All taxation is an evil, but heavy taxes, indiscriminately levied on everything … are one of the greatest curses that can afflict people. Brooks Adams
writer-historian and grandson of President John Quincy Adams (1878)
The surplus is not the government’s money. The surplus is the people’s money. George W. Bush
August 3, 2000, Philadelphia, PA.
Read much, but not many books.
While all men within our territories are protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of their consciences; it is rationally expected from them in return, that they will be emulous of evincing the sanctity of their professions by the innocence of their lives, and the beneficence of their actions: for no man, who is profligate in his morals, or a bad member of the civil community, can possibly be a true Christian, or a credit to his own religious society. George Washington
New Hampshire is already a cold place, but the day we pass an income tax we’ll enter hell. And it’ll be an even colder day there. Bob Clegg
New Hampshire state Representative on the attempt to pass an income tax, U.S. News and World Report, April 12, 1999.
Money is not the root of all evil, not understanding the meaning of money is. Christian H F Riley
Rights.com, December 30, 1995
I have never been so well pleased, as when I could shift power from my own, on the shoulders of others; nor have I ever been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Monsieur Destutt de Tracy, January 26, 1811, reprinted in The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, XIII, ed. A. E. Bergh (1853) (1743-1826)
The most dangerous person on earth is the arrogant intellectual who lacks the humility necessary to see that society needs no masters and cannot be planned from the top down. Friedrich von Hayek
“Do you think that General Patton was woke? I don’t think he was too woke. I think he was the exact opposite. You know what woke means? It means you’re a loser. Everything woke turns to shit. Okay, it’s true. It’s true. Look at what’s happening,” Trump said to large applause.
I am tired of this thing called science…. We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped. Simon Cameron
Simon Cameron, U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania, demanding that funding end for the Smithsonian Institution, 1861