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Alexander, Scott
The basic rule of free enterprise: You must give in order to get.

Baker, Maureen  
Although many governments have used the ideology of economic rationalism to justify restructuring the welfare state, dismantling Canadian social programs has been motivated by far more than concern about high public debt. Federal/provincial politics and especially the fear that the Quebec separatist movement will shatter the Canadian federation have been primary motives in federal reform.

from her essay "The Restructuring of the Canadian Welfare State: Ideology and Policy"
Bastiat, Frederic
Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain - and since labor is pain in itself - it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.

The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.

Black, Hugo L.
The public welfare demands that constitutional cases must be decided according to the terms of the Constitution itself, and not according to judges' views of fairness, reasonableness, or justice. I have no fear of constitutional amendments properly adopted, but I do fear the rewriting of the Constitution by judges under the guise of interpretation.

1968 - from Columbia University's Charpentier Lectures
Boaz, David
The fundamental class division in any society is not between rich and poor, or between farmers and city dwellers, but between taxpayers and tax consumers.

Bokun, Branko
Many say that people living in a Welfare State are less aggressive and less inventive. On the contrary, they are highly aggressive and most inventive but only in pursuit of their rights as guaranteed by the State.

1986 - from Humour Therapy, Vita Books, London
Buchanan, James M.
We're just at the threshold beginning to examine the whole structure of our institutions in a foundational sense. It's partly because the ideology that was behind a lot of the socialist thrust is gone. Partly we recognize a lot of failures. We recognize that the political or governmental sector is too large. The problem is more acute in some countries than it is in ours. Sweden, for example, is in really bad trouble. They've over-extended the welfare state. They don't know what to do. They're failing. They're falling behind. But it's true in all the major countries.

Sep. 1995 - from an interview published in The Region, a publication of the Woodrow Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Burke, Edmund
To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.

1790 - from Reflections on the Revolution in France
Bush, George W.
I’ve described myself as a compassionate conservative, because I am convinced a conservative philosophy is a compassionate philosophy that frees individuals to achieve their highest potential. It is conservative to cut taxes and compassionate to give people more money to spend. It is conservative to insist upon local control of schools and high standards and results; it is compassionate to make sure every child learns to read and no one is left behind. It is conservative to reform the welfare system by insisting on work; it’s compassionate to free people from dependency on government. It is conservative to reform the juvenile justice code to insist on consequences for bad behavior; it is compassionate to recognize that discipline and love go hand in hand.

Mar. 7, 1999 - from his speech announcing his consideration of the Republican nomination for the presidency of the United States

Capp, Al
Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work.

1970 - from an interview in Esquire Magazine
Chwialkowska, Luiza  
Contradicting fears that Canada's poor are a permanently entrenched underclass, a new study shows low incomes are a transitory phase for many Canadians. Roughly half of Canadians who earned low incomes in any year from 1993-96 earned normal incomes the following year, according to a Statistics Canada study... Up to 20% of Canadians were in a low-income situation for at least one year between 1993-96, says the study, but only 5% experienced low income for all four years.

Mar. 26, 1999 - from her report in The National Post
Colen, Alexandra
Today we are witnessing a serious moral crisis. The future has been sacrificed on the altar of the welfare state. The moral decay of nations can be read in their debt ratios. Most parents would be ashamed to leave their children an inheritance of debts. But this is exactly what governments in Western Europe and North America have been doing over the past two decades. The average government debt of the seven biggest industrial nations in the world has risen to 75 per cent of annual Gross Domestic Product, the sum of what a nation produces in one year. A public debt of 75 per cent of GDP means quite simply that every citizen will have to work for free for the state during nine months in order to allow the state to pay back the debts of the past.

1996 - from Right Now, BCM Right, London
Cultivated people seek from themselves; small people seek from others.

from Analects 15.17
Coolidge, Calvin
The people cannot look to legislation generally for success. Industry, thrift, character, are not conferred by act or resolve. Government cannot relieve from toil. It can provide no substitute for the rewards of service. It can, of course, care for the defective and recognize distinguished merit. The normal must care for themselves. Self-government means self-support.

Jan. 7, 1914 - from a speech delivered to the Massachusetts Senate when he became its president
Ellis, Richard
The Swedish system, introduced by social democrats in the 1930's, built on a need for trygghet, which, roughly translated, means 'a feeling of security', as if one were being held in one's mother's arms. Their Utopian vision was for the creation of a folk hemmet a people's home where workers would be highly taxed, but be guaranteed employment and universal welfare, such as free education and health care, pensions and holidays. ... With people now waiting years for operations and with schools short of books and qualified teachers, Swedes are wondering where all the money goes. On the streets of Stockholm, down-and-outs have appeared for the first time.

