Berger

December 27, 2011

“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”

William Borah

“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”

Milton Friedman

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

John Marshall

“Both sides of the political spectrum must one day realize that limitless government intrusion in the economy, in our personal lives, and in the affairs of other nations cannot serve the best interests of America.”

Ron Paul

“The eleventh commandment:  Thou shalt be tolerant of all paths that lead to God.”

James Cook

 

December 23, 2011

“If credit expansion, protectionism, and government spending were a path to prosperity, mankind would have long ago created heaven on earth.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“Why is it that you and I, as well as others, who know so little are able to obtain so much?  From whence comes this enormous knowledge that does not remotely exist in any one of us?

Leonard E. Read

“The stark truth is that as long as the welfare state makes it possible for young women – or teenage girls – to have children without a husband and survive without a job, out-of-wedlock births will remain ruinously high, and the inner city will continue to be marked by crime, poverty, and despair.”

David Boaz

“Only in situations where competition is illegal will competition not act naturally to bring the best product at the lowest price to the consumer.”

John A. Pugsley

 “Nations that embrace the free market to the greatest extent prosper the most.”

James Cook

December 22, 2011

“I call both the left and right wings socialism.  And today, the right-wingers love to think that they’re capitalists, or free enterprisers, or what not.  No they’re not!  The correct name for this is left-wing socialism or right-wing socialism – and both wings are on the same bird.”

Andrew J. Galambos

“It is all too easy for the liberal media to stir up the irrational hatreds of millions of people, who see themselves as less fortunate than others, by repeatedly talking about the billions of dollars in ‘windfall profits’ earned by major corporation, by featuring periodic stories on the opulent living of wealthy individuals, or by pointing an accusing finger at ‘loopholes’ used by ‘the rich.’”

Robert Ringer

“Modern liberalism devalues voluntary cooperation in favor of government coercion and invalidates freely made contractual agreements.”

Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr.

“Individuals have rights, and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights).  So strong and far-reaching are these rights that they raise the question of what, if anything, the state and its officials may do.”

Robert Nozick

“To generate any appreciable degree of long-term affluence requires scrupulous honesty and the willingness to honor long-term agreements with employers, suppliers, partners, and especially customers.  The flimflam artist may generate a few quick bucks through fraud or misrepresentation, but no successful and lasting business enterprise was ever founded on such principles.”

Robert Sheaffer

December 21, 2011

“More liberalism undermines the family, the institution best able to rear children and care for the elderly.  Its welfare programs preempt charitable activities and community altruism through government welfare programs.”

Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr.

“Isn’t the whole idea behind the massive regulation and regimentation of American industry and society the notion that individuals should be forced to behave in ways defined by a small governmental elite?”

Thomas J. DiLorenzo

“Every man has a right to his prejudice, which is his opinion.  He does not have a right to enact his prejudice into law.”

Robert W. Blake

“Inflation comes about because our politicians and bankers create billions of new paper dollars out of nowhere.  It is, in essence, the same thing as counterfeiting, which if done by a private citizen would result in a jail sentence.”

Nelson Hultberg

“Spurred on by the demagogues who are trying to control us by pretending to take care of us, we’re rejecting the original American idea of rewarding each person according to his merit.”

Dean Russell

December 20, 2011

“The media can ferret out factoid after factoid of each and every Republican candidate’s life going back decades, even as much of the president’s past remains a cipher.  Such incuriosity, in light of what we do know about the president’s past – including close associations with a racist preacher, two unrepentant domestic terrorists, and a Marxist mentor, along with a stint teaching the principles of community rabble-rouser Saul Alinsky – is astounding.”

Arnold Ahlert

The U.S. economy continues to tread water, staying afloat through a historic expansion of federal debt.  I maintain that the explosion of federal debt has been a Bubble, and that our fiscal train wreck would not be avoided through a resumption of private-sector debt growth.  The U.S. Household sector does not want to add debt, and the corporate sector does not need to.  I have a s well noted the disturbing parallels between the eruption of subprime and the Greek debt crisis.  From my perspective, at this point it is only a matter of time before the markets begin to impose discipline upon Washington.”

Doug Noland

“Big-government conservatives share a common arrogance with contemporary liberalism.  They are convinced that they know what is best for every American and because they know best, they should guide the rest of us in the proper direction.”

Michael D. Tanner

“The true danger is when Liberty is nibbled away, for expedients.”

Edmund Burke

“Depression is the aftermath of credit expansion.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Bureaucracy by its nature resists change and nullifies progress.”

James Cook

December 15, 2011

“New taxes are so unpopular that most ‘social’ handout schemes are originally enacted without enough increased taxation to pay for them.  The result is chronic government deficits, paid for by the issuance of additional paper money.”

Henry Hazlitt

“The impulse to freeze the system, to try to tape all the cracks and staple all the cleavages, to ensure that nobody has to explain to their kid why Christmas this year is going to a be a lousy Christmas, that is one of our greatest dangers.”

Will Wilkinson

“Government, not the oil industry, is the biggest ‘profiteer’ from oil. And it uses the tax revenue to expand its own authority at the expense of the individual, as it does with an endless number of other industries – including electric power, coal, lumber, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, aircraft, and agriculture.  The Statist’s intrusion to the free market is boundless.”

Mark R. Levin

“The more complex our economy, the more we should rely on the miraculous, self-adapting processes of men acting freely.  No mind of man nor any combination of minds can even envision, let along intelligently control, the countless human energy exchanges in a simple society, to say nothing of a complex one.”

Leonard E. Read

What both the left and the right overlook is our Founders’ wisdom about the limits and dangers of government.”

Edward H. Crane

December 14, 2011

“Different people rise to the top under socialism than under capitalism.  The higher on the socialist hierarchy you look, the more you will find people who are too incompetent to do the job they are supposed to do.”

Hans-Herman Hoppe

“The American businessmen, as a class, have demonstrated the greatest productive genius and the most spectacular achievements ever recorded in the economic history of mankind.  What reward did they receive from our culture and its intellectuals?  The position of a hated, persecuted minority.  The position of a scapegoat for the evils of the bureaucrats.”

Ayn Rand

“The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”

Louis Brandeis

“The only real cure for poverty is production.”

Henry Hazlitt

“The free market is constantly under attack from those who believe that they know how to make the world a better place with properly administered doses of state coercion.”

George C. Leef

December 13, 2011

“No one with an ounce of intellectual integrity can deny we’ve been on a steady path toward socialism for the past three-quarters of a century, and even less can anyone deny we’ve seen that pattern accelerate into hyper-speed these past three years.  Indeed, our problems, under the most statist president ever, have grown much worse.”

David Limbaugh

“This country may need a good five-cent cigar; but it could better use a hundred or so new millionaires – modern Edisons, Carnegies, Hills, Fords, Wanamakers.  We need men of vision who’ll build and produce – not little men who wish to divide and equalize.  In this age of the so-called ‘common man,’ we desperately need a few uncommon men.”

Dean Russell

“The advocates of public control cannot do without inflation.  They need it in order to finance their policy of reckless spending and of lavishly subsidizing and bribing the voters.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government is the natural enemy of freedom.”

Garet Garrett

“The higher the wages the fewer the jobs; the lower the wages the more the jobs.”

James Cook

December 9, 2011

“Tyranny is a political corollary of socialism, as representative government is the political corollary of the market economy.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Whoever claims the ‘right’ to ‘redistribute’ the wealth produced by other is claiming the ‘right’ to treat human beings as chattel.”

Ayn Rand

“Socialism’s failure in the former Soviet Union and in the other socialist countries stands as a clean and unquestionable warning as to which path any rational and sane people should never follow again.  Government planning brought poverty and ruin…Unfortunately, America is not absorbing the lessons that should be learned from the socialist experience and, instead, is following the same path of destruction.”

Richard M. Ebeling

“People can come here, not work and not starve because the welfare state guarantees that they can live off the rest of us.”

Walter Williams

“Socialism is the triumph of people’s prejudices over their reason.”

James Cook

December 8, 2011

“Europe is mathematically impossible.  It cannot be saved.  You even want to make a start at trying to bail out Europe, we’re talking $25 trillion JUST TO START…we’re in excess of $100 trillion to bail out Europe.”

Ann Barnhardt

“The establishment in the U.S. – and both political parties – know full well that if Europe goes, they will follow.  There is no difference whatsoever between the debt paper created by the U.S. Treasury and the debt paper created by the Euro nations in the world.”

Bill Buckler

“Activity and creativity almost always flow to the least regulated arena.”

George Gilder

“All the evils, abuses, and iniquities, popularly ascribed to businessmen and to capitalism, were not caused by an unregulated economy or by a free market, but by government intervention into the economy.”

Ayn Rand

“Welfare reform has not been successful in significantly reducing levels of out-of-wedlock births, nor has it enabled people to become truly self-sufficient.”

Michael D. Tanner

December 7, 2011

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

Elbert Hubbard

“The more prosperity you have, the quicker you…attract the looters and the plunderers…And so when a country becomes richer it falls apart sooner.”

Andrew J. Galambos

“The market system provides no mechanism for its own survival.  Attempts by firms or individuals to influence the climate of opinion or the overall political situation involve costs in time and money, and occasionally also in unpopularity.”

Lord Peter T. Bauer

“Once upon a time, government budgets were balanced, our money was sound, the streets were safe, and taxes imposed by all levels of government took less than 10% of our income.”

Harry Browne

“America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to ‘the common good,’ but by the productive genius of free men.”

Ayn Rand

December 6, 2011

“The prospects are dim for a society that makes mascots out of the unproductive and condemns the productive.”

Walter Williams

“The vast majority of all government spending, whether ‘financed’ by taxation or by borrowing, is totally unproductive.  The small portion of it which does bring new forms of economic wealth into existence only does so by depriving the private sector of the scarce resources needed to produce these new ‘goods.’  All government spending is either a case of total waste or of malinvestment.”

Bill Buckler

“The consumers are merciless.  They never buy in order to benefit a less efficient producer and to protect him against the consequences of his failure to manage better.   They want to be served as well as possible.   And the working of the capitalist system forces the entrepreneur to obey the orders issued by the consumers.”

Ludwig von Mises

“We still find, especially in parts of academe, the damaging notion that everything is a struggle for power, or being empowered, or hegemony, or oppression:  and that all competition is a zero-sum game.  This is not more than repetition of Lenin’s destructive doctrine.  Intellectually, it is reductionism; politically, it is fanaticism.”

Robert Conquest

“What drives intellectuals and professors crazy is somebody with a high school diploma who made a fortune in business.  They agree with Lenin, who thought success in business was a matter of luck, when in reality it is a matter of genius.”

James Cook

December 2, 2011

“In a free society, for the most part, people with high incomes have demonstrated extraordinary ability to produce valuable services for – and therefore please – their fellow man.  People voluntarily took money out of their pockets to purchase the products of Gates, Pfizer or IBM.  High incomes reflect the democracy of the marketplace.  The reason Gates is very wealthy is millions upon millions of people voluntarily reached into their pockets and handed over $300 to $400 for a Microsoft product.  Those who think he has too much money re really registering disagreement with decisions made by millions of their fellow men.”

Walter Williams

“The distinctive principle of Western social philosophy is individualism.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The system of capitalism, of the market economy, is a system of freedom, of justice, of productivity.  But these three virtues cannot be separated.  Each flows out of the other.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Recipients of transfers set a bad example for others, including their children, other relatives, and friends, who see that one can receive goods, services, or money from the government without earning them.  The onlookers easily adopt an attitude that they, too, are entitled to such transfers.  They have fewer examples of hardworking, self-reliant people in their families or neighborhoods.”

Robert Higgs

“The welfare system is the breeding ground of crime, addiction and radical politics.”

James Cook

December 1, 2011

“I would like to suggest to you that the extent to which government in America has departed from the original design of inhibiting the destructive actions of man and invoking a common justice; the extent to which government has invaded the productive and creative areas; the extent to which government in this country has assumed the responsibility for the security, welfare, and prosperity of our people is a measure of the extent to which socialism has developed here in this land our ours.”

Leonard R. Read

“Most politicians are ever eager to regulate industrial and commercial activity and strike at the economic elite with confiscatory taxation.  Unfortunately, regulation and taxation tend to hamper economic activity, inhibit productivity, and depress levels of living.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“The long-term cost of a welfare society is the infantilization [sic] of the population.”

Mark Steyn

“The key to free trade’s liberating role is that those who possess capital are able to bring it to workers who lack it, which in turn raises their productivity and enhances their earning power.”

Steven Horwitz

“Each of us, Leonard Read said, must become candles of liberty in the darkness of collectivist ideas.  The brighter we each shine through our understanding and ability to articulate the meaning of freedom, the meaning of freedom, the more we will be beacons that can attract others.”

Richard M. Ebeling

November 30, 2011

“If a capitalist economy is subjected to increasing degrees of state control, a point will be reached at which democratic governance becomes impossible.”

Peter L. Berger

“The traditional American ideal sought to meld together disparate races and creeds under a shared commitment to the values of freedom, justice, and equality.  In practice, that ideal has never been fully realized, and has often excluded significant portions of the population.  Nevertheless, it provides what is perhaps the best hope for a genuinely multicultural society, balancing unity with diversity.  In contrast, the politics of differenced emphasizes not what we have in common but rather what divides us.”

Charles J. Sykes

“The system of plunder derives much of its support from individuals who do not subscribe to socialism but who say, ‘We’re paying for it, so we might as well get our share.’”

Leonard E. Read

“Failure is a big part of a free market’s success.  People fail to live up to their potential, or to carry out all their good intentions, in all kinds of economic and political systems.  Capitalism makes them pay a price for their failures, while socialism, feudalism, fascism and other systems enable personal failures, especially by those at the top, to be ignored.”

Thomas Sowell

“The national budget must be balanced.  The public debt must be reduced: the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled.  Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if Rome doesn’t want to become bankrupt.  People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

November 29, 2011

“Popular culture, in all its crudeness, is the output of liberals.  It is liberalism that for decades has rejected any protest as ‘censorship’ or ‘McCarthyism.’”

Mon Charen

“Is there another way?  Of course there is.  There is a way based on simple moral principles:  Everyone keeps his own money.  Everyone decides what to do with his own money.  No income tax.  No IRS.  No government grants or assistance to anyone.  All charity is voluntary.  It’s called freedom.  It’s a peaceful, harmonious way of life, one that Americans once believed in.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“Free markets are economically optimal, but partially free markets, with endless creation of fiat money and implicit government guar antes of the big boys, can produce perverse and dangerous results.”

Martin Hutchinson

“By definition, the moment one crosses from center to left, one accepts more government control of people’s lives.  Therefore, the further left society moves, the more there is government control over its citizens’ lives.  It is astonishing that this obvious fact is not universally acknowledged and that the Left has somehow successfully portrayed itself as preoccupied with personal liberty.”

Dennis Prager

“Whatever you subsidize you get more of.”

James Cook

November 23, 2011

“Government aid impedes success and creates dependence, while entrepreneurs create success and independence.”

Cal Thomas

“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

“The Libertarian Party remains captive to ideological absolutists who argue, for example, for the abolition of all taxes, rather than presenting a realistic and obtainable program for reducing the size of government.”

Michael D. Tanner

“To judge by what my children are learning in school, you’d think American history was 75 percent slavery and 25 percent everything else (and that 25 percent includes a large dollop of imperialism, racism, sexism and homophobia, leaving little time for Lincoln, Edison, Clay, Holmes, Alcott, Dickinson, Adams, Longfellow or Fulton).”

Mona Charen

“Prices impose the most effective kind of rationing – self-rationing.  Why is rationing necessary?  Because what everybody wants always adds up to more than there is. . .Resources are limited but desires are not.  That is the basic and defining problem of economics.”

Thomas Sowell

November 22, 2011

“Soaking the rich would not only be profoundly immoral, it would drastically penalize the very virtues: thrift, business foresight, and investment, that have brought about our remarkable standard of living.  It would truly be killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Redistribution divided society into two social classes: the beneficiaries of transfer, who are calling for ever more; and the victims, who submit unwillingly.  It could hardly fail to injure social peace and harmony.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“No one should expect that any logical argument or any experience could ever shake the almost religious fervor of those who believe in salvation through spending and credit expansion.”

Ludwig von Mises

“All the forms of double taxation in the current system are punitive and self-destructive because they are literally destroying people’s incentive to provide that seed corn for future economic growth.”

Daniel J. Mitchell

“When politics is elevated over business, economic disaster follows.”

James Cook

November 18, 2011

“Government schools can go for decades delivering low-quality services, and what’s the result?  The people who manage it earn higher pay.  It’s nearly impossible to fire the incompetents.  And, taxpayers, who support the service, are given higher tax bills.”

Walter Williams

“To the progressive mind, the very concept of ’the enemy’ is obsolescent: there are no enemies, just friends whose grievances we haven’t yet accommodated.”

Mark Steyn

“The more ‘adequate’ we make relief, the more people we are going to find willing to get on it and stay on it indefinitely.  The more we try to make sure that everybody really in need of relief gets it, the more certain we can be that we are also giving it to people who neither need nor deserve it.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Experience shows that nothing is operated with less economy and with more waste of labor and material of every kind than public services and undertakings.  Private enterprise on the other hand naturally induces the owner to work with the greatest economy in his own interest.”

Ludwig von Mises

“There are only two questions about government.  How much do you want?  How much can you stand?”

James Cook

November 17, 2011

“If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“Unchecked, government social programs are a security threat because they weaken the ultimate line of defense:  the free-born citizen whose responsibilities are not subcontracted to the government.”

Mark Steyn

“Big-government conservatism will simply bring us ever more government intervention in and control over our lives, greater regulation, mounting debt that threatens the nation’s future economic health, and less freedom for every American.”

Michael D. Tanner

“Precisely because the State has the monopoly of coercion it can be allowed the monopoly only of coercion.  Only if the modern State can be held within a strictly limited agency of duties and powers can it be prevented from regimenting, conquering, and ultimately devouring the society which gave it birth.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Prices impose the most effective kind of rationing – self-rationing.  Why is rationing necessary?  Because what everybody wants always adds up to more than there is. . .Resources are limited but desires are not.   That is the basic and defining problem of economics.”

Thomas Sowell

November 16, 2011

“If Obama wins a second term, not just America but the free world will be in an even more desperately dangerous plight from an American President who is effectively aiding the enemies of civilization.”

Dan Friedman

“Entrepreneurs do not simply do business the way everyone else does; instead, they find new resources or take existing resources and change them to create new goods or to enhance existing services.  Over time, in a free-market setting, entrepreneurs lower real costs to customers.”

William L. Anderson

“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States.  To do so would. . .be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.”

Franklin Pierce

“The characteristic feature of modern capitalism is mass production of goods destined for consumption by the masses.  The result is a tendency towards a continuous improvement in the average standard of living, a progressing enrichment of the many.”

Ludwig von Misses

“Not since the days of the Hitler Youth have young people been subjected to more propaganda on more politically correct issues.  At one time, educators boasted that their role was not to teach students what to think but how to think.  Today, their role is far too often to teach students what to think on everything from immigration to global warming to the new sacred trinity of ‘race, class and gender.’”

Thomas Sowell

November 15, 2011

“If the present tax rates had been in effect from the beginning our century, many who are millionaires today would live under more modest circumstances.  But all those new branches of industry which supply the masses with articles unheard of before, would operate, if at all, on a much smaller scale, and their products would be beyond the reach of the common man.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The government of India regulates nearly everything, so there’s very little progress; whereas in Hong Kong the government keeps its hands off. . .and the standard of living has multiplied.”

John Templeton

“Liberalism is really piecemeal socialism and socialism always attacks three basic social institutions:  religion, the family, and private property.  Religion, because it offers a rival authority to the state; the family, because it means a rival loyalty to the state; and property, because it means material independence of the states.”

Joseph Sobran

“Notwithstanding what some regard as the institutionalization of compassion, the transfer society quashes genuine virtue. Redistribution of income by means of government coercion is a form of theft.  Its supporters attempt to disguise its essential character by claiming that democratic procedures give it legitimacy, but this justification is specious.  Theft is theft, whether it be carried out by one thief or by a hundred million thieves acting in concert.  And it is impossible to found a good society on the institutionalization of theft.”

Robert Higgs

“The welfare system is the breeding ground of crime, addiction and radical politics.”

James Cook

November 14, 2011

“At first glance, an alliance of anarchists and government might appear to be somewhat paradoxical.  But the formal convergence in Oakland makes explicit the movement’s aims:  They’re anarchists for statism, wild free-spirited youth demanding more and more total government control of every aspect of life – just so long as it respects the fundamental human right to sloth.”

Mark Steyn

“Neither the entrepreneurs nor the farmers nor the capitalists determine what has to be produced.  The consumers do that.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Liberals want the government to be your mommy.  Conservatives want the government to be your daddy.  Libertarians want it to treat you like an adult.”

Andre Marrou

“When you subsidize poverty and failure you get more of both.”

James Dale Davidson

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

Milton Friedman

November 10, 2011

“Capitalism, the ogre of those protesting Wall Street, has suffered a public relations crisis in the wake of the global economic collapse.   But any remedy to the systemic corruption that led to the collapse should not displace recognition that capitalism creates wealth.  Capitalism, and no other economic system, has raised millions from poverty around the world.”

Kathleen Parker

“What’s happening in Oakland is a logical exercise in class solidarity: the government class enthusiastically backing the breakdown of civil order is making common cause with the leisured varsity class, the thuggish union class and the criminal class in order to stick it to what’s left of the beleaguered productive class.”

Mark Steyn

“Our whole civilization rests on the fact that men have always succeeded in beating off the attack of the re-distributors.”

Ludwig von Mises

“War is just one more big government program.”

Joseph Sobran

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.”

C.S. Lewis

November 4, 2011

“Deeper state intervention in an economy means that bureaucratic waste, inefficiency and corruption are more likely to hold back growth.”

Ian Bremmer

“The philosopher who strolls around speculating on the meaning of life is seen as the highest form of humanity, while the man who risks his own money to make available food, shelter, medicine, clothing, and all the other material goods that make life livable is despised.”

Lewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“The Constitution was definitely and specifically designed to hobble all people who are so foolish as to think themselves capable of leading others by compulsion.  It so functions today to an extent exasperating to the authoritarians – which is why they want to get rid of it.”

Leonard E. Read

“Daily experience proves clearly to everybody but the most bigoted fanatics of socialism that governmental management is inefficient and wasteful.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Private charity can apply ‘tough love’ but government charity can’t.”

James Cook

November 3, 2011

“A city suffering from chronic poverty, out-of-control crime, a $76 million budget deficit and a 15 percent unemployment rate (nearly 50 percent for Oakland’s youth) can hardly afford such social justice follies.  But a pushover Democratic mayor and an overwhelmed police force have left what’s left of gainfully employed Oakland taxpayers at the mercy of professional freeloaders and anti-capitalism saboteurs.”

Michelle Malkin

“If any behavior needs to be reined in, it should be the propensity of people to use the political system to take other people’s money.”

Jeffrey A. Singer

“It should be noted that people in the free market rarely bear false witness; integrity is the rule.  The morning mile, phone calls, planes the airlines buy, autos by the millions – no one could list the instances – are as represented.  We have daily, eloquent, enormous testimony that the Ten Commandments can be and are observed by fallible human beings.  Contemporary politics is the most glaring of all exceptions.”

Leonard E. Read

“The only source from which an entrepreneur’s profits stem is his ability to anticipate better than other people the future demand of the consumers.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Money is color-blind, race-blind, sex-blind, degree-blind, and couldn’t care less who brought you up or in what circumstances.”

Felix Dennis

November 2, 2011

“In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton repeatedly bailed out his friends at Goldman Sachs and Citibank under the tutelage of his Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin – former chairman of Goldman Sachs.  U.S. taxpayers were fleeced to prop up nations that were about to default on risky bonds purchased by Goldman and Citibank, such as Mexico (in 1995), Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea (in 1997), and Russia (in 1998).  Of course, if the bonds turned a profit, only Goldman and Citibank would benefit.  This is the Democrats’ idea of ‘capitalism:’ Rich, Democratic-donating bankers get to engage in wild risk-taking; if the best pay off, they keep all the winnings, but if the bets lose, they still keep the winnings, and the taxpayers get stuck with the bill.”

Ann Coulter

“Those on the left who scream about income gaps choose to focus on the success of those at the top rather than the failures of those at the bottom.  They conveniently ignore that liberals are the ones who have pushed the moral relativisim and welfare-state dependence that has destroyed black families over the last 60 years.  And it is these same liberals who fight to keep low-income kids in failing public schools and fight efforts to get school choice.”

Star Parker

“The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.”

Daniel Webster

“Western civilization is based upon the libertarian principle and all its achievements are the result of the actions of free men.”

Ludwig von Mises

“I if prices are free to fluctuate and reflect the true market situation, the conditions of so-called scarcity or surplus are avoided.”

Paul L. Poirot

November 1, 2011

“Radical leftist Tom Hayden gleefully wrote in ‘The Nation’ that the Iraq decision was a ‘stunning. . .victory for the American peace movement.’  Not a victory for Iraq, but for Hayden and his allies.  Hayden doesn’t exhibit the slightest concern for a fledgling democracy in need of support to preserve the precious gains it has already made; he shrugs off the reality that the country has been ‘delivered. . .to the orbit’ of the fanatical, despotic mullahcracy next door.  And this is a person who purports to care about human rights.”

Rick Moran

“At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in American.”

ABC News

“The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.”

Frank Zappa

“Socialism and interventionism.  Both have in common the goal of subordinating the individual unconditionally to the state.”

Ludwig von Mises

“To be a good manager of people requires both fairness and bluntness.”

James Cook

October 31, 2011

“Women can say anything they want to men, or blacks to whites, with impunity.  But strong words in the other direction can bring down on students the wrath of the campus thought police – as well as punishments that can extend to suspension or expulsion.”

Thomas Sowell

“There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.  And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”

PJ. O’Rourke

“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.  His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.”

John Stuart Mill

“No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words ‘no’ and ‘not’ employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.”

Edmund A. Opitz

“The market system makes all producers responsible to the consumer.”

Ludwig von Mises

 

October 28, 2011

“Now, it is sometimes said that medical care is too important to be left to the market, and that it is immoral to profit from the illnesses of others.  I say medical care is too important to be left to the failed central plans of the political class.  And as for profiting from providing medical care, we can never be reminded enough that in a free society, a profit is a signal that valuable services are being rendered to people on a voluntary basis.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“Since 1933, New Deal farm policy has continued and expanded, pursuing its grisly logic at the expense of the nation’s consumers, year in and year out, in Democrat or Republican regimes, in good times and in bad.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Only a purely free market will stop privilege-seeking businessmen from clustering around Washington like flies around a garbage can.  Under a free market, the only road to profits will be to please the consumer.”

Sam Wells

“The American businessmen, as a class, have demonstrated the greatest productive genius and the most spectacular achievements ever recorded in the economic history of mankind.  What reward did they receive from our culture and scapegoat for the evils of the bureaucrats.”

Ayn Rand

“If you want the best results in an organization, you must rely solely on merit.”

James Cook

October 27, 2011

“The ‘Occupy’ movement has no real solutions, except more government, more spending, more regulation, more bureaucracy, more unsustainable lethargic pseudo-university with no return on investment, more more more of what got us into this hole.”

Mark Steyn         

“What can prevent the coming of totalitarian socialism is only a thorough change in ideologies.  What we need is an open positive endorsement of that system to which we owe all the wealth that distinguished our age from the conditions of ages gone by.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The key role of entrepreneurs, like the most crucial role of scientists, is not to fill in the gaps in an existing market or theory, but to generate entirely new markets or theories. . .They stand before a canvas as empty as any painter’s; a page as blank as any poet’s.”

George Gilder

“America is the first country where people go to the poor house in their car.”

Will Rogers

“What is called ‘capitalism’ might more accurately be called consumerism.  It is the consumers who call the tune, and those capitalists who want to remain capitalists have t learn to dance to it.”

Thomas Sowell

October 26, 2011

“With Obama, it’s all smoke and mirrors; nothing is as he would have you believe.  Every negative thing he says about the tea partiers is false, including that they don’t represent the sentiment of the American majority, which is bursting with outrage at Obama’s reckless agenda.  And whereas he pretended to fear violence from the tea partiers, he is actually trying to foment unrest among the occupiers.  Their lifeblood is class warfare, and he is stoking its flames every single day.  With no ideas left on his plate that a long suffering American public is willing to further indulge, much less embrace, Obama is reduced to what he knows best:  stirring public discontentment and unrest, hoping that this will somehow serve his political interests.”

David Limbaugh

“When I see the mostly young people of Occupy Wall Street – a mixture of the bored, the nihilistic, the seekers of excitement, the left-wing true believers, the confused idealists and those hoping to engage in violence – railing against the rich capitalists on Wall Street, I get worried.  Because the hatred they express toward the rich is similar to that expressed against the rich by Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot.  Of course, these people are not comparable to those killers.  But class hatred must lead to bad things.  That is why President Obama is playing with fire with his attacks on the rich.”

Dennis Prager

“Contrary to the vision of the left, it was the free market which produced affordable housing – before government intervention made housing unaffordable.”

Thomas Sowell

“Tariffs protect ill-considered government policies, such as costly regulations and high taxes on labor and capital that makes our goods uncompetitive in international markets.”

Paul Craig Roberts

“One radical free spirit nonconformist is pretty much like another.”

George Will

October 25, 2011

“It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action of the threat of such action. . .taxes are paid because the taxpayers are afraid of offering resistance to the tax gatherers.  They know that only disobedience or resistance is hopeless.  As long as this is the state of affairs, the government is able to collect the money that it wants to spend.  Government is in the last resort employer of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.  Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Somehow, the fact that more poor people are on welfare, receiving more generous payments, does not seem to have made this country a nice place to live – not even for the poor on welfare, whose condition seems not noticeably better than when they were poor and off welfare.  Something appears to have gone wrong; a liberal and compassionate social policy has bred all sorts of unanticipated and perverse consequences.”

Irving Kristol

“People who think that they are getting something for nothing, by having government provide what they would otherwise have to buy in the private market, are not only kidding themselves by ignoring the taxes that government has to take from them in order to give them the appearance of something for nothing.”

Thomas Sowell

“The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are.  Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community.  Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robber of others.  Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects – his laziness, incompetence, improvidence or stupidity.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Liberals have one solution for every economic issue; eat the seed corn.”

James Cook

October 21, 2011

“The political left, which holds itself as progressive, rational and fact-based, is becoming an enemy of academic inquiry, and a practitioner of thought control on a wide variety of issues.  Increasingly, from the left’s perspective, there is just one acceptable viewpoint.”

David Limbaugh

“The welfare state is institutionalized crime – ‘organized plunder,’ as the French economist Frederic Bastiat called it.  It systematizes what is intrinsically wrong:  forcing some people to support others.  The Democrats favor the indefinite expansion of the welfare state, perpetually increasing the ratio of force to freedom in society.”

Joseph Sobran

“Like swallows heading for Cap8istrano, liberals are drawn toward those institutions where they have the power to impose their beliefs and ignore any knowledge that says otherwise.”

Thomas Sowell

“In the transfer society, the general public is not only poorer but also less contented, less autonomous, more rancorous, and more politicized.  Individuals take part less often in voluntary community activities and more often in belligerent political contests.  Genuine communities cannot breathe in the poisonous atmosphere of redistributional politics.”

Robert Higgs

“Let one state in the U.S. be free of government and overnight you would have an economic powerhouse.”

James Cook

October 20, 2011

“Contrary to the rhetoric emanating from the American left, the ‘rich’ are currently paying a lot more than ‘their fair share.’  It is only a handful of mega-rich, those whose entire incomes are derived from dividends and capital gains, rather than salaries or business profits, who have the ability to pay lower tax rates than some members of the middle class.  The left knows this but continues to build their ‘freeloading millionaire’ straw man because it makes good politics.”

Peter Schiff

“Watching losers complain about rich people is amusing enough.  But adding to the spectacle are members of the entertainment industry, who are mobilizing behind the Occupy Wall Street crowd.  It started with Roseanne Barr, who suggested that anyone with a new worth of more than $100 million who insisted on keeping his or her wealth should be beheaded.  One wonders what she would say to Marcy Carsey, creator of Roseanne, who is worth approximately $600 million.  And why exactly did Roseanne set the bar at $100 million?  Maybe because it allows her – net worth reported approximately $80 million – to be grandmothered in?”

Ben Shapiro

“Obama has made it even more difficult with his plan to cut more than $3 trillion off the debt.  Close to half of the president’s pay-down plan would come from taxes on high-income earners and corporations.  Specifically, just those who could help solve the unemployment quagmire.  Obama would also cut deductions for charitable giving and mortgage interest deductions for those evil high-income earners.  Obama’s petty hatred of petroleum producers and drug companies called for taking $52 billion from oil and gas producers by changing their accounting rules and snatching some $52 billion from pharmaceutical firms.”

Tait Trussel

“So successful has capitalism been at raising living standards that obesity, once a sign of wealth, is now a disease of the poor.”

Bruce Thornton

“Most of the great problems we face are caused by politicians creating solutions to problems they created in the first place.”

Walter Williams

October 19, 2011

“Middle-class America is dying before our eyes:  The job market is flat-lined, college fees soar ever upward, the property market is underwater, and Obamacare is already making medical provision both more expensive and more restrictive.  That doesn’t leave much else – although no doubt, as soon as they find something else, the statists will fix that, too.  As more and more middle Americans are beginning to notice, they lead more precarious and vulnerable lives than did their blue-collar parents and grandparents without the benefit of college ‘education’ and health ‘benefits.’  For poorer Americans, the prospects are even glummer, augmented by ever-grimmer statistics on obesity, childhood diabetes and much else.  Potentially, this is not decline, but a shift devastating downward slide, far beyond what post-war Britain and Europe saw and closer to Peronist Argentina on a roman scale.”

Mark Steyn

“Never has the divide between the iPhone world and the politics world been so clear: I saw a bunch of people very well-served by their computers and telephones (very often Apple products) but undeniably shortchanged by our government-run cartel education system.  And the tragedy for them – and for us – is that they will spend their energy trying to expand the sphere of the ineffective, hidebound, rent-seeking, unproductive political world, giving the . . .politicians. . .an even stronger whip hand over the Steve Jobses and Henry Fords – and we will be the poorer for it.”

Kevin Williams

“Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.  How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?”

Matt Peterson

“People like Lerner [Union Leaders] have no interest in teaching people how to fish so they might feed themselves for a lifetime, as the old adage goes.  They prefer to teach people how to steal fish from their neighbors.  This is the principle that animates American’s parasitic public sector unions.  It is also the essence of so-called social justice.”

Mathew Vabum

“Two centuries of capitalism have demonstrated that wealth can be continually created and thus distributed to more and more people, which accounts for the astonishing rise in living standards of the past two hundred years.  What is historically miraculous is not the volume of wealth the top 1% possesses, but the amount enjoyed by everybody else.”

Bruce Thorton

October 18, 2011

“The industrial powerhouse of 1950 [Detroit] is now a crime-ridden wasteland with a functioning literacy rate equivalent to West African basket-cases.”

Mark Steyn

“In a fashion similar to the leftist occupiers on Wall Street, their antics would be the target of rabid moral indignation on the front pages of the New York times and Washington Post and on the lead stories of every cable news show.”

Jamie Glazov

“Barack Obama is the symbol of socialist incompetence run amok.  He has stolen our security.  The late Steve Jobs of entrepreneurial fame gave us the promise of innovation and a brighter life.  Obama rejected the American characteristic of exceptionalism.  Jobs epitomized American exceptionalism at its most productive.  Obama is driven by bureaucratic planning and narcissism.  Jobs was driven by individual initiative, personal responsibility, and consumer needs to achieve national prosperity.”

Tait Trussell

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. . .Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are all the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people.  Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is drive out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.”

Robert Heinlein

“The fundamental laws of human nature are overlooked by social planners.”

James Cook

October 17, 2011

“The behavior of the Occupy Wall Street protesters has raised some curious questions about the continuing double standards in our society.  When it comes to fascistic leftist behavior, our mainstream media overlooks and excuses it – while conservatives are demonized and blamed for every dead sparrow that falls from the sky.”

Jamie Glazov

“Obama’s trusted advisers, from Rev. Wright, to Bill Ayers, to Van Jones to Valerie Jarrett, to George Soros, identifies the radical anti-Americanism that has guided his decisions.”

Tait Trussell

“The truly greedy, it seems to me, are those who think they’ve a right to live well at the expense of others.”

Jack Kelly

“Despite his profound incompetence on many levels, Obama has been an adept propagandist who has blamed capitalism for problems caused and magnified by socialist remedies to justify further socialist solutions.  He’s now doing the same thing all over again as his new socialist solutions are failing.”

David Limbaugh

“For every penny, which the U.S. dollar declines versus other currencies the added cost of importing oil with that weaker dollar will always greatly exceed the rise in exports.”

Jeff Nielson

October 14, 2011

“Obama’s assault on the affluent rests upon a sky-high stack of lies.  Obama is too well staffed and too well informed not to know otherwise.  So, maddeningly, he straight-out lies to the American people.”

Deroy Murdock

“Do the American voters know that the unprecedented improvement in their standard of living that the last hundred years brought was the result of the steady rise in the per-head quota of capital invested?  Do they realize that every measure leading to capital decumulation jeopardizes their prosperity?”

Ludwig von Mises

“We need only take our heads out of the sand to see clearly that interventionism not only has failed to provide the promised something-for-nothing, but has led to all sorts of undesirable consequences.  Indeed, many are just beginning to realize that we are moving towards disaster even though we have been on a wrong heading for decades.”

Leonard Read

“America is the first country where people go to the poor house in their car.”

Will Rogers

“It’s a vain hope to believe that people will voluntarily turn their back on government subsidies.”

James Cook

October 12, 2011

“To assign to everybody his proper place in society is the task of the consumers.  Their buying and abstention from buying is instrumental in determining each individual’s social position.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Today there are more Marxists on the Harvard faculty than there are in Eastern Europe.”

George Will

“Do we really want the people who created $40 trillion of unfunded liabilities in Social Security and Medicare in charge of our health care?  Faceless bureaucrats, power-lusting politicians, and people spending other people’s money are a recipe for disaster.”

Edward H. Crane

“Capitalism encourages entrepreneurs to act with consideration for others even when their ultimate motive is to benefit themselves.”

Dinesh D’Souza

“If you are idle you are on the road to ruin, and there are few stopping places upon it.  It is rather a precipice than a road.”

Henry Ward Beecher

October 10, 2011

“A virtue of the free enterprise system is that it offers every individual the greatest opportunity for self expression.”

Lawrence Fertig

“Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man.  There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent.”

H.L. Mencken

“There are always two kinds of people in the world – those who pioneer and those who plod.  The plodders always attack the pioneers.   They say that the pioneers have gobbled up all the opportunity, when, as a plain matter of fact, the plodders would have nowhere to plod had not the pioneers first cleared the way.”

Henry Ford

“Every step toward the elimination of profit is progress on the way toward social disintegration.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The only way government bureaucrats know of keeping prosperity going is to inflate some more – to increase the deficit or to pump more money into the system.”

Henry Hazlitt

October 7, 2011

“Do American voters know that the unprecedented improvement in their standard of living that the last hundred years brought was the result of the steady rise in the per-head quota of capital invested?  Do they realize that every measure leading to capital decumulation jeopardizes their prosperity?”

Ludwig von Mises

“The entitlement mentality so carefully cultivated by liberal academics, politicians, clergymen, and journalists continues to corrode the self-sufficiency that once defined the American character.”

Mona Charen

“The sad truth is that one of the reasons people have to go on relief in the first place is that they have been as incompetent or heedless in spending money as in earning it.   The worse thing one can give a spendthrift, a drunkard, a drug addict, or a compulsive gambler is cash.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Both fact and logic seem to me to support the view that savings invested in privately owned economic tools of production amount to an act of charity.  And further, I believe it to be – as a type – the greatest economic charity of all.”

F.A. Harper

“When government tries to make people more equal, it makes them more unequal.”

James Cook

October 6, 2011

“Dubai was brilliant, they looked around the world. They saw Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Chicago, Sydney, London all ran British common law.  British common law is much better for commerce than is French common law or sharia law.  So they took 110 acres of Dubai soil, put British common law with a British judge in charge, and they went from an empty piece of soil to the 16th most powerful financial center in [the] world in eight years.”

Michael Strong

“Freedom works, and government, when it grows beyond the barest minimum, keeps people poor.”

John Stossel

“How disappointing that the eloquent man who millions hoped would heal this land now actively pits Americans against each other – not by race or creed, but by income.”

Deroy Murdock

“How can you make an energy company that is not viable work by lending it money?  If the program can generate energy at competitive prices, why would it need federal aid?  And, if it can’t, how would it ever be able to repay the federal loan?”

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

“Remember how the president’s earlier, $900-bilion jobs bill was going to keep unemployment safely under 8 percent?  It didn’t but, he’s now assured us, spending another $450 billion will do the trick.  Does anybody believe that – except maybe those still living in some Keynesian fantasy?”

Paul Greenberg

October 5, 2011

“Much of the DOE green energy lending program is a scam.  It is a slush fund of pork for paying back campaign contributors.”

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

“Obama is a human wrecking ball single-handedly destroying our economy and bankrupting the nation.”

David Limbaugh

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

Paul Greenberg

“It is ridiculous to assume you can tax the people that are working and give the money (to people) who are not working and somehow this creates economy activity.  You are destroying as much by taking from those who are working and creating.”

Yaron Brook

“By increasing federal intervention, Obamacare simply takes us further down the road to ruin.  From the post-war tax laws that favored employer-provided insurance, to the Great Society’s guarantee of healthcare for all retirees, to the 60 years of increasing regulation of doctors and hospitals, Washington has done everything to drive costs up and quality down.”

Michael Finger

October 4, 2011

“Public works are not accomplished by the miraculous power of a magic want.  They are paid for by funds taken away from the citizens.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Once we realize that government doesn’t work, we will stop dreaming that this or that social problem can be solved by passing a law – or by creating a new government program – or by electing someone who will make Washington more efficient or cost-conscious.”

Harry Browne

“Government relief tends constantly to get out of hand.  And even when it is kept within reasonable bounds it tends to reduce the incentives to work and to save both of those who receive it and of those who are forced to pay it.  It may be said, in fact, that practically every measure that governments take with the ostensible object of ‘helping the poor’ has the long-run effect of doing the opposite.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Within a society that permits a free market, power lies within the market itself, and ‘is dispersed among so much of [the] population rather than concentrated solely in a governing elite.”

William L. Anderson

“Government is not using modern technology so much to modernize and improve services as it is to regulate, punish, collect taxes and keep an eye on us.  They’d rather rule than serve.”

James Cook

October 3, 2011

“Over the long run, the crisis in Europe is clearly very bullish for gold and silver because the only way out of the current situation is additional stimulus from central banks.  Additional stimulus will put further downward pressure on all the major currencies.”

Scott Gardner, Investment Officer

“The game is all but over for the weaker countries – Greece, Ireland and Portugal.  Vulnerable countries – Spain and Italy – are now being relentless hunted down.  The stronger countries – France and German – no longer look secure, immune from the problems.”

Satyajit Das

“Once Obamacare’s price controls are in effect, rising inflation and a growing pool of elderly patients will drive the insurance industry to bankruptcy.”

Michael Finger

“Environmental groups and their media allies latch onto any story – no matter how convoluted – that will play to the tired old narrative that America is dangerously polluted and each new project brings us a step closer to environmental catastrophe.”

Rich Trzupek
“Government has no money of its own.  All it does is take resources from one group and given them to another.”

John Stossel

September 29, 2011

“President Obama is like a lost man who refuses to ask for directions.  That’s because he has never worked in the real world with people who create real jobs.  He operates on theories and an ideology that is incapable of achieving his goals.”

Cal Thomas

“Notwithstanding what some regard as the institutionalization of compassion, the transfer society quashes genuine virtue.  Redistribution of income by means of government coercion is a form of theft.  Its supporters attempt to disguise its essential character by claiming that democratic procedures give it legitimacy, but this justification is specious.  Theft is theft, whether it be carried out by one thief or by a hundred million thieves acting in concert.  And it is impossible to found a good society on the institutionalization of theft.”

Robert Higgs

“Friedrich Hayek made the point that one of the keystones of socialism is the denial of individual responsibility.  Thus, the crusade for socialism always included attacks on individual responsibility.  For if individuals do not have free will, and are not responsible for their actions, then their lives must be controlled somehow - preferably by the state – according to the socialists.  They must be regulated, regimented and controlled – for their own good.”

Thomas J. DiLorenzo

“The welfare state is an enemy of private property.  The excessive taxation used to support the welfare state is extremely dangerous.”

Richard Pipes

“Force always attracts men of low morality.”

Albert Einstein

September 28, 2011

“In the name of compassion, Obama advocates seemingly endless extensions of unemployment benefits because his economic theology holds that by paying people not to work, you will create jobs.  It not only fails to factor in the obvious deterrent that extended benefits have on their recipients but also falsely assumes that transferring money from one pocket to the next generates more spending – by some mythical multiple factor, no less.  Back on planet Earth, studies reveal that extending unemployment benefits results in more unemployment.”

David Limbaugh

“Has Obama ever grown even a potted plant, much less a business, a bank, a hospital or any of the numerous other institutions whose decisions he wants to control and override?  But he can talk glibly about growing the economy.  Arrogance is no substitute for experience.  That is why the country is in the mess it is in now.”

Thomas Sowell

“Many efforts currently under consideration by the Administration and Congress will actively destroy jobs.”

