Best Quotes About Government

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

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. -Milton Friedman

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. -Ronald Reagan

The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark. -Jack Anderson

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it. -Abraham Lincoln

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. -Frank Herbert

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. -Thomas Jefferson

The taxpayer – that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. -Ronald Reagan

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. -Thomas Jefferson

World War II was the last government program that really worked. -George Will

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. -Will Rogers

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. -Tom Robbins

Vigilant and effective antitrust enforcement today is preferable to the heavy hand of government regulation of the Internet tomorrow. -Orrin Hatch

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world. -Frank Lloyd Wright

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office. -Ambrose Bierce

The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie. -George Deukmejian

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. -Lewis Mumford

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. -Woodrow Wilson

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

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

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. -Richard Lamm

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government. -John W. Gardner

The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. -Thomas Paine

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. -Wendell Phillips

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery. -Jonathan Swift

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. -James Madison

Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home. -William E. Gladstone

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. -Henry David Thoreau

If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law. -Lysander Spooner

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. -P. J. O'Rourke

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale. -John W. Gardner

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep. -Will Rogers

I don't know if I can live on my income or not – the government won't let me try it. -Bob Thaves

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. -Thomas Jefferson

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. -George Washington

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost. -Aristotle

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. -Adolf Hitler

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. -James Madison

It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States. -Andrew Jackson

A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government. -Spiro T. Agnew

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press. -Hugo Black

Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell. -Hugo Black

In revealing the workings of government that led to the Vietnam War, the newspapers nobly did precisely that which the Founders hoped and trusted they would do. -Hugo Black

The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. -Hugo Black

The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government. -William O. Douglas

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss. -Abba Eban

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today – and longed for them tomorrow. -Abba Eban

I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat. -Pierre Trudeau

We're the only branch of government that explains itself in writing every time it makes a decision. -Byron White

I learned in business that you had to be very careful when you told somebody that's working for you to do something, because the chances were very high he'd do it. In government, you don't have to worry about that. -George P. Shultz

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. -Gerald R. Ford

The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust our own government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them. -J. William Fulbright

For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a 'peace conference', you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes. -Joseph Stalin

The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion. -John Paul Stevens

The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. -Potter Stewart

One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt. -Lee Iacocca

A government is not legitimate merely because it exists. -Jeane Kirkpatrick

I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts. -Harold MacMillan

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. -Thurgood Marshall

The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world – no ideals. -Golda Meir

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

President Reagan was elected on the promise of getting government off the backs of the people and now he demands that government wrap itself around the waists of the people. -Ralph Nader

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program. -Bob Wells

She is the first head of government in history to give a whole country its second childhood. -Simon Hoggart

When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned. -Herbert Hoover

It is the duty of Her Majesty's government neither to flap nor to falter. -Harold MacMillan

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. -Bertrand Russell

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers. -Wendell Phillips

Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government. -Wendell Phillips

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck. -Guy de Maupassant

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship. -Harry S Truman

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. -Thomas Jefferson

Who knows? Maybe my life belongs to God. Maybe it belongs to me. But I do know one thing: I'm damned if it belongs to the government. -Art Hoppe

Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it. -Will Rogers

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs. -Elbert Hubbard

The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power. -John Stuart Mill

That government is best which governs least. -Henry David Thoreau

Government 'help' to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. -Ayn Rand

The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing. -Herbert Spencer

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another. -Voltaire

All government, of course, is against liberty. -H. L. Mencken

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. -Woodrow Wilson

Fear is the foundation of most governments. -John Adams

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. -Thomas Jefferson

Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. -Ayn Rand

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. -Ayn Rand

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is. -Thomas Jefferson

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy. -Milton Friedman

If government were a product, selling it would be illegal. -P. J. O'Rourke

Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry. -Joseph Heller

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too. -Richard M. Nixon

When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties. -Marquis de Lafayette

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government. -Barry Goldwater

No law can give power to private persons; every law transfers power from private persons to government. -Isabel Paterson

People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income. -Robert Half

In government, one actress is enough. -Evita Peron

There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience. -Stokely Carmichael

A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. -Will Rogers

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

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination. -Voltaire

It's easy being a humorist when you've got the whole government working for you. -Will Rogers

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. -Ronald Reagan

As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything. -Pierre Beaumarchais

Just because society, and government, and whatever was different 100 years ago, doesn't mean that people didn't have sex, pick their nose, or swear. -Kate Winslet

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before. -John Perry Barlow

Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds. -John Perry Barlow

Journalists should denounce government by public opinion polls. -Dan Rather

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. -Jesse Jackson

Congress seems to want to cure every ill known to man except unconstitutional government and high taxes. -Charley Reese

While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile. -Madeleine Albright

We cannot wait for governments to do it all. Globalization operates on Internet time. Governments tend to be slow moving by nature, because they have to build political support for every step. -Kofi Annan

History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior. -Vladimir Putin

Censorship is advertising paid by the government. -Federico Fellini

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. -Abraham Lincoln

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ours is a government of checks and balances. The Mafia and crooked businessmen make out checks, and the politicians and other compromised officials improve their bank balances. -Steve Allen

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives. -Robert A. Heinlein

Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith. -John Dalberg-Acton

The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries. -John Adams

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. -John Adams

The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other. -Walter Bagehot

Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one – in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success. -Walter Bagehot

Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. -Ambrose Bierce

Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people. -Henry Clay

He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor. -Grover Cleveland

Good government is good politics. -Richard J. Daley

Look at our Lords disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government? -Richard J. Daley

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. -Plato

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. -Clement Attlee

You can talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important thing is the struggle everybody is engaged in to get better living conditions, and they are not interested too much in government. -Bernard Baruch

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home. -Winston Churchill

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. -Andrew Jackson

The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery. -Thomas Jefferson

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -Thomas Jefferson

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. -Thomas Jefferson

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. -Thomas Jefferson

I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual. -Samuel Johnson

The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil. -James Monroe

A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties. -Franklin Pierce

Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. -Plato

How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it. -Henry David Thoreau

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. -Henry David Thoreau

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. -Alexis de Tocqueville

A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. -Harry S Truman

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years. -Harry S Truman

Many people around the President have sizeable egos before entering government, some with good reason. Their new positions will do little to moderate their egos. -Donald Rumsfeld

The Federal Government should be the last resort, not the first. Ask if a potential program is truly a federal responsibility or whether it can better be handled privately, by voluntary organizations, or by local or state governments. -Donald Rumsfeld

But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist. -Lysander Spooner

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. -Thomas Jefferson

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. -Ayn Rand

The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans. -Benjamin Disraeli

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable. -H. L. Mencken

By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. -John Maynard Keynes

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy. -Thomas Jefferson

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. -Louis D. Brandeis

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. -Albert Einstein

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. -Benjamin Franklin

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. -H. L. Mencken

On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. -Will Rogers

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. -Eleanor Roosevelt

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent. -Edith Sitwell

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. -Thomas Sowell

Every country has the government it deserves. -Joseph de Maistre

Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed. -I. F. Stone

We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another. -Richard M. Nixon

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. -Aristotle

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. -James Madison

If you seek Hamilton's monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton's country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government. -George Will

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. -H. L. Mencken

I don't believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I have changed government policy solely because of a contribution. -William J. Clinton

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. -Thomas Paine

The art of government is the organisation of idolatry. -George Bernard Shaw

If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it. -Woodrow Wilson

If Bush, as I believe, has reliable information on the fact that Saddam Hussein is making weapons of mass destruction, I cannot not support the policies of his government. -Steven Spielberg

I'm very, very concerned about the Bush presidency. I'm worried about the kinds of cuts in domestic programs that mean something to a lot of people, including members of my family, who depend on certain things from the government. -Sarah Jessica Parker

The government itself is running exactly like the Sopranos and they sit back and they make deals. And they say okay, 'I'm going do this: France, you're getting the pipelines.' -George Clooney

It's dismaying to see the unilateralism that the government is doing. -Edward Norton

I almost forgot what it's like to be proud of my government. -Edward Norton

Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those who complied with the injunctions of the laws, Socrates considered the government to be an aristocracy. -Xenophon

An interim government was set up in Afghanistan. It included two women, one of whom was Minister of Women's Affairs. Man, who'd she have to show her ankles to to get that job? -Tina Fey

Any government that supports, protects or harbours terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes. -George W. Bush

Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. -George Washington

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth! -Ronald Reagan

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement. -Ronald Reagan

Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. -Ronald Reagan

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. -Ronald Reagan

A government is the only vessel that leaks from the top. -James Reston

The government is us; we are the government, you and I. -Theodore Roosevelt

The way we're really going to grow the economy is to invest in people, to invest in innovation, to have the federal government put money in the kind of research that will create the new high-technology, biotechnology industries that will create the millions of new jobs. -Joe Lieberman

The happiness of society is the end of government. -John Adams

A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay. -Amos Bronson Alcott

The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect. -Sam Ewing

A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward. -Otto von Bismarck

It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state. -John Kenneth Galbraith

It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right. -William E. Gladstone

It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most. -Walter Lippmann

In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents. -Walter Lippmann

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign. -Anatole France

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions. -Vaclav Havel

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it. -Alexander Herzen

Elections are held to delude the populace into believing that they are participating in government. -Gerald F. Lieberman

You could afford your house without the government if it weren't for the government. -Rush Limbaugh

Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government. -Milton Friedman

We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it. -George Farquhar

The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government. -Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The government is best which makes itself unnecessary. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad. -Denis Diderot

Bush is going in the wrong way. And I dare say, that is what the strategy of his administration is, is just to wipe out government's purpose for any social and economic justice at all. And I'm going to take the country in an opposite direction than he's taking it. -Dennis Kucinich

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government. -Alexander Hamilton

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Liberal Democrats are inexorably opposed to tax cuts, because tax cuts give people more power, and take away from the role of government. -Rush Limbaugh

You know why there's a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one. -Rush Limbaugh

The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes. -Calvin Coolidge

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more. -Albert Camus

The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves. -William Ellery Channing

Institutions – government, churches, industries, and the like – have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction. -Charles Horton Cooley

The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society. -James Fenimore Cooper

That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part. -Thomas Jefferson

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. -Thomas Jefferson

So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done. -Thomas Jefferson

The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. -James Madison

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? -James Madison

Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests. -C. Wright Mills

Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society. -Niccolo Machiavelli

The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts. -William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

The supply of government exceeds demand. -Lewis H. Lapham

As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending. -Andrew Jackson

Lets tell young people the best books are yet to written; the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them. -John Erskine

If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government. -Barry Goldwater

Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. -Grover Cleveland

If you join government, calmly make your contribution and move on. Don't go along to get along; do your best and when you have to – and you will – leave, and be something else. -Peggy Noonan

Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us. -P. J. O'Rourke

The motivation for war is simple. The U.S. government started the war with Iraq in order to make it easy for U.S. corporations to do business in other countries. They intend to use cheap labor in those countries, which will make Americans rich. -Michael Moore

It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong. -Wendell Willkie

We're aligning ourselves with Kerry. Our allegiance will be for peace, against war, no more deaths for oil, and for a dialogue between the government of Spain and the new Kerry administration. -Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

We must take away the government's credit card. With limits on both tax revenue and borrowing, the Federal government would finally be forced to get serious about spending cuts. -Alan Keyes

The income tax is a twentieth-century socialist experiment that has failed. Before the income tax was imposed on us just 80 years ago, government had no claim to our income. Only sales, excise, and tariff taxes were allowed. -Alan Keyes

My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government – he promised Dad he'd go straight. -John F. Kennedy

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. -Paul Harvey

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. -Ansel Adams

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. -Fred Woodworth

The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people. -William O. Douglas

Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government. -Richard M. Nixon

The main thing that endears the United Nations to member governments, and so enables it to survive, is its proven capacity to fail, and to be seen to fail. -Conor Cruise O'Brien

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless. -Milton Friedman

Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich. -C. Northcote Parkinson

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger. -Confucius

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. -P. J. O'Rourke

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government. -Henry Ward Beecher

Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty. -Henry Ward Beecher

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. -Thomas Jefferson

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. -James Madison

I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government. -Woody Allen

Asia's governments come in two broad varieties: young, fragile democracies – and older, fragile authoritarian regimes. -Paul Samuelson

It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism. -Earl Warren

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. -Edmund Burke

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. -James A. Garfield

The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense. -William J. Clinton

