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"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office."
"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time."
"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."
"Egalitarians create the most dangerous inequality of all -- inequality of power. Allowing politicians to determine what all other human beings will be allowed to earn is one of the most reckless gambles imaginable. Like the income tax, it may start off being applied only to the rich but it will inevitably reach us all."
"We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"
"Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem."
"Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."
"The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution."
"I think the best possible social program is a job."
"Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself."
"As government expands, liberty contracts."
"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
"A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth."
"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size."
"Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?"
"If we have Senators and Congressmen there that can't protect themselves against the evil temptations of lobbyists, we don't need to change our lobbies, we need to change our representatives."
"Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets."
"Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws."
"The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten."
"Where there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned."
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