Social Security is a government program with a constituency made up of the old, the near old and those who hope or fear to grow old. After 215 years of trying, we have finally discovered a special interest that includes 100 percent of the population. Now we can vote ourselves rich.
The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money.
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.
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work.
The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm. Capitalism is that kind of a system.