"The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time."
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Ayn Rand
[Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum] (1905-1982) Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter
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The United States has little time left.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Absolutely! We're almost there...
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Not much of a difference to progress into. A from Reston, its great to see your book burning Lenin worship continues unfettered.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A people's revolution will never be launched on full bellies.
     -- JT Ready, Mesa, Az     
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     -- Ed Culver, Montgomery, AL      
    Ayn Rand always had an interesting way of cutting right through to the core issues...I always suspected it was because she was from a totalitarian country and recognized it when she saw it...even in its incipient stages. Hey Reston...you should love this one. I mean...isn't that what liberalism is all about?...that socialism just hasn't worked because we didn't have the right people running it (ie you and like minded others)? FWIW: some of us have read Marx and his 10 points on how to change a capitalism country into a socialistic one. Shame on you all.
     -- Michael, Houston     
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    I must disagree with this statement - people are inherently good not the other way round… What is wrong is the way we interpret Welfare. Totalitarianism is a far road from the humanitarian concept of welfare for the infirmed, poor, children, and the elderly – we should not call ourselves civilized unless this is our primary goal.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    There is a big difference between charity and welfare. Charity abounds -- there is no need for the government to borrow itself into bankruptcy in order to feed people who should be feeding themselves. It is the false belief that government cares about poor people -- it doesn't one little bit -- it cares about power and keeping it. Making people dependent upon government money is the goal of the bankers that loan that money at interest to the government. Then politicians buy votes with it -- thus heralding the end of the republic.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Bob, Eugene OR      
    Reston and Sarasota are so blind.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Kindness is often blind
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    Boy do I love this quote!
     -- warren, olathe     
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     -- Fawn, Newberg      
    People are inherently good, that is why we don't need the state to compel us to to be so; it adds only force and invites only corruption.
     -- Lucy, Lowell     
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    Robert, Sarasota: have you failed to notice that "welfare" has become so ingrained and so entrenched that it is no longer an aspect of charity but a system of dependency. That if you include a great many government jobs (welfare with a desk) you would see that it is the road to collapse. The 60% working can no longer afford the 40% not producing anything. And Obama is doing his best to put the final nail in the coffin we once knew as America.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    A perfect quote and we are almost there.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    More trash.
     -- dick, fort worth     
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    This quote is perfect. However, the welfare state is doomed; the totalitarians "broke" it.
     -- Tom Osborne, Tarzana     
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    Short, succinct, and to the point. The progression is inevitable.
     -- Pete Carlin, Clifton Park, NY     
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    In this county most of the poverty has been caused or exacerbated by the welfare state.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    Yes, but this quote is from one serious moonbat queen. Her drivel shouldn't ever be quoted here except to hold it up for contempt.
     -- M. Gracin, Raleigh     
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