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Everyone is always in favour of general economy and particular expenditure. Anthony Eden
Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining? George C. Wallace
When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads. Ron Paul
It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most. Walter Lippmann
Fiscal prudence does not prevent government from providing shelter for the homeless, work for the idle, care for the elderly and infirm, and hope for the destitute. Mario Cuomo
Some politicians denounce government in order to capture the government and then they turn around and expand the government. George Will
The beneficiaries of social spending in the developing countries are not the poor. First, more public spending of any sort means more public employment. Bureaucracies in developing countries do not give many jobs to the landless rural poor, to small street traders, to unskilled manual workers, or to the urban unemployed. They recruit from the middle classes, who are, therefore, the first to benefit from public spending. Clive Crook
The real problem with the government is not the deficit; it is that the government spends too much money. Milton Friedman
He who has his thumb on the purse has the power. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
We are spending a little more than we are raising each year and you wonder how long it can go on. It is too easy for us to borrow. Paul A. Volcker
We live in a prosperous country. And our prosperity is not only a blessing—it’s also an obligation. Mike Leavitt
Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more. Allan H. Meltzer
Having always observed that public works are much less advantageously managed than the same are by private hands, I have thought it better for the public to go to market for whatever it wants which is to be found there; for there competition brings it down to the minimum of value. I have no doubt we can buy brass cannon at market cheaper than we could make iron ones. Thomas Jefferson
Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the President, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the President. Alphonso Jackson
I want you all to understand that we are at war and we will stay as war until this is done. Nothing else matters. Everything is available for the pursuit of this war. Any barriers in your way, they’re gone. Any money you need, you have it. This is our only agenda. George W. Bush
There is $2.6 trillion spent in Washington, with the authority to regulate everything in your life…. People will spend unheard-of amounts of money to influence that. Newt Gingrich
A good paymaster is lord of another man's purse. Anonymous
When you say fiscal responsibility, it seems to me that you really mean rich people keeping their money. Alice Adams
When you say fiscal responsibility, it seems to me that you really mean rich people keeping their money. Alice Adams
My biggest objection to raising taxes is that it feeds the government addiction to spending money. Richard K. Armey
I said to my liberal friend that we are fundamentally the same. I spend money like its my money and you spend money like its my money. Richard K. Armey
It’s better to spend the money we have now more wisely than to spend a lot more money after the fact on the dysfunction we’ve created. Earl Blumenauer
The task of weaning various people and groups from the national nipple will not be easy. The sound of whines, bawls, screams and invective will fill the air as the agony of withdrawal pangs finds voice. Linda Bowles
When the income tax was passed, that provided a virtual unlimited supply of money for government. Harry Browne
When the economy shows signs of faltering, prompt countermoves are required. Even mild measures on the part of government can be effective in the early stages of an economic decline. ... If action is withheld until a recession has gained momentum, strong and costly measures may prove insufficient. Arthur Burns
Not all spending initiatives were designed to be immortal. George W. Bush
There is no difference, in fairness or economics, between lowering taxes on a favored group and spending money on a favored group. Tom Campbell
There is no belt to tighten anymore. Cuauhtemoc Cardenas
There are but two ways of paying debt—increase of industry in raising income. increase of thrift in laying out. Thomas Carlyle
While the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government, its functions do not include support of the people. Grover Cleveland
It was government investment that led to the creation of the Internet. Bill Clinton
It is necessary to watch people in Washington all the time to keep them from unnecessary expenditure of money. Calvin Coolidge
The longer people are in Congress, the bigger spenders they become. Edward H. Crane
You spend a billion here and a billion there. Sooner of later it adds up to real money. Everett Dirksen
He is great who confers most benefits. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Economy in government does not mean spending little ... It means spending what you have and spending it well. Hubert Horatio Humphery
The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of public moneys. Thomas Jefferson
Like Ike [President Eisenhower] did. Talk economy and then spend away. Lyndon B. Johnson
There are no uncontrollable outlays except for debt interest. Outlays are what they are due to legislation. Paul W. McCracken
Those who make the most and loudest speeches about deficit reduction are least likely to vote against spending. George J. Mitchell
And it came to pass that he caused many buildings to be built in the land Shilom ... which had been a resort for the children of Nephi ... and thus he did do with the riches which he obtained by the taxation of his people. Book of Mormon
