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Jim Cook



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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August 30, 2017

"Government can only do something for the people in proportion to what it can do to the people."

Thomas Jefferson

"We are far too critical of the fabulous system of plenty that has brought us the highest living standards on earth. The liberals have done a good job of undermining faith in the market."

James Cook

"Hiding behind such sacred terms as human rights and distributive justice, politicians and intellectuals alike have perpetrated a gargantuan ruse on humankind: they have convinced us that mass homogeneity is more essential for the betterment of society than is individual initiative, and they have adorned this dubious assumption with assurances that by leveling all distinctions between human beings, collective peace and unity will result as a matter of course, just as water runs downhill or the cart follows the ox."

Gonzalo Fernandez de la Mora

"Liberals love to strike generous, humanitarian poses with other people’s lives."

Ann Coulter

"As the consumer is the public in general, without distinction of rank or fortune, the free market is the most obvious expression of the sovereignty of the people and the best guarantee of democracy."

Faustino Ballve

April 21, 2017

"Think about the difference between how your local gas station and congressman respond to a spike in oil prices. One has the price placard outside changed to reflect the reality of the market within hours. The other sends out a press release, tries to organize a hearing, and at the end of the month accomplishes nothing. Meanwhile, the gas station has already made at least thirty additional adjustments to the realities of the market while your politico fails to get anything more than easy media."

Joel Miller

"Under capitalism the common man enjoys amenities which in ages gone by were unknown and therefore inaccessible even to the richest people."

Ludwig von Mises

"When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads."

Ron Paul

"Welfare now erodes work and family and thus keeps poor people poor. Accompanying welfare is an ideology – sustaining a whole system of federal and state bureaucracies – that also operates to destroy their faith. The ideology takes the form of false theories of discrimination and spurious claims of racism and sexism as the dominant forces in the lives of the poor."

George Gilder

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

Thomas Sowell

April 20, 2017

"In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car."

Lawrence Summers

"The government’s War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice."

Harry Browne

"Most economic fallacies derive… from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie that one party can gain only at the expense of another."

Milton Friedman

"Government employees move up the ladder through educational credentials rather than merit. People are given jobs and promotions based on seniority, race and gender rather than ability or talent. Such a system often overlooks the deserving and rewards the incompetent. There is no payoff for achievement."

James Cook

The greatest danger to the liberal vision are facts about the consequences of liberalism itself and the laws, policies and ways of life that the left has spawned. That the black family, which survived centuries of slavery and generations of discrimination, has disintegrated in the wake of the liberal welfare state is only one example."

Thomas Sowell

March 30, 2017

"The market economy needs no apologists and propagandists. It can apply to itself the words of Sir Christopher Wren’s epitaph in St. Paul’s: Si monumentum requiris, circumspice. [If you seek his monument, look around.]"

Ludwig von Mises

"Governments resort to inflation with popular support because the people apparently are naïve enough to believe that they can have their cake and eat it, too."

Leonard E Read

"Unfortunately, liberals didn’t stop with welfare-statism. They also turned to economic regulations, not understanding that such interventions, again, harmed the very people they were supposedly trying to help – the poor and destitute."

Jacob G. Hornberger

"All evidence points to the superiority of the libertarian ideal – private property, capitalism, international trade, laissez-faire – but something is keeping the world from embracing it. That something is wrong-headed ideology, some philosophical error grown into a massive system of thought, an agenda that if unleashed would mutilate and crush civilization as we know it." 

Mises Institute

"The first requisite of a sound monetary system is that it put the least possible power over the quantity or quality of money in the hands of the politicians."

Henry Hazlitt

March 28, 2017

"Reason and ideas determine the course of human affairs. What is needed to stop the trend toward socialism and despotism is common-sense and moral courage."

Ludwig von Mises

"It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider that the real vise is making losses."

Winston Churchill

"Civilization can only revive when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tome of mind independent of the one prevalent among the crowd and in opposition to it. A new public opinion must be created privately and unobtrusively. The existing one is maintained by the press, by propaganda, by organization, and by financial influences which are at its disposal. The unnatural way of spreading ideas must be opposed by the natural one, which goes from man to man and relies solely on the truth of the thoughts and the hearer’s receptiveness of new truth."

