Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“I don’t actually believe people are being bred to be stupid. What is happening is that they’re being trained out of the ability to think for themselves. What should happen is for people to be allowed to grow and develop and learn from their mistakes within reason. Of course charity has it’s place, but I want a world where there is less of a need for charity because we have fully adult people capable of caring for themselves. Then charity will be able to reach farther with less and easily meet the demands that exist. I do, however, believe that we are breeding poor businesses with state-capitalism.”
Dale Everett (Anarchy in Your Head)

“For a number of reasons, wars usually occur in tough economic times. Governments always like to find foreigners to blame for their problems, and that includes other countries blaming the U.S. In the end, I wouldn’t be surprised to see violence, tax revolt, or even parts of the country trying to secede. I don’t think I can adequately emphasize how serious this thing is likely to get. Nothing is certain, but it seems to me the odds are very, very high for an absolutely world-class disaster.”
Doug Casey

“Although the American political genius (now largely defunct) was for the division and dispersion of power, most men will always prefer a dictatorial monarchy. Caesars and Bonapartes are perennially popular. Fascism is so natural to man that it’s a marvel that the rule of law survives at all.”
Joe Sobran

“A productive, free, and peaceful society cannot be held together by violence, surveillance, torture, SWAT teams, lies, and prisons. Neither can it countenance governmental policies of plundering the fruits of the labors of an entire population, and redistributing it to the institutional friends of those in power.”
Butler Shaffer

“I am convinced that there are more threats to American liberty within the 10-mile radius of my office on Capitol Hill than there are on the rest of the globe.”
Ron Paul

“In Texas, we actually know it is a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth. If we don’t, we may end up with an old nag. One thing that concerns me is that dollars are going to come into Texas that require us to match those dollars, and then two years from now, those federal dollars won’t be there, but we will be on the hook to pay for those programs going forward.”
Texas governor Rick Perry, voiceing concern over whether the state could afford federal strings. [Wow! A politician saying something that makes sense!]

“To restore prosperity, credit (derived from real savings rather than a printing press) must flow to producers. Greater liquidity for business will lead to legitimate job creation, increased production, and rising living standards. By further encumbering the economy with burdensome regulation, and by transferring business decisions to vote-seeking politicians who will bail out the irresponsible, reward failure and punish success, the government will create a society destined for misery.”
Peter D. Schiff

“If there's one silver lining to the crisis, it's that more and more people are figuring out that so-called respectable opinion has been dead wrong, and for a long time. The economics profession, by and large, has embarrassed itself with a Keynesianism so crude it would not satisfy a bright sixth-grader.”
Thomas E. Woods

“The state is some nanny. It is the only nanny that forces you to hire her. It is the only nanny that employs coercion, compulsion, threats, fines, and imprisonment. The state is the last entity that should be entrusted with enforcing morality.”
Laurence Vance

“Why am I expected to bow down before others? Why should anyone bow down who does not want to? Why should I be ruled by others? Why should anyone be ruled by others who does not want to be so ruled?
If you ever hear a good answer, let me know. I have not yet heard a good answer. The force and power to make me bow down is not an answer.”
Michael Rozeff

From the Darkness:
“The solvency of the state is on the line. It is really quite a system where the fate of the state rests upon the shoulders of a couple of members of a minority party. The system frankly needs to be changed.”
Darrell Steinberg, the California State Senate’s president pro tempore, discussing the state’s financial crisis.

"Lincoln continues to rank at the top in all categories because he is perceived to embody the nation's avowed core values: integrity, moderation, persistence in the pursuit of honorable goals, respect for human rights, compassion"
Howard University's Edna Medford

“And while we need to do everything in the short-term to get our economy moving again, we must recognize that having inherited a trillion-dollar deficit, we need to begin restoring fiscal discipline and taming our exploding deficits over the long-term.”
Barry Obama, immediately after adding another $787 billion dollars to the deficit.

"We believe the requested working capital loan is the least-costly alternative and will help provide an important stimulus to the U.S. economy and deliver positive results for American taxpayers."
Chrysler chief executive Robert L. Nardelli while begging for another $5 billion in bailout funds.

“To meet urgent security needs, I approved a request from Secretary Gates to deploy a Marine Expeditionary Brigade later this spring and an Army Stryker Brigade and the enabling forces necessary to support them later this summer.”
Barry Obama describing his first escalation of the US-Afghanistan Crusade. [Sounds like the man’s got plenty more killin’ to do.]

"The Post should at least clarify what point they were trying to make in this cartoon, and reprimand their cartoonist for making inferences that are offensive and divisive at a time the nation struggles to come together to stabilize the economy if, in fact, this was yet another racially charged cartoon.”
Race baiter, Al Sharpton, criticizing a New York Post cartoon that parodies the economic stimulus bill by including a monkey.

"The veil of secrecy has been pulled aside, and we will continue to aggressively pursue those who shirk their federal tax obligations, or assist others in doing so."
John DiCicco, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department Tax Division, after UBS (Switzerland's largest bank) admitted helping U.S. taxpayers hide money from the IRS and agreed to pay $780 million in fines and restitution, and to turn over account information.

"People who have hidden unreported income off shore need to get right with their government. They should come forward and take advantage of our voluntary disclosure process."
IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman issuing a warning to taxpayers who held the accounts at UBS, telling them to voluntarily pay up.

"I believe there are better ways to reinvigorate our economy and believe [the stimulus bill] will burden future generations with unprecedented levels of debt."
Perry, after receiving the state's $17 billion share of the federal stimulus package
[Oops, please disregard above comment. It’s back to The Darkness for a politi-gangster talking out both sides of his mouth.]

“When we were industrializing and growing, we didn’t know any better; neither did Europe. Now we’re smart enough to figure out how to have the right kind of growth.”
Hillary Clinton, pushing her agenda of Soviet-style central planning. [Being a second-rate lawyer and First Lady certainly qualifies her to plan the lives of 6 billion people.]

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