Can the amazing national debt be paid by a little trifling sum squeezed from year to year out of America?.... Would it not be much superior wisdom, and sounder policy, for a distressed kingdom to retrench the vast unnecessary expenses continually incurred by its enormous vices? Samuel Langdon
What concerns you and me is simply who is putting the money in, who is getting it out, and what good it does David Lewis
I am decidedly opposed to the people's money being used to pay the fiddler ... He that dances should always pay the fiddler. Abraham Lincoln
We need government to do for the people what they cannot do for themselves. Abraham Lincoln
… that veiled sister of communism – legalistic socialism Herbert Hoover
The War Office is a very slow office, an enormously expensive office, and one in which the Minister's intentions can be entirely negated by all his sub-departments, and those of each of the sub-departments by every other. Florence Nightingale
To the senate belongs, in the first place, the sole care and management of the public money. For all returns that are brought into the treasury, as well as all the payments that are issued from it, are directed by their orders. Nor is it allowed to the quaestors to apply any part of the revenue to particular occasions as they arise, without a decree of the senate Polybius
I can’t be in charge of people’s perceptions. Alan Greenspan
I urge the Congress to avoid running up large costs for future generations of Americans. George W. Bush
I want a national health policy where everyone is covered—just like we have in the military. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Should any party try and eliminate social security, … and labor laws, you would not hear from that party much again. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Among the general Causes is, First, the unwillingness of the people to pay them [taxes]; arising from an opinion, that by delay and reluctancy they may wholly avoid them, with a suspicion that what is imposed is too much, or that what is collected is embezzled or ill expended, or that it is unequally levied and assessed…. Moreover, the peoples believing that Forms of Government shall in a few years produce any considerable alteration as to the wealth of the Subject; that the Form which is most ancient and present is not the best for the place; that any established family or person is not better then any new pretender, or even then the best Election that can be made; that Sovereignty is invisible, and that it is not certainly annexed unto some certain person or persons …. Causes of Civil War are also, that the Wealth of the Nation is in too few mens’ hands … the allowing Luxury in some, whilst others starve. William Petty
There are hundreds and hundreds . . . . We've had the policy of protecting members and not exposing them, but we've taken a lot of abuse. There are members on the bandwagon of anti-spending, but they come and get their share. James Dyer
Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The middle class is at the heart of our budget problem. Peter G. Peterson
I will veto again and again until spending is brought under control. Ronald Reagan
… the peaceful turn of events Thomas Jefferson
We are all Keynesians now. Richard Nixon
Politicians have a natural inclination to spend in general, even as they disagree fiercely about what, specifically, to spend on. John Steele Gordon
I do not think that you can spend yourself rich. George M. Humphrey
Spending programs always and immediately create powerful political pressures to maintain and expand them generated by those who are the direct beneficiaries. John Steele Gordon
Let us have the courage to stop borrowing to meet continuing deficits. Revenues must cover expenditures by one means or another. Any government, like any family, can, for a year, spend a little more than it earns. But you know and I know that a continuation of the habit means the poor house. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We have hardly enough money to last till the end of March. Albert Gallatin
We aren't living the gospel of democracy and free enterprise today. We are merely preaching it. We have made only half of the combination work, and we've done that superlatively well. Free enterprise booms. But democracy staggers and reels under oppressive debts and inordinate operating costs-both the consequences of political failure. T. Coleman Andrews
There is a yawning discrepancy of what Americans expect and for what they are willing to pay. Andrew J. Bacevich
The less that is applied to education, the less they [the people] will have to pay in taxation DeWitt Clinton
Budgets are moral documents. When you put your budget on the table, we see what you really are. Tavis Smiley
We all have to sacrifice to reduce the debt, but we can’t sacrifice our future. Barack Obama
Washington has to stop spending money we don’t have for projects we don’t want. Rick Perry
There is spending in the tax code. Erskine Bowles
Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so Voltaire
Almost every scientific breakthrough I have ever been associated with was funded with private money. Once we could show it worked, we could get all the government money we wanted. Craig Venter
People dislike government spending in the abstract, but the like government spending when they see the benefit. Chris Hayes
A budget must be more than a ledger sheet. It should have a heart and serve as a blueprint for a better quality of life for all residents. John R. Leopold
