In mijn laatste bijdrage van 2009 een aantal gedachten en quotes over de overheid door de eeuwen heen. Ik wens alle lezers, reaguurders, mede VSS schrijvers en iedereen die de vrijheid een warm hart toedraagt een bijzonder mooi, succesvol, gezond, initiatiefrijk maar vooral vrij 2010 !
While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill-little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.
There is far more danger in public than in private monopoly, for when Government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayers. Government never makes ends meet-and that is the first requisite of business.
— Thomas A. Edison
I firmly believe that the army of persons who urge greater and greater centralization of authority and greater and greater dependence upon the Federal Treasury are really more dangerous to our form of government than any external threat that can possibly be arrayed against us.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
The less government we have the better-the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Along this road of spending, the government either takes over, which is Socialism, or dictates institutional and economic life, which is Fascism.
— Herbert Hoover
As restrictions and prohibitions are multiplied the people grow poorer and poorer. When they are subjected to overmuch government, the land is thrown into confusion.
Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process.
— Ronald Reagan
Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.
— Will Rogers
As soon as government management begins it upsets the natural equilibrium of industrial relations, and each interference only requires further bureaucratic control until the end is the tyranny of the totalitarian state.
— Adam Smith (1776)
In general, the art of government consists of making as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.
Tenslotte een stimulus niet allen voor het verse jaar maar voor de rest van je leven:
Life does not stand still. Where there is no progress there is disintegration. Today a thousand doors of enterprise are open to you, inviting you to useful work. To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worth while.
— Grenville Kleiser