Wednesday, February 20, 2013


1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
    -- John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do
    read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain

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

4. 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

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

6. 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

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

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. -- Douglas Case, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.

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

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

11. 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)

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

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

14. 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)

15. 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.)

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

17. Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it. -- Anonymous

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

19. 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

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

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

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

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

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

25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. -- Aesop


1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half 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 is the beginning of the end of any nation!


Xavier Onassis said...


Fredd said...

Nice little list, there, Joe. Too bad liberals don't believe that any of these little jems are true.

Joe said...

Fredd: Like XO above, liberals are condescending, arrogant, self-satisfied dolts who are bored by history's great principles. That's because they don't understand the concept of principles.

Fredd, I've been having trouble signing on to your blog. I keep getting a message that I have to have "permission" to even read it.

Seems somehow I got signed in with the wrong UN & PW. Don't know what that's about. Any ideas?

sue hanes said...

Joe - This is what you are best at.

Of Great Truths - #2 is my favorite.

About #3 - Harry Truman substituted the word Republican for Congressman.

Anonymous said...

Good 1, 2,3,4,and 5

Ducky's here said...

You can get a body of snippets lampooning anything you like, Joe.

Twain is quite good. I enjoy him best when he eviscerates Protestantism.

Lisa said...

So true Joe . I love these sayings.
Many of which have played out or are already playing out.
Isn't it amazing how liberals still feel they are more knowledgeable than these brilliant men?

Anonymous said...

I'm sick and tired of Black history month, black this and black that, enough already!

Fredd said...


Yeah, the comments on Fredd are snafu right now. I goofed up trying to keep anonymous jerks from my comments section, I must have thrown the baby out with the bathwater and disallowed even the good guys (such as yourself).

I will work on it...

The Political Chic said...

Someone should tell Our Liar in Chief (Our Failed President) that words are cheap!

Joe said...

TPC: Most words are cheap. His words have increased our debt, driven down housing, increased our deficit, driven up the cost of groceries, and put health care out of the reach of almost half the nation.

The Ditto Head said...

Every day this Bozo and his administration keeps treating us like stupid idiots. It´s a shame we can´t believe or trust one word they say. If we can´t defeat them in the next couple of elections, it´s over folks.

Xavier Onassis said...

You people are silly.

And, I might add, completely out of touch with reality.

Jo Joe said "His words have increased our debt, driven down housing, increased our deficit, driven up the cost of groceries, and put health care out of the reach of almost half the nation."

Not a single word of that is true. Not. One. Word.

The Ditto Head came closest to the truth when he said "If we can´t defeat them in the next couple of elections, it´s over folks."

That is true. But it's not "over" for America, the American People or American principles and ideals.

It's only "over" from the radical right conservatives that have kept America from living up to it's principles and ideals since the birth of the Conservative movement in the late 50's and early 60's culminating in their peak during the Reagan years.

They have been on the decline beginning with the election of Bill Clinton and in another few election cycles Republicans will be as inconsequential as the Whigs and the Bull Moose Party.


Because much like dogmatic Christian Evangelists, they refuse to examine their own beliefs with a critical eye. They truly believe that their message is infallibly True and Real, it's only the delivery or the messenger that is flawed.

That's why they are doomed.

It is the very core of conservative conviction that is flawed.

It is religious fundamentalism that is flawed.

It is Tea Party Libertarianism that is flawed.

It is strict Constitutional Constructionism that is flawed.

It is White Male Patriarchy over women that is flawed.

It is Hysterical Paranoid Xenophobia that is flawed.

It is deep, DEEP Racism that is flawed.

It is the fawning, humiliating worship of the rich and wealthy ruling class (who view you as lower than scum) that is flawed.

It is the eager willingness to believe in things for which there isn't a shred of evidence that is flawed.

You could get away with all of those ridiculous positions 1000 years ago, 100 years ago, even 60 or 20 years ago.

But not anymore. It's over. You're through.

Joe said...

XO: You're so depressing!