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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,193 Senior Member
    I came across a Will.Rogers quote today which prompted me to look up more of his quotes. Same for Benjamin Franklin.  

    We have been dealing with similar issues/problems for over 200 yrs.

    I copied several of the quotes but left them at school. I'll post some tomorrow. Or just Google them. 
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    During the presidential campaign of 1928, a circular published by the Republican Party claimed that if Herbert Hoover won there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.“

    Despite a landslide victory over Alfred Smith, the first Roman Catholic to run for president, the Republican Party's promise of prosperity was derailed seven months after Hoover took the oath of office. The stock market crash of 1929 plunged the country into the Great Depression and people eventually lost confidence in Hoover.





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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,368 Senior Member
    That actually paints a pretty good portrait of the present.

    I'd venture a guess that most pots have something cooking in them, and most people own a car, although likely parked on the street.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,787 Senior Member
    edited December 2018 #155

    CaliFFL said:

    Bisley - After reading your posts and many others, I simply do not share your optimism that voting will roll anything back. 


    I'm still trying to convince myself.

    This thread has helped me open new avenues of thought, despite not having convinced anyone of anything. I don't regret it, and hope it will continue.
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,193 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:I
    I came across a Will.Rogers quote today which prompted me to look up more of his quotes. Same for Benjamin Franklin.  

    We have been dealing with similar issues/problems for over 200 yrs.

    I copied several of the quotes but left them at school. I'll post some tomorrow. Or just Google them. 
    Here's the quote:

    "A flock of Democrats will replace a mess of Republicans. It won't mean a thing. They will go in like the rest of them. Go in on promises and come out on alibis"

  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,193 Senior Member
    Ben Franklin:

    When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the 
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,193 Senior Member
    Franklin again:

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote!"
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,105 Senior Member
    Will Rogers and Ben Franklin could sure boil something down to its essence and make a remark about it that was both informative and funny.

    Some of my favorites from Will Rogers:
    The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

    Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.

    There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

    This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.


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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,193 Senior Member
    And their statements were made over 80 and 200 yrs ago. 

    "The more things change,  the more they remain the same" 
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,787 Senior Member
    I've always said that government just barely works. The same could have been said for 'frontier justice,' a hundred and fifty years ago, when vigilantes and lynch mobs were likely wrong as often as they were right.

    If any government gets the majority of its actions right, 50.1% of the time, it has met its minimum obligation about as well as can reasonably be expected, if 50.1% of its 'subjects' truly believe in majority rule, for 50.1% of the time. The remaining 49.9% of the time, it's every man for himself, for 49.9% of the population. Everything above 50.1% is gravy on our bread.

    If the 'subjects' don't believe in majority rule, they can allow a benevolent king to rule them, who may actually do a decent job during the prime of his life, but, inevitably, will grow old and die....leaving his idiot son in charge of the kingdom.

    History shows us that civilization alternates between uneven cycles of prosperity and scarcity, with various philosophically different groups alternating as superpowers, and drivers of the economy. The best we can probably hope for is to live and raise our families during the era when our particular philosophical group is at, or near the top of the food chain. When our particular philosophical group is 'on the wane,' it's probably helpful to believe in an afterlife.

  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 22,984 Senior Member
    Which reminds me of the ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times.".
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,193 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:
    And their statements were made over 80 and 200 yrs ago. 

    "The more things change,  the more they remain the same" 

    “I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

    ― Benjamin Franklin

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