Political Axioms

‘If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.’
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

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

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

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, French 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, WA it 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: a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
Ronald Reagan

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

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

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

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


VP Choices – Surprise, Surprise.

Whoever thought republican presidential nominee John McCain would select a non-political figure from the business sector like Carly Fiorina or Meg Whitman. Even though these two business executives are close to McCain, there is no way in hell he would have picked any of these women.

There has been a lot of buzz on McCain wanting to choose Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge as his running mate, which according to the right-wing commentators would have divided the party, since they are both pro-choice. On the other side of the coin was Mitt Romney who is well liked by the conservative base, but had some uptight moments during the primary against McCain.

McCain making a bold move and surprising all the pundits, picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who is a relatively unknown in the republican party; but yet managed to suck all the hot air from the Democratic Convention.

Even though Sarah Palin has no foreign policy experience, she has served in the Wasilla, Alaska city council for four years, Mayor for six years and almost two years as Governor of Alaska, giving her more executive experience than McCain, Obama and Biden put together.

Having no foreign policy experience could be viewed as a problem, but being on the bottom of the republican ticket without experience is not as problematic as being on the top of the democratic ticket without experience. In the words of Hillary Clinton: “In the White House, there is no time for speeches and on the job training.”  referring to Barack Obama.