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Government observations…

‘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; wait 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


Net Humor — 10 Comments

  1. All dismally true, and just as true now as when they were coined.

  2. Ed- Yep!

    Ian- Sadly, and yes…

    Jim- That they do!

    Bob- Those folks DID have a way with words!

  3. At 73, I’m feeling blessed.
    -We’re on a fixed income but, barring the SHTF scenario, that income is sufficient to live pretty comfortably. So Biden-
    Bring it on.
    -We’ve lived a life that kids today will enjoy by watching “American Graffiti” over and over.
    -And we won’t be burdened with this massive national debt for the majority of our lives. (However, SHTF is a distinct possibility because of it.)
    We live in interesting times, don’t we? 😉

  4. Those men are extremely optimistic, aren’t they?

  5. GB- Yep, doing the same down here. Cutting back on extraneous ‘nice to have’ stuff until I see which way things are going to fall out.

    Bob- Maybe…

    WSF- Yep