Peter D. Schiff

“What do intellectuals and opinion makers get from big government?  An increasing number of cushy jobs in the bureaucracy, or in the government-subsidized sector, staffing the welfare regulatory state, and apologizing for its policies, as well as propagandizing for them among the public.  To put it bluntly, intellectuals, theorists, pundits, media elites, etc. get to live a life which they could not attain on the free market, but which they can gain at taxpayer expense.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“All present-day governments are fanatically committed to an easy money policy.”

Ludwig von Mises

September 27, 2011

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Suggestion of the Communist Manifesto was ‘abolition of all right of inheritance.’  Looking backward upon the past history of estate taxes, we have to realize that they more and more have approached the goal set by Marx.  Estate taxes of the height they have already attained for the upper brackets are no longer to be qualified as taxes.  They are measures of expropriation.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Throughout history government has served as a vehicle for the organization of hatred and oppression, benefiting no one except those who are ambitious and ruthless enough to gain control of it.”

Doug Casey

“The government does not add value to the economy.  It removes value from the economy by imposing taxes on one citizen and providing cash to another.”

Mark R. Levin

“Nothing in life is guaranteed, including government guarantees.”

James Cook

September 26, 2011

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its own demand for dictatorial powers.  In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessman.”

Ayn Rand

“You can talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important thing is the struggle everybody is engaged in to get better living conditions, and they are not interested too much in government.”

Bernard Baruch

“If everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing.”

Frederic Bastiat

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”

Norman Thomas

September 23, 2011

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under pretense of taking care of them.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is its inefficiency.”

Eugene McCarthy

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.  Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable.”

H. L. Mencken

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”

Robert A. Heinlein

“The government should practice social Darwinism; everyone else should practice charity.”

James Cook

September 22, 2011

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Karen Armstrong, the widely read religious thinker and former nun was invited to give a presentation on compassion at the nation’s religious memorial service this past Sunday.  And what was her message?  9/11 was a revelation of the dangerous polarization of our world; it revealed the deep suspicion, frustration and rage that existed in some quarters of the Muslim world and also the ignorance and prejudice about Islam and Middle Eastern affairs that existed in some quarters of the West. . .There you have it: Muslims have rage and deep suspicion; the West has ignorance and prejudice.  If that’s what the world learns from 9/11, those who died that day died in vain.”

Dennis Prager

“One of the wonderful things about free markets is that the path to greater wealth comes not from looting, plundering and enslaving one’s fellow man, as it has throughout most of human history, but by serving and pleasing him.”

Walter Williams

“Diluting the money supply with paper is the moral equivalent of diluting the milk supply with water.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.”

Ayn Rand

September 20, 2011

“Some people hold gold as a hedge against all-out inflation.  Others hold gold as a defense against a Fed that appears to have lost its monetary compass.  Still others hold gold as a symbol of eternal wealth.  After all, during the last 5,000 years just about every other entity from wagon wheels to GM has gone broke.  Other items come and go, but only gold is eternal.”

Richard Russell

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.”

Thomas Jefferson

“With the scandalous bankruptcy of Solyndra (a shady California solar power company that received $535 million in stimulus funds and is now under investigation by the FBI) hanging overhead, President Obama wisely whitewashed any mention of ‘green jobs’ out of his latest address to Congress.  But buried in the details of his latest government jobs bill released this week – are yet more big green boondoggles that will reward cronies, waste taxpayer dollars and make no dent in the jobless rate.”

Michelle Malkin

 

“The United States of America is a flawed society.  As it comprises human beings, it must be flawed.  But in terms of the goodness achieved inside its borders and spread elsewhere in the world, it has been the finest country that ever existed.  If you were to measure the moral gulf between America and those who despise it, the divide would have to be calculated in light-years.”

Dennis Prager

“Taking money from job creating entrepreneurs and giving it to ever-failing government programs has to be the ultimate in economic illiteracy.”

James Cook

September 14, 2011

“In attempting to understand 9/11, the first question asked by the world’s elites – as exemplified by leading media and academics – was, ‘What did America do to provoke such hatred?’  Ten years later, the same people are still asking the same question.  And it is as morally repulsive now as it was then.  It was always on par with ‘What did the Jews do to antagonize the Germans? Or ‘What did blacks do to enrage lynch mobs?’”

Dennis Prager

“If we cannot return to fiscal integrity because the public prefers profusion and prodigality over balanced budgets, we cannot escape paying the price, which is ever lower incomes and standards of living for all.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“Taxes are necessary.  But the system of discriminatory taxation universally accepted under the misleading name of progressive taxation of income and inheritance is not a mode of taxation.  It is rather a mode of disguised expropriation of the successful capitalists and entrepreneurs.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Once we realize that government doesn’t work, we’ll know that the only way to improve government is by reducing its size – by doing away with laws, by getting rid of programs, by making government spend and tax less, by reducing government  as far as we can.”

Harry Browne

“The more ‘adequate’ we make relief, the more people we are going to find willing to get on it and stay on it indefinitely.  The more we try to make sure that everybody really in need of relief gets it, the more certain we can be that we are also giving it to people who neither need nor deserve it.”

Henry Hazlitt

September 9, 2011
                                                                                     

“If jobs were the concern of labor unions, they would not push to hike the spending, regulations, and taxes that have largely calcified hiring.  But since union members (particularly dues-paying public sector employees) often benefit from what harms the rest of us, their leaders frequently advance policies that not only damage America – but the politicians they ostensibly support.”

Daniel Flynn

“[Obama] assured us, with great confidence, that his plan would work and that it would jump-start the economy and get people back to work.  He was so sure of his plan that he even acknowledged that his re-election would depend on its success or failure.  Back then, unlike now, he had enormous political capital and the confidence of a great percentage of the American people, many of whom trusted him.  Today we know the results of his reckless experiment.  The economy and jobs are tanking, and our exploding debt portends imminent financial collapse.  But from all appearances, he remains as clueless to his economic failures and the bankruptcy of his ideas as he is to their unpopularity with the public.  How much more empirical evidence will he need before he quits his shoving us toward the cliff?”

David Limbaugh

“The president and secretary of energy made repeated trips to Solyndra’s Silicon Valley plant over the last couple years, using the facility as a backdrop to deliver clean-energy agitprop.  The president’s most recent trip there occurred in May 2010, not long after the government audit questioned whether the company could even survive.  But that didn’t stop Obama from crowing, ‘The promise of clean energy isn’t just an article of faith.  It’s not just some abstract possibility for science fiction movies or a distant future or 10 years down the road or 20 years.  It’s happening right now.  The future is here.’  Indeed – but the future may be very different from the one Obama sees. Solyndra is one of three major solar companies to declare bankruptcy this summer along.”

Linda Chavez

“The sad fact is that today most of the heads of big businesses in America have become so confused or intimidated that, so far from carrying the free market to argument to the enemy, they fail to defend themselves adequately even when attacked.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Whether we want to own up to it or not, the welfare state has done what Jim Crow, gross discrimination and poverty could not have done.  It has contributed to the breakdown of the black family structure and has helped establish a set of values alien to traditional values of high moral standards, hard work and achievement.”

Walter Williams

September 7, 2011

“Progressive nostrums are killing the country.  To wit: Government knows best.   Only a fool, or a progressive would believe such utter nonsense.  But they do, with a kind of religious intensity that would make the Dalai Lama blush. And it has to be religious because only blind faith – with an accent on the blind part – could look at the gargantuan amount of waste, fraud, inefficiency, and lethargy, coupled with the legions of petty, power-mongering bureaucrats and conclude government is the answer.”

Arnold Ahlert

“Alan Krueger is the latest in a long line of professors and academics to populate this administration.  Few, if any, have held real jobs in the private sector.  They are mostly theorists, whose theories are often proved wrong, but in academia, as well as in government, being wrong rarely disqualifies one from a leadership post.  Intentions are all that matter.”

Cal Thomas

“In 1980, health care was about 9% of the U.S. economy, by 1990 it had risen to 12.5%.  In 2009, it was pushing up towards 20%.  That was twice the share that Health Expenditures were back in 1980.”

Dr. Bub

“The Big Government that serves as a boon for Big Labor has been a bust for the United States.  Massive government projects, in the immediate wake of several years of massive government project no less, are nonstarters for a broke nation.  But such boondoggles are the lifeblood of unions that increasingly depend upon government spending.  In effect, they want taxpayers to pay union dues, too.”

Daniel Flynn

“The total number of apprehensions of illegal aliens by immigration enforcement agencies is less than half of what it was five years ago, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.  And the White House is dispensing deportation waivers like Pez candy en masse.”

Michelle Malkin

September 6, 2011

“Far from being ‘Islamophobic,’ modern-day America bends over backwards to avoid even the slightest appearance of impropriety when it comes to interacting with the Muslim community, which is evident in everything from our public school curriculum to our airports.  This is a natural outgrowth of the kind of leftists mentality that permeates our society; that America is a racist, sexist and Islamophobic nation for which we must perpetually atone.”

Rich Trzupek

“These settlements [Justice Department with lenders] include requirements that banks lend to minorities at below-market rates and, in effect, dish out cash to politically favored ‘community groups.’ It’s a good bet that many of these loans will eventually go bad.”

Mary Kissel

“All those evils which the [liberals] interpret as evidence of the failure of capitalism, are the necessary outcome of interference with the market.”

Ludwig von Mises

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.”

John Adams

“Once a person comes to rely on the government for support, that person becomes a socialist through and through.”

James Cook

September 2, 2011

“There is no use in fooling ourselves.  Our present taxation policy is headed toward a complete equalization of wealth and incomes and thereby toward socialism.  This trend can be reversed only by the cognition of the role that profit and loss and the resulting inequality of wealth and incomes play in the operation of the market economy.  People must learn that the accumulation of wealth by the successful conduct of business is the corollary of the improvement of their own standard of living and vice versa.  They must realize that bigness in business is not an evil, but both the cause and effect of the fact that they themselves enjoy all those amenities whose enjoyment is called the ‘American way of life.’”

Ludwig von Mises

“The trouble with the social-democratic state is that, when government does too much, nobody else does much of anything.”

Mark Steyn

“Throughout history governments have been chronically short of revenue.  The reason should be clear: unlike you and me, governments do not produce useful goods and services that they can sell on the market; governments, rather than producing and selling services, live parasitically off the market and off society.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“He who saves money does not keep it under a mattress, as people did in the mercantilist era, but invests it to produce a profit or to yield interest. Either he puts in into real property or into mortgages, and thereby favors the expansion of housing and the employment of construction workers; or he invests it in equities and buys shares of productive enterprises, which are also thus enabled to expand; or he lends it at interest to entrepreneurs, with the same result for the general well-being.  Saving and capital accumulation, then, are the great factors making for an increase in production and a consequent abundance of jobs and a lowering of prices.”

“Love of country is nowhere the same as love of government.”

James Cook

September 1, 2011

“If the present American laws concerning the taxation of the profits of corporations, the incomes of individuals, and inheritances had been introduced about 60 years ago, all those new products whose consumption has raised the standard of living of the ‘common man’ would either not be produced at all or only in small quantities for the benefit of a minority.  The Ford enterprises would not exist if Henry Ford’s profits had been taxed away as soon as they came into being.”

Ludwig von Mises – 1955

“There is a profound contrast between the effects of foreign aid and of voluntary private investment:  foreign aid goes from government to government.  It is therefore almost inevitably statist and socialistic.”

Henry Hazlitt

“The resources that government extracts from the private sector to pay for itself are resources that are not available for the private sector to use in producing more goods and services. When the federal government takes money out of our pockets, we have less money to spend or save.  When the federal government takes money from business, it has less money to use for investment, or payroll.”

Michael D. Tanner

“The freedom of individuals from compulsion or coercion never was, and is not now, the normal state of human affairs.  The normal state for ordinary person is tyranny, arbitrary control and abuse mainly by their own government.”

Walter Williams

“During the 1930s, some of the leading intellectuals in America condemned our economic system and pointed to the centrally planned Soviet economy as a model – all this at a time when literally millions of people were starving to death in the Soviet Union, from a famine in a country with some of the richest farmland in Europe and historically a large exporter of food.”

Thomas Sowell

August 31, 2011

“To combat the depression by a forced credit expansion is to attempt to cure the evil by the very means which brought it about.”

F.A Hayek

“Here we have the heart of the difference between Hayek and Keynes: one knew that markets work to give us the best of all possible worlds, while governments create and exacerbate malfunctions; the other imagined that governments were somehow capable of both perceiving and correcting malfunctions by means of the printing press, provided the right technocrats are in charge.”

Jeffrey A. Tucker

“Bigness in business does not impair but improves the conditions of the rest of the people.  The millionaires are acquiring their fortunes in supplying the many with articles that were previously beyond their reach.  If laws had prevented them from getting rich, the average American household would have to forgo many of the gadgets and facilities that are today its normal equipment.  This country enjoys the highest standard of living ever known in history because for several generations no attempts were made toward ‘equalization’ and ‘redistribution.’  Inequality of wealth and incomes is the cause of the masses’ well-being, not the cause of anybody’s distress.  Where there is a ‘lower degree of inequality,’ there is necessarily a lower standard of living of the masses.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems – the kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others.”

Star Parker

“When half the of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.”

Ayn Rand

August 30, 2011

“America is in the midst of an existential crisis.  It is one that transcends all of our other crises, in that all of the others can be traced either directly, or indirectly, back to the idea that a country of 300 million people with no over-arching sense of morality is, in fact, no real country at all.”

Arnold Ahlert

“A private-property, market system has much to recommend it.  A system is more moral if it holds individuals accountable for their actions and encourages them to help others than if it allows them to impose costs on others without their consent.”

Peter Hill

“Capitalism is based on individual rights – not on the sacrifice of the individual to the ‘public good’ of the collective.”

Ayn  Rand

“Within the market society each serves all his fellow citizens and each is served by them.  It is a system of mutual exchange of services and commodities, a mutual giving, and receiving.”

Ludwig von Mises

“To be a good manager of people requires both fairness and bluntness.”

James Cook

August 26, 2011

“Even when black youth gangs target white strangers on the streets and spew out racial hatred as they batter them and rob them, mayors, police chiefs and the media tiptoe around their racism and many in the media either don’t cover these stories or leave out the race and racism involved.”

Thomas Sowell

“During recent years, men in free and willing exchange (the free market) have discovered how to deliver the human voice around the earth in one twenty-seventh of a second; how to deliver an event, like a ball game, into everyone’s living room, in color and in motion, at the time it is going on; how to deliver hundreds of people from Los Angeles to Baltimore in less than 3 hours and 19 minutes; how to deliver gas from a hole in Texas to a range in New York at low cost and without subsidy; how to deliver 64 ounces of oil from the Persian Gulf to our Eastern Seaboard – more than half-way around the earth – for less money than government will deliver a one-ounce letter across the street in one’s home town.”

Leonard E. Read

“The oil industry is hardly free to operate as efficiently as it could or to be as responsive to consumer demands as it would like.  It has become, in essence, a quasi-state-run enterprise, because it cannot drill, transport, refine, and store fuel without receiving government permission, complying with government regulations, and paying taxes at every level or production.”

Mark R. Levin

“What belongs to no one is wasted by everyone.  What belongs to one man in particular is the object of his economy and care.”

James Wilson

“Beware the person who is on a hot streak.”

James Cook

August 25, 2011

“The welfare state shields people from the consequences of their own mistakes, allowing irresponsibility to continue and to flourish among ever wider circles of people.”

Thomas Sowell

“This is supposed to be a country of opportunity for its citizens.  It has become (even with Republicans in charge) a government that dispenses goodies to the group that can produce the most votes.  This cynical and selfish approach to government is what has turned so many people off to politics and politicians.”

Cal Thomas

“A businessman who can crate useful, well-paid and secure jobs is doubly blessed, by the individual he makes self-supporting and by the society he renders more secure.  He helps himself, too, for, as Maimonides says, there is joy in lifting people out of want, not by alms but on a permanent basis.”

Paul Johnson

“For 25 years, the advocates used lawsuits and antipolice propaganda to beat back every effort to restore sanity to Skid Row [Los Angeles].  They concealed the real causes of homelessness under a false narrative about a callous, profit-mad society that abused the less fortunate.  The result:  a level of squalor that had no counterpart in the United States.”

Heather MacDonald

“The progressive notion of the state as a loving, caring parent is becoming a bipartisan affair.”

Jonah Goldberg

August 24, 2011

“Although much of the media have their antennae out to pick up anything that might be construed as racism against blacks, they resolutely ignore even the most blatant racism by blacks against others.”

Thomas Sowell

“It must be easy to be a liberal.  When your policies don’t work, you just change the goal posts and say we haven’t done enough – and then demand more.”

David Limbaugh

“If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you?  They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy.”

Michael A. Nutter

“You can’t run a country when you’re attached to the idea that it is fundamentally flawed.  That is the essence of nihilism.  That nihilism is virtually indistinguishable from progressivism?  It wasn’t conservatives tearing up the streets of London.  Nor is it conservatives determine to inflict mob-style mayhem on America wherever the opportunity presents itself.   The mobs come courtesy of a bankrupt ideology, egged on by a bankrupt media, all dedicated to the proposition that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded, moral truth is non-existent, and that destruction is desirable for its own sake.  It is a philosophy whose essential attractiveness lies in the fact that it requires little more than animal instinct – as in, if it feels good do it – to embrace it.  Is that ideology progressivism or nihilism?  If you can spot the essential difference between the two, you’re a far wiser person than I am.”

Arnold Ahlert

“The key to growth is quite simple: creative men with money.  The cause of stagnation is similarly clear: depriving creative individuals of financial power.”

George Gilder

August 23, 2011

“[Successful] projects that entrepreneurs initiated and carried through had one essential quality.  All had been thoroughly contemplated by the regnant experts and dominant companies, with their large research staffs and financial resources, and had been judged too difficult, untimely, risky, expensive and unprofitable.”

George Gilder

“Prolonged inflation never ‘stimulates’ the economy.  On the contrary, it unbalances, disrupts, and misdirects production and employment.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Liberalism in various guises – feminism, the sexual revolution, gay activism – has been at war with marriage and family for several decades now.  And when do-gooders look around at the wreckage of human lives caused by disintegrating families, they call for government to act as father, mother, brother, and sister.”

Mona Charen

“The distinctive principle of Western social philosophy is individualism.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government is full of people who think they know what’s best for others and can rationalize compelling them to accept it.”

James Cook

August 22, 2011

“Rule by the statist elite is not benign or simply a matter of who happens to be in office: it is rule by a growing army of leeches and parasites battening off the income and wealth of hard-working Americans, destroying their property, corrupting their customs and institutions, sneering at their religion.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Taking a man’s money without his consent, is also as much robbery, when it is done by millions of men, acting in concert, and calling themselves a government, as when it is done by a single individual, acting on his own responsibility, and calling himself a highwayman.”

Lysander Spooner

“Under the specious pretext of effecting ‘the happiness of the whole community,’ nearly all the wrongs and intrusions of government has been carried through.”

Walt Whitman

“It is all too easy for the liberal media to stir up the irrational hatreds of millions of people, who see themselves as less fortunate than others, by repeatedly talking about eh billions of dollars in ‘windfall profits’ earned by major corporations, by featuring periodic stories on the opulent living of wealthy individuals, or by pointing an accusing finger at ‘loopholes’ used by ‘the rich.’”

Robert Ringer

“Modern liberalism devalues voluntary cooperation in favor of government coercion and invalidates freely made contractual agreements.”

Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr.

August 18, 2011

“The well-being of individual persons in any society varies inversely with the money at the disposal of the political class.”

Edmund A. Opitz

“Being without work [in the United States] is still far better for most people than being employed in Central America.”

George J. Borjas

“The great allure of government programs in general for many people is that these programs allow decisions to be made without having to worry about the constraints of prices, which confront people at every turn in a free market.”

Thomas Sowell

“The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy.  It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.”

Milton Friedman

“Within the market society each serves all his fellow citizens and each is served by them.  It is a system of mutual exchange of services and commodities, a mutual giving, and receiving.”

Ludwig von Mises

August 17, 2011

“Quotas have done nothing  to help the black underclass, or break the vicious cycles of welfare dependency and drug abuse, unwed motherhood and crime, fatherless families and dysfunctional public schools. . .Uncle Sam spent trillions of dollars making a bad situation worse.  An avalanche of government welfare money – no strings attached – paid people not to work or marry, save or invest, or confront the behavioral causes of their poverty.”

Rod Martin

“in a free enterprise system, with an honest and stable money, there is dominantly a close link between effort and productivity, on the one hand, and economic reward on the other.  Inflation severs this link.  Reward comes to depend less and less on effort and production, and more and more on successful gambling and luck.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Once a person becomes a government dependent, his moral standing to resist the expansion of government power is fatally compromised.”

James Bovard

“Controlling the interpretation of the Constitution is vital to the leftist agenda of expanding the federal government’s power.  That means keeping the federal judiciary as liberal as possible and treating the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal legacy as sacrosanct.”

Joseph Sobran

“Unemployment doles can have no other effect than the perpetuation of unemployment.”

Ludwig von Mises

August 15, 2011

“The Statist deflects public scorn for the consequences of his own central planning by blaming the very industry he is sabotaging for supply dislocations and price hikes.”

Mark R. Levin

“What does ‘economic justice’ mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?”

Thomas Sowell

“There is a flaw in the operation of representative government.  The flaw produces the growth of government.”

Allan H. Meltzer

“Each trillion dollars devoted to failure is a trillion that is not available for success.”

Martin Hutchinson

“A free society releases the energies and abilities of people to pursue their own objectives, it prevents some people from arbitrarily suppressing others.  It does not prevent some people from achieving positions of privilege, but so long as freedom is maintained, it prevents those positions of privilege from becoming institutionalized; they are subject to continued attack by other able, ambitious people.”

Milton Friedman

 

August 12, 2011

“In the United States, liberals have made it virtually impossible [to increase the supply of oil] by banning drilling in all sorts of places and preventing any new refinery from being built anywhere in the country in the last 30 years.”

Thomas Sowell

“They [Liberals] still believe that the ‘haves’ of the country won some mythical ‘lottery of life.’  They don’t understand that this country thrives on ingenuity, risk-taking, entrepreneurship and the potential rewards from these labors; not on ‘sacrificing for the common good.’  Until the Democrats break from their Marxist mold, the sea of red on election day maps will continue to grow.”

Jeffrey J. Kros

“Never was it [Capitalism] imposed on life as a system, or at all.  It grew out of life, not all at once but gradually, and is therefore one of the great natural designs.  When it was found and identified by such men as Adam Smith, who wrote its bible, and Karl Marx, who wrote its obituary too soon, it was already working.”

Garet Garrett

“It’s truly hard to understand how liberal politicians, activists and journalists so consistently escape accountability for stoking the flames of racial disharmony while purporting to dampen them and for dividing our society along racial, gender, and economic lines while claiming to unite us.”

David Limbaugh

“All the warnings the founding fathers gave us about government proved to be true.  We should have listened.”

