"We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork."
Milton Friedman
(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"
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A line of BS pure & simple...
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
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    love those farm subsidies, and carbon dollars for the idle rich.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    There are so few clear thinkers in this world. We are seeing the complete opposite of sound policy with BHO and his crew. President Reagan, when asked for his strategy said, "We win. They lose." No bowing to anybody there. God , help us now!
     -- J. B. Wulff, Bristol, CT     
    And further to this: "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for - another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them - and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for - that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." ~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    This quote is so obviously correct that even Anonymous should see it, but alas, no such luck.
     -- jim k, austin     
    A match made in heaven! Happy Thanksgiving
     -- RBESRQ     
    And on we go down that Roman road of no return.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Hi ho Hi ho, to the welfare line I go, Hi ho Hi ho. Whistle while you work has become whistle while you wait....for your handout.
     -- Anon     
    Anon, those same people (deadbeat welfare recipients) are sitting home getting fat and watching TV...and now they want you to pay for their health care too. I have an idea...how about they do something about their own health first? How about they get off their fat lazy asses?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    That must definitely be changed!
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
    I was raised to take pride in honest work and to be too ashamed (as an able bodied individual) to take a handout . I still believe that...What has happened to our values?
     -- Nora, Fairmount     
    Ha! "We have a system that..." How about "EVERY SYSTEM EVER KNOWN increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork" Pick whatever system you like and this is true, especially Friedman's!
     -- Sean, San Diego     
    Why work when I can still get paid :)
     -- Seriously!, LA     
    Sean ? ? ? Your increasing tax perception is accurate enough, but where was the larceny at large for the dole of the few in the de jure constitutional system ?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Quotes confuse me, Maka...
     -- Crona, Death City     
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