Top 10 Quotes to Consider When Thinking About The Bailouts

I'd like to compile a top 10 list of quotes to consider as we continue to hear about the billions if not trillions being taken from the tables of working Americans to be given against our will to failing companies.

1) As the state grows, one’s sense of self-ownership is destroyed, liberty is traded for "security," the human spirit diminishes, and the citizenry increasingly thinks and behaves like dependent children. – Eric Englund in Income Taxes, Obesity, and Other Maladies of Nanny Statism 2/28/05

2) Government failure is always used as an excuse for government expansion. Government thrives on crisis and incompetence. – Jim Babka of

3) Borrow, spend, tax and ... promise, promise, promise is the formula for a long and successful political career. – Hal O'Boyle

4) It makes no difference, in principle, if this "collective will" is divined by the edicts of a dictator or by majority vote – so long as the rights of the individual may still be sacrificed. – Robert Garmong

5) We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money. – David Crockett, Congressman 1827-35

6) You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money. – P.J. O'Rourke

7) Politicians never accuse you of "greed" for wanting other people's money – only for wanting to keep your own money. – Joseph Sobran

8) When a self-governing people confer upon their government the power to take from some and give to others, the process will not stop until the last bone of the last taxpayer is picked bare. – Howard Kershner 

9) Since there is no such entity as "the public," since the public is merely a number of individuals, the idea that "the public interest" supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others. – Ayn Rand

10) The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere. – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1846), U.S. President, Letter to Abigail Adams, 22 February 1787