"It is a general popular error to suppose
the loudest complainers for the public
to be the most anxious for its welfare."
Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
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After listening to the children of New Orleans flood victims whine that nobody is helping them and we must help them now, it is obvious they will take any and all welfare sent their way, regardless of their need.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Most of the loudest complaints are used as a diversion from the root causes of the so-called problems for which there is a complaint.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Tell Joe from Rochester that I'll send him reimbursement for all that he has sacrificed for New Orleans if he'll keep his big mouth shut. He makes me sick.
     -- paul, Los Angeles     
    No Shite! Take a closer look at the big stick press.
     -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday, Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday     
    About the quote---It is one more support for the idea that we do not learn from the experience of others. Burke knew what he knew more than 200 years ago; and it has benefited us not a bit. About New Orleans---To build a city on the coast and below sea level is just stupid. To rebuild that city, after knowing the result of having done so previously, is madness.
     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
    This quote sums up liberals today. They only win if America fails.
     -- Fred Cole, Lubbock TX.     
    Kinda brings to mind, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound ? In today's environment, the loudest complainers must be in harmony with the media of public expression and the theocratic oppressors or no sound / error is recognized.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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