You don't pay taxes - they take taxes.
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament.
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.
Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Jorge Luis Borges
I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.
People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income.
To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.
Charles de Secondat
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it.
Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
John W. Gardner
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
Americans no longer look to government for economic security; rather, they look to their portfolios.
As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States.
Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.
Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.
William E. Gladstone
I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
But let us remember, at the same time, government is sacred, and not to be trifled with.
The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.
But no one has yet succeeded in reducing the size or scope of the federal government.
James Q. Wilson
The essence of good government is trust.
The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
Bureaucracy gives birth to itself and then expects maternity benefits.
Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners.
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
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