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Go ahead, cut education, federal funding for municipal projects, Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment benefits. That may make you feel like you’re striking a blow for “ending the culture of dependency,” but kids still have to learn, aging classrooms still need to be renovated, books still need to be bought, teachers still need to be paid, bridges and roads still need to be built and repaired, and poor and out-of-work people will still get sick and hungry and need diapers. Having the feds stop paying to solve these problems doesn’t make the problems go away; it just transfers the onus of solving these problems to the states.

Posted in: Bill Maher

Ron: My idea of a perfect government is one guy who sits in a small room at a desk, and the only thing he’s allowed to decide is who to nuke. The man is chosen based on some kind of IQ test, and maybe also a physical tournament, like a decathlon. And women are brought to him, maybe…when he desires them.

Boys' Club

Ron: I’ve been quite open about this around the office: I don’t want this parks department to build any parks because I don’t believe in government. I think that all government is a waste of taxpayer money. My dream is to have the park system privatized and run entirely for profit by corporations, like Chuck E. Cheese. They have an impeccable business model. I would rather work for Chuck E. Cheese.

V: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Posted in: V for Vendetta

Leslie Knope: This is where the rubber of government meets the road of actual human beings.

Cher: So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, “What about the strain on our resources?” Well it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday. I put R.S.V.P. ’cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was totally buggin’. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen and rearrange some things we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty! Thank you very much.

Posted in: Clueless

Whistler: I want peace on earth and good will toward man.
Bernard Abbott: We are the United States Government. We don’t do that sort of thing.

Posted in: Sneakers

Dave: I don’t want to tell some eight-year-old kid he’s gotta sleep in the street because we want people to feel better about their car. Do you want to tell them that?
Secretary of Commerce: No sir. No I sure don’t.

Posted in: Dave

Now, people ask me all the time how we got four surplus budgets in a row. What new ideas did we bring to Washington? I always give a one-word answer: Arithmetic.

Speech at the DNC, September 5 2012.

We cannot afford to be a country of isolationists right now. 9/11 showed us that try as we might to ignore the rest of the world, our enemies will no longer ignore us. And so we need to maintain a strong foreign policy, relentless in pursuing our enemies and hopeful in promoting our values around the world. But to guard against isolationist sentiments in this country, we must change conditions in Iraq and the policy that has characterized our time there – a policy based on blind hope and ideology instead of fact and reality.

Americans called for this more serious policy a few Tuesdays ago. It’s time that we listen to their concerns and win back their trust. I spoke here a year ago and delivered a message about Iraq that was similar to the one I did today. I refuse to accept the possibility that I will have to come back a year from now and say the same thing. There have been too many speeches. There have been too many excuses. There have been too many flag-draped coffins, and there have been too many heartbroken families. The time for waiting in Iraq is over. It is time to change our policy. It is time to give Iraqis their country back. And it is time to refocus America’s efforts on the wider struggle yet to be won.

Posted in: Barack Obama

Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

House of Commons, 11 Nov. 1947

Algernon: Stop him? Me? It’s more than my job’s worth to stop him once he gets like this. He’s out to rule the world, if he can get a government grant.

Posted in: Help!

Kent: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: democracy simply-doesn’t-work.

Posted in: The Simpsons

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

Inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1981
Posted in: Ronald Reagan

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.

Life magazine (December 1979)
Posted in: George Burns

Sherlock Holmes: Try not to start a war before I get home – you know what it does to the traffic.

A Study in Pink (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Sherlock

I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences.

"A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip", New York Times op-ed, April 17, 2013

These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.

"A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip", New York Times op-ed, April 17, 2013

Nations touch at their summits.

The English Constitution (1867) No. IV, The House of Lords
Posted in: Walter Bagehot

Bishops move diagonally. That’s why they often turn up where the kings don’t expect them to be.

Small Gods
Posted in: Terry Pratchett

I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.

Speech to Small Business Bureau Conference (8 February, 1984)

For my part, I favour an approach to statecraft that embraces principles, as long as it is not stifled by them; and I prefer such principles to be accompanied by steel along with good intentions.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

What government has to do is to set the framework for human talent to flourish.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.

Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World (2002)

Perhaps my early apathy and indifference are a result of what Thatcher deliberately engendered, the idea that “there is no such thing as society”, that we are alone on our journey through life, solitary atoms of consciousness.

Regarding Margaret Thatcher, The Guardian, Tuesday 9 April 2013
Posted in: Russell Brand

Her death must be sad for the handful of people she was nice to and the rich people who got richer under her stewardship. It isn’t sad for anyone else.

Regarding Margaret Thatcher, The Guardian, Tuesday 9 April 2013
Posted in: Russell Brand

No, this election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.

Speech, 2016 Democratic National Convention
Posted in: Michelle Obama

Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady, and measured, and well-informed.

Speech, 2016 Democratic National Convention
Posted in: Michelle Obama