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty. -Hubert H. Humphrey

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. -Winston Churchill

It is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities, it's an irresponsible government that fails to choose. -Tony Blair

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think. -Adolf Hitler

The Canadian government continues to say they will not help us if we go to war with Iraq. However, the prime minister of Canada said he'd like to help, but he's pretty sure that last time he checked, Canada had no army. -Conan O'Brien

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision. -Barbara W. Tuchman

In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment. -E. L. Doctorow

If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France. -Nicolas Chamfort

There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state. -Michel de Montaigne

Truth is the glue that holds government together. -Gerald R. Ford

Good government is the outcome of private virtue. -John Jay Chapman

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. -Andrew Jackson

The government is tottering. We must deal it the death blow an any cost. To delay action is the same as death. -Vladimir Lenin

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. -Abraham Lincoln

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. -Confucius

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other. -Napoleon Bonaparte

We are a government of laws. Any laws some government hack can find to louse up a man who's down. -Murray Kempton

One of these days the people of Louisiana are going to get good government – and they aren't going to like it. -Huey Long

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression. -H. L. Mencken

Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy. -P. J. O'Rourke

Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there. -P. J. O'Rourke

Taxes are like abortion, and not just because both are grotesque procedures supported by Democrats. You're for them or against them. Taxes go up or down; government raises taxes or lowers them. But Democrats will not let the words 'abortion' or 'tax hikes' pass their lips. -Ann Coulter

The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens. -Arlen Specter

To restore the trust of the people, we must reform the way the government operates. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

We are a forward-looking people, and we must have a forward-looking government. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

When the people become involved in their government, government becomes more accountable, and our society is stronger, more compassionate, and better prepared for the challenges of the future. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Family responsibility, yes, and always. Family bankruptcy due to the cruel rules of government, no. -Barbara Mikulski

The American people expect and deserve a government that works and leaders who work together. -Bill Frist

Families are the tie that reminds us of yesterday, provide strength and support today, and give us hope for tomorrow. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, or well-managed, can provide what our families provide. -Bill Owens

Nothing is worse, or more of a breach of the social contract between citizen and state, than for government officials, bureaucrats and agencies to waste the money entrusted to them by the people they serve. -Bob Riley

The fight for reform comes down to a simple goal: giving our citizens the confidence that government serves the people first and the people only. -Bob Riley

You elected government officials to make decisions and it's about time they started making good ones. -Bob Riley

A fundamental duty of government is to protect its people. -Brad Henry

No matter where you stand politically – even if you're unsure of what your political ideology is – it is important to take part in the process of shaping our government. -Brad Henry

Good ideas are the backbone of good government. -Brian Schweitzer

When businesses face tough times, one of the first items they cut is overhead expenses. The government should do the same. -Byron Dorgan

It's been said that government doesn't create jobs, business does. For the most part, this is true. But government creates the environment in which businesses can excel and expand. -Christine Gregoire

Thank God for our form of government. The media won't let there be any cover-up. -John McCain

I feel good because I believe I have made progress in rebuilding the people's trust in their government. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Our goal is not to crush the enemy at any price, but to make it realize that it is illegal to take up arms to overthrow a democratically elected government. -Jose Eduardo dos Santos

I want to assure you that working in transition period is an ungrateful job for any honest government. -Robert Kocharian

Terrorism, ladies and gentlemen, in my eyes I have a very, very, very simple explanation. Gangs of criminals, killers, used unfortunately by certain governments in the past for political purposes, who are on their own now as gangs. -Hamid Karzai

However, before we make the mistake of patting ourselves on the back, let's remember: government does not create jobs. It only helps create the conditions that make jobs more or less likely. The real credit for our economic renewal belongs to the people of Alabama . -Bob Riley

We are stronger because we recognize that government isn't the sole answer to the most important questions, and we welcome community and faith based organizations as partners to serve the needs of Florida families. -Jeb Bush

We don't want a busybody government – a boss – that butts into our lives every chance it gets to tell us how to work, how to play, where to live and on and on. -Sonny Perdue

Good schools, good jobs, good government. These are not unreasonable demands. But sadly, some of our people have already lost heart and have left Hawaii to look for these things elsewhere. -Linda Lingle

The future of healthcare security should include flexibility from the federal government to allow us to serve the state's most vulnerable citizens. -Tom Vilsack

The essence of good government is trust. -Kathleen Sebelius

State government has too often been used to look out for the insiders and not the citizens. This has insulated poverty from progress, and need from remedy. -Ernie Fletcher

Government cannot do everything, so we need to first decide what government ought to be doing, then figure out what it's capable of doing, and then follow the jobs we choose to completion. -Ernie Fletcher

A government of, for and by the people, requires much from the people. -Ernie Fletcher

I know that government doesn't have the all solutions that real solutions do not come from the top down. Instead, the ways to end poverty come from all of us. We are part of the solution. -Kathleen Blanco

Providing for the common good, making people feel secure in their communities and homes – this is the central job of government. it's why all of us are here serving our state and our people. -John Baldacci

In spite of advances in technology and changes in the economy, state government still operates on an obsolete 1970s model. We have a typewriter government in an Internet age. -Matt Blunt

In a government such as ours we have vigorous contests to determine who should lead. The recent election was no exception. Now we inaugurate a new government on a day that transcends any one individual or any one party. -Matt Blunt

Taxpayers deserve a government that harnesses technology to better serve the people. -Matt Blunt

The citizens of New Hampshire expect and deserve a government as clean as our mountain streams and as open as our blue skies. Today let us pledge together to make this government – the people's government – clean, open and honest. -John Lynch

We must never forget that it is the private sector – not government – that is the engine of economic opportunity. Businesses, particularly small businesses, flourish and can provide good jobs when government acts as a productive partner. -Bill Richardson

Like working families all across the state, we must find a way to make government live within its means. -Ed Rendell

Too many people, because they were white and poor, black and rich, or just plain busy with something other than politics, have felt they had no voice in our government. -Mark Sanford

Too many people in government seem to think they are above regular folks, and I said I would expect humility in the way each member of my team served- that they would recognize that the taxpayer is boss. -Mark Sanford

From cutting back on state contracts to reducing the number of state cars, We're making state government smaller, smarter, more efficient, and more accountable. -Jim Doyle

The Saudi government's denial of basic rights to women is not only wrong, it hurts Saudi Arabia's economic development, modernization and prosperity. -Barbara Boxer

From time to time, the irresponsible acts of the Cuban government remind us that this is far more than about the freedom of one country, but it really is about the stability and security of the region and the national security interests of the United States. -Mel Martinez

It is time for the government of China to stop holding innocent religious figures in captivity merely for peacefully protesting China's occupation of Tibet. -Sam Brownback

We need to continue our full support of the nascent Iraqi government by helping to rebuild their economic infrastructure and maintain security while training the Iraqi security forces. -Pat Roberts

The money that goes into Social Security is not the government's money. it's your money. You paid for it. -Mitch McConnell

Ronald Reagan's vision of smaller government, less taxes, and a strong national defense has led to a prosperous America. As president, he rebuilt our military and reinvigorated our confidence in ourselves. -David Vitter

If the economy is strained, then Social Security, like the rest of the government, will be, too. -Mark Dayton

Each of us should take personal responsibility for our diet, and our children's diet, and the government's role should be to make certain it provides the best information possible to help people stay healthy. -Jim Talent

As the Iraqi people better understand that Saddam Hussein and his regime are history, it is my hope that they will get behind the coalition effort to help them create a democratic government and rebuild their country. -Pete Domenici

It's time that America's government lived by the same values as America's families. It's time we invested in America's future and made sure our people have the skills to compete and thrive in a 21st century economy. That's what Democrats believe. -Harry Reid

We… are not really free if we can't control our own government and its policies. And we will never do that if we remain ignorant. -Charley Reese

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency. -Douglas MacArthur

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. -Edward Abbey

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. -John Adams

I was ecstatic they re-named 'French Fries' as 'Freedom Fries'. Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots. -Johnny Depp

Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play. -Joseph Goebbels

I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals. -Joseph Heller

In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. -Leo Tolstoy

The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. -Ludwig von Mises

People do not make wars; governments do. -Ronald Reagan

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing. -Ronald Reagan

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. -Theodore Roosevelt

In order to rally people, governments need enemies… if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government. -Thomas Jefferson

The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people. -Andrew Johnson

When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it – whether it be a factory or a government. -Alexander Chase

Fruits are always of the same nature with the seeds and roots from which they come, and trees are known by the fruits they bear: as a man begets a man, and a beast a beast, that society of men which constitutes a government upon the foundation of justice. -Algernon Sidney

Dr. King's leadership reaffirmed the promise of our democracy: that everyday people, working together, have the power to change our government and our institutions for the better. -Maria Cantwell

The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself. -James Wolcott

The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire. -Joseph Sobran

War is just one more big government program. -Joseph Sobran

Americans accept that gangsters are running the government. -Tim Robbins

Bush is very clever. When the debate should have been about the deterioration of our cities and the lack of action by government, he sent in his idiot to make an outrageous statement about Murphy Brown. -Tim Robbins

When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves. -George Pataki

All government wars are unjust. -Murray Rothbard

Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government. -Robert Taft

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government. -Donald Trump

I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers. -Michael Bloomberg

I've got the greatest job in the world. There's no other job in government where cause and effect is so tightly coupled where you can make a difference every day in so many different ways and in so many different people's lives. It's a great challenge. -Michael Bloomberg

The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people. -Milton Friedman

The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes. -Milton Friedman

The only way to be true to our American tradition is to maintain absolute governmental neutrality regarding religious beliefs and practices. -Bill Bradley

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want – and their kids pay for it. -Richard Lamm

Americans no longer look to government for economic security; rather, they look to their portfolios. -Bill Owens

There is a human capital crisis in the federal government. Not only are we losing the decades of talent as civil servants retire, we are not doing enough to develop and nurture the next generation of public servants. -Daniel Akaka

You can expect to find these four priorities – education, economic vitality, efficiency in government and the protection of families – woven into my decisions as Governor. They will serve as my compass as I work with you to chart a future course for our state. -Dave Heineman

It is my hope that the number of stem cell lines available for federally-funded research will be expanded so that the government can continue to participate in this vital research and provide hope to the millions of Americans with diseases that might be cured. -Dianne Feinstein

But without a caring society, without each citizen voluntarily accepting the weight of responsibility, government is destined to grow even larger, taking more of your money, burrowing deeper into your lives. -Jeb Bush

Today is a celebration of hope for the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people can now take control of their government and their future by creating a society that protects the rights endowed to us by our creator – life, liberty and freedom. -Jim DeMint

I am not about to let the people who so mismanaged the state budget now try to manage local government. -Jim Doyle

I am pleased to report that Texas is known for having one of the strongest set of open government laws in our Nation. And ever since that experience, I have long believed that our federal government could use 'a little Texas sunshine.' -John Cornyn

New Hampshire state government is a big customer for prescription drug companies. Just as businesses do, we should take advantage of the bargaining power we have as a big customer. -John Lynch

To restore and keep the public's confidence in the integrity of their government, state government and its officials must be open, honest and transparent. -John Lynch

As they work hard for our children, America's teachers often reach into their own pockets to make sure they have the best classroom supplies. I feel strongly that the federal government should help make up for their personal financial burden. -John Warner

I was criticized at some level within the Republican Party by those who say government should not be in the economic development business at all. My response is that the only country I know that doesn't have an economic development plan is Papa New Guinea. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

The government has made $44 trillion in promises we can't afford to keep. We must get serious now about our long-term budgetary problems, recognizing that the sooner we act, the less painful the choices will be. -Judd Gregg

I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could. -Kay Bailey Hutchison

Iran is part of the problem, not the solution. And the Russian government is ignoring reality. -Lindsey Graham

I have kept a steady focus on restoring public faith in our state government since taking office July 1. Now it is time to make even bigger and bolder gains through legislative action. -Jodi Rell

It is critical that Democratic candidates, whether they are in New Jersey, or Virginia, or anywhere, emphasize the fact that we can be trusted, and can bring fiscal integrity to our state, local, and national government. -Mark Warner

Global overcapacity in steel production can no longer be ignored. Foreign governments' intervention in steel markets has had a devastating impact on the U.S. industry. -Max Baucus

It is not government's job to mandate responsibility on our behalf. We have the intelligence and good sense to make wise consumption choices for ourselves and our children. It is up to us to do what is best for our health and our children's health. -Mike Crapo

