quotes tagged with 'biggovernment'

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.

Author: James Cooper, Source: unknownSaved by jr00ck in liberty democracy biggovernment 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.

Author: James Madison, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government jamesmadison money taxes congress generalwelfare biggovernment politicalpower 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

What is so bad about big government? 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.

Author: George C. Leef, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government progress prosperity morality biggovernment cancer georgecleef surgery 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We must remember that government, no matter how hard it tries, cannot protect an individual from themselves. This legislation is simply one more attempt by big government to tell us that they know what is best for us. It is not the first time and it will not be the last.

Author: Peter Calcagno, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government tyranny legislation individuals biggovernment pertercalcagno 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It is no accident that the lessening, or loss, of belief in certain absolute truths, such as the existence of God and the reality of immortality, has occurred at the same time there has been a sharp gain in the size and power of governments in many portions of the world.

Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourc...Saved by cboyack in truth morality moralrelativism biggovernment 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We have been used to speaking of our political system (as envisioned by the founding fathers) as one in which opinions collide constitutionally, wherein vested interests cancel each other out, or tame each other before a safe majority is formed, or, at least, in which vested interests are brought out into the light by the democratic process. Indeed, this system has served us well. Winners and losers have played out the drama almost always within constitutional constraints, as turns have been taken at the levers of power by different majorities. What was not allowed for fully, however, nor could it be, is what happened when government, instead of remaining a referee, first became a participant and then became a possibly permanent majority itself.


It remains to be seen whether or not our nation can tame big government. There is, frankly, no precedent for dismantling, even partially, a welfare state, especially in a peaceful and constitutional way. Such a Goliath will not go quietly to surgery.

Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourc...Saved by cboyack in constitution government welfare socialism biggovernment welfarestate 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste. They are opportunities to do big things.

Author: Rahm Emanuel (White House Chief of Staff under Barack Obama), Source: Inteview with CBS News program “Face the Nation” Saved by jordy in fearmongering crisis consent crises exploitation panic biggovernment 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
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!
Author: Ronald Reagan, Source: http://www.reaganlibrary.com/reagan/speeches/rendezvous.aspSaved by ImaWriterIII in government agency bureaucracy bureau department biggovernment ronaldreagan 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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