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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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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