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Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. Frederic Bastiat
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
There is no entitlement without a duty. Nicolas Sarkozy
The rise of democracy was driven by the citizens' desire to escape from the paternalistic and arbitrary charity of those with money. They accomplished this by replacing charity with a fair, balanced, arm's-length system of public obligation. The principle tool of that obligation was taxation. John Ralston Saul
What the government gives it must first take away. John Coleman
The great vice of democracy --- a vice which is exacting a bitter retribution from it at this moment - is that for a generation we have been busy getting ourselves on to the list of beneficiaries and removing ourselves from the list of contributors, as if somewhere there was somebody else's wealth and somebody else's effort on which we could thrive. Robert Menzies
Those who are not in the Social Security System should not be compelled to join it. George Allen
We affirm, as a fundamental principle, that labor, the creator of wealth, is entitled to all it creates. Anonymous
While men differ in their natural endowments, they must be treated as equal citizens in the eyes of the law; that they should possess equality of opportunity and be afforded some minimum of social benefits. Morris Abram
We're creating an attitude that disaster relief is an entitlement program like Medicare of Social Security .... William C. Bailey
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
Much of the existing wealth of this country takes the form of rights that do not fall within traditional common-law concepts of property. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The expectation of paternal care on the part of Government ... weakens the sturdiness of our national character. Grover Cleveland
When we're talking about medical care we're talking about our sense of values. Do we think human life is important? Do we think that the best medical care which is available is something to which people are entitled, by virtue of belonging to a civilized community? Thomas Clement Douglas
He is great who confers most benefits. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Social Security is on the books. We’ll pay for it as long as we have money or can borrow it. William Frenzel
Denmark must not be the social security office for the rest of the world. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
The people have every right they are entitled to, for the reason that they have all they can get. Edgar Watson Howe
The story of America is the story of an ever widening circle of human care and responsibility. Henry Hyde
Woe to them, that take away the right of the poor. Book of Isaiah
The world has not promised anything to anybody Moroccan proverb
People today expect a good economy the same way a they expect sunshine and good air. Charles Krauthammer
It seems that the world considers whoever gets benefit is the virtuous one Chinese Proverb
To deal with entitlements we must either raise taxes, cut benefits, or borrow inordinate amounts of money. Peter G. Peterson
55 percent of the national budget consists of entitlements. These are established by law but do not get funds appropriated annually—not part of the usual give and take of the Congress and the administration. If you meet the criteria of the law, you get the money. Robert Jones Portman
Don’t tell me that it is tough. It is at least as tough as you think it is. But what is the alternative? It is to do nothing? Peter G. Peterson
There is no prospect that today's younger workers will receive all the Social Security and Medicare benefits currently promised them. Dorcas Hardy
There is a yawning discrepancy of what Americans expect and for what they are willing to pay. Andrew J. Bacevich
There is only so much that you can kick the can down the road. Ben Bernanke
Men trade unionists are accused of sex privilege and prejudice ... A belief in the divine right of every man to his job is not peculiar to kings and capitalists, and men in organized trades are not disposed to share these advantages with a host of women competitors. Barbara Drake
Nothing of value is free. Jack Valenti
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
It is extremely difficult to rescind entitlements to which people think they are legally entitled. Taxes can easily go up and down. There isn’t the same political pressure. Alan Greenspan
There’s a mal-distribution in wealth in this country. Entitlements end up going to the rich anyway. Some of them should be attacked. The ones who rip us off, the ones who get bailed out. Ronald E. Paul
The American people want more from government than they are willing to pay for in taxes. Douglas W. Elmendorf
We are that future generation of the past, inheritors of all the wishful thinking, simple illogic and flawed compromises that produced the near-term benefits our parents and grandparents worried about but ultimately wanted. David Stockman
Entitlement programs are on autopilot. I’m alarmed. We’re close to the danger zone. Glenn Hubbard
Social Security and Medicare are among the best things about America. Lawrence Summers
By a wide margin, the biggest threat to our nation’s balance sheet is the skyrocketing cost of health care. It’s not even close. Barack Obama
What begins in Washington as simple, garden-variety grasping becomes an entitlement, the argument being that the longer the benefit has lived, the more the beneficiaries have built their lives around it, so ending it would be disruptive. George Will
Voters are more motivated when someone takes something away from them. Greg Walden
You can fix the entitlements problem today, but if we wait 10 years, then fixing it will lead to a national catastrophe. Thomas J. Donahue
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for half the Federal spending. Mitt Romney
Imagine where we would be if Congress had accepted George W. Bush’s privatization plan. The part of Social Security siphoned off to private accounts would have suffered the market’s losses, and recipients would have been forced to live off of basic benefits substantially lower than Social Security presently is. James K. Galbraith
Generous, effective, and broadly accessible social welfare policies do not require large government bureaucracies staffed with armies of public servants. Kimberly J. Morgan
The vast majority of Americans—about 96 percent—benefit from some kind of government social program. Kimberly J. Morgan
Today, I see that many of our citizens are not free. They are dependent. George Papandreou
We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less. Theodore Roosevelt
Congress will compromise to give stuff away to people, but you won’t find them compromising to take things away from people. Evan Thomas
Favors granted always become defined as rights. Saul Alinsky
The seven basic, essential goods and services, Food, Clothing, Shelter, Transportation, Protection, Tools, and (special) Education. Prestonia Mann Martin