“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” Herbert Spencer’s quote at the end of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

“Every time the minimum wage is increased, a new machine gets a job.” Unknown

“Citizenship is the most cherished thing our nation can bestow. Our governing class ought to treat it as something special.” Tom Cotton

“Why don’t I like big government? It breeds dependency, which is bad for the moral fiber of the citizenry. It breaks down, which brings disrespect. In falling, as it were, by its own weight, big government threatens to take a free society with it. The liberty we prize is compromised when it appears to result in government that does too much and accomplishes too little. The disrepute of democracy is the high price we pay for elephantiasis of the political organs.” Aaron B. Wildavsky

“I saw that the New Deal was only superficially a reform movement. I had to acknowledge the truth of what its more forthright protagonists, sometimes unwarily, sometimes defiantly, averred: the New Deal was a genuine revolution, whose deepest purpose was not simply reform within existing traditions, but a basic change in social, and, above all, the power relationships within the nation. It was not a revolution by violence. It was a revolution by bookkeeping and lawmaking.” Whittaker Chambers

“When it comes to the lawless, politicians do nothing but huff and puff about crime, and pass yet more laws that only disarm the law-abiding and pry into our lives. So while the lawmakers and lawbreakers take more from us and grow stronger each day, we law-obeyers are disarmed and deserted. Which for thousands of Americans means tears, terror, bloodshed and and early death. And it could, one day, mean the end of our republic.” Robert Keith Corbin

“The American system is based on the conviction that equality is not inconsistent with excellence: indeed, the philosophical conjunction of the two principles supports the vaunted notion of “equality of opportunity.” By applying the same standard to everyone, natural talent and hard work are permitted and expected to distinguish individuals on the plane of achievement.” Dinesh D’Souza

“Welfare not only sends the wrong message, it fails to raise the poor from poverty to prosperity, or even self-sufficiency.” Suzanne Fields