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Great summary by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan:

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.

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When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, he asked his famous question “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” and he answered it at the same time in a campaign commercial titled “It is Morning Again in America”. Therein, he listed all the ways the country was better off than it had been four years earlier when he defeated Jimmy Carter.

As Thomas Sowell points out, we should not wait for any “Morning in America” ads from Obama. Indeed, “Mourning in America” might be more appropriate.

Since his presidency has no track record that would win any votes, we will see an election campaign focused on distracting innuendoes instead of hard facts. Much like I expected months ago when I wrote that style will be more important than substance.


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Random collection of quotes on politicians:

Ernest Benn:

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.

Groucho Marx:

Those are my principles.  If you don’t like them, I have others.

Dick Armey:

Three groups spend other people’s money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.

Will Rogers:

The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.  The one that’s out always looks the best.

Joseph Sobran:

The difference between a politician and a pickpocket is that a pickpocket doesn’t always get indignant when you tell him to keep his hands to himself.

Politicians never accuse you of  ‘greed’ for wanting other people’s money — only for wanting to keep your own money.

Mark Twain:

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

Henry Cate VII:

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

Thomas Sowell:

There is nothing that politicians like better than handing out benefits to be paid for by someone else.

In politics, the truth is strictly optional and that also seems to be true in parts of the media.

You have to have a sense of humor if you follow politics. Otherwise, the sheer fraudulence of it all will get you down.

If politicians stopped meddling with things they didn’t understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocates.

Charley Reese:

Experience to a politician is like experience to a prostitute — not much to recommend them.

Ronald Reagan:

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession.  I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Milton Friedman:

If you really want to engage in policy activity, don’t make that your vocation.  Make it your avocation.  Get a job.  Get a secure base of income.  Otherwise, you’re going to get corrupted and destroyed.

source: Freedom Keys

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Thinking about the disappointing field of Republican candidates this year, one might ask what has happened to the Grand Old Party. Back in 1964, leading Republicans were way better – with respect to style and substance. During the Goldwater campaign, Ronald Reagan delivered the great speech “A Time for Choosing”:

No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income.

We are spending $45 billion on welfare. Now, do a little arithmetic and you’ll find that if we divided the $45 billion up equally among those nine million poor families, we’d be able to give each family $4’600 a year. And this added to their current income should eliminate poverty.

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The other day, Judge Andrew Napolitano discussed the issue of “change” in political campaigns and in politics in general. He astutely points to the fact that Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign focused on “change” in a way that people with very different political backgrounds were able to support him. However, three years later we have to accept that this campaign was a brilliant fraud.

Moreover, this is just the tip of the iceberg:

It’s a sad state of affairs that a simple return to first principles represents fundamental change.

The dirty, little secret about change in government: Nobody in power actually likes change.

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tribute to reagan

There is much reason to disagree with his policies, but no doubt Ronald Wilson Reagan is one of America’s most popular presidents of all time. On youtube, there is a great tribute to the 40th president, summarizing some of his most affecting words:

I know it is hard to understand that sometimes painful things like this happen. It is all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It is all part of taking a chance and expanding mankind’s horizons. The future does not belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

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