Thursday, June 30, 2011

Welfare Quotes

  • “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” ―Samuel Adams
  • “Here’s a pretty prospect―an endless vista of free false teeth with nothing to bite.” ―Robert Boothby
  • “Once the government becomes the supplier of people's needs, there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right.” ―Lawrence Auster
  • “The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else.” ―Fredrick Bastiat
  • “But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” ―Fredrick Bastiat
  • “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution ... or have failed their purpose ... or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents' 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty, and in that cause I am doing the very best I can.” ―Barry Goldwater

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