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Jim Cook

 

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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May 18, 2016

“The long-run historical tendency of capitalism has not only been to increase real incomes more or less proportionately nearly all along the line, but to benefit the masses even more than the rich.”

Henry Hazlitt

“The key ingredient of politics is the idea that all of society’s ills can be cured politically. It’s like a cookbook where the recipe for everything is to fry it. The fruit cocktail is fried.”

P.J. O’Rourke

“Government is in the business of misdirected incentives. Take poverty. Years ago LBJ unleashed a flurry of government programs to eliminate it. We’ve spent well over a trillion dollars since and all our good intentions got us in more poverty.”

Tom Purcell

“There is nothing like widespread poverty to boost a country’s equality index.”

Bob Tyrrell

“Never before in the history of the modern research university have entire departments and fields been devoted to purely ideological pursuits.”

David Horowitz

May 17, 2016

“What the American worker needs is more of what Wal-Mart offers and less of what the government offers.”

Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr.

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt

“A nation that encourages its people to spend more and save less promotes economic backwardness, social decay and its own financial doom.”

Kurt Richebacher

“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical idea.”

James Madison

“Once the idea is accepted that money is something whose supply is determined simply by the printing press, it becomes impossible for the politicians in power to resist the constant demands for further inflation.”

Henry Hazlitt

May 16, 2016

“The growing size of the government debt should be of real concern to every creditor and especially to every taxpayer with any interest whatsoever in private property and personal freedom.”

Paul L. Poirot

“Statism, which forces all of us within its orbit, is nothing but a political system of organized plunder, managed by every conceivable type of pressure group.”

Leonard E. Read

“We cannot restore traditional American Freedom unless we limit the government’s power to tax.”

Frank Chodorov

“Inflationism is a dreadful cancer that is gnawing at the backbone of the civilized order.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“No increase in the welfare of the members of society can result from the availability of an additional quantity of money.”

Ludwig von Mises

May 13, 2016

“It’s people seeking more for themselves that has produced a better life for all Americans.”

Walter Williams

“By definition, the moment one crosses the center to the left, one accepts more government control of people’s lives. Therefore, the further left society moves, the more there is government control over its citizens’ it is astonishing that this obvious fact is not universally acknowledged and that the Left has somehow successfully portrayed itself as preoccupied with personal liberty.”

Dennis Prager

“The sheer number of government employees and welfare recipients effectively transforms the purpose of government from maintaining order to confiscating as much as possible from vulnerable taxpayers.”

James Bovard

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forgot that the State lives at the expense of Everyone.”

Frederic Bastiat

“Government intervention into nearly every aspect of our lives is so common that people often lose sight of how things would operate absent the intervention.”

William L. Anderson

May 12, 2016

“The characteristic mark of economic history under capitalism is unceasing economic progress, a steady increase in the quantity of capital goods available and a continuous trend toward an improvement in the general standard of living.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The facts of life are conservative.”

Margaret Thatcher

“Libertarians are learning to their sorrow that big businessmen cannot necessarily be relied upon to be their allies in the battle against extension of governmental encroachments.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Whatever you subsidize you get more of.”

James Cook

“Free markets are economically optimal, but partially free markets, with endless creation of fiat money and implicit government guarantees of the beig boys, can produce perverse and dangerous results.”

Martin Hutchison

May 11, 2016

“The solution to our problems is not more paternalism, laws, decrees, and controls, but the restoration of liberty and free enterprise, the restoration of incentives, to let loose the tremendous constructive energies of 300 million Americans.”

Henry Hazlitt

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have, starting with your sense of self-reliance.”

Mark Steyn

“If, as is generally the case, the heirs are not equal to the demands which life makes on an entrepreneur, the inherited wealth rapidly vanishes.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Popular culture, in all its crudeness, is the output of liberals. It is liberalism that for decades has rejected any protest as ‘censorship’ or ‘McCarthyism.’”

Mona Cheran

“Is there another way? Of course there is. There is a way based on simple moral principles: Everyone keeps his own money. Everyone decides what to do with his own money. No income tax. No IRS. No government grants or assistance to anyone. All charity is voluntary. It’s called freedom. It’s a peaceful, harmonious way of life, one that Americans once believed in.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

May 10, 2016

“Precisely because the state has the monopoly of coercion it can be allowed the monopoly only of coercion. Only if the moderate State can be held within a strictly limited agency of duties and powers can it be prevented from regimenting, conquering, and ultimately devouring the society which gave it birth.”

