"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that
the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
by:
Thomas B. Reed
(1839-1902) Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, known as "Czar Reed"
Date:
1886
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Why do we allow these delusions to continue? We are over-legislated. If our representitives will not lessen the legislation, we must throw the bums out of office, until we find someone who will.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Reed was right: legislation won't cure the evils of the world and neither will war. Evil has existed since man drew his first breath...and it will until he breathes his last.
     -- A.Jurgensen, Stuart, FL     
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    Legislation creates many evils. It doesn't erase them.It is most definetly a delusion to believe that legislation will cure the sickness of evil. Did you notice that the only difference between the words Devil and Evil is is a D?
     -- KS, Somewhere,USA     
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    Wake up! Czar Reed also had a deep sense of wry humor needed then as it is needed now. Come on now , he was pals with Mark Twain ! Wisdom for the ages and Reeds Rules so that proper behaviour governs. That's the legacy we inherited from Reed.
     -- Mitzi, Hammond     
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     -- gaby      
    We are weaned on delusions so why stop at just one.
     -- anonymous     
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    Funny that even when abundant rules work to make things square in a country, they end up not constituting the best alternative. I recently met someone at an airport who was saying that in his country everything was so organized! I asked why he didn't live there, and he answered: it's boring.
     -- Elizabeth, Queens, NY     
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    Pretty hard to argue with this quote.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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     -- Ron w13, Or      
    short, sweet, and to the point; extremely accurate ! ! !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Einstein said it well "Insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." As jim has said here before, "government is a disease masquerading as its own cure"; to operate under any other assumption is insanely one of the greatest delusions in the world.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    And yet we let our legislatures pass thousands of statutes costing us trillions of dollars we do not have -- and what are the results?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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