There are four essential economic freedoms. First is the freedom to work. Second of those freedoms is the freedom to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor. Third is the freedom to own and control one’s property. Fourth is the freedom to participate in a free market—to contract freely for goods and services and to achieve one’s full potential without government limits on opportunity, economic independence, and growth.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.
Man is not free unless government is limited.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.
Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man's nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere.
Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
In our Constitution, we the people tell the government what it can do, and it can do only those things listed in that document and no others, because here in America, we the people are in charge.
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
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