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 kak·is·toc·ra·cy [kak-uh-stok-ruh-see] noun 

Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens."Since it takes the worst type of person to become a successful politician, all democracies will eventually become kakistocracies."

  “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”

  ~ Groucho Marx

 

  “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really      mean it.”

  ~ Mark Twain

 

  “Any American who is prepared to run for President should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.”

~ Gore Vidal

 

“If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?”

~ Will Rogers

 

“In America any man may become president and I suppose its just one of the risk’s we take.”

~ Adlai Stevenson

 

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

~ H. L. Mencken

 

CONGRESS

 

“No mans life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.”

~ Mark Twain

 

“This country has come to feel the same when congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens – and then everybody disagrees.”

~ Boris Marshalov

 

“Talk is cheap – except when Congress doses it.”

~ Cullen Hightower

 

“If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?”

~ Unknown

 

“The mistakes made by Congress wouldn’t be so bad if the next Congress didn’t keep trying to correct them.”

~ Cullen Hightower

 

“If I studied all my life, I couldn’t think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of Congress.”

~ Will Rogers

 

DEMOCRACY

 

“Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.”

~ Alfred Emanuel Smith

 

“Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.”

~ Edward Albee

 

“Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

 

“Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.”

~ Sydney J. Harris

 

“Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.”

~ Alan Coren

 

“Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity.”

~ John Dryden

 

“Democracy … is a system of self-determination. It’s the right to make the wrong choice.”

~ John Patrick

 

“Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.”

~ Clement Atlee

 

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”

~ H. L. Mencken

 

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

 

“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.”

~ Walter H. Judd

 

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

 

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

~ H. L. Mencken

 

ECONOMICS

 

“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

 

“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

 

“Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing – and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

~ Winston Churchill

 

“A government which robs peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

 

“Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.”

~ Douglas Casey

 

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.”

~ Herbert Hoover (attributed)

 

“Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.”

~ John Kenneth Galbraith

 

“An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

~ Mark Twain

 

“We don’t seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?”

~ Will Rogers

 

“Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.”

~ Polish Proverb

 

“Everybody wants to eat at the government’s table, but nobody wants to do the dishes.”

~ Werner Finck

 

 

ELECTIONS

 

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”

~ Karl Marx

 

“Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“A fool and his money are soon elected.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“We’d all like to vote for the best man but he’s never a candidate.”

~ Kin Hubbard

 

“The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.”

~ Art Spander

 

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”

~ John F. Kennedy

 

“Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.”

~ Laurence J. Peter

 

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.”

~ Robert Byrne

 

“Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”

~ Alfred Emanuel Smith

 

“In America any man may become president and I suppose its just one of the risk’s we take.”

~ Adlai Stevenson

 

“The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”

~ Winston Churchill

 

“Democracy: The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it.”

~ Benjamin Lichtenberg

 

“Any American who is prepared to run for President should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.”

~ Gore Vidal

 

 

GOVERNMENT 

“In general, the art of government consist of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.”

~ Voltaire

 

“We have the best government that money can buy.”

~ Mark Twain

 

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

 

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

~ Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

 

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If is keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

~ Ronald Reagan (1986)

 

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“People come to Washington believing it’s the center of power. I know I did. It was only much later that I learned that Washington is a steering wheel that’s not connected to the engine.”

~ Richard Goodwin

 

“When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.”

~ George Pataki

 

“Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed.”

~ William Penn, 1693

 

“It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.”

~ John Garner

 

“There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.

~ National Review

 

“If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.”

~ Arthur Goldberg

 

“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

 

“I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him “father”.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.”

~Baron de Montesquieu

 

“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”

~ William E. Borah

 

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

~ Mark Twain

 

“If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?”

~ Will Rogers

 

POLITICS

 

“Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”

~ John Galbraith

 

“What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.”

~ Edward Langley, Artist (1928 -1995)

 

“The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.”

~ Wilhelm Reich

 

“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“The more you read and observe about this politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that’s out always looks the best.”

~ Will Rogers

 

“All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems – problems that are quite above the average citizen’s reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best.”

 ~ Mark Twain

 

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

 ~ Mark Twain

 

“The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then get elected and prove it.”

~ P.J. O’rourke

 

“The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.”

~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”

~ Groucho Marx