Among the weeds choking out growth and good government are the hundreds of boards, commissions, and advisory committees that have sprouted over the years. They devour time, money, and energy far beyond any real contribution they make. -Mitch Daniels

And a special thank you to the citizens of Massachusetts: You are paying all the taxes, creating all the jobs, raising all the children. This government is yours. Thank you for letting me serve you. I love this job. -Mitt Romney

The Federal government does not have any information about extraterrestrial life to conceal, and there are no secret projects for me to investigate. -Orrin Hatch

We have no more fundamental obligation in government than to ensure the safety of our citizens. -Bob Ehrlich

This independent report clearly indicates that while we may differ among ourselves in government about what to spend money on, we have one of the most reliable and non-political processes for agreeing on how much money there is. We don't play games with the numbers. -Ruth Ann Minner

In the business world, lower profits reflect less demand for your product. But in government the opposite is true – demand for our services increases in hard times. -Sonny Perdue

No, our greatness does not come from our government. -Sonny Perdue

We want a state wise in its contemplation – just in its actions – and moderate in the reach of government into our lives. -Sonny Perdue

We have an opportunity, but we have an obligation to senior citizens and to the younger people who are entering the workforce today to help ensure that they are going to be able to trust the government to have a workable program that benefits them as well. -Thad Cochran

Keeping a lid on taxes is not just good for the taxpayer. It's a powerful way to force government to be more accountable, set priorities and spend smarter. Let me repeat that: more accountable, set priorities and spend smarter – that's what we need to be about. -Tim Pawlenty

There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows. -Katharine Graham

It's the publicity function of Amnesty that I think has made its name so widely known, not only to readers in the world, but to governments – and that's what matters. -Peter Benenson

Open your newspaper – any day of the week – and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government. -Peter Benenson

Torture is banned but in two-thirds of the world's countries it is still being committed in secret. Too many governments still allow wrongful imprisonment, murder or 'disappearance' to be carried out by their officials with impunity. -Peter Benenson

I believe however that peace is attainable regardless of the Arabs mentality, society or government. -Yitzhak Rabin

The American citizen must be made aware that today a relatively small group of people is proclaiming its purposes to be the will of the People. That elitist approach to government must be repudiated. -William E. Simon

Unfortunately for governments like that of Iran, when they forbid something, people become more interested. -Azar Nafisi

That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support. -Lysander Spooner

The labour of the farmers, no doubt is of greater value than the financial capacity of the government and non-government institutions which can only play a supportive role. -Girma Woldegiorgis

Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture over all I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral. -Hugo Chavez

No Spanish government has given into terror and no government will do that. -Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

We oppose the reactionary policies of the U.S. government but we do not oppose the American people. We want to have many good friends in the United States. -Kim Jong Il

For years governments have been promising more than they can deliver, and delivering more than they can afford. -Paul Martin

Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government. -Tony Blair

You have the God-given right to kick the government around – don't hesitate to do so. -Edmund S. Muskie

The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory. -Evita Peron

It is often in the name of cultural integrity as well as social stability and national security that democratic reforms based on human rights are resisted by authoritarian governments. -Aung San Suu Kyi

Peace as a goal is an ideal which will not be contested by any government or nation, not even the most belligerent. -Aung San Suu Kyi

I believe that people who do not vote in this country have no right to complain about the government that we are now living under. By the same token, if you don't really vote in television, you're never going to have your way. Write a letter to the president of the network. -Bill Bixby

As our federal government has grown too large and too powerful, the real loss has been the freedom of people to govern their own lives and participate fully in the American dream. -Steve Forbes

The phenomenon of home schooling is a wonderful example of the American can-do attitude. Growing numbers of parents have become disenchanted with government-run public schools. Many parents have simply taken matters into their own hands, literally. -Steve Forbes

The real cure for what ails our health care system today is less government and more freedom. -Steve Forbes

There is something fundamentally unfair about a government that takes away so much of people's money, power, and personal control while telling them that life will be better as a result. -Steve Forbes

We must guard against the overreaching hand of big government trying to take away our freedom. And we must always protect the environment in a manner consistent with our values. -Steve Forbes

It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract. -Alan Shepard

As a fiscal conservative, I believe one of the most important roles the federal government can play in assuring that our economy remains strong is to keep our fiscal house in order. -Allen Boyd

I lived in Paris when I was 20 and 21, and actually knew people that worked for the government there, that talked about terrorism in the country 20 years ago. -Andie MacDowell

So, I am independently well-off and don't have to do anything, but I still do. I write books, lecture around the world, work with scientists and governments. -Uri Geller

It was not my intention whatsoever for the Japanese government to try to get me out of trouble. And I really appreciate the Japanese government for all they have done for me. -Robert Jenkins

We prefer self-government with danger to servitude in tranquility. -Kwame Nkrumah

I've found that when you roll up your sleeves and join people in their daily work, they tend to open up quite a bit and let you know what they really think about the issues facing our country and what kind of job they think the government is doing. -Bob Beauprez

I think it is just stupid economics for a government to approach economic management from a strand of thinking regarding unions as enemies. -Bob Hawke

There is no doubt that this government and this country are benefiting from the reforms that we brought in the 1980s, and that couldn't have been done without the co-operation of the trade union movement. -Bob Hawke

I can see through almost any scam, especially one perpetrated by the federal government. I can see through it… they can't pull the wool over my eyes, it's absolutely freakin' impossible to pull the wool over my eyes about the government. -Gary Coleman

War coverage should be more than a parade of retired generals and retired government flacks posing as reporters. -Amy Goodman

The media is absolutely essential to the functioning of a democracy. It's not our job to cozy up to power. We're supposed to be the check and balance on government. -Amy Goodman

There are two types of encryption: one that will prevent your sister from reading your diary and one that will prevent your government. -Bruce Schneier

After spending three years of my life looking into this, I am more convinced than ever that the U.S. government's responsibility for the drug problems in South Central Los Angeles and other inner cities is greater than I ever wrote in the newspaper. -Gary Webb

You can't believe the government – on anything. And you especially can't believe them when they're talking about important stuff. -Gary Webb

My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub. -Grover Norquist

We want to reduce the size of government in half as a percentage of GNP over the next 25 years. We want to reduce the number of people depending on government so there is more autonomy and more free citizens. -Grover Norquist

Some people think my father was a spy, because of working for that government agency in Vietnam, but he can't find his car keys, much less keep a national secret. -Lauren Graham

Most government officials are rushing headlong to solve the problems of 50 years ago, with their ears assailed by the sound of snails whizzing by. -Eric Johnston

Our government has made a number of promises to the men and women who served in our nation's armed forces. Sadly, these promises of health care, education and other benefits have existed more in rhetoric than in reality. -Allen Boyd

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. -Will Harvey

The federal government has a responsibility to protect all Americans from potential terrorist attack. -Bob Etheridge

Government is necessary for our survival. We need government in order to survive. The Founding Fathers created a special place for government. It is called the Constitution. -Michael Badnarik

I find it very offensive when the government tells me what I can and cannot watch. Censor yourself. -Michael Badnarik

The government never does anything successfully. -Michael Badnarik

When the state or federal government control the education of all of our children, they have the dangerous and illegitimate monopoly to control and influence the thought process of our citizens. -Michael Badnarik

I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous country. -Morton Feldman

Few governments in the world, for example, praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France, and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers. -Richard Perle

National sovereignty is an obligation as well as an entitlement. A government that will not perform the role of a government forfeits the rights of a government. -Richard Perle

The same European governments that hesitated to confront terrorists were more than prepared to oppose us. -Richard Perle

We should force European governments to choose between Paris and Washington. -Richard Perle

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much. -Ronald Reagan

My aim is to show that those governments that violate the rights of people by invoking the name of Islam have been misusing Islam. -Shirin Ebadi

When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government, the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp. The funny thing is that human rights activists and Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group. -Shirin Ebadi

The question is: how bad do things have to get before you will do something about it? Where is your line in the sand? If you don't enforce the constitutional limitations on your government very soon, you are likely to find out what World War III will be like. -Michael Badnarik

Here's to democracy. May we get the government we deserve. -Rick Mercer

I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong? -Willie Nelson

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks. -John C. Calhoun

No government is safe unless fortified by goodwill. -Cornelius Nepos

I don't see any justification for the federal government owning land, other than the Statue of Liberty and maybe a few parks, maybe a few refuges. But to just own land to do nothing with it I think is a disservice to the Constitution. -Don Young

We wonder why we have got the Freemen or the militants. We wonder why we have got unrest in this country. It is because our government, in fact, has got out of hand and out of line, with the Endangered Species Act. -Don Young

So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many, many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship, and everyone was surprised! A little naive, I feel! -Eddie Izzard

Come to find out, the Russians were never afraid of the Americans. They weren't raised with the terror that we were by our government. I was struck by how our government misled us for so many years. -Deidre Hall

Jewish fundamentalism is teaching that Jews can fight with guns and with civil war, against being relocated off the West Bank, and disobey the orders of their government. That is the call to jihad, to several kinds of jihad. -Arthur Hertzberg

You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad – in fact, to do anything it wants. -Harry Browne

The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice. -Harry Browne

The problem with the United Nations is that while democracy within nations is the best available form of government, democracy among nations can be a moral disaster – especially if some nations are not democracies. -Jonah Goldberg

Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free. -Harry Browne

The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government. -Sam Houston

I think governments are the cancer of civilization. -Chuck D

We're also fairly stubborn, I think, fairly independent. We have our share of difficulties with our federal government, although I've tried to as I am here encourage a better way of discussing those problems. -Dan Miller

The real duties of an ambassador are to enter into or follow negotiations between his own government and that of the country to which he is accredited. -David K. E. Bruce

People who relieve others of their money with guns are called robbers. It does not alter the immorality of the act when the income transfer is carried out by government. -Cal Thomas

In a free society, government reflects the soul of its people. If people want change at the top, they will have to live in different ways. Our major social problems are not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of it. -Cal Thomas

No power on earth is greater than a mind and soul reawakened. Our Constitution begins 'we the people', not 'us the government'. -Cal Thomas

Sometimes people need a kick in the pants to get them to do what they would be doing if government weren't there as a perpetual parent. -Cal Thomas

Let's say there are 500 sons and daughters like you in each state. Then we could control the government. -Sun Myung Moon

Terrorism is in good part an effective government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy. -Mark Poster

Ethics in government has always been important to me. -Chris Bell

If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate. -James Fenimore Cooper

I have never forgotten my days as an Eagle Scout. I didn't know it at the time, but what really came out of my Scouting was learning how to lead and serve the community. It has come in handy in my career in government. -Lloyd Bentsen

You know that I am living proof that the American Dream is real. Growing up, our congressman cut through government bureaucratic red tape to help my mom buy our first house. That's the kind of congressman I'll be. -Geoff Davis

With respect to drugs, you know, there are a lot of organizations, including an enormous budget and an army at the federal government level that tries to deal with the drug problem. -Burke Marshall

You can not possibly have a broader basis for government than that which includes all the people, with all their rights in their hands, and with an equal power to maintain their rights. -William Lloyd Garrison

What Canada has to do is to have a government connected to the priorities of the people of which it is elected to serve. Those priorities include ensuring medicare is sustainable, support for the military, and tax and justice systems that work. -Peter MacKay

Our government leaders… have made many mistakes in the past when they have lost sight of the sacred American values rooted in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We are at the brink of even graver mistakes and assaults on these values. -Samuel Dash

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government. -John Sharp Williams

A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion. -Hugo Black

Unified party control of the organs of government has proved no panacea. -David Price

The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, except that you can't eat it. We should make every effort to make sure this disease, often referred to as 'progress', doesn't spread. -Andy Rooney

Tourism is a top priority activity for federal government, which is why it invests an average of over 2,500 million dollars a year in infrastructure works and integral projects that promote Mexico's culture and natural attractions. -Vicente Fox

The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition. -John Dalberg-Acton

The only conduct that merits the drastic remedy of impeachment is that which subverts our system of government or renders the president unfit or unable to govern. -Charles Ruff

It is the union of independence and dependence of these branches – legislative, executive and judicial – and of the governmental functions possessed by each of them, that constitutes the marvellous genius of this unrivalled document. -J. Reuben Clark

Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government. -James K. Polk

A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. -Joseph Story

A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must, in practice, be a bad government. -Joseph Story

