"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." --Thomas Jefferson
The free market won't stop us: "The powerful, political lobby, the cynical tactics of opponents of reform are not going to stop us from getting this right." --Joe Biden on financial "reform"
Let me help: "Every day we don't act, the same system that led to bailouts remains in place, with the exact same loopholes and the exact same liabilities. And if we don't change what led to the crisis, we'll doom ourselves to repeat it." --Barack Obama, calling for piling on more of the regulations that helped cause the financial meltdown
The BIG Lie: "I, like most of the American people, don't begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system." --the Redistributor-in-Chief
Tell them what they want to hear: "Can I just say again Barbara [Boxer] and I are supportive of repealing don't ask, don't tell." --BO at a California fundraiser for Boxer, being "yelled down" by homosexual protesters
Yeah, that's the ticket: "Democrats are for protecting the peoples' interest; Republicans are protecting the special interests." --House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), representative of the trial lawyers, unions, homosexual activists, race baiters, envirofascists, Hollywood loonies, corporate fat cats, etc., etc., etc.
"Freedom in economic arrangements is itself a component of freedom broadly understood, so economic freedom is an end in itself. ... Economic freedom is also an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom." --economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006)
"It's awful hard to get people interested in corruption unless they can get some of it." --humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)
"President Obama is nothing if not a clever operator. He accepts $994,795 in campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs -- then turns around when it's convenient and uses them as a model for why we need to heavily regulate the financial sector." --columnist Ben Shapiro
The tea partiers ... recognize, correctly, that the Obama Democrats are trying to permanently enlarge government and increase citizens' dependence on it. And, invoking the language of the Founding Fathers, they believe that this will destroy the culture of independence which has enabled Americans over the past two centuries to make this the most productive and prosperous -- and the most charitably generous -- nation in the world." --political analyst Michael Barone
"When liberals advocate a value-added tax, conservatives should respond: Taxing consumption has merits, so we will consider it -- after the 16th Amendment is repealed. A VAT will be rationalized as necessary to restore fiscal equilibrium. But without ending the income tax, a VAT would be just a gargantuan instrument for further subjugating Americans to government." --columnist George Will
"In years to come -- assuming, for the purposes of argument, there are any years to come -- scholars will look back at President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit and marvel. ... He held a nuclear gabfest in 2010, the biggest meeting of world leaders on American soil since the founding of the United Nations 65 years ago -- and Iran wasn't on the agenda." --columnist Mark Steyn
"Speaking of those huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the Obama administration, led by Sec. Clinton, is pressuring Kenya to adopt abortion on demand. Kenya, like many African states, abhors the destruction of unborn life. Obama and Mrs. Clinton are unwilling to 'interfere' with Iran's internal affairs, but they are most willing to muscle pro-life Kenya." --columnist Ken Blackwell
"[L]iberals who like [Justice] Stevens' rulings insist he understands the plight of the downtrodden, despite the fact that the nearly 90-year-old justice was born rich and has served on the court for almost 35 years, becoming more liberal as he has become more distant from life as lived by the little guys. Meanwhile, Clarence Thomas was born dirt poor and black in rural Georgia and spends his vacations exploring America in an RV. But those same liberals insist he doesn't understand poverty and race the way Stevens does. How do they know? Because they don't like his rulings." --columnist Jonah Goldberg