Government should adjust its rates of expenditure and taxation such that total spending is neither more or less than that which is sufficient to purchase the full employment level of output at current prices. If this means there is deficit, greater borrowing, "printing money," etc., then these things in themselves are neither good or bad, they are simply the means to the desired ends of full employment and price stability. Abba Ptachya Lerner
We want public services but we do not want to pay for them Michael Lewis
There has been vast unemployment before and there will be again .... I would have little enthusiasm for any proposed remedy which seeks either palliation or tonic from the Public Treasury. Warren G. Harding
I’d cut down government spending and I’d move to keep down the size of government, too. Barry Goldwater
I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn't minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra. Kerry Packer
Economy is demanded in every branch of the government at all times, but especially in periods like the present, of depression in business and distress among the people. The severest economy must be observed in all public expenditures, and extravagance stopped wherever it is found, and prevented wherever in the future it may be developed. If the revenues are to remain as now, the only relief that can come must be from decreased expenditures. But the present must not become the permanent condition of the government. William McKinley
it would be nice to have low taxes, but we have to pay our bills in this country. David Stockman
We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. Winston Churchill
I know why elected officials want to spend money. It’s great. I can get a vote from you if I give you some money. OK but that doesn’t help your children. It just helps you. Michael Bloomberg
The function of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as I understand it, is to resist all demands for expenditure made by his colleagues and, when he can no longer resist, to limit the concession to the barest point of acceptance. Philip Snowden Ickornshaw
It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense, either by sumptuary laws, or by prohibiting the importation of foreign luxuries. They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs. If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will. Adam Smith
The best scheme of finance is, to spend as little as possible; and the best tax is always the lightest. Jean-Baptiste Say
The command of a large sum is a dangerous temptation to a national administration. Though accumulated at their expense, the people rarely, if ever profit by it: yet in point of fact, all value, and consequently, all wealth, originates with the people. Jean-Baptiste Say
The government has, in all countries, a vast influence, in determining the character of the national consumption; not only because it absolutely directs the consumption of the state itself, but because a great proportion of the consumption of individuals is gained by its will and example. Jean-Baptiste Say
When you’re spending 24 billion dollars in pork barrel transportation projects how can you go to the American people and talk about tax increases. John McCain
From his childhood onwards this boy will be surrounded by sycophants and flatterers … In due course, he will be sent on a tour of the world and probably rumors of a morganatic marriage alliance will follow, and the end of it will be the country will be called upon to pay the bill. James Keir Hardie
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury Alexander Fraser Tytler
Government spending is not wasteful. The question is, “Is it necessary?” Ben Nelson
Governments have nothing. They can't create anything, they never have. All they can do is steal from one group and give it to another Ronald E. Paul
The best way to revitalize the economy is war, and the U.S. has grown stronger [economically] with war. Richard Nixon
We have no intention of downsizing the American Dream. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
We are spending altogether too much money for government services which are neither practical nor necessary. In addition to this, we are attempting too many functions and we need a simplification of what the Federal government is giving the people. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We are to give money of which we have to little for land of which we have too much. Fisher Ames
Government spending cannot create additional jobs. If the government provides the funds required by taxing the citizens or by borrowing from the public, it abolishes on the one hand as many jobs as it creates on the other Ludwig von Mises
We want the benefits of government services ranging from security in our old age to the best national defense possible, but we scream when the bill for these services comes due in the form of higher taxes. Rich Turner
The real question is “What can we do to improve the earnings of lower- and middle-income Americans?” That’s about increased education and skills training, and that may require higher government spending. Glenn Hubbard
Entitlement programs are on autopilot. I’m alarmed. We’re close to the danger zone. Glenn Hubbard
Political fealty trumps merit in the administration’s dealing with contractors. New York Times
I think Americans all across this country want more of those types of delaying tactics to slow down this runaway train of massive Federal spending. Stephen Joseph Scalise
The U.S. government has at least 15 official definitions of the word "rural”. All these definitions matter; they’re used by various agencies to parcel out $37 Billion-Plus in federal money for “rural development”. And each one of them is different. David A. Fahrenhold
… perhaps we are awakening to the realization that if individuals can no longer patronize the arts in the way they did in the old days, we may come to a time where the public will undertake to do this for its own pleasure and profit. Eleanor Roosevelt