Albert Schweitzer

"No man’s life, liberty of property are safe while the legislature is in session."

Mark Twain

"People want government to solve problems, but government is often the cause of the problem."

James Cook

March 27, 2017

"It is difficult to imagine greater government control of a person’s life than forcing the person to give half or more of his honorably earned money to the state under threat of being imprisoned."

Dennis Prager

"The American Dream was not about government’s taking huge sums of money (under the label of ‘taxation’) from citizens by force. The American Dream was about individualism and the opportunity to achieve success without interference from others."

Robert Ringer

"The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave."

Alexis de Tocqueville

"The capitalist achievement does not typically consist in providing more silk stocking for queens but in bringing them within the reach of factory girls in return for a steadily decreasing amount of effort."

Joseph Schumpeter

"It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government."

Ronald Reagan

March 24, 2017

"A higher standard of living also brings about a higher standard of culture and civilization."

Ludwig von Mises

"It is the greatest folly of which a man can be capable to sit down with a slate and pencil to plan out a new social world."

William Graham Sumner

"The proper and limited use of government is to invoke a common justice and keep the peace – and that is all."

Leonard E Read

"The mounting burden of taxation not only undermines individual incentives to increased work and earnings, but in a score of was discourages capital accumulation and distorts, unbalances, and shrinks production."

Henry Hazlitt

"The law mandates the existence of the bureaucrat’s job and makes it extremely difficult to fire him if he does it badly. This is roughly the opposite of how markets deliver services, with roughly the opposite result."

Joel Miller

March 23, 2017

"A wealthy man can preserve his wealth only by continuing to serve the consumers in the most efficient way."

Ludwig von Mises

"Do you expect the government to educate your children? To protect you from terrorists? To guarantee your job? To protect you against corporate fraud? The record speaks loudly. It can’t."

John A Pugsley

"My indictment of big government is that it is bad because it attacks liberty, prosperity, progress, harmony, and morality. Thanks to big government, we have significantly less of all of those good things than we would if we had been able to keep government right-sized. Big government is cancerous. Like a cancer, it hurts the body and tends to spread, doing more and more harm as it grows. It is time for some radical surgery."

George C. Leef

"The crying need today is not for more laws, but for fewer. The world must be saved from its saviors. If the friends of liberty and law could have only one slogan it should be: Stop the remedies!"

Henry Hazlitt

"One of the beauties of an economy coordinated by price movements is that nobody has to understand it in order for it to work."

Thomas Sowell

March 3, 2017

"The government doesn’t create wealth of its own; it can only take it from some and distribute it to others or dictate particular public uses of private resources."

Joel Miller

"The entrepreneur profits to the extent he has succeeded in serving consumers better than other people have done."

Ludwig von Mises

"Preaching doom and gloom has been beneficial to the political class. They use it to gain more power and control."

Walter Williams

"Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods."

H. L. Mencken

"‘Public interest criteria’ does not mean criteria that the public decides are in its interest. It means that the elite – via various appointed bodies – decide what appointed bodies – decide what the public’s interest is for them."

Mark Steyn

February 3, 2017

"Absolute welfare corrupts absolutely."

Mark Steyn

"Bureaucrats, even with the best of intentions, naturally tend to assume that the size of their bureaus, measured in money, staff and power, affects its ability to be effective. Thus, there is a natural tendency to maximize an agency’s budget, staff, and power to ensure agency effectiveness."

Reed Garfield

"Inflation has always been an important resource of policies of war and revolution and why we also find it in the service of socialism."

Ludwig von Mises

"A monetary order created and managed by politicians and officials is bound to disappoint."

Hans F. Sennholz

"Governments everywhere, including here in the United States, have created ever-expanding bureaucracies that regulate nearly every aspect of our lives."

Richard M. Ebelilng

February 2, 2017

"Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched tribal dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Henry Hazlitt

"If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon."

Walter Williams

"American colleges and universities are hothouses of hypocrisy, and the principal exhibit is that while their spokesmen talk endlessly about their commitment to openness, tolerance, critical thinking, diversity, and so on, many of them have adopted policies designed to stifle the expression of unpopular sentiments and empower certain groups to punish others for having the temerity to speak their minds."