A good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the objects of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be best attained. -Joseph Story

In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. -Noah Webster

No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. -Noah Webster

The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe which serve to support tyrannical governments are not the Christian religion but abuses and corruptions of it. -Noah Webster

The role of the federal government should be neutral toward culture just as it is toward religion. -Preston Manning

Your government is no longer mine. -Scott Nearing

It is a matter of common knowledge that the government of South Carolina is under domination of a small ring of cunning, conniving men. -Strom Thurmond

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. -Timothy McVeigh

I explain this not for publicity, nor seeking to win an argument of right or wrong, I explain so that the record is clear as to my thinking and motivations in bombing a government installation. -Timothy McVeigh

Additionally, borrowing a page from U.S. foreign policy, I decided to send a message to a government that was becoming increasingly hostile. -Timothy McVeigh

Bombing the Murrah Federal Building was morally and strategically equivalent to the U.S. hitting a government building in Serbia, Iraq, or other nations. -Timothy McVeigh

Based on observations of the policies of my own government, I viewed this action as an acceptable option. -Timothy McVeigh

To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions. -Kim Campbell

For over 20 years, the federal and provincial governments have made enormous efforts employing a variety of approaches in an attempt to stimulate Montreal's economy. -Kim Campbell

In all modesty, we must admit that governments are not always the best doctors when it comes to diagnosing economic ailments and prescribing the right treatment. -Kim Campbell

It would be naive to imagine we have solved all our income security problems simply because the roles of the federal and provincial governments in the area of skills training have been clarified. -Kim Campbell

On the same day I was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada, I announced the most sweeping reform ever undertaken in the structure of our federal government. -Kim Campbell

I have always believed governments must adapt to the needs of the people, not the other way around. -Kim Campbell

Everyone is an abused child, if you think about what governments do. -Tim Roth

Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. -Gouverneur Morris

The value of government to the people it serves is in direct relationship to the interest citizens themselves display in the affairs of state. -William Scranton

The soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged, but reported the misdeeds of the Indians. -Geronimo

What other nations call religious toleration, we call religious rights. They are not exercised in virtue of governmental indulgence, but as rights, of which government cannot deprive any portion of citizens, however small. -Richard Mentor Johnson

If it is a crime to love the South, its cause and its President, then I am a criminal. I would rather lie down in this prison and die than leave it owing allegiance to a government such as yours. -Belle Boyd

The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons. -Diane Abbott

We have an extreme rightwing government in this country, although it's called the Labour government. -John Pilger

I think serving your government is the greatest thing in the world. -Alphonso Jackson

Where you have no religion, you are sure to have no government, for as religion disappears, anarchy takes place and fixes a compleat Hell on earth till religion returns. -Daniel Morgan

As the contest proceeded, public interest increased and the entire country watched to see which company would win the big government subsidies through the mountains. -John Moody

The government's objective, broadly expressed, is that all persons, whatever their level of ability, whether they live in town or country, have a right as citizens to a free education of the kind for which they are best fitted and to the fullest extent of their powers. -Peter Fraser

First of all, I can't forget my first responsibility – which is to be the Leader of the Opposition and that's to provide an alternative government. -Stephen Harper

I do not intend to dispute in any way the need for defence cuts and the need for government spending cuts in general. I do not share a not in my backyard approach to government spending reductions. -Stephen Harper

I don't believe an Alliance government should sponsor legislation on abortion or a referendum on abortion. -Stephen Harper

If you want to be a government in a minority Parliament, you have to work with other people. -Stephen Harper

It's the government's obligation to look really to the third parties to get the support to govern. -Stephen Harper

The government can only be brought down because it alienates several parties in the House. -Stephen Harper

The Leader of the Opposition's constitutional obligation – the obligation to Parliament – it's the reason we did the merger! – is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government. -Stephen Harper

We have in this country a federal government that increasingly is engaged in trying to determine which business, which regions, which industries will succeed, which will not through a whole range of economic development, regional development corporate subsidization programs. -Stephen Harper

We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies. Our concern is the instability of our government as an ally. We are playing again with national and global security matters. -Stephen Harper

We'll support the government on issues if it's essential to the country but our primary responsibility is not to prop up the government, our responsibility is to provide an opposition and an alternative government for Parliament and for Canadians. -Stephen Harper

What the government has to do, if it wants to govern for any length of time, is it must appeal primarily to the third parties in the House of Commons to get them to support it. -Stephen Harper

Whether Canada ends up as o-ne national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion. -Stephen Harper

My politics are of a practical kind – the integrity of the country, the supremacy of the Federal government, an honorable peace, or none at all. -Winfield Scott Hancock

I had watched for many years and seen how a few rich families held much of Argentina's wealth and power in their hands. So Peron and the government brought in an eight hour working day, sickness pay and fair wages to give poor workers a fair go . -Evita Peron

Any time the United States government turns over an American citizen, including military personnel, to the government of another country, it is in our nature to want to make sure that they receive the best treatment, the fairest treatment, and the most humane treatment. -Howard Baker

I think and hope and believe that the Japanese government and the people of Japan will be happy and content with the progress of justice in this case and that it will not become a great issue in the future. -Howard Baker

I intend to travel to Okinawa and to visit with Okinawa officials and the citizens of Okinawa at an early date. I will send my best analysis of that situation, including the local attitudes, back to Washington, to the government there. -Howard Baker

We want our government to protect us, to make sure something like 9/11 never happens again. We quickly moved to give law enforcement more power to do this. But that now begs the question, did we move to fast? Did we give too much power away? I don't have the answer. -Michael Connelly

It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error. -Robert Jackson

Freedom of expression – in particular, freedom of the press – guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy. -Corazon Aquino

National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services. -Corazon Aquino

Many people and governments share the mistaken belief that science, with new, ingenious devices and techniques, can rescue us from the troubles we face without our having to mend our ways and change our patterns of activity. This is not so. -Henry W. Kendall

As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence against women becomes a government's obligation, not just a good idea. -Charlotte Bunch

Government, in the last analysis, is organized opinion. Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government. -William Lyon Mackenzie King

I do not think it is an exaggeration to say history is largely a history of inflation, usually inflations engineered by governments for the gain of governments. -Friedrich August von Hayek

Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom. -Friedrich August von Hayek

A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. -Friedrich August von Hayek

Everything government touches turns to crap. -Ringo Starr

I stand before you today because this vision of government as the engine of opportunity is what I believe in. -Eliot Spitzer

Iraqis have held elections and have recently put together their government, all encouraging developments. -Jim Leach

All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights. -Richard Stallman

If the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government. -Tommy Franks

If terrorists succeeded in using a weapon of mass destruction against the U.S. or one of our allies, it would likely have catastrophic consequences for our cherished republican form of government. -Tommy Franks

No government is here forever. And there are other forces – the most potent force in our society, in fact, big business – doing good for the environment. -Jared Diamond

Senior development specialists in the Treasury can be counted on one hand. America's government is not even aware of the gap between its commitments and action, because almost nobody in authority understands the actions that would be needed to meet the commitments. -Jeffrey Sachs

We'd play at the Ambassador's house for an invited group of dignitaries from the government that might have gone to school in America; to the U.S. Consulate that invites certain people that they're trying to target. -Bob Livingston

A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves. -Grover Cleveland

I wish the government and the Minister of Justice would address these legal and constitutional arguments, but they refuse to. They want Canadians to go blindly into their brave new world, but it is not wise for a society to move blindly in any direction. -Stockwell Day

Provincial governments in Canada have terminated the positions of marriage commissioners who have, for personal religious convictions, not performed same sex marriages. It has happened in Saskatchewan. -Stockwell Day

Individuals have little opportunity to get elected to Parliament under the label of the government party… unless they are in good standing with the Prime Minister and pledged to be cooperative. -Stockwell Day

The same undisciplined government spending and social engineering that has undermined our economy over the past 30 years has also been tearing at the social fabric of this land. -Stockwell Day

All that a good government aims at… is to add no unnecessary and artificial aid to the force of its own unavoidable consequences, and to abstain from fortifying and accumulating social inequality as a means of increasing political inequalities. -James Fenimore Cooper

Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to public opinion. -James Fenimore Cooper

Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government. -Mary Wollstonecraft

By the time of the United States Tricentennial, there will be more government workers than there are workers. -Norman Ralph Augustine

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man. -William Beveridge

The rule of law should be upheld by all political parties. They should neither advise others to break the law, nor encourage others to do so even when they strongly disagree with the legislation put forward by the government of the day. -James Callaghan

If government half a century ago had provided us with all our dinners and breakfasts, it would be the practice of our orators today to assume the impossibility of our providing for ourselves. -Auberon Herbert

We hold that what one man cannot morally do, a million men cannot morally do, and government, representing many millions of men, cannot do. -Auberon Herbert

Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind. -William Godwin

There have been linkages between the Iraqi government and al-Qaeda going back more or less a decade. -Douglas Feith

If all goes well, the Iraqis are going to have a country that's going to have a representative government and will be at peace with its neighbors and in the region. -Douglas Feith

The purpose of the UN mechanism, this inspection mechanism, is not to engage in a cat and mouse game with Saddam Hussein and try to find weapons that the Iraqi government is working on concealing. -Douglas Feith

What the UN inspectors can do is demonstrate to the world, help the Iraqi government demonstrate to the world that the Iraqis are cooperatively disarming if that is in fact what the Iraqi government decides to do. -Douglas Feith

The key to making the inspections work is the Iraqi government making the crucial decision that because of the international pressure Iraq has to disarm itself. -Douglas Feith

The United States has some people in Europe with whom we disagree on this matter and a large number of people in Europe, including governments in Europe, with whom we agree. -Douglas Feith

I had a 20-year, stellar government career. -Linda Tripp

My government career is over. -Linda Tripp

I talked about the barriers created by monopolies. I said that it was the role of government to break up these monopolies and that we couldn't do it alone. -Joichi Ito

How can we protect homeland security unless the government stops the invasion of illegal aliens? -Phyllis Schlafly

Liberals often don't see the problems, and conservatives don't see the promise, of government. -William Weld

So government acts as a safeguard of our property. -William Weld

One of the functions of government is to act as a safeguard not just of property but of our liberties. -William Weld

In the nineteenth century, slavery was the greatest wrong, and government never stood so tall as when it was redressing that wrong. -William Weld

The courts are truly the least dangerous of the three branches of our government. -William Weld

I think government has a major role to play in helping us with the pursuit of happiness. -William Weld

It's healthy for government to be a kind of moral catalyst, using the bully pulpit of high office. -William Weld

I think coercive taxation is theft, and government has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum. -William Weld

Before my tenure, people didn't seem to think that citizens had a right to limit the size of their government. -William Weld

My slogan when I ran was that there is no such thing as government money, there is only taxpayer's money, and that cut pretty deep. -William Weld

Micro managing anything is not a great role for government. -William Weld

It's not good for government to tell people that the world owes them a living and that things are free. -William Weld

Managing people's sex lives is something that I don't think is a good role for government. -William Weld

We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing, it's more a business that's out there and running riot, so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff. -Yahoo Serious

If government and media and all of us in the Australian tribe got together, and the rock industry, we'd just be the greatest cultural force the world has ever seen – we're such an amazing race. -Yahoo Serious

I will continue to advocate for a strong federal government role to establish the production, storage and distribution networks needed to support a hydrogen economy. -Albert Wynn

I have long felt that it is readers and viewers of conservative media who could benefit from a more balanced discussion of what is at stake in our policy and the actions of our government. -Joe Wilson

One must always keep one's government under control. -Joe Wilson

The government serves the people – not vice-versa. -Joe Wilson

When a government goes to war, particularly a democracy, it is the most solemn and awesome responsibility of our leaders – to decide to send our kids to go off and kill and die for us. -Joe Wilson

All school districts receive funds from the federal government, through the Department of Education, to support anti-drug education efforts. -John Walters

The strongest initiative that government can take to ensure Australia is prepared for population ageing, is to maintain a strong economy, and a secure nation. -Julie Bishop

It is a fact that governments tend to put in place policies and strategies in response to current scenarios. -Julie Bishop

I'm against big bureaucracy in Washington making health care decisions. I just have an aversion to bureaucrats. But it's not just government bureaucrats. I don't like HMO bureaucrats and insurance company bureaucrats either. -Gary Bauer

The principal purpose of the Democratic Party is to use the force of government to take property away from the people who earn it and give it to people who do not. -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

