"The uniform, constant, and uninterrupted effort of every man to better his condition ... is frequently powerful enough to maintain the natural progress of things toward improvement, in spite of the extravagance of government, and of the greatest errors of administration."
Adam Smith
(1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist
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Lawyers in Congress who have never owned a busines tell people who have how they must run theirs. And there is that famous job killer known as "The Minimum Wage". We somehow survive in spite of all that government "help".
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    We hold this truth to be self evident.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Which is why the State never fears overtaxing the people. People survive because of their own efforts, not those of the state.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ronw13, 0regon      
    I wouldn't quite go as far as to say "uninterrupted effort" but he makes a valid point....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
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    Don't you think it would be convenient to have some substantive, inspirational directions at some periods?
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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