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Alexis de Tocqueville
"A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it." -
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Top 5 quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville
"There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one."
"In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them."
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
"What is the most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class."
"America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
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"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
"If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion."
"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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