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A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Protecting national security is the Government's top priority.
Tony McNulty

John Prescott has made the government look greedy and ridiculous. Labour is seen as the corrupt party. The government has been fulfilling the old rule that oppositions do not win elections, governments lose them.
Lord Rees-Mogg

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
Ronald Reagan

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

A government of, for and by the people, requires much from the people.
Ernie Fletcher

A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity, but a weak one is odious in the former, and contemptible in the latter.
George Grenville

Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.
Ludwig Mises

Government loses its claim to legitimacy when it fails to fulfil its obligations.
Martin Gross

I have not yet decided on the offer [whether Shirley Williams would work with Gordon Brown's Labour government]
Baroness Williams

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.
James Madison

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
Milton Friedman

Good government could never be a substitute for government by the people themselves.
Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion?
Thomas Paine

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

The government in Saigon is a travesty.
George W Ball

There's no trick to being a humourist when you have the whole government working for you.
Will Rogers

Truth is the glue that holds government together.
Gerald Ford

All share in the government of the world was denied for centuries to perhaps the ablest, certainly the most tenacious race that had ever lived in it
James Russell Lowell

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
Tom Robbins

Whatever the true cause of the government's baffling support for Sir Ian Blair, the public can have no confidence while he is in charge that the Met can be replied upon to keep them safe. That is why, once again, he must go.
Melanie Phillips

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale.
John Gardner

And it's absolutely hypocritical for the political party that talks about states rights, to suddenly ignore states rights, that say that the federal government or federalism has no business in this kind of business.
Gary Ackerman

The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes.
Milton Friedman

No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavour to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.
Jeremy Bentham

Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
C Wright Mills

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
Harry S Truman

The motivation for war is simple. The U.S. government started the war with Iraq in order to make it easy for U.S. corporations to do business in other countries. They intend to use cheap labor in those countries, which will make Americans rich.
Michael Moore

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
Bob Wells

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
Vaclav Havel

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
Anatole France

I share the view of the overwhelming majority of the party and the country that the only way the party and the government can renew itself in office is urgently to renew its leadership. [resignation letter to Tony Blair]
Tom Watson

If you're looking for ways to cut waste in government, you can start with John Prescott.
George Osborne

Herein indeed consists the excellence of the English government, that all parts of it form a mutual check upon each other.
William Blackstone

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
Alexander Hamilton

The whole history of Israel, its ritual and its government, is explicable only as it is typical of the spiritual Israel, of the sacrifice on Cavalry, of the precious blood which alone can wash away sin.
Abbott E Kittredge

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
Ayn Rand

We have 500000 reservists in America who would rise in arms against your government
Arthur Zimmermann

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
Wendell Phillips

Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns.
Benjamin Franklin

A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.
Hugo Black

Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.
Joseph Heller

Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government.
Wendell Phillips

No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.
Benjamin Disraeli

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.
Dame Edith Sitwell

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
Will Rogers

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
Ronald Reagan

Times are tough but they are tough because the government is trying to do the right thing, whether on public service reform, education, health, anti-social behaviour and welfare, or in counter-terrorism
Tony Blair



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