The main purpose of Social Security is to redistribute wealth, to make an increasingly large number of Americans dependent on government for their basic needs in their retirement years. -Neal Boortz

If it is wrong for you to take money from someone else who earned it, to take their money by force for your own needs, then it is certainly just as wrong for you to demand that the government step forward and do this dirty work for you. -Neal Boortz

U.S. journalists I don't think are very courageous. They tend to go along with the government's policy domestically and internationally. To question is seen as being unpatriotic, or potentially subversive. -Robert Fisk

The relationships that people have – that are sexual, psychological, emotional – these relationships are not open to supervision by parents, schools, churches, or government. Nobody has any right to intervene at all in any kind of relationship like that. -Madalyn Murray O'Hair

The public impression is that the government, industry or the highest bidder can buy a scientist to add credibility to any message. That crucial quality of impartiality is being lost. -Johnny Ball

Unity and secularism will be the motto of the government. We can't afford divisive polity in India. -Manmohan Singh

Nobody should be allowed to tinker with democracy. We will not discontinue the good works of the past government. -Manmohan Singh

I certainly respect privacy and privacy rights. But on the other hand, the first function of government is to guarantee the security of all the people. -Phil Crane

I will continue my consistent record of voting for lower taxes, less spending and fewer regulations to make our government more effective and efficient while upholding our Constitution. -Roscoe Bartlett

No, if there is an aspect of the executive branch of the government that needs looking at, I'm liable to be called in to look at it. But I'm not the only one. -Bill Goldberg

So far as it depends on the course of this government, our relations of good will and friendship will be sedulously cultivated with all nations. -John Tyler

The people of Nicaragua were suffering oppression. This made us develop an awareness which eventually led us to commit ourselves to the struggle against the domination of the capitalists of our country in collusion with the U.S. government, i.e. imperialism. -Daniel Ortega

The public sector certainly includes the Department of Labor. Those are jobs that are available. They are open and they are good paying jobs. The government as a whole has been actually retrenching under President Clinton's leadership. -Alexis Herman

We have had actually a decline in government service overall, but the growth is in high-tech areas, specialty areas in the Labor Department and other departments. -Alexis Herman

We've already gotten a significant grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a university consortium. I think the whole sector of Foundations, potentially with government support, is promising – more than promising, I think, it's substantial. -Mitch Kapor

That's why it has to be a nonprofit, because a nonprofit is required to take monies it receives and use them for the purposes for which it's chartered by the government. It can't be pocketed. -Mitch Kapor

In the government schools, which are referred to as public schools, Indian policy has been instituted there, and its a policy where they do not encourage, in fact, discourage, critical thinking and the creation of ideas and public education. -Russell Means

So Indian policy has become institutionalized and the result has been that American people have become more dependent on government and that the American people have become more dependent on corporations. -Russell Means

Most of the tasks we do are for humans. For example, a tax calculation is counting numbers so the government can pull money out from my wallet, but government consists of humans. -Yukihiro Matsumoto

The government must do all it can to help reduce interest rates for business. -Pauline Hanson

Television of course actually started in Britain in 1936, and it was a monopoly, and there was only one broadcaster and it operated on a license which is not the same as a government grant. -David Attenborough

There isn't much in the way of pure communist spirit, because the whole nation seems to be engaged in capitalistic enterprises. Much of the country still operates under government control. -Iris Chang

Our government declared that it is conducting some kind of great reforms. In reality, no real reforms were begun and no one at any point has declared a coherent programme. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

They're after one world religion and one world government. That's why they've attacked the Catholic Church so strongly, to ultimately take control over it by their doctrine. -Hutton Gibson

The United States government can indict you on something, and now you've got to prove your innocence. And that's not the Constitution of the United States. -Leonard Peltier

Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons, so I had to come to the States, and the U.S. government wouldn't give me a Green Card, so I airily told her I'd write a book. -Bernard Cornwell

In any case, decisions on troop levels in the American system of government are not made by any general or set of generals but by the civilian leadership of the war effort. -Bill Kristol

The destinies of the two races in this country are indissolubly linked together, and the interests of both require that the common government of all shall not permit the seeds of race hate to be planted under the sanction of law. -Bobby Scott

Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. -Bobby Scott

The UN could help the Iraqi government get on its feet and help the United States withdraw a bit more. -Brent Scowcroft

The Iraqis need help establishing a government. We have to provide them with security. -Brent Scowcroft

We have never really had absolute privacy with our records or our electronic communications – government agencies have always been able to gain access with appropriate court orders. -Dorothy Denning

With those people, I'm very far apart, because I believe that government access to communications and stored records is valuable when done under tightly controlled conditions which protect legitimate privacy interests. -Dorothy Denning

My father worked for governments all his life as an engineer and public works director. -Edward Tufte

At the present moment, with little or no detail to hand, it is difficult for me to make any comment, beyond the expression of horror at the shameless haste with which the government appears to be pressing for our liquidation. -Ethel Rosenberg

While the government can tell you that I am an innocent man, the government's letter cannot give me back my good name or my reputation. -Richard Jewell

To us, basing stories on christianity is the same as basing stories on Roman mythology, Native American folklore, or unsubstantiated government conspiracies. -Richard King

I am trying to send directions out and keep control of state government for the final month. -Scott McCallum

I've said we need to look at things from the perspective of working people and taxpayers, not from the perspective of government and government officials. -Scott McCallum

I mean those people who are interested in good government will certainly contribute in order to make certain there's some counter-balance to those whose interests in good government is less. -Stephen Breyer

Every citizen has to figure out what kind of government he or she wants. -Stephen Breyer

Our government makes the simple promise of a secure retirement to every American who works for many years and contributes to our retirement benefit system. -Sue Kelly

I remain committed to improving the government services to which Hudson Valley veterans are entitled. -Sue Kelly

While the political debate over abortion will continue for a very long time, the federal government can and should be doing more to support programs and services that provide women with better options. -Tim Ryan

The Supreme Court and courts in general have been usurping the role of the legislative branch of government. -Todd Akin

It is an essential tenet of our whole representative form of government, the idea that there should not be some tyranny which makes it so nobody can even have a chance to vote. -Todd Akin

The advent of self-government for the Iraqi people is a watershed moment in their history. -Todd Akin

Several speeches were made by the chiefs during the council, all expressive in the highest degree of their friendly disposition towards our government, and their conduct in every particular manifested the sincerity of their declarations. -William Henry Ashley

Every American, regardless of their background, has the right to live free of unwarranted government intrusion. Repealing the worst provisions of the Patriot Act will reign in this gross abuse of power and restore to everyone our basic Constitutional rights. -Pete Stark

It is not safe in the republican form of government that clannishness should exist either by compulsory or voluntary reason. It is not good for the government and it is not good for the individual. -Timothy Thomas Fortune

Without freedom of the press, there can be no representative government. -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Our markets have not achieved their great successes as a result of government fiat, but rather through efforts of competing interests working to meet the demands of investors and to fulfill the promises posed by advancing technology. -Arthur Levitt

My goal was to make New Jersey's state government a model for all other states to emulate, hopefully thereby to stem, or at least slow down, the flow of power to the federal government. -Charles Edison

Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments. They will arise and prosper, nevertheless, if true believers of democracy – citizens devoted to the democratic ideals – do not constantly oppose them. -Charles Edison

I learned running the government for the Presidency, which I always thought was difficult, is even more difficult than I thought. -Lloyd Cutler

What kind of government is this? This is a human being. This is not right, and I'm telling everybody you better call your congressman, because they're going to run your life. -Michael Schiavo

It's true that the war in Iraq opened a distance in relations between part of Europe and the U.S. government, but our basic ties are stronger than that. We share democracy, free markets and a commitment to Western security. We differ on how to guarantee that security. -Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

I don't think we can go back to the old days. But I think that what the government needs to do is it needs to make sure that the pricing is fair, that you don't have monopolies out there, so that people don't have a chance to compete fairly. -Dan Glickman

Over time, the federal government should move the nation to a single standard, clean-burning gasoline. -Mark Kirk

Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people. -Samuel Chase

By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty. -Samuel Chase

Our government shouldn't tell us where to travel and where not to travel. -Jeff Flake

I oppose the attempts of homosexual activists to treat homosexual activity as a civil right to be protected and promoted by the government. -Todd Akin

I oppose any attempt to grant homosexual unions the same legal privileges that civil government affords to traditional marriage and family life. -Todd Akin

Our ability to make a decision about the declaration is hampered by the British government being reluctant to give us the clarification which we require. -Martin McGuinness

The British government says that for Sinn Fein to be involved in talks the guns must be left at the door. -Martin McGuinness

If the British government is prepared to say that the Unionists will not have a veto over British government policy and that guns, vetoes and injustices will all be left outside the door, then there is no good reason why talks cannot take place in an appropriate atmosphere. -Martin McGuinness

The time has come for the American government to recognize the damage that has occurred to our economy, and to take firm action to curtail what I believe is both unfair and illegal foreign competition. -Norm Dicks

During the past 30 years, European governments have provided more than $15 billion in the form of low- and no-cost loans to Airbus for the specific purpose of developing new aircraft lines. -Norm Dicks

The Smithsonian Institute is one of the most popular agencies of government in the United States. -Norm Dicks

These subsidies from four European governments, which include aircraft launch assistance, capital injections, debt forgiveness, have enabled Airbus to develop and range market airliners well below cost. -Norm Dicks

It's a very good idea that we have a third term Labour government led by Tony Blair for a full term. -Peter Mandelson

Our funding is based on our support of ideas like limited government, individual rights and a strong defense. -Richard Scaife

They've also, the government's decided now, what sexual content is. -Richard Serra

The written tone and the spoken tone change and the reporters' disbelief in the veracity of the government spreads to the readers and the viewers. -Roger Mudd

Indeed, we are privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to study Nature and to follow our own thoughts and inspirations in a time of relative tranquillity and in a land with a generous and forward-looking government. -Sidney Altman

It was an absurd theory that by cutting taxes you would increase government revenues, because the growth of the economy would create an overflow of taxes that would fall into the government coffers. -Sidney Blumenthal

Clinton was a president who used his office, in creative ways, to try to reinvigorate the federal government to benefit the majority. -Sidney Blumenthal

You can bring down governments, you can do a lot of things that are in your own interests even though liberals will get very antsy when you start talking about it. -Tom Tancredo

Some government workers are dedicated and work hard, but most of them are just waiting to retire. -Wanda Sykes

It's hard to get fired from the government. You have to, like, kill people. -Wanda Sykes

A surprising number of government committees will make important decisions on fundamental matters with less attention than each individual would give to buying a suit. -Herman Kahn

I feel an independent accountability commission should audit all government services. -Imran Khan

Pakistan needs to have decentralisation and a good local government system. -Imran Khan

We've got to ensure that the quality and the capability of these forces will be good enough to withstand the challenges that the insurgents and the terrorists will present to the new Iraqi government. -John Abizaid

I expect my next job to be outside government. -John Engler

I don't like the idea that the government has so much of a say in things. -Johnny Kelly

I would like to state that my personal opinions are that the people of every country should decide by themselves what kind of government they want. -Julius Rosenberg

If the English want a king, it is their business. If the Russians want communism, it is their business. If the Americans want our form of government, it is our business. -Julius Rosenberg

I feel that the majority of people should decide for themselves what kind of government they want. -Julius Rosenberg

There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal. The judge knows I'm not a criminal. -Jack Kevorkian

Sure, President Bush can say that the U.S. government won't fund stem cell research, but believe me, Japan is applauding. Because they will just do it first and get all the patents. -Kevin J. Anderson

If the government decides to put your life under a microscope, do you think it won't find something? I suspect there's not an adult in the country who would walk away totally unscathed if every aspect of his or her life were investigated the way Stewart's ImClone trading was. -Allan Sloan

The lesson that any thinking person draws from the Stewart saga is that when the government asks questions, run for your lawyer and don't say a word. Had Stewart kept her mouth shut, she'd be OK. -Allan Sloan

I'm much more attracted personally to governments going their full term. It's very hard to have a fixed term election I know with ah… a parliamentary democracy, but I've always had an instinct to say there should be a fixed term. -Jim Bolger

Fraud, robbery, and murder have characterized the English usurpation of the government of our country. Why, for the last fifty years we have been robbed in the matter of taxes of hundreds of millions. -John Edward Redmond

