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"There is increasing evidence that most of the corporate tax is paid by workers in the form of lower wages and by customers in the form of higher prices." -- Richard Rahn

"The corporate income tax  impedes U.S. competitiveness. " -- Dan Mitchell

"Some dedicated people with intelligence may suffer through ed school in order to teach, but many others will decide that they have better things to do than listen to the pretentious garbage presented to students under the guise of teacher training." -- Thomas Sowell

"I believe gangsta rap does cause violence.  Every time I hear it I want to shoot the radio." -- Gregory Whipple

"The problem for the Democrats is that a significant number of their voters are far more passionate about their party's enemies than their country's." -- Vic Irish

"Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies. ... None of the four wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong. It is weakness ... that invites adventurous adversaries to make mistaken judgments." -- President Ronald Reagan

"They even made a movie about Mitch, and I always thought that he killed himself, not out of despair over his romance with his live-in, but as a result of being played by Martin Sheen." -- Scott Cook, HERE

"Martin Sheen is a pompous ass." -- Neal Boortz   "He really is." -- Environmentalist Belinda Skelton (they met him in New Hampshire) 1-28-04

"A moral compass needle needs a butt end. Whatever direction France is pointing -- toward collaboration with Nazis, accommodation with communists, existentialism, Jerry Lewis, or UN resolution veto -- we can go the other way with a quiet conscience." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"Dan Rather scored a huge interview with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. When asked what it was like to talk to a crazy man, Saddam said, 'It’s really not that bad'." -- Conan O'Brien

"Think of it! Arabic women making law alongside the menfolk! Why, it's enough to make an embittered, gray-bearded screwball go out and machine-gun his camel." -- Bill Murchison, HERE

"Yemen to Celebrate Arab Illiteracy Day" -- headlne,Yemen News Agency Saba, 1-6-04

"I've been telling people for 12 years that if you want to get a nuclear device into the United States, just bring it through the port of Miami disguised as cocaine." -- Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer, 9/2/03

"In a very real sense, the reason September eleven of  '01 happened is because right behind me about five blocks the Frank Church committee hearings in the early 1970's and the Carter administration later in the 1970's largely destroyed the CIA's operations directorate." -- Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer, 9/2/03

 "Actually you can trace our failures in stopping global terror all the way back to Jimmy Carter and Democratic Senator Frank Church." -- Neal Boortz , 9/1/03

"Since 9/11 there are no more 'civilians'." -- Paul Harvey

"Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.'' -- Abba Eban

"We rather doubt [that  fanatical mystic, the self-righteous doctor-killer Rev. Paul] Hill will end up in heaven, but if he does, it raises an interesting question: Do non-Muslim terrorists also get 72 virgins?" -- James Taranto

"I am still trying to figure out how I am any worse off if Rush Limbaugh takes painkillers or Martha Stewart gets an inside tip." -- Thomas Sowell

"Trent Lott achieved the anatomical triumph of shoving his foot in his mouth while his head was already in an unlit nether region. ... But if you tell me that the concept of federalism is racist, I will say you're too dumb to be a spell-checker at an M&M factory." -- Jonah Goldberg

"The ultimate test of a belief in free speech should be whether it can be extended to people you hate." -- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
UN?intended  consequences  of  "hate crime"  laws

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." -- Adlai E. Stevenson,1952

"In small towns as well as large, good people outnumber bad people by 100 to 1.  In big towns the 100 are nervous.  But in small towns, it's the one." -- Paul Harvey

"Sprawl is beautiful." -- Doug Newman

"American history has proven when people live in freedom the vast majority of sovereign individuals believe in, and practice, the golden rule." -- Rick Gaber

“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.” -- Justice Learned Hand, 1944

"Incentives matter." -- Steven Landsburg
"The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it." -- Harry Browne

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." -- Alexis De Tocqueville

"Politicians don't like empowered individuals." -- Neal Boortz
"There is nothing quite so depressing as waking up to face a day when you know that you are going to have to deal with a government office or bureaucrat." -- Neal Boortz

"You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.  If you have been living in a world where outcomes are everything, you may have a very hard time understanding bureaucratic thinking or practices." -- Thomas Sowell

"The goal of state schools is to churn out obedient citizens, not educated ones." -- Nick Ebinger

"And what is a good citizen?  Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual.  Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point.  A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps." -- H.L. Mencken

"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos." -- H. L. Mencken, 1919

"In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing." -- Autobiography of Mark Twain by Samuel Clemens

