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Bush is going in the wrong way. And I dare say, that is what the strategy of his administration is, is just to wipe out government's purpose for any social and economic justice at all.
Dennis Kucinich

Fellow-citizens: God reigns, and the Government at Washington lives!
James A Garfield

I should not have made those comments on the case following your statement outlining the position of the government. [on judges being soft]
Vera Baird

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

We intend to lead a government of purpose and direction so that we can offer the people of this nation the opportunity to move forward to independence, democracy and equality.
Alex Salmond

So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.
Thomas Jefferson

I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.
Katherine Graham

We are all assumed, these days, to reside at one extreme of the opinion spectrum, or another. We are pro-abortion or anti-abortion. We are free traders or protectionist. We are pro-private sector or pro-big government. We are feminists or chauvinists. But in the real world, few of us holds these extreme views. There is instead a spectrum of opinion.
Michael Crichton

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
Harry S Truman

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

The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.
Barry Goldwater

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it... The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Woodrow Wilson

Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments.
Charles Edison

Laws could be passed to keep the leader of a government from getting too much power.
Sir Thomas More

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

The thought that... I would say anything on the euro other than what's the government's position is absolutely barmy.
Denis MacShane

I am concerned about a society that has demonstrably lost confidence in its institutions, in the government, in the press, in the church, in the military - as well as in business.
George Cabot

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Voltaire

Every single member of this Labour government, if you go back 20 years, has made the most extraordinary 180 degree turn.
Brian Feeney

During this campaign the chancellor and the prime minister will stand up and say it [the government] hasn't increased taxes, and that's just not true for business.
Digby Jones

Good ideas are the backbone of good government.
Brian Schweitzer

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

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
James Madison

The process of renewal and reinvigoration that your premiership has inspired is without precedent. In each of our constituencies remarkable achievements have resulted directly from the policies of Labour governments since 1997
Mark Tami

'Make America what we want it to be — a literate country and a hopefuller country.' —Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

'Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.'
Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000

'I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race.'
Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux. Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 2000

'The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.'
Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

'They misunderestimated me.'
Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

'They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.'
St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

'The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty... I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas.'
-All Things Considered, NPR, June 16, 2000

BUSH: 'First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day. That's dieciseis de Septiembre, and ...'
MATTHEWS: 'What's that in English?' BUSH: 'Fifteenth of September.' (Dieciseis de Septiembre = Sept. 16) -Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

'It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.'
-Reuters, May 5, 2000

'Will the highways on the Internet become more few?'
-Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000

'This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.'

-Speaking during 'PERSEVERENCE Month' at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. As quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000

'What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.'
-The San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000

'Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?' -Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

'Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.' -ibid

'I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.'
-U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000
George W Bush

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
Ronald Reagan

Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.
Walter Bagehot

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

I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal. (Letter to Duncan Grant)
John Maynard Keynes

That some Forms of Government are preferable to others, cannot be doubted; yet neither our Saviour, nor his Apostles have decided where that Preference is due
Charles Inglis

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it. (31 August 1959)
Dwight Eisenhower

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
James Madison

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
Donald Trump

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, subsidise it.
Ronald Reagan

By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.
Samuel Chase

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Attlee

That's almost enough to buy a government peerage
Peter Alliss

Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.
Georg W Hegel

While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
Madeleine Albright

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

I know I'm not in government anymore. In fact I'm out of work.
Ronald Reagan

It's inadequate in terms of its scope, it's inadequate in terms of its information technology, leadership, management systems and processes [on his governments immigration department]
John Reid

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
Thomas Jefferson

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
Andrew Jackson

All of us rightly regard ourselves as loyal to the Labour Party and yourself over many years. We believe however that you have not ended the uncertainty over when you intend to leave office, which is damaging the government and the party.
Wayne Davis

He's given a lifetime of service to the party. Without his contribution - among others - we wouldn't have had three terms of government.

I know he has been damaged by events in his personal life - those are, in my view, private matters and should remain so.

He should be judged by his contribution. [on John 'Two Jags' Prescott]
Des Browne

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
George Washington

I was determined that no British government should be brought down by the action of two tarts.
Harold McMillan

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

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



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