Ronald Wilson Reagan would have been 99 years old today
so anyway, today marks the 99th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birth. doG, I miss him. To honor the occasion, I present the following quotes from our 40th President:
"We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free."
"We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"
"The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution."
"Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."
It's a damn shame that today's Washington, D.C. holds views quite to the contrary.
President Reagan also saw the "big picture" and where we were headed:
"Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment."
Fear for us, President Reagan. It's worse now than you ever thought it could be.
On a lighter note, Ronald Reagan was really good with the "snark":
"I had a dream the other night. I dreamed that Jimmy Carter came to me and asked why I wanted his job. I told him I didn't want his job. I want to be President."
"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Happy Birthday, President Ronald Reagan. Rest in Peace.
(all quotes courtesy of QuoteDB.com