"Government is the people's business and every man, woman and child
becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid."
Ronald Reagan
(1911-2004) 40th US President
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And as a shareholder, I intend to use my "proxy" in November to help rid the Congress of the socialists in Washington.
 -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    It is so easy to forget that all who pay taxes are shareholders. More should vote. And those elected should not forget that many voted against them.
     -- Wayne, Naples     
    It would be best if only taxpayers did vote. Those who don't put their money up should not be allowed to vote.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Great quote. More of us should also have a say in how corporations and free enterprize is run and then maybe we would have a better society. Like could we tell our companies to stop making things over seas and to stop using illegal aliens etcetera. Stop polluting our world.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Government is a living entity that devours resources and excretes injustice. I like the idea that government can bring people together, but alas it more often divides us against ourselves.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
    Great, Mighty Ronald Reagan. People in many other countries get divided on sports, religion, etc., which bring them no advantages. It actually brings them disadvantages, as they get so distracted that they cannot see their power being taken away.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
    He's the one that got us into this mess in the first place - another pawn of the elite like Obama. There are to many lies and blunders to list and suffice to say he was the most unpopular president even coming in under Jimmy Carter. Just to name a few of his real big gaffs: Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do; St Helens produce more sulpher dioxide than cars did over a 10 year period; and, then praised P.W. Botha’s apartheid regime for eliminating segregation - the list goes on, and on. Most of his quotes were for the press and were written mostly by speech writers. He will probably go down in history as the worst President, but Bush and Obama may just pip him to the post.
     -- RBESRQ     
    Ronald Reagan said quite a good number of good sounding "snippets." Unfortunately, we, the people, got the rhetoric and the thugs that put him in office (and surrounded him while in office) got the action. Just look at what he actually DID as Gov. of CA. through his time as President to see the REAL man.
     -- Louis, Fort Worth     
     -- Anonymous      
    I believe he was a good man unfortunately he was surrounded by wagons of corruptions and there was no Cavalry to come to his aid.
     -- RBESRQ     
    Robert, I have to agree with a lot of what you've said here. Reagan had excellent sound bites. This one I don't believe was one of his better ones. It's likely the first penny of tax paid was extorted under duress and did not make him a share holder but rather, a slave. The individual was/is already sovereign with his representatives being HIS mere servants.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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