1990 - from a column in The Sunday Times, London
Francis, Diane  
About 30% of immigrants who come to Canada each year are sponsored. Agreements are that they will support them for up to 10 years. One Immigration spokesman guessed that at least 10% of sponsors default, but no one knows for sure. Ontario got 120,000 of the 236,000 immigrants in 1996 and ended up with a huge tab. Its Social Services Ministry spends up to $160-million a year supporting 17,000 welfare recipients whose sponsors have reneged.

Oct. 16, 1999 - from "Immigrant Boondoggles", published in the Financial Post
Frankfurter, Felix
[Of Michigan's anti-obscenity legislation] The State insists that, by thus quarantining the general reading public against books not too rugged for grown men and women in order to shield juvenile innocence, it is exercising its power to promote the general welfare. Surely, this is to burn the house to roast the pig... We have before us legislation not reasonably restricted to the evil with which it is said to deal. The incidence of this enactment is to reduce the adult population of Michigan to reading only what is fit for children.

1957 - from his decision in Butler v. Michigan 352 U.S. 380
Franklin, Benjamin
To relieve the misfortunes of our fellow creatures is concurring with the Deity; it is godlike. But if we provide encouragement for laziness, and supports for folly, may we not be found fighting against the order of God and nature, which perhaps has appointed want and misery as the proper punishments for, and cautions against, as well as necessary consequences of, idleness and extravagance?

1753 - from The Writings of Benjamin Franklin
Friedenberg, Edgar Z.  
Canadians are not good at Final Solutions but they are much better at defining and attacking specific and legitimate problems. Indeed, one of the greatest threats to the Canadian way of life lies, I think, in the fact that Canadian success in solving problems within the limits of its political system may lead Canadians to retain their faith in liberalism, and even Liberalism, to resolve pressing moral dilemmas related to welfare and liberty.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo

Frum, David  
[Guaranteed annual income] ... is just about the worst idea that this [Liberal] government has had -- one that will accelerate Canada's trend toward a U.S.-style underclass all our own. We have always had poor people in Canada. But underclass poverty is different from the poverty of farm and fishing village. Underclass poverty is a poverty that separates people from the life of their society in an entrenched, permanent, helpless dependency, characterized by substance abuse, crime and suicide.

Dec. 16, 2000 - from "Chrétien's plan for a Canadian underclass", published in the National Post
Economic conservatives of a certain sort get all twitchy when social conservatives nag them about the break-up of the family. Sophisticated people want to talk about capital formation and the deficit; they imagine that it is only the Savonarolas who would fret about divorce, illegitimacy, and the dwindling vitality of marriage and family in America. In fact, however, the cultural changes that worry social conservatives are likely to make it much more difficult for economic conservatives to win elections in the years ahead. What constituency can there be for Social Security reform and reductions in the welfare functions of government in a society where an ever-rising proportion of the female electorate -- which is 52 percent of the total electorate -- has come to depend on Social Security and welfare?

Feb. 09, 1997 - from a collection of essays published under the title "On the Future of Conservatism" by Commentary magazine
Gilder, George
The first priority of any serious program against poverty is to strengthen the male role in poor families.

1980 - from Wealth and Poverty
Gingrich, Newt
We have 6,000 years of written historical experience in the Judeo-Christian tradition. We know the rules that work. We know that learning, study, working, saving, and commitment are vital. That is why Republicans would replace welfare with work.

1992 - from a speech to the Republican convention
... we can save individuals. You can help Sam or Sally, you can't help the class. The minute somebody says to you, 'Let's help the homeless,' you know they don't get it. The minute they say, 'Let's have a bureaucracy do it,' you know they don't get it. ... in a bureaucracy, a case worker will have up to 200 welfare clients. In the 19th century, because they recruited volunteers, the ratio was either 1 to 1 or 1 to 2. And at 1 to 1 or 1 to 2, you can actually help transform the person that you are helping. At 1 to 200, you can give them a check so they can go and get drunk.

Jan. 20, 1995 - from a speech to the U.S. Republican National Congress
The welfare state kills more poor people in a year than private business.

Goldwater, Barry
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.

from The Conscience of a Conservative
Gompers, Samuel
Doing for people what they can and ought to do for themselves is a dangerous experiment. In the last analysis the welfare of the workers depends upon their own private initiative.

Gratzer, David  
Canada might not be a country of distinct culture or identity. Much of the last three decades we defined ourselves by what we opposed (Quebec sovereignty) and what we weren't (Americans). For this reason, we embraced a huge, intrusive welfare state - one that dictated language policy like bilingualism, regional transfers, and social programs. We attempted to social engineer ourselves into a post-colonial nation. Compassion and accommodation became the buzz words of the body politic; deficits and inflation, the fiscal realities of the policies.

