Thursday, August 13, 2009
"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see is a government program." - Ronald Reagan
"Federal aid, encourages the expectations of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character" - Grover Cleveland
"To be on relief for a few months was a boon to be extended by a great government to a patient people. But to be told that you are to be on relief for the rest of your days...is to destroy the hope and, therefore, the morale of the people." - Joseph Ely former governor of Mass.
"The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintigration fundamentaly destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. It is inimical to the dictates of a sound policy." - FDR state of the union address 1935
"No depression can be ended by gifts, gratuities, doles, and alms handed out by the Federal Treasury, and extorted from taxpayers that are bleeding at every pore." - Thomas Gore former Senator of Oklahoma.