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"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?"
"Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets."
"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away."