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After your first victory as New York Governor you gave jobs worth $3,000 to $20,000 per year to your friends and compatriots, and I returned to my garret and my crust, and my desperate battle with pecuniary obligations. Horace Greeley
The Pig Book Citizens Against Government Waste
For most Americans nepotism is first and last a class issue—a way for the rich to warehouse their unemployable offspring while keeping the lower classes in their place. In fact however systematic nepotism has been practiced more or less continuously by both the upper and the lower classes without ambivalence or apology. It was the middle class that pushed the merit principle, rising as it did through the institutions of the market and the state. Adam Bellow
Polluter pork is thriving in Washington. Lexi Shultz
Homeland Security money ought not to be allocated on a pork barrel basis. Clark Kent Ervin
It must cut up Liberty by the root and poison the Fountain of Publick Security William Pitt the Younger
Never give less to your ally than your opponent is giving to that ally. James Humes
I'm not going to deprive my constituents of money that's out there. Bob Mills
I view roads as a source of boundless patronage to the executive, jobbing to members of Congress and their friends, and a bottomless abyss of public money. You will begin by only appropriating the surplus of the post office revenues; but the other revenues will soon be called into their aid, and it will be a source of eternal scramble among the members, who can get the most money wasted in their State Thomas Jefferson
I haven’t seen so much pork since I gave out ribbons at the Iowa State Fair. Ronald Reagan
George W. Bush is a big spender…. When Congress sends up a bill with big. fat, crackling pork, he says, “Where’s the barbecue sauce?” Peggy Noonan
I stuffed it like a turkey. Don Young
If you think that my job is to rob the Federal Treasury on your behalf, you have voted for the wrong man John Boehner
Patronage cements parties. Those caviling against corruption are principally moralistic muckrakers who were never closely allied to the entrepreneurial spirit Geoffrey Russell Searle
A minister’s family will expect him to do things that are impossible on a minister’s salary; they make spurious demands such as expecting them to buy a new car or take them on trips. Where does the money come from? When an honest aspirant for public office comes along, his village and his family will say, ‘No, not that one because he won’t eat and he won’t let us eat.’ Bilikisu Yusuf
We don't want nobody that nobody sent. Anonymous
I will devote none of my time to developing laws to increase my own patronage and multiply canvassers [electors] in my favor. John Quincy Adams
[Martin] Van Buren says he considers it as a misfortune when any office to be filled by him becomes vacant, and thinks patronage rather a burden than a benefit. John Quincy Adams
No man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it. He will make one man ungrateful, and a hundred men his enemies, for every office he can bestow. John Quincy Adams
Political appointees are talented, able people. They are not lepers; they are not diseased. Lon Anderson
Sooner or later you have to reach down into that old pork barrel. Richard K. Armey
Where the public money runs deepest the hogs fight each other to get their snouts in the trough, and the big trough nowadays runs through the Pentagon. Russell Baker
Although pork may be a necessity sometimes, it is not the highest calling in life. William Bennett
To the victor belong only those spoils that may be constitutionally obtained. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Patronage can result in the entrenchment of one or a few [political] parties to the exclusion of others. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The host of contractors, speculators, stockjobbers, and lobby members which haunt the halls of Congress, all desirous ... to get their arm into the public treasury, are sufficient to alarm every friend of this country. Their progress must be arrested. James Buchanan
They go where I tell them and do what I tell them. Charles A. Buckley
The defense budget is more than a piggy bank for people who want to get busy beating swords into pork barrels. George W. Bush
The trouble with [President William Howard] Taft is that if he were Pope he would think it necessary to appoint a few Protestant cardinals. Joseph Cannon
Jimmy [Carter]'s still mad because I wouldn't take secretary of state. I want to be director of alcohol and firearms. Billy Carter
Throughout most of Chicago's history, the Civil Service Commission has been enmeshed in partisan politics. Thousands of city employees were given temporary appointments and kept in this status, year after year, in order to keep them loyal partisan political workers. Chicago Crime Commission
