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Will Rogers
1879 - 1935

American humourist, star of rodeo, Broadway, movies, and radio, as well as a popular political commentator and columnist. Rogers' political interest and his popularity led to an offer of nomination for governor of Oklahoma, which he declined, but he was a significant influence in Democratic politics and a major supporter of Franklin Roosevelt.


You got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one.

Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement.

Live so that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

quoted by Steve Forbes in "The Moral Basis of a Free Society", his 1997 address to the Heritage Foundation
The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

When I was a kid I was told anyone could become president. Now I'm beginning to believe it.

I can remember back when a liberal was one who was generous with his own money.

The business of government is to keep the government out of business - that is, unless business needs government aid.

It isnít what we donít know that gives us trouble, itís what we know that ainít so.

Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

Government investigations have always contributed more to our amusement than they have to our knowledge.

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

We don't get all the government we pay for ... thank God.

Things will get better - despite our efforts to improve them.

Diplomats are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it.

1949 - from The Autobiography of Will Rogers
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.