They have under invested in fire for so long that the catch up costs seem staggering. The traditional inclination is to rely on emergency interventions rather than systemic reforms. Stephen J. Pyne
The political and social costs of adjusting to a common currency … have fallen disproportionately on the poor and the powerless. Over the past 2 years, the EU has called for cuts in the minimum wage and government spending, but it has asked less of wealthy citizens, bankers, and the citizens of surplus countries. Andrew Moravcsik
The cry of “loss of confidence” is largely a smokescreen let loose by certain conservatives who are traditionally opposed to almost any Government expenditure, who object to an increase in taxes, and are too shortsighted to know that the present level of unemployment constitutes the most dangerous threat to their own interests … Harry Dexter White
There's nothing like spending other peoples’ money Munir Butt
We used to think that we could spend our way out of a recession…. I tell you in all candor that that opinion no longer exists. James Callaghan
Drug money, such as booze money during Prohibition, has corrupted countless police, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, border patrol agents, prosecutors and judges... Because illegal drugs are unregulated, their purity is unknowable -- accounting for thousands of overdose deaths and injuries... Let's stipulate that some unknown number of Americans will become addicts after legalization, who otherwise would not have. We must ask whether the terrible price we are now paying -- in police costs, international drug control efforts, border security, foregone tax revenue, overdose deaths, corruption and violence -- is worth it. Mona Charen
It is impossible, financially and politically, to lower expenditure to the level of our revenues in the calamitous times in which we live, and so, however painful and afflicting the idea may be, we must exist from day to day and simply await the outcome of events yet in the making … Cornelis Felix van Maanen
It is impossible to carry the American people along with you on a program of caution to forestall a threatening position. Harold L. Ickes
We are staring down the Federal government gun barrel of a runaway Federal Congress—absolutely runaway. Bob Menges
Millions are spend annually on the cultivation and dissemination of science by the public authorities who will not give a penny for the advancement of astrology or sorcery. In other words, our society is deeply committed to beliefs about the nature of things, beliefs which are different from those to which the early Egyptian or Aztec civilizations were committed. Michael Polanyi
A national government has to be able to spend money in a recession to make up for the private money that is not being spent. Bill Clinton
The reason we vote on the debt ceiling is to pay for past spending. It has nothing to do with what we are going to spend. What you are really saying is “I’m sorry, I am so mad that I don’t want to pay my past debts.” Bill Clinton
The online revolution of education has only just begun. There are two approached to solving educational problems: Government spending and Technology. My bet is on technology. Fareed Zakaria
When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in new ideas, it doesn’t just cut off the people who are affected. It hurts us all. Bill Clinton
Get the money out fast and do it honestly. Harry Hopkins
When I was first honoured with a call into the Service of my Country, then on the eve of an arduous struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation. From this resolution I have in no instance departed. And being still under the impressions which produced it, I must decline as inapplicable to myself, any share in the personal emoluments, which may be indispensably included in a permanent provision for the Executive Department; and must accordingly pray that the pecuniary estimates for the Station in which I am placed, may, during my continuance in it, be limited to such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require. George Washington
In theory, the rules are strict enough to preclude all discretion that might corrupt the process. In practice they enable misguided, unsure, stubborn, or biased procurement officials to justify any decision. Steven Brill (journalist)
You can't balance the budget on the backs of nondefense discretionary spending. Rosa DeLauro
Last year 100,000 people gathered on The Mall to Protest the deficit. We Republicans, over and over, castigated President Obama for creating a Trillion dollar deficit. I was against big deficits then, and I am agaist them now. Just because it is now Republicans doing all the spending, I am still opposed.... Those Republcians who voted for a tax cut and a spending increase are hypocrites. Rand Paul
Mitigation and adaptation spending are not equivalent. Mitigation spending will go to new energy systems, new public transit systems, new agricultural systems. It will yield innovation, higher productivity, new jobs, and improved quality of life. It’s like paying for your kid to go to college or building a factory for your business — the high upfront costs yield substantial long-term returns, paying themselves back many times over. Mitigation spending is investment. Adaptation spending isn’t like that. It goes to maintaining the value of existing investments. It’s as though the maintenance costs on your factory doubled. You’re not getting any additional value out of the factory, you’re just putting more money in. Adaptation spending is pure cost, a net loss that displaces other productive investments. David Roverts (Writer)