Grant’s Quotes of the Week

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK, JANUARY 22, 2012

“Men, to act with vigour and effect, must have time to mature measures, and judgment and experience, as to the best method of applying them. They must not be hurried on to their conclusions by the passions, or the fears of the multitude. They must deliberate, as well as resolve.” . . . Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833 . . .

“I don’t agree with [Ron Paul] on everything, but he is right about the out-of-control and unaccountable Federal Reserve. He’s right about the need for limited constitutional government and the importance of individual liberty. And I really think the Republican who is going to win this thing — if they capture some of what Ron Paul’s been talking about for years. And more and more we can see that what he’s been talking about is true. Again, you don’t have to agree with everything he’s saying, but if the other candidates miss the wisdom in what he’s been saying about our monetary policy and limited government, then I think we will see it’s to their detriment because the 20 percent or 25 percent or so that are supporting him are people that we need in the Republican party.” . . . South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint . . .

“It’s a political problem. The problems are sociopolitical. The problems are unions. You plot the growth of the NEA and the dropping of SAT scores, and they’re inversely proportional. The problems are unions in the schools. The problem is bureaucracy.” . . . Steve Jobs (1955-2011), 1996 . . .

“Wall Street has its share of miscreants, and they should be recognized as such when appropriate. But to abominate Mitt Romney for having been a success at the business of investing in struggling American companies, connecting entrepreneurs with capital and producers with markets, is foolish and destructive. Republicans ought to know better, and the fact that [they] apparently do not is the most disturbing commentary … so far.” . . . National Review . . .

“Yes, it’s true that unlike some Republicans, Democrats don’t ‘enjoy firing people.’ They enjoy ‘investing’ your money in exploding electric vehicles, bullet trains and other highly unprofitable but morally satisfying economic misadventures. Venture socialism is certainly empathetic. Venture capitalism, on the other hand, happens to be useful.” . . . columnist Daniel Harsanyi . . .

“If Democrats truly believe Bush spent too much, then shouldn’t they cooperate to bring spending under control rather than use Bush’s spending as an excuse to up the ante? … If Democrats had any concern about spending, they wouldn’t have crammed through Obamacare, which will increase the federal health care budget obscenely. If they had the slightest concern about our upside-down national balance sheet, they wouldn’t have spent $900 billion in a worthless, corrupt, ineffectual ‘stimulus’ program and be clamoring for another one. They wouldn’t urinate federal money into dead-end green projects, such as Solyndra. They wouldn’t have desperately tried to pass a monumentally wasteful cap-and-trade bill that wouldn’t have made a dent in global temperature in a hundred years, even if you blindly accept all the superstitious nonsense the environmentalists propagate. Seriously, people, let Democrats and Obama defenders obfuscate all they want, but have you seen the charts? Have you noticed the dramatic acceleration in spending and deficits since Obama took office? … We have to get about the business of cutting spending and reforming entitlements now because every year we wait, our problems are compounded and become that much more difficult to reverse.” . . . columnist David Limbaugh . . .

“Let’s pass a bill to cover the moon with yogurt that will cost $5 trillion today. And then let’s pass a bill the next day to cancel that bill. We could say we saved $5 trillion.” . . . Paul Ryan . . .

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” . . . Plato

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“If you want a good distillation of this president’s wrongheaded view of the United States of America, look no further than this rhetorical bit from the end of tonight’s State of the Union address: ‘No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other’s backs.’ Unity is central to American identity, but not the way Obama envisions it. E pluribus unum is not Latin for, ‘Hey, bro, let’s invest in some infrastructure together.’ The notion that this nation is one big team that acts collectively toward shared goals set by the state would be completely foreign to the men who founded it. But that is Obama’s concept of America.” . . . columnist Andrew Cline . . .

“Has Barack Obama learned nothing in three years? Last night, during his State of the Union address, he promised ‘a blueprint for an economy.’ But economies are crushed by blueprints. An economy is really nothing more than people participating in an unfathomably complex spontaneous network of exchanges aimed at improving their material circumstances. It can’t even be diagrammed, much less planned. And any attempt at it will come to grief. Politicians like Obama believe they are the best judges of how we should conduct our lives. Of course a word like ‘blueprint’ would occur to the president. He, like most who want his job, aspires to be the architect of a new society. But we who love our lives and our freedom say: No, thanks. We need no social architect. We need liberty under law. That’s it.” . . .columnist and TV host John Stossel . . .

“It is prima facie evidence of littleness to hold public office under our form of government. Think of it. This is a government of the people, and by the people, and for the people, and not for the officeholder, and if the people of this country rule as they should, an officeholder is only the servant of the people, and the Bible says that ‘the servant cannot be greater than his master.’ The Bible says that ‘He that is sent cannot be greater than he who sent him.’ Remember that you never heard of a great man holding political office in this country unless he took that office at an expense to himself. It is a loss to every great man to take a public office in our country. Bear this in mind, young man, that you cannot be made great by a political election.” . . . Russell H. Conwell (1843-1925), Founder of Temple University (from Acres of Diamonds) . . .

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2 comments on “Grant’s Quotes of the Week

  1. The Bush government gave us two wars over WMD that Iraq never had. Obama killed Bin Laden and won the peace prize before he did it. Where’s the justice? The Republicans are vying for who’s more conservative, while the Independents don’t care. Who’s more moderate will prevail but will still not be able to do anything because of the Tea Party. We agree to disagree once again. TGIF.

  2. Victor,these are my husband’s quotes – and yes, sometimes he and I also agree to disagree. Have a great week-end.

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