The president said nothing about the views of government in regard to the possibility of Carolinas seceding. This however was frequently spoken of by other statesmen at the North. I think they were unanimous in this, that no army would be sent here. -John Bachman

Peace Corps helps promote global acceptance of the principles of international peace and non-violent co-existence among people of diverse cultures and systems of government. -Sam Farr

I don't want the federal government to rush in and bail the out right away. -Dennis Moore

Well they have an input into policy but in the end governments are elected to put together policy but the good thing about the Wentworth Group is that you know you've got 11 pretty capable people with a lot of good ideas. -John Anderson

Americans in all places and levels of government have begun to consider the areas where we need to prepare ourselves from future threats, including the latest weapon: bio-terror. -Paul Gillmor

The Roman Catholics must know as well as we do that 'Popery' when encouraged by government has always been dangerous to the liberties of the people. -Lord George Gordon

Unfortunately, the attitude of many towards the press, humanitarians included and especially government workers, is often one of suspicion, if not outright fear. -Alvin Adams

For the Archivist, this role is a result of his obligation to preserve and assure timely and maximum access to our governmental records in the evolving historic saga of the American people. -Allen Weinstein

If the flag of an armed enemy of the U.S. is allowed to fly over government buildings, then it implies that slavery, or at least the threat of slavery, is sanctioned by that government and can still legally exist. -Amiri Baraka

While America has always been and always will be a safe harbor for those being persecuted by tyrannical governments we must be vigilant to ensure those individuals are not taking advantage of America's generosity and good will. -Bill Shuster

It is only reasonable that our laws do not force our country to provide safe harbor to those individuals that are being sought out by their governments due to their terrorist ties. -Bill Shuster

Instead, there were a variety of controls of which some could be influenced by bankers, some could be influenced by the government, and some could hardly be influenced by either. -Carroll Quigley

In addition to their power over government based on government financing and personal influence, bankers could steer governments in ways they wished them to go by other pressures. -Carroll Quigley

The history of the last century shows, as we shall see later, that the advice given to governments by bankers, like the advice they gave to industrialists, was consistently good for bankers, but was often disastrous for governments, businessmen, and the people generally. -Carroll Quigley

If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery. -Carter G. Woodson

As a fiscal conservative, I think that our government should pay for itself. -Daniel Keys Moran

I may be wrong in that, but not I think in putting the questions. In our modern democracy the government needs not a unanimous but a general support for war before it orders our forces to fight. -Douglas Hurd

I am not saying that during the Second World War Germany did not, under the leadership of the National Socialist government, commit crimes. -Ernst Zundel

Before this government came to power, many failing schools were simply allowed to drift on in a pattern of continuing failure. The government is determined to break that pattern and is successfully doing so. -Estelle Morris

There is nothing wrong with becoming more ambitious along the way, but I think what the government has asked the council to do is a perfectly good starting point. -Estelle Morris

This government has always said increasing pay is something for something. -Estelle Morris

But a multitude of people, even the two hundred million of the Chinese empire, cannot subsist without civil government. -Ezra Stiles

But after the spirit of conquest had changed the first governments, all the succeeding ones have, in general, proved one continued series of injustice, which has reigned in all countries for almost four thousand years. -Ezra Stiles

The greater part of the governments on earth may be termed monarchical aristocracies, or hereditary dominions independent of the people. -Ezra Stiles

A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments. -Ezra Stiles

Besides a happy policy as to civil government, it is necessary to institute a system of law and jurisprudence founded in justice, equity, and public right. -Ezra Stiles

While Kuwait is not a democracy, giving only half the population a voice in their government is not a policy this Congress should support and one that I am glad that Kuwait's leaders are changing. -Ginny Brown-Waite

American government was founded on a belief and a faith in God and in doing what is right and just. -Ginny Brown-Waite

It is all too evident that our nation, and the governments of other countries, require all the help they can get in order to fight the War on Terrorism against people who have no qualms about taking the lives of innocent men, women, and children. -Jim Sensenbrenner

In vain shall Great Britain confer upon her colonies the free government and liberal principles of legislation, for which she is distinguished, if she do not carry with her the revelations of God. -John Strachan

I would prefer being in a hard battle; however, I will be satisfied with whatever happens to me in this war, if only the country comes out of this peril safe and to the satisfaction of the finest and best government on earth. -Knute Nelson

But it is neither cannon nor bayonet that will do the worst damage to this city. No, this place will remember the war against our government just as long as there are inhabitants here. -Knute Nelson

Where there is a will there is a way. And this must be the way not of compulsion but of cooperation… No government and no plan can succeed without it. -Lionel Murphy

And conservatives know that if you reject these principles of limited government and urge others to reject them you can be my ally, you can be my friend but you cannot call yourself a conservative. -Mike Pence

As a conservative who believes in limited government, I believe that the only check on government power in real time is a free and independent press. -Mike Pence

The conservative movement today is like that tall ship with its proud captain: strong, accomplished but veering off course into the dangerous and uncharted waters of big government republicanism. -Mike Pence

For more than forty years, the United States Congress has shamelessly used payroll taxes intended for Social Security to fund big government spending. -Mike Pence

One hundred years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, the Spanish government issued a decree authorizing the enslavement of the American Indian as in accord with the law of God and man. -Nelson A. Miles

Looking at the purpose of our government toward the Indians, we find that after subjugating them it has been our policy to collect the different tribes on reservations and support them at the expense of our people. -Nelson A. Miles

My first real breakthrough collided with the last months of Callaghan's Labour government, which had every intention of enjoying my success as much as I did. -Peter Straub

Despite the increase in world attention toward Sudan in the past months, the genocide in Darfur has continued without any serious attempt by the Sudanese government to do what governments primarily exist to do, protect their citizens. -Tom Allen

Our fumbling government's response since Beirut – during both Republican and Democratic administrations – has been to cut and run, or to flat ignore this growing threat, apparently hoping it would go away. -David Hackworth

If you really believe the number one priority of our government is the protection of our people, then the idea of being defenseless against an intercontinental ballistic missile or any other type of weapon system that puts us in jeopardy is not acceptable. -Don Nickles

If your basic premise about the fundamental purpose of our government is that it must provide for the common defense, then no other position is possible. -Don Nickles

I happen to be one who believes very strongly that state and local governments have their proper roles. -Don Nickles

But the federal government, our collective government, has responsibilities that none of these other levels of government can fulfill; and chief among these is national defense. -Don Nickles

I shall never forget the despair and agony on the parents' faces on the awful day of the funeral when the 13 little children, victims not only of John D. Rockefeller, but of the government of the state of Colorado were buried. -Ella R. Bloor

As Mayor, I will lead city government, businesses, and community groups to support innovative projects that will make San Francisco streets and public places vibrant and healthy. -Gavin Newsom

City government can and must help San Franciscans prepare for emergencies in order to avoid tragedy where possible and minimize loss of life and property when emergencies occur. -Gavin Newsom

If you will investigate all the Indian troubles, you will find that there is something wrong of this nature at the bottom of all of them, something relating to the supplies, or else a tardy and broken faith on the part of the general government. -George Crook

First, take the government of the Indians out of politics; second, let the laws of the Indians be the same as those of the whites; third, give the Indian the ballot. -George Crook

The young in this country, and you fellows are young by my reckoning, have a right to be concerned about the course that our government, the Federal Government, is taking under President Bush. -John Spratt

There are certain people within the new government who have a slightly disturbing tendency toward authoritarianism, but there are so many checks and balances that in that way their noises are just noises. -Jonathan Shapiro

Public influence is the real government of the world. -Josiah Warren

My actions constituted pure hacking that resulted in relatively trivial expenses for the companies involved, despite the government's false claims. -Kevin Mitnick

I was pretty much the government's poster boy for what I had done. -Kevin Mitnick

It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes. -Svetlana Alliluyeva

There's no question that any of us who are doing an honest job in government could do a lot better in private industry. During the years I was practicing law as an individual, my salary was a great deal more than it is now. -Bill Scott

He convinced me that if we're going to have honest government that you can't leave it up to the crooks and that honest people have to get involved in government. So I did. I got involved as a criminal prosecutor with the U. S. Justice Department. -Bill Scott

Literally every department of state government has gone through, or is in a period of, chaos. Not just fiscal chaos, but certainly as we saw in the Department of Children and Family Services and State Fair Agency and many of Walker's departments, there is absolute chaos. -Bill Scott

I think we're probably more unified than ever before because we're in a battle for survival. Not only for survival as the Republican Party, but survival of the check and balance system in our government. -Bill Scott

Nobody – myself included – believes that we could ever achieve total information awareness. But the government needs to set goals and long-range objectives. Total information awareness is a good goal. -John Poindexter

Uncontrolled access to data, with no audit trail of activity and no oversight would be going too far. This applies to both commercial and government use of data about people. -John Poindexter

South Dakota is a great state because of its values, not because of dependence on government. -Laura Ingraham

I believe that our office has clearly been the leader in building coalitions, in getting other universities across the contrary to interact more effectively with the government and particularly the Congress. -Charles Vest

Literally from the moment I came in the door of MIT, it was very clear that a highly productive 40-year partnership between U.S. research universities and the federal government was badly eroding. -Charles Vest

The term 'cost shifting,' as I use it, refers to those items in a university's budget that used to be reimbursed by the federal government but are no longer paid for by them. -Charles Vest

There is no question that we are in a period in which we are going to have to use those sources to fund about 35 million dollars a year that used to be paid for by the federal government. -Charles Vest

We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels. -Henry A. Wallace

Basically, what Economic Hit Men are trained to do is to build up the American empire. To create situations where as many resources as possible flow into this country, to our corporations, and our government, and in fact we've been very successful. -John Perkins

I'm opposed to censorship of any kind, especially by government. But it's plain common sense that producers should target their product with some kind of sensitivity. -Lee Child

Our government just won't enforce civil rights laws. The laws will be ignored. -Major Owens

As to the question of elected or not elected, each member of the European Commission has been appointed jointly by the governments of the 15 member states, and undergone individual scrutiny and a vote of confidence from the European Parliament. -Mario Monti

There is no government in Europe where ministers go through that kind of confirmation process, which in fact is modeled on the way the U.S. cabinet members are confirmed. -Mario Monti

I believe the way I describe the problems in Chicago is that it's a metropolitan area. I've said that everywhere. The uneducated child is not just my problem, it's the state's problem. It's also the federal government's problem. -Richard M. Daley

I enjoy getting things done. My philosophy is the edge, the edge of something. There's where we have to go in local government, in not only the philosophy but the creativity in people around you. They have to go to the edge. -Richard M. Daley

I'm one who demands a lot from people. I'm not afraid to look at alternative ways in city government. That's what I've done in my two years and will continue to do in the next four. -Richard M. Daley

Well, the problem of the federal government is that they print money and go in debt. That's their national policy, Democrats and Republicans it doesn't matter. And this is where I differ. -Richard M. Daley

Why should a city be mandated to do something by the federal government or state government without the money to do it? -Richard M. Daley

Temporary teams of trusted people are generally sent to all Departments and to major agencies of government to assist in planning and to acquaint the incoming administration with the civil servants and bureaucracy that will remain in place in the new Administration. -Richard V. Allen

The Chinese government since 1979 has been very successful in economic development, and successful enough, simply by surviving, in the realm of political development. -William C. Kirby

And that's how I wrote to NICAP, but then later, just very soon after that, like three weeks later, we started getting phone calls from government agents. -Betty Hill

So actually we didn't have any contacts with UFO organizations. It was all strictly government. -Betty Hill

When you're talking with a person at this level of the government, at the very highest level, I think you have to be very discreet because he, President Clinton, is very aware that anything he says publicly can have a profound impact on American politics and on world politics. -Lee H. Hamilton

But in the end our government usually – not unfailingly – is responsive to the people; and usually – not always – will try to do what is right. -Lee H. Hamilton

Aid can work where there is good governance, and usually fails where governments are unable or unwilling to commit aid to improve the lives of their people. -Lee H. Hamilton

We should insist that governments receiving American aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency, and we should support countries that embrace market reforms, democracy, and the rule of law. -Lee H. Hamilton

But then it hasn't really been a focus of our government to make us an educated people. -Maynard James Keenan

Just in general, any government throughout history hasn't really wanted its people to be educated, because then they couldn't control them as easily. -Maynard James Keenan

The president has been a true friend of the ag industry, because he continues to invest large amounts of money at a time when savings is really the goal of the federal government to deal with the deficit. -Mike Johanns

