"Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting
itself into every corner and crevice of industry."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
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oops, How did we implement what Marx had for us and forget what Paine warned us about? hmmm
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    And beware the American people who let it happen.
     -- jake cangelosi, Summerville, SC     
    Obama is doing exactly this right now, with the aid of the Pelosi - Reed gang.
     -- jim k, austin     
    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it ...... good and hard." H. L. Mencken. We have no one to blame but ourselves. The government has been more than happy to supply the metal we needed to forge our own chains.
     -- Bryan Morton, Stuart, FL     
    Well folks, we must remember that the stimulus money that the government will "give" us is money that they have either already taken from us or money that they will take from us.... of course ,after extracting a "substantial handling fee"
     -- Dick Donaldson, Bonita Springs,Fl.     
    Little did Paine know that the Govt and Industry (at least its captains) would be in cahoots.
     -- Rick Zahniser, Tombstone     
    I think it is fair to say that both mainstream parties cannot be trusted with an unlimited credit line from the Fed. Our Constitution is effectively null and void -- there is no way to get the courts to force Congress and the President to act within the bounds set forth in the Constitution. When the bankers took over our government, we became permanent indentured servants on our own land. The 'Commerce Clause' has been stretched way beyond its intended purpose.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- warren, olathe      
    Paine, like Jefferson, knew of man's fragile nature. Therefore, they counted on the leaders in the Government of this country to be so inspiring - just inspiring - as to draw virtues of honesty and fairness from the leaders of industry so that an environment would be built and/or kept for everyone to pursue happiness.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
    I feel a revolution is started already. Right now it is legal. People are waking up in America and starting to fight back. I fear it might get physical. Remember what happened to Britain. The revolution started small and then got physical fast and that how "We the People" won our independence. It may happen again and if it does it needs to.
     -- Darin Williamson, Kilgore, Texas     
    I think it's great to be wary of government, but I think the Tea Party movement needs to learn how to read. Thomas Paine hated Christianity and religion as much, if not more than government. He looked at government as a "necessary evil" not something that couldn't exist. How does the far right get to talk about freedom when they want to oppress: immigrants (way to go King George III), gay rights, women rights, I mean, to support freedom and quote Thomas Paine, but not be open to people's rights is stupid. Perhaps the banks could be thought of as tyrannical? Thomas Paine's logic applies here.
     -- Hagbard, Twin Cities     
    Hagbard, some of what you say about the right is correct (in reality, it is worse than that). Now, just add to it the left's malignant tyranny. Welcome to the Amerika Paine spoke of. The current economy is a direct illuminating proof of Paine's here statement.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- J Carlton, Calgary      
    "Government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure". L. Neal Smith.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
     -- Frank Dias, San Jose, Calif      
    Love it!!
     -- Rita     
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