The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 8, 2012

BEHIND THE PINE CURTAIN: Words to think about prior to Nov. 6

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — EDITOR'S NOTE: Behind the Pine Curtains is a series of anedotes compiled and edited by Herald-Press Publisher Gary Connor.

The thought provoking statements below have been collected from philosophers in Brushy Creek, Pert, Blackfoot, Bethel and Slocum, deep thinkers all, but individuals who shall remain anonymous. Ponder the height and breadth of their words and let their import ferment until November’s election day then vote your conscience.

   “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.”

  “What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.”

  “The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.”

   “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

   “When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.”

   With origins a bit more distant than those statements above, the following quotations from historical figures also ring a note of significance in this election year.

   “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

 “A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” G. Gordon Liddy

   “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” James Bovard

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

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

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

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

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

   “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.”

P.J. O'Rourke

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

   “No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” Mark Twain

   “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill

   “The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.” Mark Twain

   For the last several years the size of our federal government has been growing at a rate of 15% per year. With that in mind, the following comment by Thomas Jefferson has particular significance at this time in the history of our nation.

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

   Please make certain that thought accompanies you as you mark your ballot on Nov. 6.