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A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. - Gerald Ford

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. - 10th Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. - James Madison

Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread. - Thomas Jefferson

Democracy cannot survive without the guidance of a creative minority. - Harlan F. Stone

We have never stopped sin by passing laws; and in the same way, we are not going to take a great moral ideal and achieve it merely by law. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

With respect to the words 'general welfare' I have always regreted them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character not contemplated by its creators. - James Madison

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over its government. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

A nation that tries to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. - Winston Churchill

There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people. - Adam Smith

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results. - Milton Friedman