"Can any reasonable man be well disposed toward a government
which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself?"
Alexander Hamilton
(1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury
at the US Constitutional Convention
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
 -- Mike, Norwalk      
War is where most of our tax dollars go, not providing for the general welfare of the country.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    That is the problem, our country is not being governed by reasonable men.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
     -- E Archer, NYC      
    If instead of the words "supporting itself," one could substitute "satisfying its insatiable greed" it would be a good description of the history of U.S. governments for the most part, and especially the present one.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    In response to this quote,I would say "No".
     -- me again     
     -- David L Rosenthal      
    Joe, Where do you get your figures on expenditure of tax dollars? The New York Times (not Bush-friendly) indicates 19%, at : http://www.dopcampaign.com/action/mothers/piegrapgh.html
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
    Its a good quote from one of America's original traitors. Hamilton gave us the original framework of central banking.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    It seems that America can... why are the Christian's and other religions so quiet over the war mongering of a nation gone crazy. They sit quiet in their pews, at home watching the telly, shopping at WalMart; yet not a peep from them - no mass demonstration - I thought Christian's and religions generally are against killing, against lies, against theft, against abuse of women and children? Where is the outrage from the American people, where are there ethics, their morals, hvae they been lost and never to be found. Are they so apathetic that they have washed their hands of their nations dirty deeds.
     -- Robken     
    Joe, most of our tax dollars go for welfare, foreign aid, a multitude of government bureaus, and Michelle and Baracks pleasure jaunts.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    J Carlton and Jim K both said it well.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Robken, I am a hard core believing Christian and I ask myself the exact same question. Just last week I refused to go through the porn both at the airport where the government, at war with a once free and moral people, are taking and keeping porn shots. I also refused being molested and groped. I was threatened with an FBI record if I didn't comply. I gladly would go on the record against war, molesting and such porn. It was absolutely astounding to me to watch the sheep (I presume at least some being professed Christians or religious) pass through the cattle call not protesting. This people that once sang about being the land of the free and home of the brave have become immoral and unreasonable helots, serfs, and slaves ripe for destruction (where is the out cry against Mr. Obamunist Goodwrench the assassin, the compelled compliance, the licensing, the victimless crimes, governmental larceny with impunity, anti-fiscal law mandates, the immorality, the unconstitutional wars, and the rest of the unconstitutional acts of the statist theocracy that infests this land, WHERE ? ? ?)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Good Mike, let's start a two man crusade - but let's also, in the process, check our brakes.
     -- Robken     
    It would be pleasant to make the acquaintance of a reasonable man. You search for beings similar to yourself. You can't lose with a winner.  You keep me searching.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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