Government Quotes

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule

H.L. Mencken

It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error

Robert H. Jackson

A little government involvement is just as dangerous as a lot -because the first leads inevitably to the second

Harry Browne

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

This country is a one-party country. Half of it is called Republican and half is called Democrat. It doesn't make any difference. All the really good ideas belong to the Libertarians

Hugh Downs

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away

Barry Goldwater

There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action

Bertrand Russell

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program

Bob Wells

Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

Harry S Truman

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.

Richard M. Nixon

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

Will Rogers

I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit

Grover Cleveland

I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. To approve the measure would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded

Franklin Pierce

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents

James Madison

Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated

Thomas Jefferson

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