Ronald Reagan, Economy

"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, subsidise it.”

Ronald Reagan

P.J. O'Rourke, Charity

"There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'll do good with his own money -- if a gun is held to his head."

P.J. O'Rourke

H.L. Mencken (1)

"It is not a sign of communal well-being when men turn to their government to execute all their business for them, but rather a sign of decay, as in the United States today."

H.L. Mencken

P.J. O'Rourke, All the trouble (3)

"When government does, occasionally, work, it works in an elitist fashion. That is, government is most easily manipulated by people who have money and power already. This is why government benefits usually go to people who don't need benefits from government. Government may make some environmental improvements, but these will be improvements for rich bird-watchers. And no one in government will remember that when poor people go bird-watching they do it at Kentucky Fried Chicken", All the trouble in the world (1994)

P.J. O'Rourke

P.J. O'Rourke, All the trouble (2)

"Government subsidies can be critically analyzed according to a simple principle: You are smarter than the government, so when the government pays you to do something you wouldn't do on your own, it is almost always paying you to do something stupid", All the trouble in the world (1994)

P.J. O'Rourke

P.J. O'Rourke, All the trouble (1)

"Bureaucrats want bigger bureaus. Special interests are interested in whatever's special to them. These two groups bring great pressure to bear upon politicians who have another agenda yet: to cater to the temporary whims and fads of the public and the press", All the trouble in the world (1994)

P.J. O'Rourke

Stephen Moore

"In 1940, 4 million Americans worked for government and 11 million worked in manufacturing. Today, there are 7 million more Americans working for government (21.5 million) than in all manufacturing industries (14.5 million). We have shifted from an economy of people who make things, to an economy of people who tax, regulate, subsidize and outlaw things", Pricey Government Prize

Stephen Moore