What the F.D.I.C. does is to put the full faith and credit of the United States government behind every savings account in the nation, up to a limit that has changed over the years and stands now at $100,000. -Nick Clooney

In summary, the Romans were opposed to tyranny in any form; and the feature of government to which they gave the most thought was an elaborate system of checks and balances. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

The word democracy comes from the Greek and means, literally, government by the people. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

We have seen a central government taking more and more control over public education, over communications, over transportation, over every detail of our daily lives. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

We have seen a central government promote the power of labor-union bosses, and in turn be supported by that power, until it has become entirely too much a government of and for one class, which is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted most to prevent. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

In the Constitution of the American Republic there was a deliberate and very extensive and emphatic division of governmental power for the very purpose of preventing unbridled majority rule. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

In our Constitution governmental power is divided among three separate branches of the national government, three separate branches of State governments, and the peoples of the several States. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

In a democracy there is a centralization of governmental power in a simple majority. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

China's idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks. -Virginia Foxx

The parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor are striking. In each instance there were warning signs before the attack, and in each instance our government failed to connect the dots. -Diane Watson

It is our duty to watch over the actions and activities of this government and to insist that, in words as well as in deeds, the interests of our constituency primarily and of the Nation ultimately are served. -Diane Watson

Why has it seemed that the only way to protect the environment is with heavy-handed government regulation? -Gale Norton

I considered myself engaged in a war from Day One. And my objective was to force the federal government – the Kennedy administration at that time – into a position where they would have to use the United States military force to enforce my rights as a citizen. -James Meredith

But always I was a private citizen whose activities in government or political party were appointive. -Jane Byrne

If for no other reason than the energy crisis now facing this country, the federal government should be eager to become partners with us in rebuilding our city. -Jane Byrne

The cooperation of government at its different levels is important and can only be achieved as long as the people of Chicago are directly involved in our efforts and supportive of our goals. -Jane Byrne

But as important as the job to be done by government in the neighborhoods, the people must also be involved. -Jane Byrne

If all of us would require the same level of performance from ourselves as we expect from government, this city will forever be the city that works. -Jane Byrne

We must care. We must all care. And while I am working, while the governments is working, so must the people also work. -Jane Byrne

The people ask much, often more than any government can give. We must resist the temptation to promise solutions to all problems. -Jane Byrne

I have entered the field to die, if need be, for this government, and never expect to return to peaceful pursuits until the object of this war of preservation has become a fact established. -John A. Logan

For the year after I left government service, I worked as a consultant to the Republican National Committee because the lawyers advised that was the proper way for me to comply with ethics regulations and continue to advise the President. -Karen Hughes

I participated on debating teams and in student government, and served as senior class president. -Paul D. Boyer

Military hardliners called me a 'security threat' for promoting peace in South Asia and for supporting a broad-based government in Afghanistan. -Benazir Bhutto

The military destabilised my government on politically motivated charges. -Benazir Bhutto

The government I led gave ordinary people peace, security, dignity, and opportunity to progress. -Benazir Bhutto

These children should be enrolled in Independent Living programs designed by state and local governments to prepare them to enter the workplace, or attend college, and successfully manage their lives. -Charles Bass

State and local government, with financial support from the federal government, should offer a program to educate and train foster children for employment and provide them with financial assistance, as needed, until they reach age 21. -Charles Bass

The committee discloses that even after the U.S. government learned of the diversion of U.S. designs for nuclear warheads in late 1995, the Clinton Administration failed to take steps immediately to improve security. -Charles Bass

The U.S. government knew that China wanted to acquire sensitive U.S. technology, and instead of implementing a policy to prevent them from acquiring the information, the government all but gave them an invitation to take our equipment and designs. -Charles Bass

The United States government first learned of the diversion of the W-88 nuclear warhead design in late 1995. -Charles Bass

They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt. -Denis Kearney

We are with you in this work. Workingmen must form a party of their own, take charge of the government, dispose gilded fraud, and put honest toil in power. -Denis Kearney

You can be bound by physical things, as I am by certain sicknesses, but nevertheless you can still be free to recognize that all initiatives really come from yourself if you don't depend upon structures of government or structures of any kind. -George Woodcock

It is vain to expect a well-balanced government without a well-balanced society. -Gideon Welles

If you are born into a family below the national median income, we provide you with an additional $500, and for every contribution made to a child's account below the national median income, we match it dollar for dollar – the federal government will. -Harold Ford, Jr.

Saudi Arabia was, until just a few years ago, probably one of the most safe countries on earth. And now the paper is daily full of activities and shootouts between Islamists who supported Osama bin Laden and the government there. -Michael Scheuer

The United States is not for democracy in Iraq, it's for setting up a puppet government. -Peter Camejo

Every person has only so much attention to give, and politics and government takes up only a fraction of what it did 25 years ago. -Robert Teeter

While these attitudes are more visible when directed at government, there is ample evidence that many working people distrust their own union as much as they do the corporation they work for. -Robert Teeter

There are, for example, exemptions in FOIA in which the government can withhold certain kinds of information, and the courts have recognized that there is certain documentation that do deserve protection, that certain privileges do apply and do deserve protection. -Alberto Gonzales

I respect very much the role of the media in our society; I think they can be very, very helpful. They serve as a very useful check, sort of a watchdog over the actions of the government, and I respect that. -Alberto Gonzales

Encouraging underground uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau um, the federal government was the only purchaser of uranium ore to try to manufacture uh, atomic bombs. -Tom Udall

In 2001, Congress passed much needed tax relief to allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money and spend it as they see fit – rather than how the federal government sees fit. -Doc Hastings

To be sure, in some instances these proceedings have been unconstitutional, but we must remember that it is not the first time since a war that there have been changes in governments by such methods. -Frank B. Kellogg

I wish to note that intellectual property theft by a government represents the very essence of organized crime. -Howard Berman

It urges policy makers and the Supreme Court to make the mistake of curing what could prove to be an isolated problem by disarming the government of its principal weapon to stop future terrorist attacks. -John Yoo

Almost any government activity can also be seen as taking property 'without just compensation.' The basic model of an unconstitutional 'taking' would be if the government threw you out of your house. -Michael Kinsley

The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a 'public purpose.' -Michael Kinsley

I am committed to making Georgia a model for open and honest government. -Roy Barnes

And one of the things I've tried to do in my first months in office is to give more Georgians – reporters and members of the general public alike – a closer look at how their government works. -Roy Barnes

After all, I have spent the better part of my adult life insisting that government be open… that government be accessible… and that government be held accountable to people who voted us into office. -Roy Barnes

No one in government should ever think that the citizens they work for can't or won't scrutinize their actions. -Roy Barnes

By creating a Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, we will give local governments a framework for working together on an issue that affects our whole state. -Roy Barnes

So I went to George and told him I had the opportunity to become the figurehead of a government safety campaign, and he agreed to give me the week off and reschedule shooting! -David Prowse

The powers of government exercised locally derive from a federal law authorizing government by consent in local affairs only, unless those affairs are otherwise governed by federal law. -Dick Thornburgh

The capacity of the commonwealth government created under the local constitution to exercise governmental powers in local affairs is like that of local government in the states of the union in regard to non-federal affairs at the local level. -Dick Thornburgh

However, the sovereignty of the states is constitutionally defined and recognized, while the powers of the local government in Puerto Rico are defined by, and subject to alteration under, federal statutory law. -Dick Thornburgh

In historical and constitutional terms, the recent political status vote in Puerto Rico was a necessary but obviously not decisive step on the road of self-determination leading to full self-government. -Dick Thornburgh

Internal self-government under a local constitution was authorized by Congress and approved by the residents in 1952, but federal law is supreme in Puerto Rico and residents do not have voting representation in the Congress. -Dick Thornburgh

I've experienced first-hand the wonderful work organizations like J Bar J do for young people in Central Oregon and I am encouraged that the federal government is taking an active role in the Cascade Youth and Family Center. -Greg Walden

The Vichy government was under occupation and carried out the orders of the German occupier. -Jean-Marie Le Pen

The government would have preferred not to take a stand, but the constant presence of the Israeli-Arab conflict on our television screens made it an issue that could no longer be avoided. -Jean-Marie Le Pen

The result is that you are now experiencing what we experienced in the war in Algeria: The Israeli government says that it is a victim of terrorist activity, but this activity is less visible than the military strikes. -Jean-Marie Le Pen

For many years, the government of Canada has massively supported orchestras and the arts in general. -Lara St. John

History has shown us that, on extraordinarily rare occasions, it becomes necessary for the federal government to intervene on behalf of individuals whose 14th Amendment rights to legal due process and equal protection may be violated by a state. -Mike Simpson

What's wrong is that we are not participating to make this the type of government it needs to be. -Mike Lowry

Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments. -Peter Garrett

I want my testimony to stand on that point. But I would point out that Zona Research Inc. showed we have increased market share among business users, educational users, and government users over the past several months – and that's more recent than the IDC report. -Jim Barksdale

I don't believe in government regulation of the software industry. -Jim Barksdale

Before, Indian people had been so defeated, they were always looking for outsiders, for the government, to somehow come in and fix things. But now, they seem to realize that they're the only ones who can save themselves. -James Welch

We must be loyal to the forum of our government. -Bainbridge Colby

In all her history, from the formation of the federal government until the hour of secession, no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858 as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia. -John Sergeant Wise

I do not subscribe to the doctrine that the people are the slaves and property of their government. I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government. -Gerrit Smith

But here too it should be noted that the President's approach was to first ask the repressive and brutal Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden to us, and only after that government refused to do that did we invade. -Barney Frank

Last Thursday, our Supreme Court backed that local governments can co-opt private property, and give it to another private entity, for economic development. -Cliff Stearns

I believe that government is the servant of the people and not their master. -David Rockefeller

Whatever the economy needs to maintain itself, the government will do it. -Edward Bond

Every society, all government, and every kind of civil compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated for the general good and safety of the community. -George Mason

I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government. -Gerrit Smith

The transfer is a monumental occasion as the Iraqi people take control of their government and their future and forge ahead with creating a society governed by the tenets of life, liberty and freedom. -Jim Gerlach

This election is a critical step in that overall plan – transforming the Iraqi government into a fully constitutional one, able to secure its own borders and ensure the safety of its citizens. -John M. McHugh

In order to spur economic growth we need to put the brakes on out of control spending, lower Ohioans tax burden and create a most efficient and effective government. -Kenneth Blackwell

Job creation requires a business friendly environment with a tax structure that is not punitive and a state government designed for efficient use of fewer tax dollars. -Kenneth Blackwell

Journalists are supposed to be skeptical, that's what keeps them digging rather than simply accepting the official line, whether it comes from government or corporate bureaucrats. -Linda Chavez

Neither the wording of the amendment itself nor common practice challenged the widely held belief that government guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. -Linda Chavez

Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark of this government, have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant majority, casualties in a misguided campaign to shield from accountability those who abuse this House. -Louise Slaughter

Good government only happens when the people working in it do their jobs, and do them well. -Matthew Lesko

Government workers often get a bad rap, but it's rare for them to receive much appreciation when government works. -Matthew Lesko

I can't help thinking if she – the director of a government agency – is this ignorant about what funding is available and where the money comes from – how often lower-level bureaucrats must give wrong answers when people are looking for help to start a business. -Matthew Lesko

If the government did a good job of publicizing this information, my products wouldn't sell. -Matthew Lesko

Liberals like using government to solve problems in OUR country and conservatives are using our government to solve problems in OTHER countries. -Matthew Lesko

No salesman can ever guarantee you a grant from any government or non-profit organization. -Matthew Lesko

One of the worst things to come out of the Consumer Protection Board's misleading claims is the impression that government resources are to hard to get and just aren't available for regular people like you and I. -Matthew Lesko

So if there is a government grant offered for anything, like starting a business or going to school, they cannot discriminate because of your age. -Matthew Lesko

I choose to worship not believing in God and government should not thrust a religious idea down my throat. -Michael Newdow

Most people I know I think agree and even many theists agree with this. We don't want government involved. -Michael Newdow

The Constitution says that government isn't supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld. -Michael Newdow

This issue is whether or not our government should be infusing religion into (schools). -Michael Newdow

Now one of two things is true: Either a republic is a desirable form of government, or else it is not. -Anna Howard Shaw

Well, a lot of people within government and big business are nervous of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists, because they speak their minds. They talk about what they see and what they feel and what they know. They reflect what's around them. -Afrika Bambaataa