James Cook

August 11, 2011

“I’m particularly struck by the neo-socialist concern for the well-being of plants, animals, lakes and rivers, rain forests and deserts – particularly when the concern for the environment appears far more intense than the concern for the human family.”

Robert A. Sirico

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

Edward R. Murrow

“As the data from the past decade clarify, there is no evidence that poverty causes crime but a great deal of evidence that crime causes poverty.  By aligning themselves against the police, against commonsense tactics like stop and frisk, against metal detectors in public housing, against swift and certain punishment, and for a broad array of legal protections for accused criminals, liberals helped to aggrieve the lives of the poor and society as a whole.”

Mona Charen

“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

“Who can dispute that the governments of the United States constitute the most voracious tax system in the history of mankind?  In the year 2000, those governments succeeded in laying hands on more than $3 trillion – almost $11,000 each for the 275 million men, women, and children resident in the country.  No other nation-state rakes in an amount even close to the U.S. total.”

Robert Higgs

August 10, 2011

“The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.  Think about the things that have improved our lives the most over the past century – medical advances, the transportation revolution, huge increases in consumer goods, dramatic improvements in housing, the computer revolution.  The people who created these things – the doers – are not popular heroes.  Our heroes are the talkers who complain about the doers.”

Thomas Sowell

“The capitalist system, in spite of all obstacles put in its way by governments and politicians, has raised the standard of living of the masses in an unprecedented way.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Our nation is in deep trouble – morally, economically, and politically.  Practically everything in which the federal government has embroiled itself for the last several decades is in crisis – education, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, inflation and the dollar, welfare, government spending, the drug war, and, of course, foreign policy.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“People in the education and political establishments pretend they’re not motivated by such ‘callous’ motives as greed and profits.  These people ‘care’ about us, but from which areas of our lives do we derive the greatest pleasures and have the fewest complaints, and from which areas do we have the greatest headaches and complaints?  We tend to have a high satisfaction level with goods and services like computers, cell phones, movies, clothing and supermarkets.  These are areas where the motivations are greed and profits.  Our greatest dissatisfaction is in areas of caring and no profit motive such as public education, postal services and politics.  Give me greed and profits, and you can keep the caring.”

Walter Williams

“Government’s views 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

August 9, 2011

“Big-government conservatives display a great naiveté about the way government works.  They appear to believe that limited programs will not grow or see their original purposes corrupted. But little in the history of government justifies such faith.”

Michael D. Tanner

“In a world dependent on international trade and commerce, and staggering under a heavy load of international debt, no policy is more destructive than protectionism.  It cuts off markets, eliminates trade, causes unemployment in the export industries all over the world, depresses the prices of export commodities, especially farm products of the United States.  It is the crowning folly of government intervention.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“As crisis after crisis torments the American people, each gives ample opportunity to reiterate what we have been sharing all along:  do not look to your oppressor, the government, for solutions to the very problems it created.”

Christine Smith

“No matter whether it is their intention or not, almost anything that the rich can legally do tends to help the poor.  The spending of the rich gives employment to the poor.  But the saving of the rich, and their investment of these savings in the means of production, gives just as much employment, and in addition makes that employment constantly more productive and more highly paid, while it also constantly increases and cheapens the production of necessities and amenities for the masses.”

Henry Hazlitt

“With socialized medicine, the trick is not to die while waiting for treatment.”

James Cook

 

August 8, 2011

“This president has spun fantasies about the industries of tomorrow, while punishing the industries of today.  His fulminations against ‘millionaires and billionaires’ and his wrath about ‘corporate jets’ betray a fundamentally childish urge to punish success.  Under his economic stewardship, there is less and less of that around.”

Mona Charen

“The ingenious slogan that the public debt does not matter because ‘we owe it to ourselves’ is clearly absurd.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“The state is a force incarnate.  Worse, it is the silly parading of force.  It never seeks to prevail by persuasion.  Whenever it thrusts its finger into anything, it does so in the most unfriendly way.  Its essence is command and compulsion.”

Michael Bakunin

“Public opinion takes no offense at the endeavors of farmers, workers, clerks, teachers, doctors, ministers, and people from many other callings to earn as much as they can.  But it censures the capitalists and entrepreneurs for their greed.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Whether in the arts, entertainment, or academia, the dominant players are talented people who believe that they are wiser and better than the masses.  They are appalled that capitalism permits a B-school dropout to become a billionaire while they scrape by for a measly raise when promoted from assistant to associate professor.  They set out to cripple the system that brings this about.”

Lewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

August 4, 2011

“This nation is in deep, deep trouble, partly because of an overwhelming debt, but also because of a steady march toward dignity-denying, freedom-cheating, socialist-style ambitions making serfs of us all.”

Jay Ambrose

“The economy’s calamitous 0.8 percent growth in the first half of this year indicates that the already appalling deficit projections for coming years are much too optimistic.  The debt increases caused by anemic growth and job creation may dwarf whatever debt reduction results from the process initiated by the debt-ceiling agreement.  This may portend a vicious downward spiral as increased borrowing and the burden of debt service further suffocate America’s dynamism.”

George Will

“Like all means-tested government programs Medicaid discourages work and charitable effort among the taxpayers who fund it, while discouraging self-sufficiency and encouraging dependence among beneficiaries.  Medicaid also imposes costs that stem from overuse of medical care, increasing costs for private payers, and giving patients poorer-quality care than they could obtain with private coverage.”

Michael F. Cannon

“The comparatively greater prosperity of the United States is an outcome of the fact that the New Deal did not come in 1900 or 1910, but only in 1933.”

Ludwig von Mises

“People express surprise that government didn’t come to the aid of stricken people sooner.  But aiding people is not what government is about; that is the function of the marketplace and other voluntary activity.  The state is about menacing, threatening, commandeering, etc.”

Butler Shaffer

August 3, 2011

“You can forget about recovery.  There is no recovery – and there’s not going to be any recovery.  Recovery is an impossibility.”

Bill Bonner

“Perhaps the most important reason to be skeptical of government inflation numbers is that the government, like a fox campaigning to guard a hen house, has many reasons to be disingenuous.  As the world’s largest debtor, the Federal Government is inflation’s primary beneficiary.”

Peter Schiff

“Insecurity must follow the transfer of responsibility from self to others, particularly when transferred to arbitrary and capricious government.  Genuine security is a matter of self-responsibility, based on the right to the fruits of one’s own labor and freedom to trade.”

Leonard E. Read

“The comparatively greater prosperity of the United States is an outcome of the fact that the New Deal did not come in 1900 or 1910, but in 1933.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Capitalism in the 19th century did not doom the worker to a life of perpetual poverty.  Instead, they kept creating new and better-paying employments as the decades went by.  They produced the wealth and rising income that resulted in the emergence of a phenomenon completely new to human history: a self-supporting and educated middle class that grew more and more as they lower classes bettered their economic well-being.”

Richard M. Ebeling

August 1, 2011

“Nothing more guarantees the erosion of character than getting something for nothing. In the liberal welfare state, one develops an entitlement mentality.  And the rhetoric of liberalism – labeling each new entitlement a ‘right’ – reinforces this sense of entitlement.”

Dennis Prager

“The unlimited spending that fuels the Democratic party is disguised as social justice.  The truth is that there is no social or justice in it.  The national party is nothing more than Tammany Hall writ large, a vast political machine that spends trillions on political favors in direct spending and indirect subsidies.”

Daniel Greenfield

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

Patrick Henry

“It’s only the areas the government is involved with that never work, never help, never improve, where no one is accountable, where merit is not only irrelevant, it’s a conflict of interest.”

Protest Warrior

“Perhaps the greatest difference among people is between those who never have to worry about money and those who do.”

James Cook

July 28, 2011

“Tariffs, quotas and other import restrictions protect the business of the rich at the expense of high cost of living for the poor.  Their intent is to deprive you of the right to choose, and to force you to buy the high-priced inferior products of politically favored companies.”

Alan Burns

“There ain’t  no rules around here!  We’re trying to accomplish something.”

Thomas Edison

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.  Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable.”

H. L. Mencken

“The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.”

P. D. Ouspensky

“When freedom prevails, the ingenuity and inventiveness of people creates incredible wealth.  This is the source of the natural improvement of the human condition.”

Brian S. Wesbury

July 27, 2011

“Americans used to save their money.  They used to be thrifty.  They used to make things to sell to foreigners.  Foreigners used to save their dollars so they could buy high-quality products, Made in USA.  So much did they crave U.S. dollars that the American currency easily became the reserve currency of the entire world, and America became the world’s biggest creditor by lending dollars to foreigners.  Now, it is the foreigners who lend.  They save their dollars, not to buy U.S. goods, but to buy Y.S. Treasury bonds. . .so that Americans can buy high-quality foreign-made goods!  And now, America is the world’s biggest debtor.”

Bill Bonner

“The great blessing of private property, then, is that people can benefit from their own industry and insulate themselves from the negative effects of others’ actions.  It is like a set of invisible mirrors that surround individuals, households or firms, reflecting back on them the consequences of their acts.  The industrious will reap the benefits of their industry; the frugal the consequences of their frugality; the improvident and the profligate likewise.  They receive their due, which is to say they experience justice as a matter of routine.”

Tom Bethell

“Ironically, in the full-fledged transfer society, where governments busy themselves redistributing income by means of hundreds of distinct programs, hardly anyone is better off as a result.”

Robert Higgs

“A successful economy depends on the proliferation of the rich, on creating a large class of risk-taking men who are willing to shun the easy channels of a comfortable life in order to create new enterprise, win huge profits, and invest them again.”

George Gilder

“If the present tax rates had been in effect from the beginning of our century, many who are millionaires today would live under more modest circumstances.  But all those new branches of industry which supply the masses with articles unheard of before, would operate, if at all, on a much smaller scale, and their products would be beyond the reach of the common man.”

Ludwig von Mises

July 26, 2011

“Citizens of liberal welfare states become increasingly narcissistic.  The great preoccupations of vast numbers of Brits, Frenchmen, Germans and other Western Europeans are how much vacation time they will have an how early they can retire and be supported by the state.”

Dennis Prager

“The capitalist has this over the politician and the clergyman; he has in practice done more to raise the standard of living of the poor than all the government and church programs in  history. . .Monsanto and the Archer Daniels Midland Company have fed more hungry people than all the . . .soup kitchens combined.”

Dinesh D’Souza

“The child welfare system – devised and run by liberal social workers, psychologists, and judges. . .Treats incompetent or abusive parents as its clients, and only secondarily considers the needs and well-being of the children involved.”

Mona Charen

“The unprecedented success of Keynesianism is due to the fact that it provides an apparent justification for the ‘deficit spending’ policies of contemporary governments.  It is the pseudo-philosophy of those who can think of nothing else than to dissipate the capital accumulated by previous generations.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Incompetent government embraces hiring quotas, thus furthering their incompetence.”

James Cook

July 25, 2011

“The welfare state is predicate don collecting money from today’s workers in order to pay for those who paid in before them.  But today’s workers don’t have enough money to sustain the scheme, and there are too few of them to do so.  As a result, virtually every welfare state in Europe, and many American states, like California are going broke.”

Dennis Prager

“The great allure of government programs in general for many people is that these programs allow decisions to be made without having to worry about the constraints of prices, which confront people at every turn in a free market.”

Thomas Sowell

“It should go without saying that even the most narrowly construed eminent-domain power would violate individual rights.  Either a person owns his legitimately acquired property or he does not.”

Sheldon Richman

“The market system provides no mechanism for its own survival.  Attempts by firms or individuals t influence the climate of opinion or the overall political situation involve costs in time and money, and occasionally also in popularity.”

Lord Peter T. Bauer

“Once upon a time, government budgets were balanced, our money was sound, the streets were safe, and taxes imposed by all levels of government took less than 10% of our income.”

Harry Browne

July 22, 2011

“The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another.  If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I?  This is why Western Europeans, people who have lived in welfare states far longer than Americans have, give less to charity and volunteer less time to others than do Americans of the same socioeconomic status.”

Dennis Prager

“The bad consequences of a government program usually don’t show up immediately.  And the delay may be long enough to hide the connection between the program and its results.  So government never has to say it’s sorry – never has to take responsibility for ht misery it causes.  Instead it can blame everything on personal greed, profit-hungry corporations, and the ‘private sector.’  And the government’s cure for the problems is to impose bigger programs, more regulation and higher taxes.”

Harry Browne

“American authors or scientists are prone to consider the wealthy businessman as a barbarian, as a man exclusively intent upon making money.”

Ludwig von Mises

“It is possible to increase paper-money income to any amount by debasing the currency.  But real income can only be increased by working harder or more efficiently, saving more, investing more, and producing more.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Liberals believe and inexhaustible fund exists that can be tapped endlessly to pay for government social programs.  Tax the rich and give it to a long line of moochers, pork barrel hustlers and ne’er-do-wells.  These funds would otherwise have been employed as additional capital indispensable to economic progress.”

James Cook

July 21, 2011

“We have to have structural entitlement reform, major spending cuts and not tax increase-retardants on economic growth to reverse our current course toward national bankruptcy, but Obama steadfastly remains on the wrong side of all these solutions.”

David Limbaugh

“The welfare state corrupts family life.  Even Democrats have acknowledged the destructive consequences of the welfare state on the underclass.  It has rendered vast numbers of male unnecessary to females, who have looked to the state to support them and their children (and the more children, the more state support) rather than to husbands.  In effect, these women took the state as their husband.”

Dennis Prager

“On every continent and in every epoch the peoples who have excelled in creating wealth have been the victims of some of society’s greatest brutalities.”

George Gilder

“The poor are the very lifeblood of the left, attracting activists, supporting among the intelligentsia, and – perhaps most important – allowing the left to indulge in self-congratulation as people who ‘care.’  But, if they really cared, they would want to know what the facts are and what the actual consequences of their various nostrums are.”

Thomas Sowell

“Whenever there is some trouble in any area of the economy, the simplest solution to many people is ‘Let the government fix it.’  Yet. . .every time the government uses its money orr its power to favor this group or that. . .the net result is such a web of supports, subsidies, interventions and controls, that it is almost impossible for a nation to find its way back into a dynamic system of really free enterprise.”

Lawrence Fertig

July 20, 2011

“The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition is so powerful that it is alone, and without any assistance, capable not only of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting 100 impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often encumbers it operations.”

Adam Smith

“People who know nothing about advertising, nothing about pharmaceuticals, and nothing about economics have been loudly proclaiming that the drug companies spend too much on advertising – and demanding that the government pass laws based on their ignorance.”

Thomas Sowell

“The truth is that capitalism has not only multiplied population figures, but at the same time, improved the people’s standard of living in an unprecedented way.  Neither economic thinking nor historical experience suggests that any other social system could be as beneficial to the masses as capitalism.  The results speak for themselves.  The market economy needs no apologists and propagandists.  It can apply to itself the words of Sir Christopher Wren’s epitaph in St. Paul’s: Si monumentum requires, circumspice.” (If you seek his monument, look around.)”

Ludwig von Mises

“The rates of taxation climb and the levels of capital decline, until the only remaining wealth beyond the reach of the regime is the very protein of human flesh, and that too is finally taxed, bound, and gagged, and brought to the colossal temple of the state – a final sacrifice of carnal revenue to feed the declining elite.”

George Gilder

“Each of us, Leonard Read said, must become candles of liberty in the darkness of collectivist ideas.  The brighter we each shine through our understanding and ability to articulate the meaning of freedom, the more we will be beacons that can attract others.”

Richard M. Ebeling

July 19, 2011

“The fact that Obama became president and brought openly Marxist people into his administration doesn’t say so much about him as it says about the effects of decades of brainwashing of the American people by the education establishment, media and the intellectual elite.”

Walt Williams

“The only source of the generation of additional capital goods is saving.  If all the goods produced are consumed, no new capital comes into being.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Liberals love to say things like, ‘We’re just asking everyone to pay their fair shares.’ But government is not about asking.  It is about telling.  The difference is fundamental.  It is the difference between making love and being raped, between working for a living and being a slave.  The Internal Revenue service is not asking anybody to do anything, It confiscates your assets and puts you behind bars if you don’t pay.”

Thomas Sowell

“Capitalism has created the highest standard of living ever known on earth.  The evidence is
 incontrovertible. . .Yet those who are loudest in proclaiming their desire to eliminate poverty are loudest in denouncing capitalism.  Man’s well-being is not their goal.”

Ayn Rand

“A single charitable foundation started by one capitalist does more good than a world full of socialists and leftists.  Think Carnegie and his libraries, or Sloan and Kettering their hospital, or Gates in Africa.”

James Cook

July 15, 2011

“The vision of the left, full of envy and resentment, takes its worst toll on those at the bottom – whether black or white – who find in that paranoid vision an excuse for counterproductive and ultimately self-destructive attitudes and behavior.”

Thomas Sowell

“The statist never learns from his policy failures.  He is never deterred by the destruction he causes.  Negative data are simply rejected, as with his steadfast allegiance to failed Keynesian economics.”

David Limbaugh

“The key reason why we are richer than our ancestors is that these ancestors have bequeathed us buildings, factories and machines that have given us a high living standard to start with.   Driven by irresponsible policy makers, America’s present generation is consuming the nation’s capital.”

Kurt Richebacher

“It is investment, i.e. the increased production of material wealth in the shape of capital goods, which alone increases national wealth.”

John Maynard Keynes

 “Socialism is the triumph of people’s prejudices over their reasons.”

James Cook

July 14, 2011

“Don’t liberal Democrats ever learn economic principles, or does their class warfare trump all else?”

Cal Thomas

“Liberal dominance of important areas of America’s social and political life has undermined many of the virtues that have sustained this country.”

Mona Charen

“If sanity ever returns to our society and we stop taking pretentious elites seriously, one of the signs will be that the public will force the removal of those ugly pieces of twisted metal that are called ‘art’ in front of government buildings.”

Thomas Sowell

“Recipients of transfers tend to become less self-reliant and more dependent on government payments.  When people can get support without exercising their own abilities to discover and respond to opportunities for earning income, those abilities atrophy.  People forget – or never learn in the first place – how to help themselves, and eventually some of them simply accept their helplessness.”

Robert Higgs

“Liberalism is really piecemeal socialism, and socialism always attacks three basic social institutions: religion, the family, and private property.   Religion, because it offers a rival authority to the state; the family, because it means a rival loyalty to the state; and property, because it means material independence of the state.”

Joseph Sobran

July 13, 2011

“All evidence points to the superiority of the libertarian ideal – private property, capitalism, international trade, laissez-faire – but something is keeping the world from embracing it.  That something is wrong-headed ideology, some philosophical error grown into a massive system of thought, an agenda that if unleashed would mutilate and crush civilization as we know it.”

Mises Institute

“Most economic fallacies derive. . .from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.”

Milton Friedman

“Welfare now erodes work and family and thus keeps poor people poor.  Accompanying welfare is an ideology – sustaining a whole system of federal and state bureaucracies – that also operates to destroy their faith.  The ideology takes the form of false theories of discrimination and spurious claims of racism and sexism as the dominant forces in the lives of the poor.”

George Gilder

“The economic miracle that has been the United States was not produced by socialized enterprises, by government-upon-industry cartels or by centralized economic planning.  It was produced by private enterprises in a profit-and-loss system.  And losses were at least as important in weeding out failures, as profits in fostering successes.  Let government succor failures, and we shall be headed for stagnation and decline.”

Milton Friedman

“Famines disappeared; poverty was [under capitalism] dramatically and continuously reduced; and hard and long hours of work were slowly but surely eased an shortened to a degree never before experienced.”

Richard M. Ebeling

July 12, 2011

“Since the government creates no wealth, it can only transfer the wealth required to hire people.  Even if the government creates a million jobs, that is not a net increase in jobs, when the money that pays for those jobs is taken from the private sector, which loses that much ability to create private jobs.”

Thomas Sowell

“Karl Marx predicted the eventual withering away of the state and the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat,’ when the people would rule, which was sheer fantasy because it was sheer fantasy because it was based on grossly erroneous assumptions about human nature, as history would repeatedly demonstrate.”

David Limbaugh

“Although German’s promotion of renewable energies is commonly portrayed in the media as a ‘shining example’. . .for the world, we should instead regard the country’s experience as a cautionary tale of massively expensive environmental and energy policy that is devoid of economic or environmental benefits.”

Manuel Frondel

“The fanatics in the Washington establishment don’t get it that Keynesianism does not work.  You cannot increase your debts to pay off your debts.  You cannot print more money to cure all of the money you’ve printed, and all of this printed money is flooding out all over the world and wreaking havoc everywhere.  They are all running the printing presses.  Mark my words, if you don’t own gold you will rue the day you decided not to buy it.”

James Dines

“That which you worry about most in life is seldom bad, and that likely applies to dying.”

James Cook

July 8, 2011

“Germany’s conversion to green energy imposed ‘high costs without any of the alleged positive impacts on emission reductions, employment, energy security, or technological innovation. . .The government’s [subsidies] have in many respects subverted these incentives, resulting in massive expenditures that show long-term promise for stimulating the economy, protecting the environment, or increasing energy security.”

Frondel Report

“For years I have advocated de-unionizing public schools for the simplest of reasons: the existence of unions is predicated on promoting and protecting the interests of its members, period.  Anyone or anything that threatens those interests, even children, will be tossed under the educational bus in pursuit of that agenda.  Anyone who thinks otherwise is an utter fool.  And that goes double for anyone who thinks a Democrat party joined at the hip to unions who provide them with millions of dollars in campaign donations is looking out for the interest of parents and their children.  In any reasonable country, a political party that would use innocent children as pawns to further their own ends would be nationally ostracized.”

Arnold Ahlert

“Campuses that were once havens of free speech are now patrolled and regulated by thought police.  Intellectual dishonesty has become a job requirement for university administrators.”

Michael Barone

“The core failure of Team Obama is not a failure to communicate, but a failure to comprehend.”

Michelle Malkin

“Other than sex, two things bring people together; economic transactions and booze.”

James Cook

July 7, 2011

“There is only one way to kill capitalism – by taxes, taxes and more taxes.”

Karl Marx

“We may agree, for example, that our societies must provide greater security for the individual; yet if all we succeed in producing is a providing increased anonymity and ever increasing boredom, then we should not wonder if ingenious man turns to such amusements as drugs, housebreaking, vandalism, mayhem, riots, or – at the most harmless – strange haircuts, costumes, standards of cleanliness, and sexual experiments.”

Robert Ardrey

“The necessity for struggle is one of the clever devices through which nature forces individuals to expand, develop, progress, and become strong through resistance. . .We are forced to recognize that this great universal necessity for struggle must have a definite and useful purpose.  That purpose is to force the individual to sharpen his wits, arouse his enthusiasm, build up his spirit of faith, gain definiteness of purpose, develop his power of will, and inspire his faculty of imagination to give him new uses for old ideas and concepts. . .”

