Posts Tagged ‘james taranto’

“It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. … They are themselves always, and without exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.”

Adam Smith (1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist.


“The government expands at will, based on what might be charitably called flimsy constitutional reasoning and less charitably and more accurately called arrogant judicial tyranny. Government authority these days rarely comes from the Constitution as written but from the last carefully crafted misinterpretation of it. This is called legal precedent.”

Linda Bowles (1952-2003) Columnist


“We hear the Republican National Committee is also considering an award honoring (Nancy) Pelosi for the help she gave the GOP in winning back a majority in the House last year.”

– James Taranto, Wall Street Journal, in response to the DNC’s efforts to honor Pelosi for her “accomplishments” as Speaker.


“Today government touches everything in America and harms almost everything it touches. Federal, state, and local governments together spend 42 out of every 100 dollars we earn. Those who do the taxing and spending have long since ceased to work for the people as a whole. Rather, they work for themselves and for their clients — the education industry, the welfare culture, public-employee unions, etc..”

Malcolm Wallop (1933- ) Founder of Frontiers of Freedom, rancher, businessman, former U.S. Army Officer, former US Senator from Wyoming