We all have a right to know, and if the government has been suppressing information about other life forms, that's the cruelest hoax of all. -Dwight Schultz

I've spent a lot of time researching the subject and government deception. So to be involved in Star Trek is perfect for me. I enjoy meeting the fans and discussing my interests with them. -Dwight Schultz

I would say that the Pentagon Papers case of 1971 – in which the government tried to block the The New York Times and The Washington Post that they obtained from a secret study of how we got involved in the war in Vietnam – that is probably the most important case. -Floyd Abrams

The government would be able to go to court with respect to newspaper articles, broadcast pieces and the like that they thought were bad or harmful or even against the government and try to block them. -Floyd Abrams

Since the tragedies, the Department of Homeland Security was established to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and most importantly, to share intelligence information among government agencies and departments. -Randy Forbes

It is during difficult times like this that the true American spirit reveals itself. I am not talking only of the response of local, state, and federal governments, although they will each play an extremely important role in this effort. -Jo Bonner

Living in this manner also gave them the opportunity to locate targets and develop methods of attack that would make the most impact on the population, infrastructure, and governments of these areas. -Jo Bonner

Anyone who saw Nagasaki would suddenly realize that they'd been kept in the dark by the United States government as to what atomic bombs can do. -Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Right now, a majority of the debt is owed to foreign interests, Japan being the largest purchaser of government debt today, soon to be surpassed by China as the number one purchaser of our debt in this Nation. -Ron Kind

Judicial review has been a part of our democracy in this constitutional government for over 200 years. -Ron Kind

People don't place their trust in government or company pension plans; they have to be self-reliant. -Scott Cook

Somewhere along the line, the actions of this government are the actions of me. -Sean Penn

The Reform Bill has destroyed the ancient conduits and strainers, and brings Public Opinion to act upon the government with the rapid, turbulent, and uncertain violence of a flood! -Robert Peel

As soon as the legitimate Lebanese government is convinced that the conditions have ripened and that Lebanon is able to maintain stability on its own… Then, the Syrian forces will return to their homeland. -Bashar al-Assad

Throughout American history many of our social gains and much of our progress toward democracy were made possible by the active intervention of the federal government. -Harold Washington

What is so remarkable about the success of affirmative action is that it has been accomplished despite the Justice Department and the policies of the federal government. -Harold Washington

I still favor alternatives to governmental race-based preferences. -Marvin Olasky

Since governmental quotas expand bureaucratic power, provoke a backlash and are unfair to individuals, we need to find a better way to increase minority opportunities. -Marvin Olasky

We are very grateful for what the Ontario provincial government is doing, and for cooperation from provincial and local police forces all across Canada. -Paul Cellucci

We are at war to liberate Iraq, to protect the people of the United States and other countries from the devastating impact of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction being used by terrorists or the Iraqi government to kill thousands of innocent civilians. -Paul Cellucci

The government has once again made the right socially acceptable. -Elfriede Jelinek

It is of the greatest importance that people and governments in many more countries than ours should realize that it is more dangerous to have access to nuclear arms than not to possess them. -Alva Myrdal

I'm doing my part, building plants at a record rate, having historic conservation levels. The only people not doing their part is the federal government that is siding with the energy companies against the interests of the people of California. -Gray Davis

Meanwhile, people have to join us and fight back against the federal government that has dropped the ball, that is in bed with these energy companies, that wants them to make more money than they've made before. -Gray Davis

I have always thought that the rapid economic development of South Africa would in the long run prove to be incompatible with the government's racial policies, and recent events have tended to confirm my opinion. -Harry Oppenheimer

Look, I think by the time my case was over and other ones, everybody on both sides of the aisle in Congress said we can't run a government by this kind of process and they repealed the law and that's good. -Bruce Babbitt

In recent years, anyone in the government, certainly anyone in the FBI or the CIA, or recently, in again, Clint's film, In the Line of Fire, the main bad guy is the chief advisor to the president. -Charlton Heston

Well, we have certainly produced great art before we did this. In my view, there are any number of areas of government which tax money should not be spent. -Charlton Heston

Now, I learned soon enough, that among the three, two don't trust the third one – the third one is the government. Both industry and unions feel the government is a talking organization and a spending organization. -Shimon Peres

It was an idea we had when Al was in the Senate – to organize and moderate an annual conference that would look at government policy through the lens of the family to help identify ways that the family can be supported and strengthened. -Tipper Gore

Having said that, I believe we must not compound the natural disaster of Katrina by creating a fiscal disaster in Congress – it is our duty to ensure that we reign in other government spending in any event, and especially in this time of national emergency. -Chris Chocola

I believe the only measure of government response shouldn't be how much we spend on a situation, but rather how well we spend. -Chris Chocola

The government needs to help those in need, but members of Congress shouldn't take advantage of the situation and use a national tragedy as an opportunity to spend taxpayer dollars on their pet projects. -Chris Chocola

Prior to the PATRIOT Act, the ability of government agencies to share information with each other was limited, which kept investigators from fully understanding what terrorists might be planning and to prevent their attacks. -Chris Chocola

Every year the Federal Government wastes billions of dollars as a result of overpayments of government agencies, misuse of government credit cards, abuse of the Federal entitlement programs, and the mismanagement of the Federal bureaucracy. -Chris Chocola

But thanks to my invention, my capitalist friends and I were able to bring the government to its knees. -Erno Rubik

And, not only in Budapest. I worked very closely with a very powerful government organization, which shall remain unidentified, to develop the mass marketed version of the Cube. -Erno Rubik

I see all this and know that if we are to save the Jewish state and its three-and-a-half million Jews from terrible horrors, we must rise up and demand a fundamental change in the very system of government. -Meir Kahane

The Connection Machines owned by the United States government laboratories were made available to me because they were considered impossible to program and there was no great demand for them at that time. -Philip Emeagwali

Closing the gap for women entrepreneurs should be a priority for the federal government – and yet the Small Business Administration has failed in their promise to women business owners. -Ruben Hinojosa

The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves? -Thomas Babington Macaulay

When has there ever been a government in German history that came to the people and revealed its detailed plans for the coming years? That could not happen before, since German governments planned war and conquest. -Walter Ulbricht

The government of the German Democratic Republic rejects secret policies. It works for the people, and only the people, so it does not need to keep secrets like the warmongers. -Walter Ulbricht

The government gave me enough money to go to acting school. -Tony Curtis

Another example of that was that even during the economic problems of the 1945 government, we managed to carry out other aspects of our policy and other ideals. Through the establishment of national parks, for instance. -Barbara Castle

I would also point out that many governments that chose not to support this war – certainly, the French president, Jacques Chirac, as I recall in April of last year, referred to Iraq's possession of WMD. -David Kay

This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people. -John Wycliffe

The Viennese wash everything. Where else in the world does the government hire public servants to wash public telephone booths and the glass over traffic lights? Every time I see someone doing these things, I smile like a child. -Jonathan Carroll

We were not treated by our own government as proper human beings and consequently, some outsiders did not regard us as the same kind of humans as themselves. -Jung Chang

You see that's what I think is such a terrible, terrible betrayal, the trust that people have in government. -Ralph Steadman

It is the safeguard of the strongest that he lives under a government which is obliged to respect the voice of the weakest. -Robert Purvis

But today, government is taking those rights from us, pretending that it gives us our rights. Indeed, those rights come from God, and it was recognized throughout our history as such. -Roy Moore

But separation of church and state was never meant to separate God and government. -Roy Moore

And government's only role is to secure our rights for us. -Roy Moore

The forefathers, including James Madison, felt very strongly that the duties that we owe to God were outside of government's prerogative, that government had no business interfering with the way we worship God. -Roy Moore

The First Amendment to the Constitution reflects that concept recognized in the Ten Commandments, that the duties we owe to God and the manner of discharging those duties are outside the purview of government. -Roy Moore

It can have a secular purpose and have a relationship to God because God was presumed to be both over the state and the church, and separation of church and state was never meant to separate God from government. -Roy Moore

Rights come from God, not from government. -Roy Moore

If government can give you rights, government can take them away from you. -Roy Moore

If God gives you rights, no man and no government can take them away from you. -Roy Moore

The reason the government sells the census as your ticket to getting goodies – rather than as your civic duty – is that distributing goodies is now all the government does. -Tom G. Palmer

The government has become a mechanism for distributing largess, and your census form is your ticket. -Tom G. Palmer

Measures of self-government and a school council, especially for such young children, were a great innovation. -Dora Russell

There is no moral equivalency between those who would kill using children, innocent civilians, children and adults, in their homes and in their places of worship, to that of a government that is seeking those terrorists before they can engage in that awful activity. -George Pataki

I think there are steps that can be taken that haven't been required or energy to make that fight more secure and we are going to continue to push the federal government to do that. -George Pataki

The government only makes restrictive rules, they don't show you what to do so you know, OK, here's where we need this many apartments, with open space, playgrounds, kindergartens. -Harry Seidler

We are expected to believe that anyone who objects to the Department of Homeland Security or the USA Patriot Act is a terrorist, and that the only way to preserve our freedom is to hand it over to the government for safekeeping. -L. Neil Smith

I'll remind you all, however, that for government, existence is a privilege, not a right. -L. Neil Smith

I propose a Constitutional Amendment providing that, if any public official, elected or appointed, at any level of government, is caught lying to any member of the public for any reason, the punishment shall be death by public hanging. -L. Neil Smith

City governments ought to be abolished, if only as a public health measure. -L. Neil Smith

I'm tired of being lied to by government, by the media, and by every corporation I have anything to do with. -L. Neil Smith

The first thing you need to know, in order to establish some perspective and avoid panic, is that the violent government excesses we're seeing today are far from unprecedented. -L. Neil Smith

We need to take command of the solar system to gain that wealth, and to escape the sea of paper our government is becoming, and for some decent chance of stopping a Dinosaur Killer asteroid. -Larry Niven

The insurance companies aren't covering that. Should Monsanto be liable for these losses? Should the state government? Who's going to cover the losses? The fact is, here's an industry with no long-term liability in place. -Jeremy Rifkin

Back in 1983, the United States government approved the release of the first genetically modified organism. In this case, it was a bacteria that prevents frost on food crops. -Jeremy Rifkin

I want our government to encourage and protect freedom as well as our traditions of faith and family. -Jesse Helms

Conservatism is a hard choice for a society that has become accustomed to big government and big entitlements promoted by liberals. -Jesse Helms

That's what I think regions are about, making central government more accountable and fairer. -John Prescott

In the north east, there, they have had quite a bit of government offices moving in. It's not a new policy. -John Prescott

What government has been doing, we've got major programmes now, of billions of pounds, which are directed by central government into these areas of deprivation. -John Prescott

We supported the contras. We're not against all opposition to government, or all paramilitary operations. -Chris Matthews

In the laws of the land, she has no rights; in government she has no voice. And in spite of another principle recognized in this Republic, namely, that 'taxation without representation is tyranny,' she is taxed without being represented. -Ernestine Rose

I don't think we should discriminate against an organization or congregation because they're religious, if they're doing good work. But government can't subsidize proselytizing or worship or religious activity. It can't. -Jim Wallis

Martin Luther King Jr. really understood the role of the churches when he said, 'The church is not meant to be the master of the state.' We don't sort of take power and grab the levers of government and impose our agenda down people's throats. -Jim Wallis

Because each are going to blame each other. The thing that Canberra has to really get right is the sharing of the resource. But my problem with people in the government who are there for a short time is that there's no consequences for some of these decisions they make. -Rex Hunt

Under this scientific and moral pressure, the Canadian government conceded publicly that the use of these weapons in Vietnam was, in their view, a contravention of the Geneva Protocol. -John Polanyi

Here in the UK the government has decided to accept the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force to measure and make targeted reductions in the administrative costs – the red tape costs – that regulations impose on business. -John Hutton

We negotiated with the Honduran government the establishment of a regional military training center, for training central American forces, but the primary motivation for doing that was to be able to bolster the quality, improve the quality of the El Salvadoran fighting forces. -John Negroponte

The only reason of the institution of civil government; and the only rational ground of submission to it, is the common safety and utility. -Jonathan Mayhew

But let us remember, at the same time, government is sacred, and not to be trifled with. -Jonathan Mayhew

It is our happiness to live under the government of a PRINCE who is satisfied with ruling according to law; as every other good prince will – We enjoy under his administration all the liberty that is proper and expedient for us. -Jonathan Mayhew

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