Napoleon Hill

“There was a time when most people lived and died within a 50-mile radius of where they were born.  The automobile opened a whole new world to these people.  It also enabled those living in overcrowded cities to spread out into suburbs and get some elbowroom.  Trucks got goods to people more cheaply and ambulances got people to hospitals to save their lives.  Yet who among the people who did this are today regarded as being as big a hero as Ralph Nader, who put himself on the map with complaints about cars in general and the Corvair in particular?  Hard data on automobile safety and tests conducted on the Corvair both undermined Nader’s claims.  But he will always be a hero to the talkers.”

Thomas Sowell

“Public opinion takes no offense at the endeavors of famers, workers, clerks, teachers, doctors, ministers, and people from many other callings to earn as much as they can.  But it censures the capitalists and entrepreneurs for their greed.”

Ludwig von Mises

July 6, 2011

“The main problem is that every government in the West, in their desire to get re-elected, has been giving in to its unions and citizen’s demands for more and more FREEBIES to the point that what little remains of Free market Capitalism can no longer pay for all the incestuous largesse granted to their employees and supporters.”

Aubie Baltin

“The Ten Commandments contain 297 words.  The Bill of rights is stated in 463 words.  Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address contains 266 words.  A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.”

Atlanta Journal

“All subsidy measures, all schemes to redistribute income or to force Peter to support Paul, are one-eyed as well as shortsighted.  They get their immediate appeal by focusing attention on the alleged needs of some particular group of intended beneficiaries.  But the inevitable victims – those who are going to be asked to pay for the new handout in increased taxes (which directly or indirectly means almost everybody else) – are left out of account.  Only one-half of the problem has been seen.  The cost of the proposed solution has been overlooked.”

Henry Hazlitt

“America became great because its citizens once subscribed to the principle of individual responsibility.  What will happen now that this principle has been discarded remains to be seen.”

Harold B. Jones. Jr.

“Recipients of transfers tend to become less self-reliant and more dependent on government payments.  When people can get support without exercising their own abilities to discover and respond to opportunities for earning income, those abilities atrophy.  People forget – or never learn in the first place – how to help themselves, and eventually some of them simply accept their helplessness.”

Robert Higgs

June 29, 2011

“Right now America is nothing more than Greece with better PR.”

Arnold Ahlert

“In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to dissolve our political bands with the ninnies who keep abandoning our founding principles.  It used to be self-evident that our government’s role was primarily to protect certain unalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  It used to be that our government did the bidding of the people – that any power it derived was solely through the consent of the governed.  It used to be our country believed in limited government – that government at its best was a necessary evil and should be aggressively restrained.”

Tom Purcell

“Once a fellow’s enjoying the fruits of government  health  care and all the rest, he couldn’t give a hoot about the general societal interest; he’s got his, and if it’s going to bankrupt the state of a generation hence, well, as long as they can keep the checks coming till he’s dead, it’s fine by him.”

Mark Steyn

“I get a kick out of all these central bank governors, both here and overseas, constantly warning us about the ‘terrible danger of inflation.’  What a bunch of snake-oil salesmen these guys are.  It’s the central banks, themselves, who are pumping out all that extra fiat money that is creating simultaneously warning about the spread of the disease.”

Richard Russell

“All those evils which the [liberals] interpret as evidence of the failure of capitalism, are the necessary outcome of interference with the market.”

Ludwig von Mises

June 28, 2011

“The State is, and always has been, the great single enemy of the human race, its liberty, happiness and progress.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“When something interferes to prevent the free play of prices, to hamper bargaining among potential buyers and sellers, ‘surpluses’ or ‘shortages’ are bound to appear.”

Bettina Bien Greaves

“Coercion is a s much the tool of the welfare state as it is of communism.  The programs and edicts of both are backed by the police force.  All of us know this to be true under communism, but it is equally true under our own brand of welfare statism.”

Leonard E. Read

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Why is it so hard to see that when America had high savings, low taxes and minimal government, the economy grew like a week, and today when we have just the opposite, the economy is shrinking.?”

James Cook

June 27, 2011

“Capitalism encourages invention, innovation and technological advance.  Creativity cannot be legislated.  Only free people can bring significant discovery to society.”

Perry Gresham

“Most Americans, who think Congress has a right to do anything for which they can get a majority vote, ignore the clearly written constitutional restraints on Congress.”

Walter Williams

“We try never to forget that medicine is for the patient. . .It is not for the profits.  The profits follow, and if we have remembered that they have never failed to appear.  The better we have remembered it, the larger they have become.”

George Merck II

“If people do not consume their whole incomes, the non-consumed surplus can be invested, it increases the amount of capital goods available and thereby makes it possible to embark upon projects which could not be executed before.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Political changes and reforms do not usually favor the general populace.  They benefit those who are positioned to best organize and advocate for their policies.”

Joel Miller

June 24, 2011

“Instead of a bumbling and inefficient toll of society, the radical [libertarian] sees the States itself, in its very nature, as coercive, exploitative, parasitic, and hence profoundly antisocial.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“When people who earn more than the average have their ‘surplus,’ or the greater part of it, seized from them in taxes, and when people who earn less than the average have the deficiency, or the greater part of it, turned over to then in hand-outs and doles, the production of all must sharply decline; for the energetic and able lose their incentive to produce more than the average, and the slothful and unskilled lose their incentive to improve their condition.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Big government comes at a big cost.  This cost most obviously shows in reduced economic growth, fewer jobs, reduced take-home pay, and less overall prosperity.  In an era of globalization, when Americans must compete on an international basis, taxation and regulation act as an anchor on American productivity and competitiveness.”

Michael D. Tanner

“If we want something, we should pay for it, with our labor or our cash.  We shouldn’t beg it, steal it, sit around wishing for it, or euchre the government into taking it by force.”

R.J. O’Rourke

“What drives intellectuals and professors crazy is somebody with a high school diploma who made a fortune in business.  They agree with Lenin, who thought success in business was a matter of luck, when in reality it is a matter of genius.”

James Cook

June 23, 2011

T of the people in the upper income brackets are not rich and do not have wealth sheltered offshore.  They are typically working people who have finally reached their peak earning years after many years of far more modest incomes – and now see much of what they have worked for siphoned off by politicians, to the accompaniment of lofty rhetoric.”

Thomas Sowell

“The essence and the glory of the free market is that individual firms and businesses, competing on the market, provide an ever-changing orchestration of efficient and progressive goods and services:  continually improving products and markets, advancing technology, cutting costs, and meeting changing consumer demands as swiftly and as efficiently as possible.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“I realize that the New York Times probably not written for the express purpose of driving me mad; I think of it as liberalism’s daily bulletin board.”

Joseph Sobran

“The many woes that afflict out nation are rooted in the morally bankrupt paradigms of socialism, interventionism, and empire that have held our nation in their grip for decades and that the only real solution to such woes is libertarianism.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“Nothing keeps a company honest and efficient like the threat of other companies coming along and taking its business away.”

John Stossel

June 22, 2011

“Almost every key indicator of the current economy – unemployment, deficits, housing, energy – argues that Obama’s reactionary all-powerful statist approach has only made things far worse.”

Victor Davis Hanson

“The sad and tragic fact is that the civil rights movement, despite its honorable and courageous past, has over the years degenerated into a demagogic hustle, promoting the mindless racism they once fought against.”

Thomas Sowell

“From the starch-heavy ‘food pyramid’ to ethanol fuel, the government adopts programs not because they are right but because they gains votes, money or political  power or solve problems that politics has already created, such as silos full of subsidized wheat or a shortage of gasoline due to the maze of controls on refining.”

Robert Prechter

 

“It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. . .(Kings and ministers) are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society.  Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.  If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will.”

Adam Smith

“To assign to everybody his proper place in society is the task of the consumers.  Their buying and abstention from buying is instrumental in determining each individual’s social position.”

Ludwig von Mises

June 21, 2011

“As taxpayers, we have quietly accepted the fact that our taxes will be spent to pay big bucks for all sorts of ugly, twisted metal to be displayed in front of or inside government buildings, in the name of ‘art’ – art that was obviously never meant to give the public any enjoyment and often represented a thumbing of the artist’s nose at the public.”

Thomas Sowell

“It is certain that many intellectuals envy the higher income of prosperous businessmen and that these feelings drive them toward socialism.  They believe that the authorities of a socialist commonwealth would pay them higher salaries than those that they earn under capitalism.”

Ludwig von Mises

“We have enshrined a giant immorality as truth – that individual earnings belong to the collective rather than to those who produce them, and that we can in the name of the collective confiscate ever-larger portions of those earnings to advance our own individual lives and businesses in the form of pork, privileges, subsidies, loans, and entitlements.”

Nelson Hultberg

“Wal-Mart has become the whipping boy for political demagogues, unions and anti-traders.  I suggest that they have the wrong target. . .Wal-Mart exists and prospers because tens of millions of Americans find Wal-Mart to be a suitable source of goods and services. . .unions and anti-traders should direct their outrage and condemnation at the tens of millions of Americans who shop at Wal-Mart and keep it in business.”

Walter Williams

“No resource will flourish if managed by government.”

James Cook

June 16, 2011

“The costs of government are bound to be much higher than those of the free market. . .The State cannot calculate well and therefore cannot gauge its costs accurately.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“The government and its chiefs do not have the powers of the mythical Santa Claus. They cannot spend except by taking out of the pockets of some people for the benefit of others.”

Ludwig von Mises

“It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”

Charles A. Beard

“It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly.  Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.”

Henry George

“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.  His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.”

John Stuart Mill

June 15, 2011

“Social Security is a widely popular program because the individual has been deceived by the Statist to believe that the government has been prudently and diligently managing his accumulated pension investment in his Social Security account, which he presumes to be funded by his own payroll taxes.”

Mark R Levin

“What social arrangement could possibly be more humanitarian than to let each individual rise to the full limit of his creative potentialities?  The competitive free market does this and thus maximizes the opportunities for the more capable among men to behave charitably toward their less fortunate brethren.  It is not a question of cooperation or competition.  Cooperation and competition in the market place afford the best hope for each individual and for humanity in general.”

Paul L. Poirot

“Even those government programs that do the most damage today were devised with the best of intentions.  Good intentions, however, seldom survive the realities of the programs in practice.”

Michael D. Tanner

“A virtuous and industrious people may be cheaply governed.”

Benjamin Franklin

“What’s most cruel about government intervention in the economy is not how it stops us from helping the poor, but how it stops the poor from helping themselves.”

Barry Loberfeld

June 13, 2011

“People can visualize the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.”

George Orwell

“The right way is the greatest gratifier of human wishes ever come upon – when allowed to operate.  It is as morally sound as the Golden Rule.  It is the way of willing exchange, of common consent, of self-responsibility, of open opportunity.  It respects the right of each to the product of his labor.  It limits the police force to keeping the peace.  It is the way of the free market, private property, limited government.  On its banner is emblazoned Individual Liberty.”

Leonard E. Read

“What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it.  When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.”

Thomas Sowell

“Laissez faire does not mean:  let soulless mechanical forces operate.  It means:  let individuals choose how they want to cooperate in the social division of labor and let them determine what the entrepreneurs should produce.  Planning means:  let the government alone choose and enforce its rulings by the apparatus of coercion and compulsion.”

Ludwig von Mises

“If capitalism worked as the socialists think an economic system ought to work, and provided a constant equality of living conditions for all, regardless of whether a man was able or not, resourceful or not, diligent or not, thrifty or not, if capitalism put no premiums on resourcefulness and effort and not penalty on idleness or vice, it would produce only an equality of destitution.”

Milton Friedman

June 10, 2011

“Diluting the money supply with paper is the moral equivalent of diluting the milk supply with water.”

Henry Hazlitt

“One of the wonderful things about free markets is that the path to greater wealth comes not from looting, plundering and enslaving one’s fellow man, as it has through most of human history, but by serving and pleasing him.”

Walter Williams

“If government goes beyond securing liberty and instead violates it through regulation, redistribution, and planning, then citizens are victims of legal plunder.”

Richard M. Ebeling

“If capitalism worked as the socialist think an economic system ought to work, and provided a constant equality of living conditions for all, regardless of whether a man was able to not, resourceful or not, diligent or not, thrifty or not, if capitalism put no premium on resourcefulness and effort and no penalty on idleness or vice, it would produce only an equality of destitution.”

Milton Friedman

“Inflation makes the wealthiest people richer and the masses poorer.”

James Cook

June 9, 2011

“The genuine wealth creators (not the crony capitalists) are told they’re not paying their ‘fair share,’ even as they already pay the line’s share of taxes – and even as those telling them to do so are the most irresponsible stewards of American finances the country has ever known.”

Arnold Ahlert

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Capital in a free market moves to its highest-valued uses, and when government intervenes to direct capital to place4s where it is less-valued, the economy suffers.”

William L. Anderson

“Innovators and creative geniuses cannot be reared in schools.  They are precisely the men who defy what the school has taught them.”

Ludwig von Mises

“What precisely is this disease that causes inflation and all these other troubles?  It has many popular names, such as socialism, communism, state interventionism, and welfare statism.”

Leonard E. Read

June 8, 2011

“This administration deliberately plays Americans off one another for the purpose of creating resentment and envy.  The moochers and the slackers are told nothing is their own fault, that they shouldn’t have to pay a nickel for America’s upkeep, and that the only thing keeping them down is the free-market capitalist system.”

Arnold Ahlert

“Having spent years ruining the housing markets with their interference, leading to a housing meltdown that has taken the whole economy down with it, politicians have now moved on into micro-managing automobile companies and medical care.  They are not going to stop unless they get stopped.  And that is not going to happen until the voters recognize the fact that political rhetoric is no substitute for competence.”

Thomas Sowell

“Congressman Weiner protested that all this fuss about a mere ‘prank’ involving a ‘randy photo’ (his words) was an ‘unfortunate distraction’ from real issues like raising the debt ceiling.  Like bill Clinton in the Nineties, Rep. Weiner needs to ‘get back to work for the American people.’  It’s the political class doing all this relentless ‘work for the American people’ that’s turned this country into the brokest nation in the history of the planet, killed the American Dream and left the American people headed for a future poised somewhere between the Weimar Republic and Mad Max.  So, if it’s a choice between politicians getting back to work for the American people or Tweeting their privates round the planet, I say, Tweet on MacDuff.”

Mark Steyn

“The U.S. dollar is in terminal decline.  America is tragically bankrupt, unable to pay its lenders without printing the dollars to do so, and enmeshed in an economic depression.  The clock is ticking until the dollar faces a crisis of confidence like every other bubble before it.”

Peter Schiff

“Fortunes cannot grow; someone has to increase them.”

Ludwig von Mises

June 7, 2011

 

“Liberals have been driven to the desperate expedient of attributing . . .social pathology in today’s ghettos to  ‘a legacy of slavery’ – even though black children grew up with two parents more often under slavery than today.”

Thomas Sowell

“In this country, few people care to advocate, to defend, or even to understand capitalism; yet fewer still wish to give up its advantages.”

Ayn Rand

“If an exchange between two parties is voluntary, it will not take place unless both believe they will benefit from it.  Most economic fallacies derive from the neglect of this simple insight, from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.”

Milton Friedman

“The dispute between the market order and socialism is no less than a matter of survival.  To follow socialist morality would destroy much of present humankind and impoverish much of the rest.”

Freidrich Hayek

“When government taxes and regulates, what is seen are the visible effects of government contracts, grants, and subsidies.  What is not seen are all of the property, business, and jobs that would have been created if citizens were left with the right to choose.”

John A. Pugsley

June 3, 2011

“Justice demands that the good and hard-working be rewarded and the evil and the lazy be punished (if only by the withholding of the rewards of doing the right things).  Modern Liberalism demands that the good and hardworking be punished as the recipients of an unfair advantage and the evil and the lazy be rewarded, their acts of evil and their failure all the proof the Modern Liberal needs that somehow they have been victimized by forces out of their control.”

Evan Sayet

“For the past half-century, our nation has been doing precisely what brought down other great nations.  We might have now reached the point of no return.”

Walter Williams

“Welfare policies never attain those – allegedly beneficial – ends which the government and the self-styled progressives who advocated them wanted to attain, but – on the contrary – bring about a state of affairs which – from the very point of view of the government and its supporters – is even more unsatisfactory than the previous state of affairs they wanted to ‘improve.’”

Ludwig von Mises

“There are millions receiving government payments who have come to consider them as an earned right, who of course find them inadequate, and who are outraged at the slightest suggestion of a critical re-examination of the subject.  The political pressure for constant extension and increase of these benefits is almost irresistible.”

Henry Hazlitt

“It’s a vain hope to believe that people will voluntarily turn their back on government subsidies.”

James Cook

June 2, 2011

“If one American is entitled to something he didn’t earn, where in the world does Congress get the money?  It’s not Santa or the Tooth Fairy.  The only way Congress can give on American a dollar is to first take it from another American.  Therefore, an entitlement is a congressionally given right for one American to live at the expense of another.  In other words, Congress forcibly uses one American to ser the purposes of another American.  As such, it differs in degree, but not kind, from that uglier part of history where black people were forcibly used to serve the purposes of their slave masters.”

Walter Williams

“Whether as a radical student, a community organizer or a far left politician, Barack Obama’s ideology has been based on a vision of the Haves versus the Have Nots. . .Obama’s ideology is an ideology of envy, resentment, and payback.”

Thomas Sowell

“Having Pelosi and Obama in charge of spending is like putting Arnold Schwarzenegger and ex-IMF President Dominique Strauss-Kahn in charge of hiring the maids.”

Ron Hart

“The welfare state has done to Black Americans what slavery (and Jim Crow and racism) could not have done. . .break up the black family.  Today, just slightly over 30 percent of black kids live in two-parent families.  Historically, from the 1870s on. . . 75-90 percent of black kids lived in two-parent families.”

John Stossel

“This nation is capable of being both environmentally responsible and energy intensive, without being held hostage by people who think driving a Prius makes them morally superior.”

Arnold Ahlert

June 1, 2011

“It is not surprising that outsiders find U.S. politics dysfunctional, it is dominated by a pampered super-class of lobbyists, lawyers, most politicians and senior bureaucrats, all of which are not only protected from the economic forces that afflict the rest of the economy but actually benefit, both relatively and in absolutely terms, from hard times in the U.S. economy as a whole and the ‘stimulus’ schemes for which they provide an excuse.”

Martin Hutchinson

“As we near election time, I think the Fed will open the money spigots WIDE, as they (hopefully) jazz up the stock market and the economy in time for the 2012 election.  Yeah, I know, the Fed is supposed to be an independent outfit.  But the president appoints the chairman of the Fed, and to that ext4ent Bernanke is beholden to the president.  And the last thing Bernanke wants to do is to hand Obama a slumping economy as election time comes around.”

Richard Russell

“Punishing enemies and rewarding friends – politics Chicago style – seems to be the unifying principle that helps explain the Obamacare waivers, the NLRB action against Boeing and IRS’s gift tax assault on 501(c)(4) donors.  They look like examples of crony capitalism, bailout favoritism and gangster government. One thing they don’t look like is the rule of law.”

Michael Barone 

“Many of the wonderful achievements of the 20th century were the result of the pursuit of profits.  Unfortunately, demagoguery has led to profits becoming a dirty word.   Nonprofit is seen as more righteous, particularly when people pompously stand before us and declare, ‘We’re a nonprofit organization.’”

Walter Williams

“More than half of all people filing income tax forms use someone else to prepare the forms for them.  Then they have to sign under penalty of perjury that these forms are correct.  But if they were competent to determine that, why would they have to pay someone else to do their taxes for them in the first place?”

Thomas Sowell

May 31, 2011

 

“The penchant of our leaders from 1971 has been to borrow, spend and thus distribute America’s declining wealth into the great entitlement abyss.”

Michael A. Berry

“We Americans are not about to stop borrowing as long as they give us money for nothing.”

Ken Rogoff

“Obama and his Democrats need to be placed on the defensive.  They are the primary drivers of this spending; they are the obstructers of entitlement reform and the national debt continues to burn while they fiddle.”

David Limbaugh

“Most Americans living below the official poverty line own a car or truck – and government entitlement programs seldom provide cars and trucks.  Most people living below the official poverty line also have air condition, color television and a microwave oven – and these too are not usually handed out by government entitlement programs.  Cell phone and other electronic devices are by no means unheard of in low-income neighborhoods, where children would supposedly go hungry if there were no school lunch programs.  In reality, low-income people are overweight even more often than other Americans.”

Thomas Sowell

“The decline and fall of a civilization is barely noticed by most of its citizens.”

James Cook

May 26, 2011

 

“Politicians have immense power to do harm to the economy.  But they have very little power to do good.”

Walter Williams

“Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

C. S. Lewis

“The natural tendency of government, once in charge of money, is to inflate and to destroy the value of the currency.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Government is inherently incompetent, and not matter what task it is assigned, it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way possible.”

Charley Reese

“There is profound self-deception at work in people who luxuriate in the fruits of worldly success while disdaining the personal habits and cultural conditions that make such success possible.”

Wilfred M. McClay

May 25, 2011

 

“The government that we gave limited power to – to protect our rights – has grown into a hideous behemoth that continually increases its power and now enslaves the people, and causes strife throughout the world.”

Tom Parker

“What private property does is connect effort to reward, creating an incentive for people to produce for more.  Then, if there’s a free market, people will trade their surpluses to others for the things they lack.  Mutual exchange for mutual benefit makes the community richer.”

John Stossel

“No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction.  Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle.  None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result.  Whether he chooses or not, every man  is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The state is the most destructive institution human beings have ever devised – a fire that, at best, can be controlled for only a short time before it o’erleaps its improvised confinements and spreads its flames far and wide.”

Robert Higgs

“With capitalism and prosperity came something new: the idea of progress.  This is the notion that things are getting better and will continue to get better in the future.”

Dinesh D’Souza

May 24, 2011

“Law was created to resolve disputes – today it is used to create them.”

Scott Rosenman

“Today it is not big business that we have to fear.  It is big government.”

Wendell Phillips

“No matter what the objective of the spending program may be, government expenditures always constitute economic costs that are borne by taxpayers, lenders, or inflation victims.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“All the fiery rhetoric of the founders was directed at a ‘tyrant’ who taxed his subjects at a rate of about three percent. Today, we in ‘the land of the free’ are taxed at about 50% when you add federal, state, and local taxes.  What kind of government would do this?

Doug Newman

“Good times weaken belief.”

James Cook

May 20, 2011

“Democrats do not understand business.  Obama makes speeches prodding corporate America to ‘hire more workers,’ not realizing that only governments hire more workers than they need.”

Ron Hart

“It’s not the business of the law to make anyone good or reverent or moral or clean or upright.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity.”

Thomas Sowell

“The wealth of the well-to-do of an industrial society is both the cause and effect of the masses’ well-being.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Young atheists abound, but old atheists are rare.”

James Cook

 

May 19, 2011

“Governments tend to think of businesses as their lawful prey.  In elegant and well-crafted speeches of soaring rhetoric, Obama blames business for the ills of our nation.  But businesses do not have a bully pulpit to defend themselves; if they try, they are attacked by the henchmen of the Democrat Party: the liberal press, late night comedians, or regulatory operatives who make life miserable.”

