"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
(c. 550 B.C.) legendary Greek fabulist
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 -- Anonymous      
'Nuf said.
 -- David L. Rosenthal     
    It seems some things never change.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Anonymous      
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    There are great and small thieves in all aspects of life, politics are no different than business or anything else. So, while the quote echos well, it also implies that which is not.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    So you are saying the quote is TRUE ... but it's FALSE? Typical liberal-socialist, deny the true as false enough times and people start believing it. Sorry Reston, but 1 = 1, NOT 1 = -1.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Too general an exaggerated reproach to have any meaning other than humor, and someone like Rush Limbaugh might take offense and demand an aplogy. Some people don't understand sarcasm, even though they are often the biggest purveyors of it..
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
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    Reston: Isn't it true that in politics men often tend to control the public purse moreso than in other fields of larceny? Megabusinesses artificially control prices, but often have to pay off political officials in order to be able to continue to get away with it. Politicians seem to have a license to steal.
     -- David L Rosenthal     
    Love it and so appropriate for today - let's hope the voting machines are not tampered with - If a Princeton University professor can hack into a Dibold in minutes goodness knows what's actually happening in reality. P.s. men in politics not only control the public purse but also law enforcement which means the great ones can get away with .......
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    Can anyone give me one politician's name (besides the Texas loan ranger) that is trying to restore the Representative Republic as limited by the framers original Constitution? I am aware of only 1 lone voice that even mentions such principle (s), the rest are robbing liberty for their own enrichment or socialist/fascist intentions.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Nice quote. It was primarily for the purpose of humor. Humor has to have a ring of truth or it isn’t humor. Have read your comment over and over Jack but am still scratching my head. Can't find a cognitive thought in it.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Sounds good.
     -- Cynthia!, Brownsville Tx.     
     -- Mo, Napa      
    so right on so many different levels
     -- john, cherry hill     
    It makes me think of Ronald Reagen. The joke was pulled on the American public. I'm a Canadian and please, please do not elect another Con.
     -- L. Hanson, Edmonton, CANADA     
    Beware of non productive people seeking power over others...they are parasites.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Nowadays we give petty thieves a fine or short jail time, and send the "great ones" to Congress where they stay for 30 or 40 years and live like kings.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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     -- Rita, Richland      
     -- Mary, MI      

    great quote.

     -- someone, nowhere     
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