"I came here to drink milk and kick ass. And I've just finished my milk." - Moss, The IT Crowd

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thought for the Day

"If you'd let me bring the chloroform, we wouldn't have had to put up with all this jibberjabber."
 - Amy Farrah Fowler, The Big Bang Theory

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thought for the Day

"The free enterprise market mechanisms of incentive and reward have brought more and better goods and services to more people here and throughout the world than any other system in history. Yet those mechanisms are not indestructible. If they are to be preserved, we need an institutional framework that operates in their support. That support lies in the direction of a more democratic form of private property ownership."
- Russell B. Long's floor statement to the U.S. Senate, 17 November 1983, on the Employee Stock Ownership Act of 1983

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thought for the Day

"Above all things, good policy is to be used, that the treasure and moneys, in a state, be not gathered into few hands. For otherwise a state may have a great stock, and yet starve. And money is like muck, not good except it be spread. This is done, chiefly by suppressing, or at least keeping a strait hand, upon the devouring trades of usury, ingrossing great pasturages, and the like."
- Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Albans, "Of Seditions and Troubles"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thought for the Day

"Consultants’ recommendations have the same semantic properties as campaign promises: it’s almost freakish if they are remembered in the following year."
- Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic, June 2006

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thought for the Day

"As Abraham Lincoln said so well, 'The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual capacities.' Citizens reasonably resent a government that milks them to feed programmes that fail Lincoln's test. The inevitable problem in a democracy is that we disagree about which programmes those are. Some economists are fond of saying that 'economics is not a morality play', but like it or not, our attitudes toward taxation are inevitably laden with moral assumptions. It doesn't help to ignore or casually dismiss them. It seems to me the quality and utility of our public discourse might improve were we to do a better job of making these assumptions explicit, and of seriously and respectfully considering whether our ideological opposites, be they socialists or Atlas Shrugged fans, might have one or two worthwhile points."

- W.W., The Economist, 15 April 2011