Ron Hart

“Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency.  Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.”

Douglas MacArthur

“America has the potential for the greatest economic boom and spiritual renewal in our history.  But we’re being held back by Washington politics as usual.”

Steve Forbes

“Government is, at every level, a means to gather in the labor and wealth of the people, and then instruct the people about new restrictions or monitoring of their lives.”

Jeff Baxter

“Government control gives rise to fraud, suppression of Truth, intensification of the black market and artificial scarcity.  Above all, it unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, it undoes the teaching of self-help.”

Gandhi

 

May 18, 2011

“The redistributive policies and out-of-control spending of the current Administration, if it is not already obvious, are threatening an economic bloodletting of the first magnitude.  Indeed, the social welfare state, part of the progressive Western experiment in political and economic egalitarianism, is foundering wherever we look, and yet it continues to be endorsed and promoted by an out-of-touch ruling political class.”

David Solway

“The army of relief and other subsidy recipients will continue to grow, and the solvency of the government will become increasingly un tenable, as long as part of the population can vote to force the other part to support it.”

Henry Hazlitt

“It’s a peculiar thing about liberals.  When it comes to middle-class people who are fully capable of caring for themselves, liberals seek to undermine their independence in every way possible.  With seductive ‘entitlements’ like guaranteed retirement, health care, nutrition, education, and jobs, liberals attempt to lure the middle class into dependence on the state.  But when it comes to those who are truly incompetent, those whose mental afflictions render them unable to manage their lives at all, liberals are suddenly transformed into absolutists for personal autonomy.”

Mona Charen

“The past seventy-five years have seen the growth of government from a relatively small entity charged with defending the borders, adjudicating disputes, and delivering the mail, to a bloated nightmare creature whose tentacles reach into every corner of our existence.”

Doug Hornig

“I can remember the time when, if we wanted a house or housing, we relied on private enterprise.  In fact, Americans built more square feet of housing per person than any other country on the face of the earth.  Despite that remarkable accomplishment, more and more people are coming to believe that the only way we can have adequate housing is to use government to take the earnings from some and give these earnings, in the form of housing, to others.”

Leonard E. Read

 

May 17, 2011

“Every man and woman in society has one big duty.  That is, to take care of his or her own self.  This is a social duty.  For, unfortunately, the matter stands so that the duty of making the best of one’s self individually is not a separate thing from the duty of filling one’s place in society, but the two are one, and the latter is accomplished when the former is done.”

William Graham Sumner

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves.  Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom.  Congress have no power to disarm the militia.  Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American. . .[The] unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

Tenche Cox

“A hallmark of democracy is pressure-group warfare, as each group seeks to claim the status of a majority and exploit all the rest.”

Robert Garmong

“No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle.  None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result.  Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.”

Ludwig von Mises
 
“We evolved without social welfare and we are equipped to solve our problems without it.”

James Cook

May 16, 2011

“Note even Jonathan Swift would dare to write a satire in which politicians argued that – in a world where species are vanishing and more than a billion people are barely able to afford to eat – it would somehow be good for the planet to clear rain-forests to grow palm oil, or give up food-crop land to grow biofuels, solely so that people could burn fuel derived from carbohydrate rather than hydrocarbons in their cars, thus driving up the price of food for the poor.  Ludicrous is too weak a word for this heinous crime.”

Matt Ridley

“Homelessness came into being because liberal policy makers embraced a series of foolish ideas.”

Mona Charen

“There are no dead-end jobs.  There are no dead-end jobs.  There are only dead-end people.  Our current social philosophy, and the welfare state apparatus based on it, are creating more dead-end people.”

Thomas Sowell

“It’s time to discourage the consumer-society mentality of excessive debt, overspending, and waste, and to encourage thrift and the productive use of 9investment resources.”

Mark Skousen

“Every restriction of trade creates vested interests that are from then on opposed to its removal.”

Ludwig von Mises

May 13, 2011

“Once Congress establishes that one person can live at the expense of another, it pays for everyone to try to do so.”

Walter Williams

“Under such a socialist mode of production all personal incentives which selfishness provides under capitalism are removed, and a premium is put upon laziness and negligence.  Whereas in a capitalist society selfishness incited everyone to the utmost diligence, in a socialist society it makes for inertia and laxity.”

Ludwig von Mises

“There is no way to turn off this global economy, nor should one try.  Every previous expansion of global capitalism has led to greater prosperity across the world.”

Fareed Zakaria

“We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. . .It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.”

Thomas Paine

“To write about business one should be in business, just as in writing about Tasmania one should visit Tasmania.”

James Cook

May 12, 2011

“The Left has skillfully established the premise that the state owns all wealth, and lets us have some of it.  Acceptance of this notion enables the Left to sit in judgment of what individuals spend their money on, and whether that money would be better spent elsewhere.”

Walter Hudson

“Aren’t you tired of these career politicians on the left side of the aisle moralizing about the greed of the ‘wealthy’ when these same politicians habitually buy votes with borrowed dollars?  Who are they to lecture those who actually produce and contribute to the economy?”

David Limbaugh

“You need only visit campuses where whole departments feature soft courses preaching a sense of victimhood and resentment, and see the consequences in racial and ethnic polarization on campus.”

Thomas Sowell

“There is no reason why inflation should pause significantly at around 10%. Instead, while Bernanke maintains interest rates close to zero, the monetary force pushing up prices will become stronger and stronger, causing a rapid acceleration of the spiral.  This is precisely the force, along with the central bank financing of the government deficit, which produced the Weimar Republic price explosion.”

Martin Hutchinson

“The message from history is so blatantly obvious – that free trade causes mutual prosperity while protectionism causes poverty – that it seems incredible that anybody ever thinks otherwise.  There is not a single example of a country opening its borders to trade and ending up poorer.”

Matt Ridley

May 11, 2011

“No matter how the federal economists bend and twist the data, most Americans realize that we are in for a massive bout of inflation.

“And this inflation is dramatically different from the last hyper inflation of the late 70s and early 80s.  That inflation was caused by too much money chasing too few products.  To slow down the economy and tame price increases, the Fed raised interest rates.  But this inflation has nothing to do with demand.  Rather, it is caused by the upward push of costs like gasoline, taxes, food, health insurance, and soon, interest rates.  This cost-push increase in prices cannot be tamed by cooling off the economy, which is, in fact, so cool already that it is approaching zero growth.

“Stagflation, which will get worse and worse, may be Obama’s real legacy to this country.”

Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

Frederic Bastiat

“As there is not possible way to raise taxes enough to cover the Government’s insurmountable obligations, it is logical that all that is left is to use the currency printing press to steadily debase our currency.”

Aubie Baltin

“If wealthy liberals want to pay more for wind-energy grants, wool and mohair subsidies, high-speed rail to nowhere, National Public Radio and two years of unemployment benefits for nonworking Americans, I’m all for it.  But don’t hold your breath, because when liberals say they want higher taxes, they mean on you.”

Stephen Moore

“Companies have a far shorter half-life than government agencies.  Half of the biggest American companies of 1980 have now disappeared by take-over or bankruptcy; half of today’s biggest companies did not even exist in 1980.  The same is not true of government monopolies:  the Internal Revenue Service and the National Health Service will not die, however much incompetence they might display.”

Matt Ridley

May 5, 2011

“The intelligentsia has disdained commerce throughout Western history.”

Peter Saunders

“The sexual and political liberation of women in the 1960s followed directly their domestic liberation from the kitchen by labor-saving electrical machinery.  Lower-class women had always worked for wages – tilling in fields, sewing in sweatshops, serving in parlors.  Among the upper-middle classes, though, it was a badge of rank, handed down from the feudal past, to be or to have a non-working (or at least housekeeping) wife.  In the 1950s many suburban men, returning from war, found they too could afford such an accessory, and many women were pressured into giving their battleship-welding jobs back to men.   In the absence of economic change, that is probably how it would have stayed, but soon the opportunities to work outside the home grew as the time spent on increasingly mechanized housework dwindled, and it was this, as much as any political awakening, that enabled the feminist movement to gain traction in the 1960s.”

Matt Ridley

“Whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.”

Jonathan Swift

“The financial history of the last century shows a steady increase in the amount of public indebtedness.  Nobody believes that the states will eternally drag the burden of these interest payments.  It is obvious that sooner or later all these debts will be liquidated in some way or other, but certainly not by payment of interest and principal according to the terms of the contract.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – let it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

Patrick Henry

May 4, 2011

“Nobody planned the global capitalist system, nobody runs it, and nobody really comprehends it.  This particularly offends intellectuals, for capitalism renders them redundant.  It gets on perfectly well without them.”

Peter Saunders

“Nothing is more favorable to the rise of politeness and learning, than a number of neighboring and independent states, connected together by commerce and policy.”

David Hume

“A classical education teaches you to despise the wealth it prevents you from earning.”

Lord Taverne

“It was the nation of shopkeepers that first worried about abolishing slave trading, emancipating Catholics and feeding the poor.  Just as it was the nouveau riche merchants, with names like Wedgwood and Wilberforce, who financed and led the anti[slavery movement before and after 1800, while the old county money looked on with indifference, so today it is the new money of entrepreneurs and actors that funds compassion for people, pets and planets.”

Matt Ridley

“Far from being a vice, the market system makes self interest into something thoroughly virtuous.” 

Eamonn Butler

May 3, 2011

“Some Democrats are calling for a ‘use it or lose it’ policy regarding oil and gas leases.  They claim companies are sitting on scores of leases that could be used to search for oil.  Obama said in a speech that the industry ‘holds tens or millions of acres where it’s not producing a drop.’  But the problem is not with leases.  It’s with permits.  Permits have been tied up with over-burdensome regulations.  Again, Obama speaks with a forked tongue”

Tait Trussell

“The greatest destroyer of capital, the greatest anti-capitalist, and therefore the greatest detractor to mankind is the state.”

Jerome F. Smith

“There is nothing the state can do, which society needs done, that cannot be done fare better by the market.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“The only way to break the cycle of unwed motherhood, fatherless children, poverty, crime, and welfare is to recognize that welfare causes more problems than it cures.”

David Boaz

“Private charity can apply ‘tough love’ but government charity can’t.”

James Cook

April 29, 2011

“No currency can hold up in the face of an economy that survives on borrowed money and debt.”

Richard Russell

“Government has no wealth of its own.  Before it gives anything to anyone, it must take from those who produced it.”

John Stossel

“Continued inflation inevitably leads to catastrophe.”

Ludwig von Mises

“He who cannot by his labor suffice for his own support has no claim to the privilege of helping himself to the money of others.  By becoming dependent on the remaining members of the community for actual subsistence, he abdicates his claim to equal rights for them I other respects.”

John Stuart Mill

“There are only two questions about government.  How much do you want?  How much can you stand?”

James Cook

April 27, 2011

“The man who builds a factory, builds a temple.”

Calvin Coolidge

“If liberals had been in charge of the Arizona memorial, it would probably have featured an exhaustive exhibit about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and little about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.”

Mona Charen

“Salvation by society failed the most where it promised the most, in the communist countries.  But it also failed in the West.  Practically no government program enacted since the 1950s in the Western world – or in the communist countries – has been successful.”

Peter Drucker

“We must remember that the principal instrument of government is coercion and that our government officials are no more moral, omnipotent, nor omniscient than are any of the rest of us.  Once we understand the basic principles which must be observed if freedom is to be safeguarded against government, we may become more hesitant in turning our personal problems and responsibilities over to that agency of coercion, with its insatiable appetite for power.”

W. C. Mullendore

“It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues too low, and the soundest way to raise revenues in the long run is to cut rates now. . .An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenue to balance our budget, just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.”

John F. Kennedy

April 26, 2011

“To satisfy his left-wing base of narrow-minded environmentalists, along with his own twisted ideals, Obama’s administration has blocked drilling for oil and gas, proposed new taxes on oil companies, and called for costly restraints on carbon emissions while persistently touting the ethereal promise of green energy.”

Tait Trussell

“For the first time since the Great Depression of the 1930’s, U.S. households are now getting more in cash handouts from the government than they are paying in taxes.”

Joseph Klein

“221 Chinese cities will, by 2025, have one million people.”

Rick Mills

“The issue is always the same:  the government or the market.  There is no third solution.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Give persons who would cheat you every opportunity so you can soon be rid of them.”

James Cook

April 22, 2011

“These guys [liberals] will never tire of spending our money and will never hold themselves accountable for their boondoggles.  For them the failure of $5 trillion to eradicate poverty simply means that we haven’t spent enough money.  Ditto with education.  The solution is always more money.  No amount of empirical evidence will shake their socialist theology.”

David Limbaugh

“Illegitimacy is the single most important social problem of our time – more important than crime, drugs, poverty, illiteracy, welfare or homelessness because it drives everything else.”

Charles Murray

“When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The welfare state is an enemy of private property.  The excessive taxation used to support the welfare state is extremely dangerous.”

Charles Murray

“All the warnings the founding fathers gave us about government proved to be true.  We should have listened.”

James Cook

April 21, 2011

“It’s almost embarrassing to go back into my liberal background because it was about as shallow a belief system as humanly possible.”

Andrew Breitbart

“The U.S. government is about to exceed its statuary debt limit of $14.3 trillion.  But that actually underestimates the size of the fiscal time bomb that this country is facing.  If one considers the unfunded liabilities of programs such as Medicare and Social Securities, the true national debt could run as high as $119.5 trillion.” 

Michael Tanner

“The idealism of the left is a very selfish idealism.  In their war against ‘the rich’ and big business, they don’t care how much collateral damage there is to workers who end up end up unemployed.”

Thomas Sowell

“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Our social and civic institutions – families, churches, schools, neighborhoods and civic associations – have traditionally taken on the responsibility for providing our children with love and order; discipline and self-control; compassion and intolerance; civility and respect for legitimate authority; fidelity and honesty.  These responsibilities, replicated through the generations, are among the constitutive acts of civilization.  When these institutions fail, others may need to step in.  But government, even at its best, can never be more than an auxiliary in the development of a free people’s moral disposition and character.”

William J. Bennett

April 20, 2011

“The idealism of the left is a very selfish idealism.  In their war against ‘the rich’ and big business, they don’t care how much collateral damage there is to workers who end up unemployed.”

Thomas Sowell

“Every liberal initiative, from welfare to antismoking measures, is justified by reference to ‘the children.’  Yet the clear result of liberal policies is to harm children even more than adults.”

Mona Charen

“It is characteristic of current political thinking to welcome every suggestion which aims at enlarging the influence of government.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The tendency to assign rewards according to status rather than through competition is a common characteristic of closed societies.”

James Dale Davidson

“Recipients of transfers set a bad example for others, including their children, other relatives, and friends, who see that one can receive goods, services, or money from the government without earning them.  The onlookers easily adopt an attitude that they, too, are entitled to such transfers.  They have fewer examples of hardworking, self-reliant people in their families or neighborhoods.”

Robert Higgs

April 19, 2011

“The inflationary forces Obama has unleashed by his record deficits and his virtual tripling of the money supply will batter the economy with a violence that will make his re-election impossible.   The storm is just starting.”

Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

“Why is it that individualistic, personal-responsibility politics are less morally praiseworthy than the position that random strangers are obligated to take care of your parents, that employers are expected to pay the unemployed for not working, that adults’ cash must be seized and redistributed to retirees and that nobody should make provision for their own health cae, and instead rely on other people’s tax dollars?”

Ben Shapiro

“How do you ‘invest in the future’?  By borrowing $188 million every hour.  That’s what the Government of the United States is doing.  It’s spending one-fifth of a billion dollars it doesn’t have every hour of every day of every week – all for your future!”

Mark Steyn

“The liberal answer to budget deficits is almost always to raise tax rates on ‘the rich,’ in ord3er to bring in more revenue.  The fact that higher tax rates have often brought in less revenue than before is simply ignored.”

Thomas Sowell

“There are alternate explanations for everything.”

James Cook

April 18, 2011

“Someone once said that taxes are the price we pay for civilization.  That may have been true when he said it, but today taxes are mostly the price we pay so that politicians can play Santa Claus and get reelected.”

Thomas Sowell

“The America of Obama’s dreams is not the one of self-reliance and entrepreneurship to which he paid phony lip service at the beginning of his speech.  It is an America in which the government, rather than the private sector, creates wealth and leads ignorant, helpless people by the nose from cradle to grave, from preschool to the academy, with the caveat that if they succeed too much, they will make themselves enemies of the state and targets for punitive action.  Obama’s new American dreams is an American nightmare.”

David Limbaugh

“Political leaders in capitalist countries who cheer the collapse of socialism in other countries continue to favor socialist solutions in their own.  They know the words, but they have not learned the tune.”

Milton Friedman

“The evidence is thus crystal-clear.  Modern welfare destroys.  It does not build competence; it creates dependence. . .”

Peter Drucker

“Interventionism cannot be considered as an economic system destined to stay.  It is a method for the transformation of capitalism into socialism by a series of successive steps.”

Ludwig von Mises

April 15, 2011

“It is true that the top quintile is getting richer while the bottom is getting poorer, but the bottom is not the same people.  There is, fortunately, a constant churning at the bottom as new immigrants move in and those who used to be on the bottom begin their long, thrilling upward climb to the American Dream.”

Dick Morris

“Unfortunately, it is not in the power of government to make everyone more prosperous.  Government can only raise the income of one person by taking from another.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“The idea that jobs, businesses and wealth follow low tax rates is widely accepted.”

Stephen Moore

“Inflation comes about because our politicians and bankers create billions of new paper dollars out of nowhere.  It is, in essence, the same thing as counterfeiting, which if done by a private citizen would result in a jail sentence.”

Nelson Hultberg

“Nations that embrace the free market to the greatest extent prosper the most.”

James Cook

April 14, 2011

“They may often be wrong, these fearless liberal reporters, but they are rarely in doubt.  Once they ran doomsday stories about cataclysmic catastrophes that would surely be brought on by global cooling.  Now they run stories about cataclysmic catastrophes that will just as surely be brought on by global warming.”

Bernard Goldberg

“Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.”

C.S. Lewis

“The market leaves the planning and managing to those who continuously prove their ability, whereas political class warfare tends to redistribute resources among those most likely to waste them.”

Paul L. Poirot

“What is the most effective, practical way of raising the wealth of nations?  What causes wealth?  I have come to think that the dream of democratic socialism is inferior to the dream of democratic capitalism, and that the latter’s superiority in actual practice is undeniable.”

Michael Novak

“Socialized medicine must fail for the same reasons all socialism must fail:  it offers no system for rationally allocating resources, and instead promotes the overutilization of all resources, ending in bankruptcy.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

April 13, 2011

“Why the hell is government pushing wind farms so hard?  So T. Boone Pickens can make another few hundred million at our expense?  So a bunch of environmentalist whackos who probably reuse their own toilet paper will be happy?  Because it ‘sounds’ environmentally friendly?  Whatever the reason may be, there’s no evidence that suggests wind power is worth a single dime of taxpayer money.  If private industry wants to fund it, great, but we shouldn’t go further into debt to China to keep promoting a product that has consistently been proven not to be worth the money.”

John Hawkins

“Democrats, going as far back as Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, have been fostering a culture of self-entitlement for fifty years and many of its adherents, five decades later, are virtually immune to facts.”

Arnold Ahlert

“The marker economy needs no apologists and propagandists.  It can apply to itself the words of Sir Christopher Wren’s epitaph in St. Paul’s:  Si monumentum requires, circumspice. [If you seek his monument, look around.]”

Ludwig von Mises

“Unfortunately, liberals didn’t stop with welfare-statism.  They also turned to economic regulations, not understanding that such interventions, again, harmed the very people they were supposedly trying to help –the poor and destitute.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“Most economic fallacies derive. . .from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.”

Milton Friedman

April 12, 2011

“When Congress votes for all sorts of benefits, without voting for enough taxes to pay for them, they get the support of those who have been promised the benefits, without getting grief from the taxpayers.  It’s strictly win-win as far as the welfare-state politicians are concerned.  But it is strictly lose-lose, big-time, for the country, as deficits skyrocket.”

Thomas Sowell

“None of the problems that caused the crises in Europe and America have been resolved.  They have been delayed and expanded by more debt and more money printing and will lead to more and worse crises.”

Bill Bonner

“We are an indebted family going out for an expensive meal to celebrate getting approved foe a new credit card.  It might feel good (at the time), but we’re still simply delaying the inevitable.”

Peter Schiff

“Public officials are permitted to finance or subsidize their own activities through taxes.  That is, they are permitted to engage in and live off, what in private dealings between private law subjects is prohibited and considered ‘theft’ and ‘stolen loot.’”

Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe

“Winning a lottery may prove to be bad luck.”

James Cook

April 8, 2011

“More paper money cannot make a society richer, of course, it is just more printed-paper.  Otherwise why is it that there are still poor countries and poor people around?”

Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe

“It appears that America does seem to understand, at least on paper, that there are staggering problems.  We still haven’t seen much action.  I haven’t seen anybody cut any spending in a serious way.  We are still bankrupt and the situation is getting worse, not better.  Now, usually when you have this kind of situation it usually leads to social unrest and more political backlash, I suspect it will this time too.”

Jim Rogers

“You know that great prejudice exists against all successful business enterprise – the more successful, the greater the prejudice.”

John D. Rockefeller

“Free trade has been proven, time and again, as a reliable path to economic development.  It pushes the public and private sectors alike toward greater accountability and transparency.  It lifts people out of poverty, and while it can force unsettling changes on a society, those changes prove to be worthwhile in a very short time.”

Jonah Goldberg

“Rich grandparents get more attention than poor grandparents.”

James Cook

April 6, 2011

“Socialist countries throughout the world love to lower retirement ages to make people prematurely dependent on the government.  But we should move in the opposite direction.  In the long run, indexing retirement to life expectancy will yield enormous revenues to the system, far more than a one-shot increase in the age in the current legislative cycle.”

Dick Morris

“Nothing could be more jolting and discordant with the vision of today’s intellectuals than the fact that it was businessmen, devout religious leaders and Western imperialists who together destroyed slavery around the world.  And if it doesn’t fit their vision, it is the same to them as if it never happened.”

Thomas Sowell

“Force always attracts men of low morality.”

Albert Einstein

“Illegitimacy is the single most important social problem of our time – more important than crime, drugs, poverty, illiteracy, welfare, or homelessness because it drives everything else.

Charles Murray

“Socialism crushes human rights, builds the state, impinges on the liberty of conscience, and breeds social, cultural, and economic degeneration.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

April 5, 2011

 “Too many members of Congress believe they can solve all economic problems, cure all social ills, and bring about worldwide peace and prosperity simply by creating new federal programs.”

Ron Paul

“If the Democrats have their way, African Americans will continue to feel oppressed, despised and handicapped into the indefinite future.  All progress will be downplayed and every setback amplified.  In this way, Democrats can continue to rely on lopsided black support at the polls.”

Mona Charen

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

Plato

“The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.  Think about the things that have improved our lives the most over the past century – medical advances, the transportation revolution, huge increases in consumer goods, dramatic improvements in housing, the computer.  The people who created these things – the doers – are not popular heroes.  Our heroes are the talkers who complain about the doers.”

