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Volume 17 No. 6 • July 2014


APPETIZERS

But ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm … But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity.
— James Madison, Federalist No. 46, 1788
(Unfortunately, the anti-federalists
were correct in almost every respect.)

Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain. Fancy giving money to the Government! Nobody will see the stuff again. Well, they’ve no idea what money’s for—Ten to one they’ll start another war.
— A. P. Herbert (1890–1971, English
novelist, playwright, and humorist

Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail.
— Henry Wheeler Shaw (1815–1885
American writer-humorist

The most improper job of any man, even saints … is bossing around other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.
— J. R. R. Tolkien (in a personal letter)

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.
— John Maynard Keynes, a very rich man

GARY BECKER, RIP:

When I think of my children and grand-children,” he says, “yes, they’ll have to fight. Liberty can’t be had on the cheap. But it’s not a hopeless fight. It’s not a hopeless fight by any means. I remain basically an optimist.”
— Gary Becker, Nobel Prize winning economist,
Mar. 27, 2010 interview in the Wall Street Journal (1957)

The Tax Foundation reports:

... the nation’s Tax Freedom Day will come on April 1st this year [2014], which is three days later than last year. In total, Americans will pay more in taxes in 2014 than on food, clothing, and shelter combined. They note that this includes $3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in states taxes, amounting to 30.2 percent of income.
(D&S Comment: This does not include the costs of regulation. Every bottle of a dietary supplement includes the cost of several hundred pages of regulations.)


An old Soviet joke goes like this:


A guy in a Gulag asks another guy:

How long are you in for?

Twenty years.

What did you do?

Nothing.

Nonsense. The sentence for nothing is only ten years.


War is when your government tells you who the enemy is. Revolution is when you figure it out for yourself.
— from a poster circulating by email

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