"Our current tax code is one that was designed by and for the benefit of politicians and lobbyists. It punishes achievement and rewards laziness. It punishes the voting blocks unimportant to politicians, and rewards voting blocks who keep them in office." --
"There are just two things standing in between the American people and their freedom: Democrats and Republicans." -- Joe Seehusen
"Business people make business decisions. Politicians make political decisions. Put politicians in charge of a business, and they still will make political decisions. It's their nature." --
"Contrary to popular belief, people who political influence are vastly outnumbered by people who are political influence by creative or desperate politicians." --
When it comes to hard choices, most successful politicians of both parties will stick with the pie issues and jettison the moral issues. Politicians of either party who do not focus on the pie issues will be either ineffective or defeated or both.
Moralists will often end up frustrated by their ventures into politics. They need to understand that they serve as a leavening effect on the political culture even when they do not prevail. They need to measure their effectiveness through a realistic understanding of the nature of politics.
Wilberforce was not a one issue politician. At one point, he was involved in 69 reform organizations, each representing a different cause. His issues cut across party lines and across all the usual alignments of his day. His primary motive was to represent a Christian vision in his practical concerns. How would we begin to compose such a list of causes for our day.
Newton had been a blasphemous, drunken, adulterous, murderous slave trader when, in the midst of a 1748 sea storm, he had a religious awakening. He once was blind, but now he saw…sort of. His conversion did not immediately end his participation in the slave trade, but merely by degrees softened his treatment of the slaves. In 1754, a health problem forced him out of the trade. I have not yet seen record of his denouncing the slave trade prior to 1763, although I am fairly certain that it had happened sometime before that. In 1764, he became an Anglican priest. In 1770, he wrote “Amazing Grace.” By 1785, Newton was persuading Wilberforce to enter politics rather than the ministry in order to fight the slave trade, and in 1787 he wrote an abolitionist tract in which he set forth a full case against slavery, attributing his slowness to reject the slave trade as due to his earlier ignorance of true Christian character.
"There's something psychotic about people who go around asking whether large business concerns should be allowed to operate without first getting government permission for every little thing, but who never ask whether politicians should be allowed to shake down businesses and businessmen any damn time they want to." -- Rick Gaber
"The impulse to control everything pervades those who make up the governmental class. That is, after all, why someone decides to spend their working life in politics and applying the collective means of coercion to others. The extent to which this desire to impose force backed control can be realized is exactly what defines whether or not you are 'free' or a 'slave' of the state." --
"Contrary to the romantic way in which our history is/has been portrayed, politicians are NOT 'men of good conscience.' In the real world, it takes a psychopath to want to rule over other human beings. Unless you want to define the word 'service' in the context of what a bull does to a cow, in no way are the efforts of politicians in this regard any kind of 'service'." -- Edward Britton
"[Certain politicians] don't mind if price controls cause shortages of health care. In fact, they welcome the prospect, because then they can impose rationing; they can impose priorities, and tell everyone how much of what kind of medical care they can have. And besides, ... there's that deeply satisfying rush of power. We should know by now that reasoned arguments by economists or disillusioned ex-controllers are not going to stop them." --
"A lot of what is called 'public service' consists of making hoops for other people to jump through. It is a great career for those who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do." -- Thomas Sowell
"I have come to believe that politicians are in the business of 'marketing' their product to the public, by exaggerating threats and over-selling government solutions." --
"Politicians who tell you they'll raise taxes on businesses 'but not on you' are taking you for a fool. Almost all business taxes are passed along to employees in the form of lower wages and less hiring, stockholders in the form of lower dividends and stock values, and especially, in the form of --
"The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless." -- James Dale Davidson Founder, National Taxpayers Union