America isn’t about envy. America isn’t about class rivalry. We don’t have a class system in America. … If America has a structural economic problem, it’s that we don’t generate as many economic opportunities as we should and can do. Tom Clancy
Executive Orders, 1996
From every mountainside let freedom ring.
Samuel Francis Smith
from the anthem ‘America’, 1831
Opponents of repeal [of the Death Tax] today should be as honest as the sponsors of the tax were in 1916, when the preamble to the bill creating it declared that the aim was ‘to break up the swollen fortunes of the rich.’ Of course, such rhetoric today would seem quaint, faintly risible, and even President Clinton would not risk using it.Today it’s more clear ‘swollen fortunes’ really enrich the entire country. Accumulations of capital provide the investments that create wealth for all, so we should abolish the inheritance tax. Thomas G. Dolan
Barron’s Sept 4, 2000
today should be as honest … ]
The era of resistance to big government is never over.
Wall Street Journal, Week of March 6th, 1998.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience? George Bernard Shaw
There is a phrase which has grown so common in the world’s mouth that it has come to seem to have sense and meaning — the sense and meaning implied when it is used — that is, the phrase which refers to this or that or the other nation as possibly being ‘capable of self-government’; and the implied sense of it is, that there has been a nation somewhere, sometime or other which wasn’t capable of it — wasn’t as able to govern itself as some self-appointed specialists were or would be to govern it. Mark Twain
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835-1910), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual. Thomas Jefferson
[F]reedom includes the right to own private property and the freedom to engage in voluntary transactions – the underpinnings of the free market. When government infringes on these rights or refuses to protect them, it retards economic growth.
Investors Business Daily, August 26, 1997
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt