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Bad Government Quotes


"The government is promoting bad behavior." - Rick Santelli

"Bad government is the natural product of rule by those who believe government is bad." - Thomas Frank

"If men be good, government cannot be bad." - William Penn

"I think of Texas as the laboratory for bad government." - Molly Ivins

"Blaming the government for all the bad things that happen." - Paulo Coelho

"Life under a good government is rarely dramatic; life under a bad government is always so." - Oscar Wilde

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption." - Jean-Baptiste Say

"Government workers often get a bad rap, but it's rare for them to receive much appreciation when government works." - Matthew Lesko

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government." - John Sharp Williams

"If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also." - Fred Woodworth

"A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must, in practice, be a bad government." - Joseph Story

"The root cause of poverty is social injustice and the bad government that abets it" - Colin Powell

"The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"Democracy is a very bad form of government ... but all the others are so much worse." - Winston Churchill

"Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government." - Ambrose Bierce

"Bad as any government may be, it is seldom worse than anarchy." - Aesop

"The only good government... Is a bad one in a hell of a fright." - Joyce Cary

"I cannot watch the city of Chicago be destroyed by petty politics and bad government." - Harold Washington

"Insurrection, n. An unsuccessful revolution. Disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government." - Ambrose Bierce

"The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem." - Milton Friedman

"History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is." - Thomas Jefferson

"A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government." - Alexander Hamilton

"I say thank God for government waste. If government is doing bad things, it's only the waste that prevents the harm from being greater." - Milton Friedman

"Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government, which sooner or later becomes autocratic government." - William Lyon Mackenzie King

"Government, in the last analysis, is organized opinion. Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government." - William Lyon Mackenzie King

"A government which is not liked by the artists is certainly a bad government, because artist sees very well what is behind the masks!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Sometimes there's not a direct transfer of skills from business to government, but sometimes what happened in business would be really bad for government." - Hillary Clinton

"What the mob thirsts for is not good government in itself, but the merry chase of a definite exponent of bad government." - H L Mencken

"Government, in the last analysis, is organized opinion. Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government." - Mackenzie King

"Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government, which sooner or later becomes autocratic government." - William Lyon Mackenzie Ki

"The not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self." - Anthony Burgess

"I think there were bad actors in the government and bad actors in the finance, mortgage, markets industries that need to be called out and held accountable." - Hillary Clinton

"The banking collapse was caused, more than anything, by bad government policy and the total failure of bad regulation, rather than by greed." - Nigel Farage

"Government is the art of the momentary feasible, of the least bad attainable, and not of the rationally most desirable." - Bernard Berenson

"A market economy is to economics what democracy is to government: a decent, if flawed, choice among many bad alternatives." - Charles Wheelan

"Government is necessary, not because man is naturally bad... but because man is by nature more individualistic than social." - Thomas Hobbes

"War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself." - Benjamin Franklin

"Democracy virtually assures that only bad and dangerous men will ever rise to the top of government." - Hans-Hermann Hoppe

"The Liberals talk about a stable government but we don't know how bad the stable is going to smell." - Tommy Douglas

"Anything that shifts power from the individual judgment of free citizens to government is a bad thing." - Mark Steyn

"[There can be no] rational administration of government when good men are held in the same esteem as bad ones." - Polybius

"The government cannot overcome bad parenting. What our leaders can do is publicly condemn irresponsible parental behavior in vivid terms." - Bill O'Reilly

"The government cannot overcome bad parenting. What our leaders can do is publicly condemn irresponsible parental behavior in vivid terms." - Bill Oreilly

"I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms." - H L Mencken

"The Tea Party elites believe government is evil. Everything about government is bad, and they blame all problems, even non-economic problems, problems that were caused by the private sector, on government." - Chuck Schumer

"What is so bad about big government? My indictment of big government is that it is bad because it attacks liberty, prosperity, progress, harmony, and morality. Thanks to big government, we have significantly less of all of those good things than we would if we had been able to keep government right-sized. Big government is cancerous. Like a cancer, it hurts the body and tends to spread, doing more and more harm as it grows. It is time for some radical surgery." - George Leef

"No government can be maintained without the principle of fear as well as duty. Good men will obey the last, but bad ones the former only. If our government ever fails, it will be from this weakness." - Thomas Jefferson

"...the essence of the evil government is that it anticipates bad conduct on the part of its citizens. Any government which assumes that the population is going to do something evil has already lost its franchise to govern." - Philip K Dick

"I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics." - Barack Obama

"A pure democracy is generally a very bad government, It is often the most tyrannical government on earth; for a multitude is often rash, and will not hear reason." - Noah Webster

"A man who doesn't detest a bad government is a fool. And if there were such a thing as a good government on earth, it would be a great joy to serve it." - Ursula K Le Guin

"A government shutdown, it isn`t the end of the world. It`s a bad thing. The government stops working for a few days. We cover it a lot. Polls turn against who ever made it stop working." - Ezra Klein

"Good government is known from bad government by this infallible test: that under the former the labouring people are well fed and well clothed, and under the latter, they are badly fed and badly clothed." - William Cobbett

"Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success." - Walter Bagehot

"People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests." - James Bovard

"We make a great bad guy, and they all say they hate us. But at the end of every day, people want to trust us. Because we're their government. And people trust their government." - Brad Meltzer

"When the news is good, the BBC view is: 'Get the government out of the picture quickly, don't allow them to say anything about it.' When the news is bad: 'Let's all dump on the government.'" - Iain Duncan Smith

"The government would be able to go to court with respect to newspaper articles, broadcast pieces and the like that they thought were bad or harmful or even against the government and try to block them." - Floyd Abrams

"You know, you don't retreat in the defense of freedom. You don't retreat in the defense of moral government and limited government. You don't retreat because people are going to defend bad things." - Russell Pearce

"To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals." - Mark Twain

"Most of the poverty and misery in the world is due to bad government, lack of democracy, weak states, internal strife, and so on." - George Soros

"I'm not going to pontificate and tell you to execute your government at dawn, but it wouldn't be a bad idea." - John Lydon

"To say that a bad government must be established for fear of anarchy is really saying that we should kill ourselves for fear of dying." - Richard Henry Lee

"I am against market fundamentalism. I think this propaganda that government involvement is always bad has been very successful - but also very harmful to our society." - George Soros

"Never in the history of the world has there been a situation so bad that the government can't make it worse." - Henry Morgenthau, Jr.

"It is wrong to ask who will rule. The ability to vote a bad government out of office is enough. That is democracy." - Karl Popper

"To form a new Government, requires infinite care, and unbounded attention; for if the foundation is badly laid the superstructure must be bad." - George Washington

"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people" - Penn Jillette

"There can be no good character in civil government if there is none in the people. You cannot make a good omelet with bad eggs." - R.J. Rushdoony

"The effect of a good government is to make life more valuable; of a bad one, to make it less valuable." - Henry David Thoreau

"No people exists that would not think itself happier even under its own bad government than it might really be under the good governance of an alien power." - Mahatma Gandhi

"A financial panic is a very bad thing, but a government panic can do far greater damage in a far shorter time." - Tom Mcclintock

"I think the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse." - Milton Friedman

"You should be glad that the government has provided for chain and bangles at their own expense, why are you feeling so bad about it?" - Kalki Krishnamurthy

"If the Church is not now as bad as the Soviet Government, that is due to the influence of those who attacked the Church" - Bertrand Russell

"Ideology that believes government is bad, and that public institutions and places are not valuable, is as destructive as corporate greed." - Cynthia Dill

"The truth is in California you can't build a new manufacturing facility, and businesses are leaving in droves because of bad government policy." - Carly Fiorina

"Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government; they are not African or Asian or European: they are good or bad." - Denis Diderot

"Globalization doesn't have to be a bad thing as long as government provides us all with the tools to cope in a changing world." - John B Larson

"Forget the state concerns - we think this is bad for churches. Most churches are small and not ready to handle 500 pages of government red tape." - Michael Tanner

"It was a bad idea, because I think that any government reorganization has to come in relatively small bites, or else you get indigestion." - Warren Rudman

"You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad - in fact, to do anything it wants." - Harry Browne

"You're a sovereign as a citizen. If you're not involved in your government, you're not doing your job. In the long run that's very bad for the Republic." - Michael Novak

"Cable companies aren't bad because they're parts of unwieldy media conglomerates. They're bad because they're monopolies (even where they are no longer legally exclusive) and because the government policies that made them monopolies rewarded lobbying over customer service." - Virginia Postrel

"MONARCHICAL GOVERNMENT, n. Government." - Ambrose Bierce

"Acid wasn't getting a whole lot of bad press at the time, and as I saw the whole bad-press thing happen, I became aware that the government had done a whole lie on all the other benign drugs as well. It became clear to me that the government wanted no real drug education." - Tommy Rettig

"People hired by government know who is their benefactor. People who lose their jobs or fail to get them because of the government program do not know that that is the source of their problem. The good effects are visible. The bad effects are invisible. The good effects generate votes. The bad effects generate discontent, which is as likely to be directed at private business as at the government." - Milton Friedman

"Bad beginnings, bad endings." - Livy

"Sometimes bad is bad." - Huey Lewis

"I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married" - Rob Portman

"What seems fair enough against a squalid huckster of bad liquor may take on a different face, if used by a government determined to suppress political opposition under the guise of sedition." - Learned Hand

"Contrary to the prevailing notion that good governance is bad politics, in reality good governance is good politics. A government should work keeping in mind the welfare of future generations, not the next election." - Narendra Modi

"The US economy today is in really bad shape. Our economic growth is minimal, our regulatory burden is horrific, taxes are high, businessmen are not investing in growth, and consumers and government are loaded up with debt." - Yaron Brook

"Democrats believe people are basically good but must be saved from themselves by the government. Republicans believe people are basically bad but they'll be okay if they're left alone." - Andy Rooney

"The Germans made just about every bad investment you could have made. They invested in Icelandic banks. They invested in Greek government bonds. They were heavy into Irish banks, big into Irish banks, and they bought U.S. subprime mortgage bonds." - Michael Lewis

"Our politicians are stupid.And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them. They don't want to take care of them." - Donald Trump

"In adopting the republican form of government, I not only took it as a man does his wife, for better, for worse, but, what few men do with their wives, I took it knowing all its bad qualities." - Gouverneur Morris

"The form of government, when it has been prudently established, produces citizens distinguished for bravery, justice, and every other good quality; whereas, on the other hand, bad institutions render men cowardly, rapacious, and slaves of every foul desire." - Dionysius of Halicarnassus

"All good government must begin at home. It is useless to make good laws for bad people; what is wanted is this, to subdue the tyranny of the human heart." - Hugh Reginald Haweis

"I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans, because however a bad Filipino government might be, we can always change it." - Manuel L. Quezon

"Millions who endure poverty and bad government can now know what they are missing. To see how the other half lives all they have to do is switch on their television sets." - Richard M. Nixon

"Feudalism, serfdom, slavery, all tyrannical institutions, are merely the most vigorous kind to rule, springing out of, and necessarily to, a bad state of man. The progress from these is the same in all cases - less government." - Herbert Spencer

"The reason we need to have a gold and silver based currency is to bring discipline to the financial system so the government can't go out and do all sorts of bad things." - Bernard von NotHaus

"I'm a bad, inconsistent person, but at least I'm not a member of the Tea Party griping incoherently about too much government, but flashing my Medicare card every other day to a doctor because I'm 400 pounds overweight." - George Singleton

"There has been corruption in the Belgian civil service and at government level for decades. The Royal family do what they can to hold things together, and they don't do a bad job." - Nicholas Royle

"Many times in history, people have voted our people they didn't want and ended up with people they didn't need. But let me assure you that you have not voted out one bad government only to end up with another." - Bukola Saraki

