Quoth Reagan

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

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.

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party.

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.

Man is not free unless government is limited.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!

One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.

Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.

Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.

We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.

Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

It’s clear that the massive deficits our government runs is one of the root causes of our profound economic problems, and for too many years this process has come too easily for us. We’ve lived beyond our means and then financed our extravagance on the backs of the American people.

Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something, the people will produce less of it. So, we cut the people’s tax rates, and the people produced more than ever before.

Sources: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/ronald_reagan.html http://reaganquotes.wordpress.com/

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One Comment on “Quoth Reagan”

  1. JD Says:

    He also said: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, an I’m here to help.'”


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