"George C. Leef

"The whole of mankind’s progress has had to be achieved against the resistance and opposition of the state and its power of coercion."

Ludwig von Mises

"The drum-fire of propaganda that the Fed is manning the ramparts against the menace of inflation brought about by others is nothing less than a deceptive shell game. The culprit solely responsible for inflation, the Federal Reserve, is continually engaged in raising a hue-and-cry about ‘inflation,’ for which virtually everyone else in society seems to be responsible. What we are seeing is the old ploy by the robber who starts shouting ‘Stop, thief!’ and runs down the street pointing ahead at others."

Murray N. Rothbard

February 1, 2017

"In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees."

Thomas Sowell

"The tendency of welfare spending in the United States has been to increase at an exponential rate."

Henry Hazlitt

"Since there is no orderly way to liquidate the federal debt, we must brace for a payment crisis."

Hans F. Sennholz

"Although it seems that the political classes, along with their intellectual and journalistic allies, are unable (and unwilling) to permit themselves to receive even a basic education when it comes prices, profits, and markets, many people outside those circles are not as intellectually and morally obtuse."

William L. Anderson

"Every extension of the functions and powers of the State beyond its primary duty of maintaining peace and justice should be scrutinized with jealous vigilance."

Ludwig von Mises

January 31, 2017

"Laissez faire does not mean: let soulless mechanical forces operate. It means: let individuals choose how they want to cooperate in the social division of labor and let them determine what the entrepreneurs should produce. Planning means: let the government alone choose and enforce its rulings by the apparatus of coercion and compulsion."

Ludwig von Mises

"What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive long."

Thomas Sowell

"The ideal Government of all reflective me, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone – one which barely escapes being no government at all."

H.L. Mencken

"The most important business of one generation is the raising of the next generation. Nothing else you do in life will be as deeply satisfying."

George Will

"The left controls the media, the institutions of higher learning and the government. They preach against business, disparage merit, decry free enterprise and slander capitalism."

James Cook

January 30, 2017

"Most regulations are subject to little genuine scrutiny or oversight, and the average person would be hard-pressed to stay informed about them, let alone do much to oppose them should he find them worrisome. As Hayek insisted, the law is supposed to be simple and easily known by all who are ruled by it. Such is not the case today."

Joel Miller

"In the United States how did we go from having no role for the federal government in farming to having government intertwined in all aspects of farming from planting to harvesting to selling crops?"

Burton W. Folsom, Jr.

"Private Property began the instant somebody had a mind of his own."

Edward E. Cummings

"It is a great advantage to a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man."

Calvin Coolidge

"A business owner who is liberal probably inherited the business."

James Cook

January 13, 2017

"If the government goes beyond securing liberty and instead violates it through regulation, redistribution, and planning, then citizens are victims of legal plunder."

Richard M. Ebeling

"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."

Robert H. Jackson

"If capitalism worked as the socialists think an economic system ought to work, and provided a constant equality of living conditions for all, regardless of whether a man was able or not, resourceful or not, diligent or not, thrifty or not, if capitalism put no premium on resourcefulness and effort and no penalty on idleness or vice, it would produce only equality of destitution."

Milton Friedman

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

Thomas Jefferson

"Government enterprise validates a kind of cult of failure, a cult that has stood human nature on its head and made incompetence a god."

Gregory Bresiger

January 12,2017

"What a country wants to make it richer, is never consumption, but production. Where there is the latter, we may be sure that there is no want of the former."

John Stuart Mill

"As soon as the economic freedom which the market economy grants to its members is removed, all political liberties and bills of rights become humbug."

Ludwig von Mises

"Inflation makes the wealthiest people richer and the masses poorer."

James Cook

"Diluting the money supply with paper is the moral equivalent of diluting the milk supply with water."

Henry Hazlitt

"One of the wonderful things about free markets is that the path to greater wealth comes not from looting, plundering and enslaving one’s fellow man, as it has throughout most of human history, but by serving and pleasing him."

Walter Williams