• Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries - Douglas Casey, classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

• Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys - P. J. O'Rourke, civil libertarian

• If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free - P. J. O'Rourke

• Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress ... But then I repeat myself - Mark Twain

• 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

• A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul - George Bernard Shaw

• 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 Libby

• Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner - James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

• Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else - Frederic Bastiat, French economist (1801-1850)

• 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)

• I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts - Will Rogers

• 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)

• 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.)

• No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session - Mark Twain (1866)

• Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it - Unknown

• The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other - Ronald Reagan

• 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

• The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin - Mark Twain

• The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools - Herbert Spencer, English philosopher (1820-1903)

• There is no distinctly native American criminal class, save Congress - Mark Twain

• What this country needs are more unemployed politicians - Edward Langley, artist (1928 - 1995)

• A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have - Thomas Jefferson

A woman was walking down the street when she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The woman took out her wallet, got out $10 and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?"

"No I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless woman told her.

"Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?" she asked.

"No, I don't waste time shopping," the homeless woman said. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive."

"Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?" she next asked.

"Are you nuts!" replied the homeless woman. "I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!"

"Well," said the woman, "I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight."

The homeless woman was shocked. "What! Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting."

The woman said, "That's OK. It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments and wine."