"Contrary to popular belief, people who buy political influence are vastly outnumbered by people who are sold political influence by creative or desperate politicians." -- Rick Gaber

"A paycheck for work performed is a genuine entitlement. A claim against that paycheck by those who would rather vote for a living than work for one is neither genuine nor something to which one is entitled in a free society.  Let’s correct the thought patterns that allow the current misuse of the term to undergird the modern welfare state." -- Larry Reed

"Democrats divide their time between deploring anything that benefits rich people and standing in front of rich people, like Oliver Twist with his porridge bowl, begging for more." -- George Will

"Anyone who thinks that government -- any government -- has the right to disarm its citizens is not a libertarian." -- David F. Nolan, Founder, Libertarian Party of the United States

"If you support the war on drugs in its present form, then you're only paying lip-service to the defense of freedom, and you don't really grasp the concept of the sovereign individual human being." -- Neal Boortz

"I began to study marijuana in 1967... I had not yet learned that there is something very special about illicit drugs. If they don't always make the drug user behave irrationally, they certainly cause many non-users to behave that way."-- Dr. Lester Grinspoon

"H.L. Mencken said,  'The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.'  Does 'global warming' come to mind? -- Oh, and Hillary says there is a 'hidden' child care crisis.  Could she have meant to say 'imaginary'child care crisis?" -- Neal Boortz

"There's a whole herd of sacred cows grazing in the lush green pastures of the federal government. Even though many of them quit giving milk long ago, we still fund them. I say take 'em out and shoot 'em." -- Sen. Zell Miller

"We now have the biggest, most expensive federal government in history. Federal employees are thicker than maggots on a rotting carcass." -- Sen. Zell Miller
"And they're doing exactly the same thing, only they don't grow wings and fly away." -- Rick Gaber

"A welfare state is scared to death of poor people coming in and rich people getting out." -- Harry Browne

"By the end of the 1800's there were literally thousands of charities set up by private citizens motivated by their own intense desire to help those who could use a leg-up in life, which they found they could successfully finance by soliciting funds and volunteer help from other citizens through the power of simple persuasion.  By the end of the 1900's the vast majority of those charities had been put out of business by politicians motivated by their own intense desire for political power and for the undeserved love of the poor, which they found they could buy with other people's money taken by force, specifically the coercive method of taxation." -- Rick Gaber

“A progressive is one who is in favor of more taxes instead of less, more bureaus and jobholders, more paternalism and meddling, more regulation of private affairs and less liberty.  In general, he would be inclined to regard the repeal of any tax as outrageous.” -- H. L. Mencken

"The greater the desire to perform humanitarian deeds through legislation, the greater the violence required to achieve it." -- Ron Paul
"It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost." -- Murray N. Rothbard
"The point to remember is that what the government gives, it must first take away." -- John S. Coleman
"The purpose of the government is to provide the service, and the purpose of the media is to provide the vaseline." -- old libertarian joke

"Selfishness is the pursuit of happiness, freedom, and individual aspirations." -- Rachel Patzer

"'Selfish' has two entirely different meanings!" -- Rick Gaber

"Market bashers ... might understand the claim that in some particular field, markets required no intervention--though they'd be skeptical--but the notion that, on general principle, complex systems ran themselves just fine without benign intervention seemed like it could only be the product of a quasi-religious faith. ... Of course, this gets things almost precisely backwards. It is the idea that all order must be explained by a functioning mind at the helm, not its denial, that has the closet affinity to the religious instinct."-- Julian Sanchez

"Not understanding the process of a spontaneously-ordered economy goes hand-in-hand with not understanding the creation of resources and wealth." -- Julian Simon

"The trouble with so-called 'sensible gun laws' is that they make absolutely no sense. The politicians who pass them are asking Americans to believe that a cunning serial killer will walk into a gun store, produce a valid ID, and buy a firearm that can be traced directly to him.  The American people may be scared, but they're not scared senseless." -- George Getz

"A moderate is either someone who has no moral code of his own, or if he does, then he's someone who doesn't have the guts to take sides between good and evil." -- Rick Gaber

"He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own." -- Aesop

"No man is justified in doing wrong on the grounds of expediency." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"You can judge a man by the books in his library." -- Mark Skousen

"No nation was ever ruined by trade." -- Benjamin Franklin

"The problem with politics isn't the money; it's the power." -- Harry Browne

"An armed society is a polite society."-- Robert A. Heinlein

"70,000,000 gun owners in America behaved peacefully today..." -- relayed by Shonda Ponder

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