Henry Hazlitt

“Government is not peaceful; it is inherently coercive.”

Edward H. Crane

“The standard of living of the common man is highest in those countries which have the greatest number of wealthy entrepreneurs.”

Ludwig von Mises

“The end of the law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.”

John Locke

“Prices impose the most effective kind of rationing – self-rationing. Why is rationing necessary? Because what everybody wants always adds up to more than there is….Resources are limited but desires are not. That is the basic and defining problem of economics.”

Thomas Sowell

May 9, 2016

“In a thousand fields the welfarists, statists, socialists, and interventionists are daily driving for more restrictions on individual liberty.”

Henry Hazlitt

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”

G. Gordon Liddy

“It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself.”

Justice Casey Percel

“Government is no more than taxpayers hiring the most inefficient organization to do the job.”

James Cook

“No government can print wealth. A government can get away with the illusion that paper is wealth, but in the end too much paper is always created, and with that action the illusion falls apart.”

Richard Russell

May 6, 2016

“In a thousand fields the welfarists, statists, socialists, and interventionists are daily driving for more restrictions on individual liberty.’

Henry Hazlitt

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”

G. Gordon Liddy

“It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself.”

Justice Casey Percel

“Government is no more than taxpayers hiring the most inefficient organization to do the job.”

James Cook

“No government can print wealth. A government can get away with the illusion that paper is wealth, but in the end too much paper is always created, and with that action the illusion falls apart.”

Richard Russell

May 5, 2016

“To finance ‘entitlement’ programs, the government threatens force against the taxpayers who provide the money. Why are people who favor compulsion called humanitarians, while those who favor freedom are stigmatized as greedy?”

John Stossel

“Government aid impedes success and creates dependence, while entrepreneurs creat success and independence.”

Cal Thomas

“To judge by what my children are learning in school, you’d think American history was 75 percent slavery and 25 percent everything else (and that 25 percent includes a large dollop of imperialism, racism, sexism and homophobia, leaving little time for Lincoln, Edison, Clay, Holmes, Alcott, Dickinson, Adams, Longfellow or Fulton).”

Mona Charen

“The fall of a great nation is always a suicide.”

Arnold Toynbee

“The Libertarian Party remains captive to ideological absolutists who argue for example, for the abolition of all taes, rather than presenting a realistic and obtainable program for reducing the size of the government.”

Michael D. Tanner

May 4, 2016

“Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end.”

Lord Acton

“The fundamental law of the market is: the customer is always right.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Modern capitalism benefited the masses in a double way – both by greatly increasing the wages of the masses of workers and greatly reducing the real prices they had to pay for what was produced.”

Henry Hazlitt

“George Washington might have become our king, but chose not to. His governing idea was that government is our servant because we are inherently free. It is an idea too many in government today forget.”

Dick Armey

“The truth is the committed left press in America is no longer interested in reporting the news. Anything that hinders a favorable view of the far left will be ignored; anything that advances liberal causes will be celebrated. News reporting today is largely about ideology and shaping the culture, not about informing the public.”

Bill O’Reilly

May 3, 2016

“Within a society that permits a free market, power lies within the market itself, and ‘is dispersed among so much of [the] population rather than concentrated solely in a governing elite.”

William L. Anderson

“The American people have come to rely on the government for their security. They will find out how incompetent the government is when they no longer have security.”

James Cook

“The state is no organism capable of bringing either moral or material improvements to the populace, but merely a vehicle of power for the men and party in power.”

Niccolo Machiavelli

“The characteristic feature of modern capitalism is mass production of goods destined for consumption by the masses. The result is a tendency towards a continuous improvement in the average standard of living, a progressing enrichment of the many.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Not since the days of the Hitler Youth have young people been subjected to more propaganda on more politically correct issues. At one time, educators boasted that their role was not to teach students what to think, but how to think. Today, their role is far too often to teach students what to think on everything from immigration to global warming to the new sacred trinity of ‘race, class and gender.’”

Thomas Sowell

May 2, 2016

“Political power intoxicates the best hearts. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with much political power.”

Hans F. Sennholz

“If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.”

Jacob G. Hornberger

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

P.J. O’Rourke

“It is impossible to find a single example of a monopoly that has ever existed without official protection.”

Faustino Ballve

“Unchecked, government social programs are a security threat because they weaken the ultimate line of defense: the free-born citizen whose responsibilities are not subcontracted to the government.” 

Mark Steyn

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