TAXES, SPENDING, DEBT & CURRENCY
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down. ~ Robert Orben
The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing. ~ Attributed to Jean Baptiste Colbert, minister of finance to Louis XIV of France. Also attributed to Cardinal Mazarin, under whom Colbert served.
The only difference between a taxman and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. ~ 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
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
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. ~ Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
A Power to Destroy
An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy. ~ Daniel Webster, 1819
In general, the art of [statist] government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
~ Voltaire (1764)
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Wasting the Labors of the People
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Democracy Will Cease to Exist
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Talk is cheap. Except when Congress does it. ~ Unknown
The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. ~ Ronald Reagan
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. ~ Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
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
The most delicious of all privileges-spending other people's money. ~ John Randolph, member of Congress
Debt / Deficits
Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it. ~ Richard Lamm
Bank-paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs. ~ Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Wayles Eppes, 1813.
And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. ~ Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Taylor, 1816.