It is a misfortune incident to republican government, though in a less degree than to other governments, that those who administer it, may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust.
The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.
[A] wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.
Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. That government is best which governs least.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
I would rather be ruled by people represented by the first 100 names in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard.
If a private enterprise is a failure, it is closed down — unless it can get a government subsidy to keep it going; if a government enterprise is a failure, it is expanded. I challenge you to find exceptions.