Thomas Sowell

“Government does the least good and the most harm through subsidies.”

James Cook

April 4, 2011

“The way to get a maximum rate of ‘economic growth’ – assuming this to be our aim – is to give maximum encouragement to production, employment, saving, and investment.  And the way to do this is to maintain a free market and a sound currency.”

Henry Hazlitt

“It should be remembered that men of courage, integrity, and principle can stand up to Big Brother and resist the headlong march into economic tyranny.”

Richard M. Ebeling

“If the bureaucracy is not checked, it will tend to build, in the name of peace, a defense against every conceivable contingency – so much ‘security’ that ‘the secured’ are without resources – helpless and hopeless.”

Leonard E. Read

“Socialism constitutes a threat to the present and future welfare of the human race, in the sense that neither socialism or any other known substitute for the market order could sustain the current population of the world.”

Friedrich Hayek

“Idealogues who rant against Wal-Mart do not understand economics.  In a market economy, success goes to those businesses that best and most efficiently serve consumer needs.”

John Semmens

April 1, 2011

“Government enterprise is an oxymoron.  The words ‘government’ and ‘enterprise’ should never be used in the same sentence.”

Gregory Bresiger

“No private enterprise will ever fall prey to bureaucratic methods of management if it is operated with the sole aim of making profit.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.”

Adam Smith

“Whenever there is some trouble in any area of the economy, the simplest solution to many people is ‘Let the government fix it.’  Yet. . .every time the government uses its money or its power to favor this group or that. . .the next result is such a web of supports, subsidies, interventions and controls that it is almost impossible for a nation to find its way back into a dynamic system of really free enterprise.”

Lawrence Fertig

“Capitalists have done more good for society through their charitable giving, philanthropy and generosity than all their critics combined.”

James Cook

March 30, 2011

“Welcome to the age of paper money, where governments and central banks can manufacture as much money as they want without limit.  Gold was the last limit.  Its banishment as a standard unleashed the inflation monster and leviathan itself, which has swelled beyond comprehension.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“America is the brokest country in history.  We owe more money than anyone has ever owed anyone.  And Obama and Reid say relax, that’s no reason not to spend more – because the world hasn’t yet concluded we have no intention of paying it back.  When they do, the dollar will collapse.”

Mark Steyn

“The Obama administration seems to be following what might be called ‘the Detroit pattern’ – increasing taxes, harassing businesses, and pandering to unions.  In the short run, it got mayors re-elected.  In the long-run, it reduced Detroit from a thriving city to an economic disaster area, whose population was cut in half, as its most productive citizens fled.”

Thomas Sowell

“The belief that society benefits from destruction is lunacy.”

Walter Williams

“People with a central planner’s mentality have what F.A. Hayek called ‘the fatal conceit.’  I’d have thought the fall of the Soviet Union would have taught us that central planning is destructive, the conceit of central planners live on.  Maybe the problem isn’t merely economic ignorance.  Maybe it’s something more sinister:  a wish to keep the freeloading system going.  After all, if politicians and business leaders admit that government cannot play a constructive role in the economy, what grounds would there be for subsidies, shelter from competitors and other privileges at the people’s expense?  The anti-free-market ideology is a vast rationalization for favoritism.”

John Stossel

March 28, 2011

“The promises of pie-in-the-sky liberal environmentalists that we can convert to ‘clean’ energy sources and stimulate our economy are based on dubious environmental and economic assumptions, fantastic notions about alternative energy, and a disturbing acceptance of the tyrannies inherent in command-control economies.”

David Limbaugh

“Hyperinflation will shake the foundations of modern political, social and economic institutions, and probably bring many of them down.  The social welfare state, for example, was invented by German’s Iron Chancellor Otto von Bismarck more than a century and a half ago.  In their late, degenerate form, they depend on delivering benefits in the present while pushing the costs – in the form of national debt – onto future generations.  A bout of hyperinflation will make this model inoperable, because governments will be unable to finance further huge deficits at low rates.  It will also mark the end of Keynesian interventionism, as it will be obvious that central financial planning doesn’t work.”

Bill Bonner

“Americans are fed up with being told they must be their brother’s keeper when they know damn well that they are really their brother’s enabler.”

Arnold Ahlert

“The riches of successful entrepreneurs is not the cause of anybody’s poverty; it is the consequence of the fact that the consumers are better supplied than they would have been in the absence of the entrepreneur’s efforts.”

Ludwig von Mises

“America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to ‘the common good,’ but by the productive genius of free men.”

Ayn Rand

March 25, 2011

“Progressivism is doomed to fail.  It is why productive people flee states like New York and California, where government is openly hostile to those they most depend on to foot the bill.  Like so many states dominated by the progressive worldview, they are literally biting the hand that feeds them, forever convinced that the aforementioned one-two punch of goodwill and guilt-mongering has no limitations.”

Arnold Ahlert

“If the Liberal Left can create the common perception that success and failure are simple matters of ‘fortune’ or ‘luck,’ then it is easy to promote and justify their various income redistribution schemes.”

Neal Boortz

“A short time ago the demagogues blamed capitalism for the poverty of the masses.  Today they rather blame capitalism for the ‘affluence’ that is bestows upon the common man.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Place economy among the first and most important virtues. . .We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. . .If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under pretense of caring for them, we will be wise.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Private charity can apply ‘tough love’ but government charity can’t.”

James Cook

March 24, 2011

“There has never been a single moment in the history of socialist/Marxist governance where unproductive members of society elevated themselves to the level of the productive members.  Yet there are innumerable examples of the productive members of society lowering themselves to the level of the takers until those societies collapse.”

Arnold Ahlert

“Politics is largely the process of taking credit and putting the blame on others – regardless of what the facts may be.”

Thomas Sowell

“Nothing is more calculated to make a demagogue popular than a constantly reiterated demand for heavy taxes on the rich.  Capital levies and high income taxes on the larger 8incomes are extraordinarily popular with the masses, who do not have to pay them.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The Statist has an insatiable appetite for control.  His sights are set on his next meal even before he has fully digested his last.  He is constantly agitating for government action.  And in furtherance of that purpose, the Statist speaks in the tongue of the demagogue, concocting one pretext and grievance after another to manipulate public perceptions and build popular momentum for the divestiture of liberty and property from its rightful possessors.”

Mark R. Levin

“Government is not the solution to our problems.  Government is the problem.”

Ronald Reagan

March 23, 2011

“Only dramatic cuts in the federal deficit, a rollback of regulations that cripple small and community banks, a cancellation of future tax increase plans, a big reduction in federal spending, repeal of Obamacare, freeing manufacturing from the prospect of carbon taxation and unleashing out domestic energy potential can solve our problems.  But Obama is not about to undo his legacy of disaster for the American people.”

Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

“Progressives will never understand their ham-fisted attempts to make everyone happy will never lead to happiness.  It will only lead to the misery and jealousy that inevitably arises when no meaningful distinction is made between the ambitious and the slothful, the savers and the squanderers, or the moral and the immoral.”

Arnold Ahlert

“The consequences of inflation are malinvestment, waste, a wanton redistribution of wealth and income, the growth of speculation and gambling, immorality and corruption, disillusionment, social resentment, discontent, upheaval and riots, bankruptcy, increased government controls, and eventual collapse.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Everything brought forward in favor of Socialism during the last hundred years, in thousands of writings and speeches, all the blood which has been split by the supporters of Socialism, cannot make socialism workable.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Once a fellow’s enjoying the fruits of government health care and all the rest, he couldn’t give a hoot about the general societal interest; he’s got his, and if it’s going to bankrupt the state a generation hence, well, as long as they can keep the checks coming till he’s dead, it’s fine by him.”

Mark Steyn

March 22, 2011

“Sooner or later the dependence of the people on government handouts reaches, and then surpasses a critical level.  People will then view a monetary policy of ever-greater increases in the money supply as being more favorable than government defaulting on its debt, which would wipe out any hope of receiving benefits from government in the future.  In other words, a policy of inflation, even hyperinflation, will be seen as the policy of lesser evil.”

Thorsten Polleit

“The modern day soup line is a check in the mail.”

David Rosenberg

“There’s no hope from the left side of the aisle when these people are irreversibly tied to the fiction that the economy simply can’t function without an ongoing federal spending explosion.   And they always get their charlatan economists to enable their profligacy.

“The fact that their reckless spending hasn’t worked as advertised doesn’t faze them.  Never does it occur to them that the borrowed money they spend to ‘grow the economy’ smothers private-sector spending and is necessarily less efficient and less capable of generating a multiplier effect than private-sector spending.  Private-sector spending is actually driven by what people want and need rather than by what dictatorial federal politicians tell us we should want or need.”

David Limbaugh

“Only those without an ounce of shame could characterize an attempt to be responsible with the wealth created by the taxpayers of Wisconsin as an ‘assault on democracy.’  Only those with an unbridled sense of entitlement could believe that robbing Peter to pay Paul constitutes ‘social justice.’”

Arnold Ahlert

“Whatever you do without confidence will be done badly.”

James Cook

March 21, 2011

“If the U.S. government had had its current philosophy and power a hundred years ago, it would have tried to keep the carriage and buggy whip industries on life support.”

Doug Casey

“There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency.  The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”

John Maynard Keynes

“Rapid increases in the quantity of money produce inflation.  Sharp decreases produce depression.”

Milton Friedman

“The idea of Socialism is at once grandiose and simple. . .We may say, in fact, that it is one of the most ambitious creations of the human spirit, . . .so magnificent, so daring, that it has rightly aroused the greatest admiration.  If we wish to save the world from barbarism we have to refute Socialism, but we cannot thrust it carelessly aside.”

Ludwig von Mises

“No nation in the world can run a balance-of-payments deficit without paying it back or without the consequences of its excess consumption having been paid for by others.,”

C. V. Myers

March 18, 2011

“In Washing, D.C., America is witnessing one of the grossest spectacles of fiscal incompetency, coupled with denial, ever perpetrated by a political party.  And that’s the Republicans.  Democrats have made it clear that they will accept nothing less than the destruction of the republic, if that’s what it takes to prove progressivism is ‘successful.’  Over the top?  Consider this:  the highest cut in the federal budget proposed by the Irresponsible Republicans is $61 billion.  The Democrat Destroyers say such a cut is way over the top.  Last month, in 28 days, our government spent $223 billion of money we don’t have.  That’s nearly four times more than the cuts proposed by the Irresponsibles, every one of which will be fought tooth and nail by the Destroyers.  Any questions?”

Arnold Ahlert

“The free market promotes self-worth, self-sufficiency, shared values, and honest dealings, which enhance the individual, the family, and the community.  It discriminates against no race, religion, or gender.”

Mark R. Levin

“Taxing the rich to fund the poorly managed government programs is simply a self-destructive decision:  It does nothing more than move money and investment decisions away from proven moneymakers (read: job producers) to Washington amateurs.  In both cases, American’s lose.”

T.J. Rodgers

“To the masses, the catchwords of Socialism sound enticing. . .so they will continue to work for Socialism, helping thereby to bring about the inevitable decline of the civilization which the nations of the West have taken thousands of years to build up.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The higher the wages the fewer the jobs; the lower the wages the more the jobs.”

James Cook

March 17, 2011

“In February alone government was flushing $8.3 billion a day down the toilet.  Republicans want to cut slightly over a week’s worth of deficits pending ($61 billion divided by $8.3 billion)
and Democrats want to cut just over a day’s worth.  That’s not an argument.  That’s a joke – and the joke’s on us.”

Arnold Ahlert 

“The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”

Robert A. Heinlein

“Today, the law is a crazy quilt of provisions and clauses that very often have little to do with securing general happiness but instead are designed to secure the particular happiness of various advocacy groups, politicians and bureaucrats.”

Joel Miller

“Some people regard private enterprise as a cow they can milk.  Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”

Winston Churchill

“Most Americans, who think Congress has a right to do anything for which they can get a majority vote, ignore the clearly written constitutional restraints on Congress.”

Walter Williams

March 16, 2011

“The unholy alliance between Big Nanny politicians and journalists threatens us all.”

Michelle Malkin

“Take a good look at the burned out shells of cities that once prospered, and states on the brink of oblivion, and understand where the self-anointed Social Utopians and their grand
 re-distributionist schemes have taken us.”

Arnold Ahlert

“It is well understood, among economists, that governments do not ‘create’ jobs.  The willingness of entrepreneurs to invest their capital, paired with consumer demand for goods and services, does that.  All the government can do is subsidize some industries while jacking up costs for others.  In the green case, it is destroying jobs in the conventional energy sector – and most likely in other industrial sectors – through taxes and subsidies to new green companies that will use taxpayer dollars to undercut the competition.  The subsidized jobs ‘created’ are, by definition, less efficient uses of capital than market-created jobs.”

Kenneth P. Green

“Printing money creates inflation, which weakens an economy.  Unfortunately, this kind of common-sense thinking never seems to penetrate academic circles.”

Peter Schiff

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”

Edward Abbey

March 11, 2011

“There is no place in civilization for the idler.  None of us has any right to ease.”

Henry Ford

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Government cannot solve all our problems, even in normal times, much less during a catastrophe of nature that reminds man how little he is, despite all his big talk.”

Thomas Sowell

“Bureaucrats and their institutions have no need of competence.  Being insulated from any and all forms of economic reality, they are not subject to the need to cooperate with those around them, nor is there any requirement that they earn or create the resources which they so casually use up.  The wielders of government do not need to show a profit, they merely need to write a law or a regulation.”

Bill Buckler

“Incompetent government embraces hiring quotas, thus furthering their incompetence.”

James Cook

March 10, 2011

“As long as other nations are pursuing their own agendas, any unilateral attempt by the United States to ‘save the planet’ is doomed for fail.”

Arnold Ahlert

“The unmistakable lesson is that such is the myopic zealotry of environmentalists like Obama that they would implement policies virtually guaranteed to harm our economy significantly, even when they offer no promise of appreciable environmental benefits.”

David Limbaugh

“Corn-based ethanol produces less energy than gasoline, contributes to food price increases, costs taxpayers $4 billion to produce 2 percent of the total gasoline supply, and has dubious environmental effects.”

Heritage Foundation

“My single biggest financial concern is the loss of the dollar as the reserve currency.  I can’t imagine anything more disastrous to our country. . .you’re already seeing things in the markets that are suggesting that confidence in the dollar is waning. . .I think you could see a 25% reduction in the standard of living in this country if the U.S. dollar was no longer the world’s reserve currency.  That’s how valuable it is.”

Sam Zell

“The mixing of politics and business not only is detrimental to politics, as is frequently observed, but even much more so to business.”

Ludwig von Mises

March 9, 2011

“For the last four decades, Americans, who favor domestic energy production by a two-to-one margin, have been told that we are being ‘held hostage’ by oil-exporting nations.  That is, quite simply, a lie.  America is holding itself hostage, courtesy of progressives for whom no amount of economic upheaval, no number of job losses, and no increase in the national debt or deficit spending is too high a price to pay for the continued implementation of their ‘green’ agenda.  Even America’s national security is a secondary consideration for a movement whose philosophy can be reduced to one over-riding idea:  We have to destroy America to save it.”

Arnold Ahlert

“The only real cure for poverty is production.”

Henry Hazlitt

“If it is unnecessary to adjust the amount of expenditure to the means available, there is no limit to the spending of the great god State.”

Ludwig von Mises

“From the beginning, I was trained to work, to save and to give.”

John D. Rockefeller

“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

March 7, 2011

“Gas prices in many parts of the country are nearing $4 a gallon; it could get even worse as unrest spreads throughout the oil-exporting Middle East.  Yet the Obama administration once again seems to see no crisis.  It has curtailed new leases for offshore oil exploration for seven years and exempted thousands of acres in the West from new drilling.  It will not reconsider opening up small areas of Alaska with known large oil reserves.”

Victor Davis Hanson

“Public unions are the country’s foremost advocates for increased taxes at all levels of government.”

Jonah Goldberg

“Ending dues deductions breaks the political cycle in which government collects dues, gives them to the unions, who then use the dues to back their favorite candidates and also lobby for bigger government and more pay and benefits.”

Fred Siegel

“However little president Obama knows or cares about economics, he knows a lot about politics – and especially political rhetoric.  ‘High-speed rail’ is simply another set of loft words to justify continued expansion of government spending.   So are words like ‘investment in education’ or ‘investment’ in any number of other things, which serves the same political purpose.”

Thomas Sowell

“Obama’s Democrats have become the part of no.  Real cuts to federal budget? No.   Entitlement reform?  No.  Tax reform?  No.  Breaking the corrupt and fiscally unsustainable symbiosis between public-sector unions and state governments?  Hell no.”

Charles Krauthammer

March 3, 2011

“For decades now, the Democrats have had a good gig buying the votes of government workers with outrageous salaries, benefits and work rules – and then sticking productive earners with the bill.  But, now, we’re out of money.”

Ann Coulter

“The chief business of the American people is business.  They are profoundly concerned with buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.”

Calvin Coolidge

“Economic growth can only be sustained by a surplus of production over consumption.  Price stability is an economic chimera, impossible in theory and undesirable in practice.  In a growing economy, prices are not ‘stable,’ they are falling as increased and improved production capacity leads to a higher purchasing power for the monetary unit.  The prerequisite is not stable prices, it is stable money!”

Bill Buckler

“The government pretends to be endowed with the mystical power to accord favors out of an inexhaustible horn of plenty.  It is both omniscient and omnipotent.  It can by a magic wand create happiness and abundance.  The truth is the government cannot give if it does not take from somebody.”

Ludwig von Mises

“In this country, few people care to advocate, to defend, or even to understand capitalism; yet fewer still wish to give up its advantages.”

Ayn Rand

March 2, 2011

“In the midst of the chaos unfolding in the Middle East and the American Midwest, some stories slip through the cracks.  But a sordid little episode which took place at Columbia University last Saturday can’t be one of them.  Iraqi war veteran and purple Heart winter Anthony Maschek, who survived two broken legs and eleven bullet wounds during a fire fight in Kirkuk, a man who spent two years recovering from his wounds at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was subjected to utter contempt by a group of students during a town hall meeting at that university.”

Arnold Ahlert

“Government workers think the job of everyone else in the economy is to protect their high salaries, crazy work rules and obscene pensions.  They self-righteously lecture us about public service, the children, a ‘living wage’ – all in the service of squeezing more money from the taxpayer to fund their breathtakingly selfish job arrangements.”

Ann Coulter

“The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”

George Washington

“The chances of your being harmed by terrorists are mathematically minute.  The chance of your being robbed by your own government?  That’s easy:  100 percent.”

Joseph Sobran

“Government failure is always used as an excuse for government expansion.  Government thrives on crisis and incompetence.”

Jim Babka

March 1, 2011

“In 2011, arrogance has given way to fear, and what we’re seeing in Wisconsin is the further unmasking of a progressive movement fighting for survival.  We are seeing the president who ran as the great uniter being revealed for the class-war-faring, community organizing rabble-rouser he has always been.  We are seeing the unbridled sense of entitlement of public service employees who would run every state in the country into bankruptcy – as long as they get theirs.  We are seeing unmitigated gall of Democratic legislators who would violate their oath of office without an ounce of remorse.  We are witnessing a corrupt media once again trying to manipulate an American public increasingly aware and scornful of such attempts.”

Arnold Ahlert

“The counties with the highest per capita income aren’t near New York City or Los Angeles – they’re in the Washington, D.C. area – a one-company town where the company is the government.  The three counties with the highest incomes in the entire country are all suburbs of Washington.  Eleven of the 25 counties with the highest incomes are near Washington.”

Ann Coulter

“Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say.  The money is this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats.  In effect, public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party.”

Michael Barone

 “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.”

Ludwig von Mises

“No matter how great your wisdom, you can still make a fool of yourself.”

James Cook

February 25, 2011

“We’ve raised several million Americans who not only believe you can get blood from a stone, but that they’re entitled to the blood.   And they have plenty of allies in Congress and the White House more than willing to enable that which is nothing more than selfishness and greed, even as it’s called ‘compassion’ and ‘social justice.’”

Arnold Ahlert

“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The profit system balances human needs with the availability of all the world’s resources, unleashes the amazing power of human creativity, and works to meet the material needs of every member of society at the least possible cost.  It does this through exchange, cooperation, competition, entrepreneurship, and all the institutions that make possible capitalism – the most productive economic system this side of heaven.”

Lewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“To the grumbler who complains about the unfairness of the market system only one piece of advice can be given: If you want to acquire wealth, then try to satisfy the public by offering them something that is cheaper or which they like better.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Hiring quotas reduce efficiency.”

James Cook

February 24, 2011

“We are [at] a pivotal moment in this country, one where we’re about to find out if the whiners whose entire lives revolve around sucking the government teat, outnumber those who provide the cow.  If that is the case, we’re through as a nation.  Not floundering, not mucking about, not flailing away. Through.”

Arnold Ahlert

“Education Secretary Arne Duncan spurned the opportunity to condemn thousands of Wisconsin public school teachers for lying about being ‘sick’ and shutting down at least eight school districts across the state to attend capitol protests (many of whom dragged their students on a social justice field trip with them).  Instead, Duncan defended teachers for ‘doing probably the most important work in society.’  Only striking government teachers could win federal praise for not doing their jobs.”

Michelle Malkin

“High tax rates that people don’t actually pay do not bring the government as much revenue as lower tax rates that they do pay.”

Thomas Sowell

“Thanks to pathetic reporting by The New York Times and other media sycophants more than 50 years ago, Fidel Castro, following the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, was also seen by many as a liberator of Cuba. ‘I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.’  Castro said at the time.  Only after he consolidated power, did he tell the truth: ‘I am a Marxist-Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.’”

Cal Thomas

“What governments call international monetary cooperation is concerted action for the sake of credit expansion.”

Ludwig von Mises

February 21, 2011

“The entire world economy rests on the consumer; if he ever stops spending money he doesn’t have on things he doesn’t need – we’re done for.”

Bill Bonner

“Through debt monetization, the Federal Reserve has become the biggest holder of U.S. debt.  And since the Fed doesn’t have any real money to speak of, how did it get all those U. S. bonds?  It simply created the money to buy them out of thin air. . .Instead of being able to find ample number of buyers, the government has resorted to simply printing the money.”

Jason Hamlin

“Obama has had two raging successes in his term:

  1. He has slashed unemployment by persuading millions to give up hope and leave the labor force; and
  2. He has cut illegal immigration by casting the United States into a permanent job shortage.

Some achievements!”

Dick Morris and Eileen McCann

“The whole of mankind’s progress has had to be achieved against the resistance and opposition of the state and its power of coercion.”

Ludwig von Mises

“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon”

Walter Williams

February 18, 2011

“The crucial question for any policy is not what, are its intentions, but what are its effects?”

Walter Williams

“Markets are nimble and efficient, gathering the collective but disbursed intelligence of the economy’s players and communicating up-to-the-minute realities of prices, product availability, etc.  Government is typically cumbersome, plodding, and slow.”

