“The 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 (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Address, 15 Aug. 1986, to the White House Conference on Small Business.
“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!”
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. “A Time for Choosing,” television address, 27 Oct. 1964 (published in Speaking My Mind, 1989).
“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, 11 Dec. 1972 (published in Speaking My Mind, “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan,” 1989).
“Socialism only works in two places; Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.”
“The most terrifying words in the English language are; I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”
“I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.”
“The taxpayer; that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”
“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.”