Seriously, stop repeating this crap. In a earlier entry, I covered many of the quotes from a long list of supposed “Great Truths” that make anti-government activists tingle with delight. Here’s the second half, along with the correct attributions and context.
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. — Mark Twain
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. — Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
There is no distinctly Native American criminal class…save Congress. — Mark Twain
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. — Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. — Thomas Jefferson
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. — Aesop
FIVE BEST SENTENCES1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for…another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!