"We've gotten into the bad habit of overlegislating. I believe in the America people's ability to govern themselves. If government would just get out of the way and allow them to lead their lives as they choose, they will succeed." - Jesse Ventura

"The greatest praise government can win is, that its citizens know their rights, and dare to maintain them. The best use of good laws is to teach men to trample bad laws under their feet." - Wendell Phillips

"Millions who endure poverty and bad government can now know what they are missing. To see how the other half lives all they have to do is switch on their television sets." - Richard Nixon

"Presidents don't have a whole lot to say about prosperity or the economy. Government cannot create prosperity. There are a lot of other factors that determine whether there are good times or bad times." - Phyllis Schlafly

"The problem with leaderless uprisings taking over is that you don't always know what you get at the other end. If you are not careful you could replace a bad government with one much worse!" - Chinua Achebe

"My mission is to lead the country out of a bad situation of corruption, depression and slavery. After I rid the country of these vices, I will then organize and supervise a general election of a genuinely democratic civilian government." - Idi Amin

"The first task of the doctor is ... political: the struggle against disease must begin with a war against bad government." Man will be totally and definitively cured only if he is first liberated..." - Michel Foucault

"Some people think that being in government for a long time is a bad thing. But the more you stay, the more you learn. I am now an expert in governance." - Yoweri Museveni

"Despite Russia's move to raise interest rates this week, the value of the ruble has continued to crash. Russia's economy is so bad, Edward Snowden had to put government secrets on Craigslist." - Jimmy Fallon

"Any bailout of a private company is a bad decision by our federal government. Private companies have the right to succeed, but they also should have the right to fail." - Matt Salmon

"Americans are hard working, innovative, proud people who want bad government policies and high taxes to get out of the way so they can take care of their families and pursue their dreams." - Tim Walberg

"A people can prosper under a very bad government and suffer under a very good one, if in the first case the local administration is effective and in the second it is inefficient." - Annie Besant

"The over-representation of Wall Street banks in senior government positions sends a bad message. It tells people that one - and only one - point of view will dominate economic policymaking." - Elizabeth Warren

"The inherent purpose of American government is let people seek their own goals and to encourage them to be responsible on the various adventures they have on their way to those goals, good, bad, and otherwise." - P. J. O'Rourke

"It is a very bad idea for governments to create arbitrary and unfair outcomes, or outcomes resulting from the passions and whims of the government rather than from the law, just because they have the power to do so." - Paul Singer

"When we were scared about 9/11, we federalized the airport security, we spent millions for body armor for dogs in Ohio. All that over-reaction comes from fear and government - bad combination." - John Stossel

"Lobbying is not a bad thing. I'm not trying to say that we shouldn't have lobbyists or we shouldn't have lobbying to petition our government. It's in the Constitution, and it's something that should be honorable and good." - Jack Abramoff

"Aside from the poor example it sets, the federal government enables reckless spending on public-employee pensions by offering hope of assistance from Washington if things get bad enough." - Devin Nunes

"In recent years, anyone in the government, certainly anyone in the FBI or the CIA, or recently, in again, Clint's film, In the Line of Fire, the main bad guy is the chief advisor to the president." - Charlton Heston

"The inherent purpose of American government is let people seek their own goals and to encourage them to be responsible on the various adventures they have on their way to those goals, good, bad, and otherwise." - P J Orourke

"Discrimination is a bad bad bad thing." - Emily Saliers

"Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them, and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavour to warp and spoil it to their turn." - William Penn

"Can I say one other thing that`s very important? I`m indebted to Donald Trump for a long time, we`ve had this problem that people disliked government. And the health care bill has shown reminded people and Donald Trump has shown people there is something a lot worse than government. It`s not government. That as bad as they might have thought the government was on health care, it`s now created people that the absence of government healthcare is even worse." - Barney Frank

"If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted . . . . If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws." - Noah Webster

