"The art of government consists of taking as much money as
possible from one party of citizens to give to the other."
[François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778) French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher
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And, of course, this is done in order to buy votes. As someone once said, if you rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    What amazes me is the date of the quote, before the formation of our current government body. Seems what is happening in this century (2000) has already occurred and if that lifestyle was so great, why did so many people flee from their countries to here and why did the forefathers of our country even bother to pen the Constitution to prevent this in the United States?!?!!
     -- Diana, Decatur     
    This evil was believed to be kept in check by the Constitution; however, with the introduction of the 14th, 15th, and 16th Amendments, power was centralized into the hands of Washington. From there, the replacement of our hard currency for debt-bearing notes sealed the deal to a perpetual oligarchy that lives on rivers and rivers of interest for the mere privilege of our trading in 'US dollars' which are but interest-bearing promissory notes. The nation has been in a state of perpetual bankruptcy ever since and in receivership to the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank in NYC. People emigrated to America for what they believed to be a free country. Now Americans are fleeing the welfare-police state in droves.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    This is the entire Obama platform, by the way. "Vote for me because I will take from the other guys and give it to you -- after all, they didn't build that, and it is only fair that you should get the benefits. It is your right!"
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    "But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime." ― Frederic Bastiat, The Law
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    "As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose--that it may violate property instead of protecting it--then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder." ― Frederic Bastiat, The Law
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Diana, you're right. Now there is a great exodus from the occopying statist theocracy infesting this land - the quote's subject matter is but one of the reasons for the exodus.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    So true today. The corrupt ones who have hijacked our republic seem to believe this.
     -- Jeff, Nicholasville     
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