Good quotes

The Pretense of Knowledge shares some good quotes on liberty and on the sequester. A couple of which I’d like to capture here for my future reference.

On liberty, from Laurence Auster:

Once the government becomes the supplier of people’s needs, there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right.

On the sequester, from Thomas Sowell:

Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do? The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.


How much of what you earn belongs to me?

Speedmaster, at the Pretense of Knowledge blog posted this great quote from Walter Williams:

What’s “just” has been debated for centuries, but let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then, tell me how much of what I earn “belongs” to you — and why?
– Walter Williams

I’ll go one further.  How much of what you earn belongs to me?