"Temporary nationalization of the banks that are in very bad shape would mean basically that the government is the temporary owner. I always believe that the government should focus on its comparative advantages, and banking is not one of them. It should, therefore, if it nationalizes banks, sell them back to the private sector." - Joseph Stiglitz

"Because many of us make mistakes that can have bad consequences, some intellectuals believe that it is the role of government to intervene and make some of our decisions for us. From what galaxy government is going to hire creatures who do not make mistakes is a question they leave unanswered." - Thomas Sowell

"If the government is vulnerable to public opinion, then famines are a dreadfully bad thing to have. You can't win many elections after a famine, and you don't like being criticized by newspapers, opposition parties in parliament, and so on. Democracy gives the government an immediate political incentive to act." - Amartya Sen

"Government is the thing. Law is the thing. Not brotherhood, not international cooperation, not security councils that can stop war only by waging it... Where does security lie, anyway - security against the thief, a bad man, the murderer? In brotherly love? Not at all. It lies in government." - E B White

"There is a growing sentiment in America that regular saving should be ignored-that the government will take care of people and give them security when they get beyond a certain age or become old and unable to work, but it must be borne in mind that the people who earn and do save, take care of the government! Were it not for the thrifty and the willing workers, the government would be in a bad way." - George Matthew Adams

"A woman does not have to make decisions based on the need to survive. She can cut through issues, call shots as she sees them....Many bad decisions are made by men in government because it is good for them personally to make bad public decisions." - Dianne Feinstein

"Libertarians believe that any government interference is bad. Anyone with a brain knows that climate change needs governmental leadership, and they can smell this is bad news for their philosophy. Their ideology is so strongly held that, remarkably, it's overcoming the facts." - Jeremy Grantham

"The Georges were fair; they left all to the Government; but Anne was very bad and a tyrant. She tyrannised over the Irish. She died broken-hearted with all the bad things that were going on about her. For Queen Anne was very wicked; oh, very wicked, indeed!" - Lady Gregory

"The economy is terrible it's been terrible for years now, and the reason it's bad is not because of a debt-ceiling vote. The reason it's bad is because we have people who believe that by making government bigger by keeping people on unemployment checks and on welfare we're going to dig us out of this mess." - Todd Rokita

"Bad laws make bad customs." - Jane Aiken Hodge

"Bad beliefs make bad behavior." - Warren Akin Candler

"It's bad. It's damned bad." - Abraham Lincoln

"If you give the government the right to determine the consumption of the human body, to determine whether one should smoke or not smoke, drink or not drink, there is no good reply you can give to people who say, More important than the body is the mind and the soul, and man hurts himself much more by reading bad books, by listening to bad music and looking at bad movies. Therefore it is the duty of the government to prevent people from committing those faults. And, as you know, for many hundreds of years governments and authorities velieved that it was their duty." - Ludwig Von Mises

"I believe it is in the national interest that government stand side-by-side with people of faith who work to change lives for the better. I understand in the past, some in government have said government cannot stand side-by-side with people of faith. Let me put it more bluntly, government can't spend money on religious programs simply because there's a rabbi on the board, cross on the wall, or a crescent on the door. I viewed this as not only bad social policy - because policy by-passed the great works of compassion and healing that take place - I viewed it as discrimination." - George W Bush

"Government governed least is government governed best." - Thomas Jefferson

"Good government has to mean less government." - John Stossel

"There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking." - Edward J. Flanagan

"The bad consequences of a government program usually don't show up immediately. And the delay may be long enough to hide the connection between the program and its results. So government never has to say it's sorry - never has to take responsibility for ht misery it causes. Instead it can blame everything on personal greed, profit-hungry corporations, and the 'private sector.' And the government's cure for the problems is to impose bigger programs, more regulation and higher taxes." - Harry Browne

"Clinton is a very capable, conscientious person. I think she cares very deeply about policy. She knows a lot about how the government works, and I think those things are very important. You don't really appreciate those things until you get a guy like George W. Bush in the White House, and then you realize that when you don't have someone who knows or cares about government policy, a lot of bad stuff can happen." - Peter Beinart



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