quotes tagged with 'corruption'
Author: Unmentioned, Source: Unmentioned
"Party Loyalty is the quickest pathway to mass government fraud, waste, and abuse (i.e. corruption)."
Author: Lee Iacocca, Source: Where Have All The Leaders Gone?
Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!
Author: Russell Roberts, Source: http://cafehayek.typepad.com/hayek/2008/09/money-and-polit.htm...
There are two ways to reduce the connection between politicians and money. One is to reduce the role of money. The other is to reduce the role of politicians. I choose the latter. I contend that reducing the role of money of politics in order to make politics more honest is like trying to make airplanes safer by reducing the role of gravity. Let's get money out of politics by making politicians less powerful.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.Author: Lord Acton, Source: Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887
When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.Author: Montesquieu, Source: Spirit of the Laws, VIII,c.12
I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.Author: James Madison, Source: Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, June 6, 1788
Food is power. We use it to change behavior. Some may call that bribery. We do not apologize.Author: Catherine Bertini, Director of the UN World Food Program, Source: Beijing Woman's Conference, September 1995
Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion.Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/JEFFERSON/ch17.html
(Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given to us?)Author: Benjamin Franklin, Source: Unknown
A Republic, if you can keep it.
(What do you mean, "if we can keep it"?)
This Republic, which we have given you with this constitution, will end in despotism, as other forms of government have done before it, when the people become so corrupt that they are incapable of any other form of government.
By preventing a free market in education, a handful of social engineers, backed by the industries that profit from compulsory schooling — teacher colleges, textbook publishers, material suppliers, and others — has ensured that most of our children will not have an education, even though they may be thoroughly schooled.Author: John Taylor Gatto, Source: Dumbing Us Down, p. 85