Joel Miller

“Under capitalism everybody provides for their own needs by serving others.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The only way government bureaucrats know of keeping prosperity going is to inflate some more – to increase the deficit or to pump more money into the system.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Nothing is more difficult than to make a profit.”

James Cook

February 17, 2011

“[Obama] continues to peddle the fiction that ‘we have broken the back of the recession.’  His bureaucracy puts out a GDP growth rate of 3.4 percent for the fourth quarter.  Baloney.  The price deflator he used to discount the impact of inflation on the supposed GDP growth was a ridiculous 0.3 percent for the fourth quarter.  But the Consumer Price Index rose by 2.6 percent in the same quarter.  Almost all of the GDP growth is just rising prices, not a recovering economy.”

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

“Let me get this straight.  The banks make extremely risky and highly-leveraged bets, fleece pension funds and average workers worldwide, keep the money when it goes right and then have the Fed go to the Congress for a bailout when it goes wrong?  All while threatening martial law if they don’t get the money they are demanding.  U.S. tax dollars are sent to banks around the world, which are now back to reporting record profits while the average Joe is facing declining wages if he can find a job at all.  Then, after absorbing trillions in additional toxic assets from the banks, the Fed now puts the taxpayer on the hook for those toxic assets as well?  It is the greatest theft ever perpetrated.”

Jason Hamlin

“Our world today is in the grip of anti-capitalism.  State bureaucracies ruling over anti-market policies have grown into ideological and political elites who arrogantly presume to know and dictate how we should all live and work.”

Richard M. Ebeling

“If workers struggle for higher wages, this is hailed as ‘social gains,’ if businessmen struggle for higher profits, this is damned as ‘selfish greed.’”

Ayn Rand

“The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.”

Samuel Gompers

February 11, 2011

“We think of prices as simply the notation of how much we must pay for things.  But the price system accomplishes far more than that.  Hundreds of millions of people buying and selling, and abstaining from buying and selling, generate a system of signals – prices to producers and consumers about relative scarcities and demand.  Through this system, consumers can convey to producers their subjective priorities and entrepreneurs can invest accordingly.”

Sheldon Richman

“We have suffered more from this cause [paper money] than from every other cause or calamity.  It has killed more men, pervaded and corrupted the choicest interests of our country more, and done more injustice than even the arms and artifices or our enemy.”

Daniel Webster

“The public sector can only feed off the private sector; it necessarily lives parasitically upon the private economy.  But this means that the productive resources of society – far from satisfying the wants of consumers – are now directed, by compulsion, away from these wants and needs.  The consumers are deliberately thwarted, and the resources of the economy diverted from them to those activities desire by the parasitic bureaucracy and politicians.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Both shortages and surpluses, whether Russian or Chinese or American, are a consequence of substituting the decisions of bureaucrats for the decisions of the market place.”

Paul L. Poirot

“From an economic standpoint, liberalism is a greater threat to America than communism ever was.”

James Cook

February 10, 2011

“Ideological bigotry has become the norm on even our most prestigious campuses, where students can go for years without reading or hearing anything that challenges the left vision.”

Thomas Sowell

“An entrepreneur cannot be trained.  A man becomes and entrepreneur by seizing an opportunity and filling the gap.  No special education is required for such a display of keen judgment, foresight, and energy.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Entrepreneurs, in accepting risk, achieve security for all.  In embracing change, they ensure social and economic stability.”

George Gilder

“The legacy of the New Del was, more than anything else, a matter of ideological change.  Henceforth, nearly everyone would look to the federal government for solutions to problems great and small, real and imagined, personal as well as social.”

Robert Higgs

“In expectation of his demise, a successful businessman may sell out to his competitors to prepare his estate with readily marketable securities, such as U.S. Treasury bonds.  The confiscatory death tax eliminates many family enterprises and promotes the growth of giant corporations.”

Hans F. Sennholz

February 9, 2011

“The greatest danger to the liberal vision are facts about the consequences of liberalism itself and the laws, policies, and ways of life that the left has spawned.  That the black family, which survived centuries of slavery and generations of discrimination, has disintegrated in the wake of the liberal welfare states is only one example.”

Thomas Sowell

“Governments resort to inflation with popular support because the people apparently are naïve enough to believe that they can have their cake and eat it, too.”

Leonard E. Read

“Reason and ideas determine the course of human affairs. What is needed to stop the trend toward socialism and despotism is common-sense and moral courage.”

Ludwig von Mises

“All government programs accomplish the opposite of what they are designed to achieve.”

John A. Pugsley

“Everything government touches turns to crap.”

Ringo Starr

February 8, 2011

“Giving to one individual or group the fruits of the labor of others taken from them by coercion is an immoral procedure, with destructive effect upon the sense of personal responsibility of everyone involved.”

Paul L. Poirot

“Contrary to age-old prejudices, the wealth of the rich is not the cause of the poverty of the poor, but helps to alleviate that poverty.”

Henry Hazlitt

“The policies advocated by the welfare school remove the incentive to saving on the part of private citizens.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Once an activity has been socialized, it is impossible to point out, by concrete example, how men in a free market could better conduct it.  How, for instance, can one compare a socialized post office with private postal delivery when the latter has been outlawed?”

Leonard E. Read

“Going without a thing enhances the desire to get it.”

James Cook

February 7, 2011

“In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated.  Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees.”

Thomas Sowell

“The tendency of welfare spending in the United States has been to increase at an exponential rate.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Since there is no orderly way to liquidate the federal debt, we must brace for a payment crisis.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“Every extension of the functions and power of the State beyond its primary duty of maintaining peace and justice should be scrutinized with jealous vigilance.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Absolute welfare corrupts absolutely.”

Mark Steyn

February 4, 2011

“If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Countries which enjoy the highest level of peace, happiness and prosperity are the ones where the law least interfered with private affairs.”

Frederic Bastiat

“Welfare is the basic cause of the deleterious cultural changes we have witnessed in the West over the past 60 years.”

Martin Durkin

“No nation can survive without passing its heritage, language and, yes, faith to the next generation.  A country must be built on something substantial and if the cultural elitists think it can be built on ‘diversity,’ that is a foundation of shifting sand.”

Cal Thomas

“Suffering over something is proof positive of its importance.”

James Cook

February 3, 2011

“”No one is responsible under liberalism.”

David Horowitz

“Venture capital fundraising in 2010 declined from $16.3 billion to $12.3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.  That’s a far cry from the average of over $30 billion annually in 2005 – 07, let alone the peak of $106 billion raised in 2000.  Contrast those figures with the datum that the value of hedge funds closed at $1.65 trillion in 2010 with $70 billion of new money entering the industry and you have an inescapable conclusion:  the equity financing of small business, as well as the debt financing, is currently in a prolonged downturn.”

Martin Hutchinson

 “A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional do-gooders, who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others – with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means.”

Henry Weaver

“It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own.  All the power it has is what society gives it, plus what it confiscates from time to time on one pretext or another; there is no other source from which State power can be drawn.  Therefore every assumption of State power, whether by gift or seizure, leaves society with so much less power; there is never, nor can be, any strengthening of State power without a corresponding and roughly equivalent depletion of social power.”

Albert Jay Nock

February 2, 2011

“Liberalism teaches those who have fallen behind in the economic scramble to blame others for their failure.  This attitude stimulates juices of resentment and deprives its holders of the power to change their condition.”

David Horowitz

“Private employees find themselves working longer and being taxed more heavily so that government employees can enjoy outlandish pay and perks.”

Jeff Jacoby

“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”

James Madison

“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.”

Franklin Pierce

“I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.”

Grover Cleveland

February 1, 2011

“Following a major currency crisis, if history is any guide, the Government becomes a competitor.  It fights with its citizens for an ever increasing larger piece of a shrinking pie and its appetite is insatiable.”

Aubie Baltin

“I really don’t favor the right to strike by any public employee, they’ve got good jobs.”

Jeff Jacoby

“The extraordinary returns to entrepreneurship and huge destruction of venture capital funds of the Internet bubble, and the historically unprecedented remuneration for even ordinary talent on Wall Street both derived from the same cause:  the loose monetary policies pursued by Fed Chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke since 1995.  Sloppy money caused the Internet stock bubble to inflate larger and for longer than would otherwise have been the case.  It also caused a prolonged bubble in the financial services sector, in which artificially high returns, particularly to participants, were earned through the use of artificially cheap leverage for over a decade.” 

Martin Hutchinson

“In 2009, 41% of children born in the USA were born to unmarried mothers (up from 5% a half-century ago).  That includes 73% of non-Hispanic black children, 53% of Hispanic children and 29% non-Hispanic white children.”

USA Today

“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

John Adams

“Faith puts the power of the universe at your disposal.”

James Cook

January 28, 2011

“The Tucson tragedy rips the veil away from the opinion making class, and from much of the mainstream media.  In an unguarded moment, they revealed that ideological trumps facts in their quest for power.”

Katherine Kersten

“The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, what Jim Crow couldn’t do, and what the harshest racism couldn’t do, and that is to destroy the black family.”

Walt Williams

“From Sunbelt to Rustbelt, North to South, East to West, once-thriving cities have become little more than drug-infested slums.”

Gerald Celente

“Voters will clearly understand that the debt has been caused by overspending and that we must cut the outlays for our financial survival.  The more Obama fights over this issue, the more he will lose, and the harder Republicans fight, the more they will gain.

“But if Republican leaders turn squishy on the issue and ‘compromise’ with Obama – abandoning real spending cuts – they will lose their mandate from the American people.  The entire future of the Republican party’s 2012 effort to change American hangs in the balance.”

Dick Morris

“It’s not capitalism that’s failing the U.S. but socialism.”

James Cook

January 27, 2011

“Remember Motown?  Not just the driving music that swept the nation and the world, but the vibrant energy of the Motor City itself, symbolizing the heyday of America.  Today, a derelict Detroit is testament to what America has squandered and what it has become.”

Gerald Celente

“Krugman has been a columnist for the Times for a long enough time, covering a sufficient variety of political events, for us to deduce that he is a political nitwit.  Other Nobel laureates have been nitwits, for instance, Bertrand Russell.  There are a lot of political nitwits in this world.  Perhaps the Times could give Krugman a cooking column.  He would be its Nobel Prise-winning cooking columnist.”

Bob Tyrrell

“Despite the best efforts by the American mainstream financial media, the eager PR division of the United States Dollar Ponzi Scheme, to paint the rosiest of rosy pictures for blindly optimistic readers, the stubborn image of a debt-swollen jobless behemoth economy slowly toppling persists.  No matter how much U.S. departmental data is primped, polished, and primed, no amount of lipstick is going to transform this fat pig into a princess.”

James West

“When Obama’s economic advisers – a greater group of schlemiels would be hard to find – warn that failure to raise the limit will trigger default and horrific consequences for the global economy, Republicans should reply that if this is so, tell it to your president and get him to approve the spending cuts along with the debt-limit increase.”

Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

“Political rhetoric has reached ‘unprecedented’ levels of anger.  Why is that?  Because, regarding the future of the nation, the stakes have never been higher.”

Arnold Ahlert

January 26, 2011

Many of the economic theories used by the IMF and World Bank are outdated and cause more harm than good.”

Steven Horwitz

“Capitalism honors the liberty and dignity of every person.  The private citizen is not regarded as a stupid dupe to every crook and con man.  He is regarded as a free citizen under God and under the law – able to make his own choices; not a ward of the State who much be protected by his self-appointed superiors who administer government offices.”

Perry Gresham

“Instead of doing more badly, government should focus on doing less well.”

Joel Miller

“Under the influence of collectivist ideologies, many politicians and journalists are ever eager to strike at successful entrepreneurs who earn much more than they do.  It is difficult to ascertain their motives; it can be simple envy which consumes many men, or it can be economic ignorance.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“The distinctive principle of Western social philosophy is individualism.”

Ludwig von Mises

January 25, 2011

“Leftism is a cancer eating away at foundations of our society.”

Rob Taylor

“Adam Smith’s key insight was that both parties to an exchange can benefit and that, so long as cooperation is strictly voluntary, no exchange can take place unless both parties do benefit.”

Milton Friedman

“I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men’s rights.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Freedom is essentially a condition of inequality, not equality.  It recognizes as a fact of nature the structural differences inherent in man – in temperament, character, and capacity – and it respects those differences.  We are not alike and no law can make us so.”

Frank Chodorov

“All too often unemployment is used as an excuse for misbehaving when jobs are available within walking distance.”

James Cook

January 24, 2010

“The fight between corporate-state capitalists and social democrats in the U.S. and Europe will continue with both sides adding to economic inefficiencies.  These two groups have a lock on economic policies.  The end result is less productivity, waste and the stifling of economic progress.  Economic progress is the result of free markets and free people, not socialist or corporate-state capitalism.  The local baker is still able to bake some bread despite the authorities strangling him with paperwork, inspections, trade restrictions and tax increases used to save (pay off) the big banks, car companies and other favorite corporate and social groups of the government.”

Ken Gerbino

“Monetary inflation is one result of QE2 because when the Federal Reserve buys U.S. Treasuries it injects newly created money into the financial system, which, in turn, reduces the value of the U.S. dollar (due to the increase in the quantity of dollars).”

Ron Hera

“In 2009, the United States spent about $665 billion on its military, the Chinese about $99 billion.  If Beijing continues to buy American debt at the rate is has in recent years, then within a half-decade or so U.S. interest payments on that debt will be covering the entire cost of the Chinese military.  This year, the pentagon issued an alarming report to Congress on Beijing’s massive military build-up, including new missiles, upgraded bombers, and an aircraft-carrier R&D program intended to challenge American dominance in the Pacific.  What the report didn’t mention is who’s paying for it.  Answer: Mr. & Mrs. America.  Within the next five years, the People’s Liberation Army, which is the largest employer on the planet, bigger even than the U.S. Department of Community-Organizer Grant Applications, will be entirely funded by U.S. taxpayers. When they take Taiwan, suburban families in Connecticut and small businesses in Idaho will have paid for it.  The existential questions for American loom now, not decades hence.  What we face is not merely the decline and fall of a powerful nation but the collapse of the highly specific cultural tradition that built the modern world.  It starts with money - always does.  But the money is only the symptom.  We wouldn’t be this broke if we hadn’t squandered our inheritance in a more profound sense.”

Mark Steyn

“Government grows despite repeated failures to serve the public well because government’s purpose no longer is to serve the public.  Government now serves primarily the interests of those who work for the government.”

Jack Kelly

“The current financial crisis, which is the second Great Depression, was created slowly and methodically by Democrat hacks running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the past 18 years. . .
“Goo-goo liberals with federal titles pressured banks into making absurd loans to high-risk borrowers – demanding, for example, that the banks accept unemployment benefits as collateral. The Fannie repackaged the bad loans as ‘prime mortgages’ and sold them to banks, thus poisoning the entire financial market with hidden bad loans.”

Ann Coulter

January 21, 2011

“A substantial portion of the population has grown quite comfortable with empty slogans like ‘social justice,’ ‘speaking truth to power,’ ‘evil corporations,’ and a host of others designed to do one thing:  convince Americans that the greatest country in the world must abandon the very economic system that has made it the envy of the world.”

Arnold Ahlert

“Governments steal from citizens through taxes and through the subterfuge of monetizing their own IOUs.”

John A. Pugsley

“When democratic governments create economic calamity, free markets get the blame.”

Jack Kemp

“In capitalist enterprise there is no secure income and no security of wealth.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Memory doesn’t erase.  The recall ability fails.”

James Cook

January 20, 2011

“If truth be told, there are very few ‘monumental moments’ in the history of governance.  We’re at one of them right now.  While the details of the moment are somewhat complicated, the big picture is not: we are either at the beginning of dismantling of our socialist/Marxist welfare state, or we are at the end of American exceptionalism.”

Arnold Ahlert

“So-called ‘higher education’ is a veritable magnet for second-raters and actively destructive parasites bent on promoting unsound ideas to the inexperienced and gullible.  The concentrate in areas like social studies, literature, and art – where opinion reigns supreme.  And I find their opinions almost universally appalling.”

Doug Casey

“As the titanic losses were racking up, Fannie Mae’s operators, Franklin Raines and Jamie Gorelick, disguised the catastrophe by orchestrating a $5 billion accounting fraud – all the while continuing to pressure banks to make absurd, politically correct loans and denouncing Republicans as enemies of the poor.”

Ann Coulter

“Goldman Sachs’ $2 billion deal for Facebook, valuing the social networking site at $50 billion, combines the worst elements of the 1997-2000 and 2004-07 bubbles.  It sets a grossly excessive valuation on an Internet company with modest revenues and prospects.  It also involves an investment bank structuring a complex deal to maximize its own fees, while driving a truck through two major elements of financial services regulation.  Add a third element, that it places a company controlling personal information on 500 million users in close business partnership with a Russian billionaire with a criminal record and you can see the deal is truly groundbreaking.  It should also raise important red flags about current market conditions.”

Martin Hutchinson

“Inherent in capitalism is the ability to provide freedom of choice, encourage cooperation, provide accountability, create wealth for large numbers of people, and limit the exercise of excessive power.”

Peter Hill

January 19, 2011

“Leftism is a cancer eating away at foundations of our society.”

Rob Taylor

“There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one; The bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and more importantly, those effects that must be foreseen.  The bad economist pursues a small, present good that will be followed by a great evil to come, while the good economist pursues a great good to come, at the risk of a small present evil.”

Frederic Bastiat

“The first lesson of economics is that we live in a world of scarcity.  There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it.  The first lesson politics is to ignore the first lesson of economics.”

Thomas Sowell

“The scarce and valuable commodities such as copper, lead, zinc, uranium, gold, silver, platinum, and palladium just to name a few are limited.  These are the basic building blocks for all the goods and services we desire in modern society.  You can’t have a car, a house, a cell phone, a refrigerator, a simple bar of soap, etc. etc., without them.”

Greg McCoach

“Democrats understand that putting one ‘helpless’ American in front of a TV camera is worth ten thousand intellectual arguments.  They understand that the face of one ostensibly broken human being more than compensates for the thousands of faceless Americans who have been truly broken by the colossal failures of the socialist welfare state.”

Arnold Ahlert

January 12, 2011

“The great weakness of socialism is that no one, neither the leader nor any of the followers, assumes any sense of accountability or responsibility; someone else is always to blame.”

Paul L. Poirot

“Vast numbers of Americans today look to Washington for a rich array of ‘entitlements’ that speak of nothing so much as the illusion of something for nothing.”

Roger Pilon

“Capitalism is not the system of the past; it is the system of the future – if mankind is to have a future.”

Ayn Rand

“The rationale for the vast network of government welfare programs as well as regulation and control over private enterprise is based on the socialist analysis of the market economy.”

Richard M. Ebeling

“The well-being of individual persons in any society varies inversely with the money at the disposal of the political class.”

Edmund A. Opitz

January 11, 2011

“Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-the mass through some pet formula of their own.”

Henry Weaver

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

Elbert Hubbard

“The state tells lies in all the languages of good and evil; and whatever it says it lies – and whatever it has it has stolen.”

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Anything that shifts power from the individual judgment of free citizens to government is a bad thing.”

Mark Steyn

“It’s impossible for a dishonest person to grow rich in business.”

James Cook

January 10, 2011

“When the Statist makes a wrong decision, its impact is far-reaching, for he uses the power of government to impose his decision on as many individuals and businesses as possible, which distorts the free market itself.”

Mark R. Levin

“Freedom means diversity but also mobility.  It preserves the opportunity for today’s disadvantaged to become tomorrow’s privileged and, in the process, enables almost everyone, from top to bottom, to enjoy a fuller and richer life.”

Milton Friedman

“The fact is that the New Deal did not work.  It prolonged what might have been a troubling two-year downturn into a horrifying blow to world prosperity that ended up in a war that killed countless millions.  It was one of the greatest acts of wreckage in world history.”

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

“Government sponsors untold waste, criminality and inequality in every sphere of life it touches, giving little or nothing in return.”

Doug Casey

“It is one of the advantages of competitive private enterprise that the penalties for failure are levied against those who fail – the damage is not assessed against the whole society.”

Paul L. Poirot

January 7, 2011

“The era of resisting big government is never over.”

Paul Gigot

“The idea that political freedom can be preserved in the absence of economic freedom, and vice versa, is an illusion.  Political freedom is the corollary of economic freedom.”

Ludwig von Mises

“A virtue of the free enterprise system is that it offers every individual the greatest opportunity for self expression.”

Lawrence Fertig

“There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers.”

Thomas Edison

“Nothing is more difficult than to make a profit.”

James Cook

January 6, 2011

“There is nothing new in state interventionism.  It is as sold and reactionary as societal organization itself.  Always, when it permeates the body politic, it kills the nation.”

Spruille Braden

“All people, entrepreneurs as well as non-entrepreneurs, look askance upon any profits earned by other people.  Envy is a common weakness of men. People are loath to acknowledge the fact that they themselves could have earned profits if they had displayed the same foresight and judgment the successful businessman did.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The proliferation of bureaucrats and its invariable accompaniment, much heavier tax levies on the productive part of the population, are the recognizable signs, not of a great, but of a decaying society.”

William Chamberlin

“There is one, and only one, social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud.”

Milton Friedman

“People who thing that they are getting something for nothing, by having government provide what they would otherwise have to buy in the private market, are not only kidding themselves by ignoring the taxes that government has to take from them in order to give them the appearance of something for nothing.”

Thomas Sowell

January 5, 2011

“Beginning on January 2, 2011, the USEPA will begin demanding further reductions in fossil fuel use by utilizing provisions of the Clean Air Act to force even more draconian cutbacks on the burning of abundant fossil fuels to create energy.  It’s a recipe for economic disaster, but nobody in the current administration or within the mainstream media seems to care.”

Rich Trzupek

“No matter what federal program one selects – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the drug war, the income tax and the IRS, education, foreign interventions and wars – they are all a giant mess.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“The government was set to protect man from criminals – and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government.”

Ayn Rand

“The quickest and surest way to production, prosperity, and economic growth is through private enterprise.  The best way for governments to encourage private enterprise is to establish justice, to enforce contracts, to insure domestic peace and tranquility, to protect private property, and to secure the blessings of liberty including economic liberty – which means to stop putting obstacles in the way of private enterprise.”

Henry Hazlitt

“A ‘social justice’ society is a conflict which locks beneficiaries and victims alike in a struggle without end.  It becomes a society torn apart by resentment over the wealth of capitalists.”

Hans F. Sennholz

January 4, 2011

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Margaret Thatcher

“Capitalism needs neither propaganda nor apostles.  Its achievements speak for themselves. Capitalism delivers the goods.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The transfer society is forever testing the bounds of patience of taxpayers.  Having reached the limit and still facing loud demands for more benefits, it resorts to deficit financing.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“Despite welfare reform, most of the mammoth federal and state social welfare complex remains unchanged.”

Michael D. Tanner

“The thing that distinguishes permanent poverty is bad character.”

James Cook