Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Jorge Luis Borges
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
H. L. Mencken
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Sydney J. Harris
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
P. J. O'Rourke
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O'Rourke
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.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.
William E. Gladstone
I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.
If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
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.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
John W. Gardner
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
Otto von Bismarck
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
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.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.
Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
Louis D. Brandeis
Talk is cheap - except when Congress does it.
That government is best which governs least.
Henry David Thoreau
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern.
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.
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.
The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
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.
The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
Henry Ward Beecher
This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
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.
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
You don't pay taxes - they take taxes.