A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.
Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
But let us remember, at the same time, government is sacred, and not to be trifled with.
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.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
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.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners.
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.
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.
I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.