"No man's life, liberty or fortune is safe
while our legislature is in session."
Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
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 -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
:-) Never more true than today
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    ... but it need not be that way, nor do I believe that it is always that way...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Why do you agree with this quote but rate it thumbs down?
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Reston has something in its water supply.
     -- Bob, Eugene OR     
    George Washington said government was like fire. Fires, if not used correctly, can burn you until you die; it can maim you, taking away liberty you once had; and it can destroy your property. Government or fire is most dangerous when it becomes too big to control. Just try stopping a wildfire and you'll see how hard it is to stop government.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Eureka! A truth!
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
    Same as it ever was.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    When they meet, they find creative ways of extrating and spending more of my money.
     -- Mike, South Jordan, Utah     
    Does anyone know the original source of this Ben Franklin quote? I can only find it sourced to Gideon J. Tucker.
     -- Ernest Parham, Colcord, OK     
    This quote is attributed to Mark Twain and listed under his name on this web site. My recollection is that Twain's exact quote is that "No man's life, liberty or property is secure when the legislature is in session." I doubt that Franklin would have made such a cynical remark about the republic he had worked so hard to gain.
     -- Kurt, Los Angeles     
    It's exactly correct no matter who said it. It's especially true now with that bunch of socialists and muslims running things in D.C.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    "Freedom is the absence of legislation" said the late Merrill Jenkins, Monetary Realist whim I knew well. Learn what others think of him today. google: "merrill jenkins" money using money outside the quote marks
     -- Dave Wilber, St. Louis     
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