The administration of government, like a guardianship ought to be directed to the good of those who confer, not to those who receive the trust. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
The Senate has no army, no navy, no patronage, no lucrative offices, nor glittering honors to bestow. Around us there is no swarm of greedy expectants rendering us homage, anticipating our wishes, and ready to execute our commands. How is it with the President [Andrew Jackson]? Is he powerless? He is felt from one extremity to the other of this republic. By means of principles which he has introduced [the spoils system], and innovations which he has made in our institutions, alas! but too much countenanced by Congress and a confiding people, he exercises uncontrolled the power of the state. In one hand he holds the purse and in the other brandishes the sword of the country! Myriads of dependents and partisans scattered over the land are ever ready to sing hosannas to him and to laud to the skies what ever he does. He has swept over the government like a tropical tornado. Henry Clay
Our citizens have the right to protection from the incompetency of public employees who hold their places solely as the reward of partisan service, and from the corrupting influence of those who promise and the vicious methods of those who expect such rewards; and those who worthily seek public employment have the right to insist that merit and competency shall be recognized instead of party subserviency or the surrender of honest political belief. Grover Cleveland
Congressmen have their noses right in the trough and they're slurping it up for their districts at the expense of all the taxpayers. Silvio O. Conte
Politics are impossible without spoils.... You have to deal with men as they are ... you must bribe the masses with spoils. Richard Croker
Every time you do a favor for a constituent, you make nine enemies and one ingrate. James M. Curley
I make sure that New York gets more than its fair share. Alphonse D'Amato
I favor putting the responsibility for the dispensing of patronage squarely on the organizations [parties]. Let the organizations be held strictly accountable for the endorsements. After the appointment is made the appointee ought to fit the job, so that the appointing power can rest assured that the work entrusted to him will be done right. Harry M. Daugherty
We all have to pay when powerful members of Congress work to bring home the bacon. Sam Donaldson
Local groups demand that their representatives and senators bring home the "bacon" or else .... They want economy practiced on the other fellow but not on themselves. Paul H. Douglas
I hold everybody responsible for Mr. Lincoln's reelection, and I will countenance nothing else! Simeon Draper
Good patronage Maurice L. Duplessis
The Republicans in my state are expressing impatience and disappointment that so little progress has been made during the last eight months in calling to the support of the Administration men loyal to it and in full sympathy with it. Davis Elkins
Take from the United States the appointment of postmasters and let the towns elect them, and you deprive the Federal Government of half a million defenders. Ralph Waldo Emerson
He is great who confers most benefits. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The ideal weapons system is built in 435 congressional districts, and it doesn't matter whether it works or not. Alain C. Enthoven
In the military budget regionalism overcomes partiotism. William Frenzel
[The legislature] has no right to give monopolies of legal privilege—to bestow unequal portions of our common inheritance on favorites. William Findley
What are we here for except the offices? Webster Flanagan
I have heard in highest places the shameless doctrine avowed by men grown old in public office that the true way by which power should be gained in the Republic is to bribe the people with the offices created for their service. George Frisbie Hoar
The civil service reform movement fits into a pattern of those out of power verses those in power. Ari Hoogenboom
It is a handicap to any man to succeed a member of his own party as President. He has little patronage with which to reward his personal supporters. Herbert Hoover
Our nation was founded on the pork barrel, and it has become great by political log-rolling. Herbert Hoover
I take it for granted that all who do not support the present administration, you will not consider your friends, and of course will lose your confidence.... All personal considerations and private friendships must yield to political justice. Jesse Hoyt
Politics makes strange postmasters. Frank McKinney Hubbard; Abe Martin
A pig is a pig no matter whose pigpen it's in. Ernest Istook
If I had a tit for every one of these pigs to suck at, they would still be my friend. Andrew Jackson
If you have a job in your department that can't be done by a Democrat, then abolish the job. Andrew Jackson
Okay, Frank, next time you need a dam in Idaho, ask Walter Lippmann for one. Lyndon B. Johnson
