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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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The Best of Jim Cook Archive

 
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April 29, 2016

“Entrepreneurs do not simply do business the way everyone else does; instead, they find new resources or take existing resources and change them to create new goods or to enhance existing services. Over time, in a free-market setting, entrepreneurs lower real costs to customers.”

William L. Anderson

“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” 

Franklin Pierce

“Depression is the aftermath of credit expansion.”

Ludwig von Mises

“In the public sector, incentives lead bureaucrats to provide their services at maximum cost.”

Reed Garfield

“Big-government conservatism will simply bring us ever more government intervention in and control over our lives, greater regulation, mounting debt that threatens the nation’s future economic health, and less freedom for every American.”

Michael D. Tanner

 

April 28, 2016

Man is not free unless government is limited…As government expands, liberty contracts.”

Ronald Reagan

“I’ve repeated over a number of years a lesson learned repeatedly throughout history: Inflationism is a ‘Road to Ruin.’ This road has become all too visible.”

Doug Noland

“Bureaucracy by its nature resists change and nullifies progress.”

James Cook

“Inflation is essentially antidemocratic.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients.”

Edmund Burke

February 18, 2016

“Man is not free unless government is limited…As government expands, liberty contracts.”

Ronald Reagan

“I’ve repeated over a number of years a lesson learned repeatedly throughout history: Inflationism is a ‘Road to Ruin.’ This road has become all too visible.”

Doug Noland

“Bureaucracy by its nature resists change and nullifies progress.”

James Cook

“Inflation is essentially antidemocratic.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The true danger is when Liberty is nibbled away for expedients.”

Edmund Burke

February 12, 2016

“Once we realize that government doesn’t work, we will stop dreaming that this or that social problem can be solved by passing a law – or by creating a new government program – or by electing someone who will make Washington more efficient or cost conscious.”

Harry Browne

“America needs fewer laws, not more prisons.”

James Bovard

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed

“The concept of a ‘just’ or ‘fair’ price is devoid of any scientific meaning; it is a disguise for wishes, a striving for a state of affairs different from reality.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Big-government conservatives share a common arrogance with contemporary liberalism. They are convinced that they know what is beset for every American and because they know best, they should guide the rest of us in the proper direction.”

Michael D. Tanner

February 11, 2016

“We know that welfare is a failure. It has neither reduced poverty more made the poor self-sufficient. It has torn at the social fabric of the country and been a significant factor in increasing out-of-wedlock births with all of their attendant problems. It has weakened the work ethic and contributed to rising crime rates. Most tragically of all, the pathologies it engenders have been passed on from parent to child, from generation to generation.”

Michael D. Tanner

“Government is not using modern technology so much to modernize and improve services as it is to regulate, punish, collect taxes and keep an eye on us. They’d rather rule than serve.”

James Cook

“All government operation is wasteful, inefficient, and serves the bureaucrat rather than the consumer.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Public works are not accomplished by the miraculous power of a magic wand. They are paid for by funds taken away from the citizens.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government relief tends constantly to get out of hand. And even when it is kept within reasonable bounds it tends to reduce the incentives to work and to save both of those who receive it and those of who are forced to pay it. It may be said, in fact, that practically every measure that governments take with the ostensible object of ‘helping the poor’ has the long-run effect of doing the opposite.”

Henry Hazlitt

February 10, 2016

“Falling prices through increased production is a wonderful long-run tendency of untrammeled capitalism.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“Socialism [modern liberalism] is not in the least what it pretends to be it is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but the spoiler of what thousands of years of civilization have created. It does not build; it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produced nothing, in only consumes what the social order based on private ownership in the means of production has created.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Relief, or redistribution of income, voluntary or coerced, is never the true solution of poverty, but at best a makeshift, which may mask the disease and mitigate the pain, but provides no basic cure.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Compassion is good, but politicians have turned compassion into the welfare state.”

Thomas Sowell

“Government intervention in the economy - through taxes, regulation and, most importantly, currency inflation – causes distortions and misallocations of capital that must eventually be unwound. The distortions degrade the general standard of living, and the economy goes into a recession (call that an incomplete cleansing). Or it goes into a depression – wherein the entire sickly structure comes unglued.”

Doug Casey

February 9, 2016

“Government provided free tuition tends more and more to produce a uniform conformist education, with college faculties ultimately dependent for their job on the government, and so developing an economic interest in profession and teaching a statist, pro-government, and socialist ideology.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Monetary expansion is a massive scheme of hidden redistribution.”

Murray N. Rothbard

“If everyone had to start up their own business, socialism would soon die.”

James Cook

“Every businessman enjoying customer patronage, whether he be a baker, banker or barber is conferring a public benefit, raising production, and reducing unemployment; businessmen earn their livelihood by producing products and rendering services wherever they are needed.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“The more government dependents, the more likely that democracy will become a conspiracy against self-reliance.”

James Bovard

February 4, 2016

“Capitalists have the tendency to move towards those countries in which there is plenty of labor available and at which labor is reasonable. And by the fact that they bring capital into these countries, they bring about a trend toward higher wage rates.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Government bailouts are like potato chips: you can’t stop with just one.”

Thomas Sowell

“When have handouts ever worked?  In the United States, we learned that welfare for our own citizens not only turned into a debilitating crutch, it created more or less permanent underclass.”

Linda Chavez

“Anyplace market forces have been artificially removed by the government there is a total absence of incentives, competition, effective oversight, cost controls and so on.”

Ann Coulter

“Government doesn’t work. That’s the first lesson we must learn if we want to improve society.”

Harry Brown

“The essential quality of a free economy is that it cannot be planned. It leaves the solution of problems to the inspiration of the individuals in the untrammeled population. When something approaching a free economy has existed, it has always worked better than the schemes of any planners.”

Thomas H. Barber

January 7, 2016

“If it be taught that all who are born have a right to support on the land, whatever be their number, and that there is no occasion to exercise any prudence in the affair of marriage so as to check this number, the temptations, according to all the known principles of human nature, will inevitably be yielded to, and more and more will gradually become dependent on parish assistance.”

Thomas Malthus

“What made some enterprises develop into ‘big business’ was precisely their success in filling the best demand of the masses.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Capitalism is a belief that nobody is wise enough and knows enough to control the lives of other people. When each person buys, sells, consumes, produces, saves, and spends at will, ‘the miracle of the market’ enables everyone to benefit.”

Perry Gresham

“The typical local government agenda has these goals: finding ways to get more tax dollars, improving the pay and benefit packages of those who work for government, hiring more staff, securing additional powers for those who run the government implementing more rules that dictate how citizens can live while reducing the number of rules that govern those who run the government.”

Steven Greehut

“Better to build orphanages than prisons.”

James Cook