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Archive for August, 2008

Wisdom for the Ages

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

You may have seen some of these before, but unfortunately they all ring true, especially in a presidential election year. These were sent to me by my good friend, Sol Shallit, an economist:


“If you don’t read the newspaper
you are uninformed, if you do
read the newspaper you are
–Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot.
And suppose you were a member of Congress….
But then I repeat myself.
-Mark Twain

I 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

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-.George Bernard Shaw

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
-James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

-Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
-Frederic Bastiat, Economist (1801-1850)

Government’s view 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 (1986)

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-Will Rogers

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!
-P.J. O’Rourke

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
-Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!
-Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
-Mark Twain (1866)

Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
-Ronald Reagan

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
-Mark Twain

There is no distinctly Native American criminal class…save Congress.
-Mark Twain

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
-Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
-Thomas Jefferson

More Solzhenitsyn

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I would like to make a few more comments about Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He became a fighter for the rights of Man through his great books. These books include:

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: a novella set in a prison camp. Iit was strongly anti-Stalinist and anti-Soviet. (1962).

The First Circle: an autobiography set in a prison research institute.(1968).

Cancer Ward: this is a novel set in a clinic in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where he himself had gone for cancer therapy.(1968).

The Gulag Archipelago: this was a seven part non-fiction work published in three volumes that traced the history of the Soviet concentration camp system. It had a profound impact on the Soviet Union and world history.(1973).

The Oak and the Calf, about which I spoke in my first post.(1979).

These books are all worth reading, but are difficult because of their contents and their length, especially The Gulag Archipelago.

A great literary giant has left us.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

This is my first post on my new blog, and so I thought I should began by noting the passing of a great author, writer and champion of the rights of Man. Of course, I’m speaking of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He died on August 8, 2008. In his memoirs entitled, ” The Oak and the Calf, ” the Soviet regime was the oak, and Solzhenitsyn was the calf, and the book described their battle to the death. The Soviet Union died in 1991 when the Red flag was lowered from the Kremlin’s ramparts on December 25th of that year. Solzhenitsyn died almost 17 years later after a day at his desk writing.

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