Pork is the most visible malady of Congress from the public point of view. Thomas E. Mann
The root of most all problems we have today is the uncontrollable appetite of politicians in Washington to dish it out. Wilbur Mills
The President is going around the country handing out so much pork that the Agriculture Department is going to have to station a meat inspector on board Air Force One. George J. Mitchell
What we called the Civil Service was, in the main, merely a mass of Republican political appointees frozen into office by act of Congress. Raymond Moley
Mr. Speaker, reserving the right to object, I call the attention of the House to these bridge bills that are coming up .... This bill is typical of the type of bill that should be objected to. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Not one man recommended by me has yet been appointed to any thing, little or big, except a few who had no opposition. Abraham Lincoln
Not knowing whether he [Charles Wiegand] is fit for any place, I could not with propriety recommend him for any. Abraham Lincoln
Too many pigs; two few teats. Abraham Lincoln
Were it believed that vacant places could be had at the North Pole, the road there would be lined with dead Virginians. Abraham Lincoln
If one wants to get high paying jobs, one ought to depend on those who are in power. Chinese Proverb
It seems that the world considers whoever gets benefit is the virtuous one Chinese Proverb
[The U.S. Church] would bring forth more abundant fruits if, in addition to liberty, she enjoyed the favor of the laws and the patronage of the public authority. Leo XIII
I never thought I'd see the day when a man of the Jewish faith had to plead before a group of Irish Catholics about allowing another Irish Catholic to be nominated for the position Abraham A. Ribicoff
The military pork barrel spreads special privilege far beyond the confines of the arms contractors; it directly creates at least two million industrial jobs, every holder of which is all too dependent for his well-being on the well-being of the party oligarchs and the success of their corrupt policies. By virtue of the military budget, a large number of ordinary citizens have been given a direct stake in corrupt power. Walter Karp
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
I am firmly against the kind of logrolling which would subject our defense program to narrowly sectional or selfish pulling or hauling. But I am growing pretty hot under the collar about the way my state of West Virginia is being shortchanged by the Army, Navy and Air Force. Kenneth Hechler
All patronage is perilous to men of real ability and merit. It aids only those who lack other claims to support. Rutherford B. Hayes
Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office seeking. Men of good character and impulse are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness. Disappointment makes them unjust to the last degree. Rutherford B. Hayes
Think for a moment of what this patronage system means. How many of you are there who would be willing to do to your private client, or customer, or any private trust, or to a friend or neighbor, what you see being done to the State of New York every year of your lives in the taking of money out of her treasury without service? Elihu Root
Judgeships normally are rewards for political service … politics does play a large role in federal judicial selection …. Few judges in our history are thought to have performed with great distinction. Richard A. Posner
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
Right from the start [1902] every Senator … wanted a project in his state. Every representative wanted one in his district. They didn’t care whether they made economic sense or not. Marc Reisner
Today’s cabinet members are yesterday’s board members … I am running for President to eliminate this kind of crony capitalism. John Kerry
What these peckerwoods call pork is infrastructure. Robert Byrd
Major parties have lived more for patronage than principles; their goal has been to bind together a sufficiently large coalition of diverse interests to get into power; and once in power, to arrange sufficiently satisfactory compromises of interest to remain there. Richard Hofstadter
One person's pork barrel project is another person's wise investment in the local infrastructure. Thomas S. Foley
There should be no ‘jobs for the boys’. We ought to be crucified if we … select our constables from the servants of our parliamentary friends. Robert Peel
We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right [individually] to appropriate a dollar of the public money. David Crockett
Can you let me know what positions you have at your disposal with which to reward deserving Democrats? William Jennings Bryan
I am glad to have the public know that I appreciated services of those who work in politics and feel an interest in seeing them rewarded. William Jennings Bryan