Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Great Truths

1. In my many years I have come to a

conclusion that one useless man

is a shame, two is a law firm,

and three or more is a congress.

John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper

you are uninformed, if you do

read the newspaper you are

misinformed. — Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And

suppose you were a member of

Congress. But then I repeat

myself. — Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to

tax itself into prosperity is like a

man standing in a bucket and

trying to lift himself up by the

handle. –Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to

pay Paul can always depend on

the support of Paul. — George

Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a

great debt to his fellow man,

which debt he proposes to pay off

with your money. — G. Gordon


7. Democracy must be something

more than two wolves and a sheep

voting on what to have for

dinner. –James Bovard, Civil

Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a

transfer of money from poor

people in rich countries to rich

people in poor countries.

— Douglas Case,

Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.

9. Giving money and power to

government is like giving whiskey

and car keys to teenage boys.

— P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction,

through which everybody

endeavors to live at the expense

of everybody else. — Frederic

Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

11. 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.

–Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch

the government and report the

facts. — Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is

expensive now, wait until you

see what it costs when it’s free!

— P. J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of government

consists of taking as much

money as possible from one

party of the citizens to give to

the other. –Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an

interest in politics doesn’t mean

politics won’t take an interest

in you! — Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or

property is safe while the

legislature is in session.

— Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap, except when

Congress does it. — Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby’s

alimentary canal, with a happy

appetite at one end and no

responsibility at the other.

— Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is

the unequal sharing of the

blessings. The inherent blessing

of socialism is the equal sharing

of misery. — Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a

tax man and a taxidermist is that

the taxidermist leaves the skin.

— Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding

men from the effects of folly is

to fill the world with fools.

— Herbert Spencer, English


22. There is no distinctly Native

American criminal class, save

Congress. — Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are

more unemployed politicians

–Edward Langley,


24. A government big enough to give

you everything you want, is

strong enough to take everything

you have.  — Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and

appoint the great ones to public

office. — Aesop

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