"Men desire to have some share in the management of public affairs
chiefly on account of the importance which it gives them."
by:
Adam Smith
(1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist
Source:
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations par. IV.7.160
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Not always so...
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    True more often than not.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Congress and the Senate are perfect examples.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    It is that very perception that makes government act as though they are superior to the Constitutional sovereigns.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I actually can't think of any other reason than self-importance to seek public office, except ancillary ones such as the modest pay and a few perqs, or fringe benefits. If it turns out well, however, it can provide ample after effects of high paying speaking engagements and book sales.
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
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