Dec. 19, 1999 - from his column in the Halifax Herald
Hess, Karl
Poor people stop being poor when they lose habits, when they stop thinking poor and start creating wealth. This doesn't mean becoming rich; it just means producing wealth, working. ... The concerns of the poor have never been addressed by anyone. The liberals have simply said they were addressing them but kept people poor by putting them on welfare.

May. 01, 1982 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine

Hoffer, Eric
There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life.

1955 - from The Passionate State of Mind
Humphrey, Hubert H.
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

Huxley, Thomas Henry
Education promises peace by teaching men the realities of life and the obligations which are involved in the every existence of society; it promotes intellectual development, not only by training the individual intellect, but by sifting out from the masses of ordinary or inferior capacities, those who are competent to increase the general welfare by occupying higher positions; and, lastly, it promotes morality and refinement, by teaching men to discipline themselves, and by leading them to see that the highest, as it is the only permanent, content is to be attained, not by grovelling in the rank and steaming valleys of sense, but by continual striving towards those high peaks, where, resting in eternal calm, reason discerns the undefined but bright ideal of the highest Good–'a cloud by day, a pillar of fire by night.'

1893 - from Collected Essays I: Method and Results
... every man who has any regard to his own happiness and welfare, will find his best reward in the practice of every moral duty.

1894 - from Collected Essays VI: Hume, With Helps to the Study of Berkeley
... the ideal of the ethical man is to limit his freedom of action to a sphere in which he does not interfere with the freedom of others; he seeks the common weal as much as his own; and, indeed, as an essential part of his own welfare. ... He tries to escape from his place in the animal kingdom, founded on the free development of the principle of non-moral evolution, and to establish a kingdom of Man, governed upon the principle of moral evolution. For society not only has a moral end, but in its perfection, social life, is embodied morality.

1894 - from Collected Essays IX: Evolution and Ethics, and Other Essays
Jackson, Thomas
... a list of the most common social beliefs for which there is no evidence is a good summary of 'liberalism' - instruction raises intelligence, genetics does not apply to people, all races are equal, poverty causes crime, multi-racialism is good, welfare mothers want to work, all cultures are equal, men and women are essentially the same.

1994 - from an essay in The American Renaissance Magazine
Jefferson, Thomas
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

Kemp, Jack
We don't believe compassion should be measured by the size of the safety net, but by the number of rungs on the ladder of opportunity.

1992 - from a speech to the Republican convention
Kristol, Irving
A welfare state, properly conceived, can be an integral part of a conservative society.

1977 - from an essay in American Spectator Magazine
Latham, Mark
The reform of the welfare state has become one of the great enigmas of ... politics. It is the policy of all yet the program of very few.

Jul. 31, 1996 - from a lecture delivered in Melbourne, Australia

The welfare state has been geared around the mass production of universal services and entitlements. It was designed to meet the needs of an era dominated by Fordist systems of production and work. It was assumed that governments could anticipate the welfare needs of a society locked into predictable patterns of work and family life. The post-industrial transformation of work and society, however, has ended these certainties. Disadvantaged citizens and communities now have a different set of needs: less predictable, less suited to supply side planning and passive welfarism. Their needs are essentially skills-based, requiring the flexible delivery of customised services on a different, more virtual scale of government.

Jul. 31, 1996 - from a lecture delivered in Melbourne, Australia
Leishman, Rory  
Thanks to a 30-per-cent hike in welfare benefits by the Peterson government of Ontario, the costs of the system doubled during the latter half of the 1980s and the number of welfare dependants rose by close to 190,000. By the time the Harris Conservatives took power in 1995, the province's annual welfare bill had reached $6.8 billion, up from $1.3 billion in 1985, and the number of welfare dependants was close to 1.3 million, up from fewer than 500,000 10 years earlier. ... Since Wisconsin Works [a workfare program in Wisconsin] came into effect on September 1, 1997, the number of people drawing cash assistance from the state has dropped by 77 per cent. Today, there are scarcely 7,000 families enrolled in the state's workfare program, down from more than 98,000 welfare families when [Tommy] Thompson became governor in 1987.

Jan. 21, 2000 - from a column published in the London Free Press
The poverty standard used by the National Council of Welfare ... rises with average incomes so that by the council's cockeyed reckoning, the current poverty line for a family of four living in a major urban area is more than $33,000, up from less than $20,000, after adjusting for inflation, in 1960. By this ever-rising measure, it's certain the poor will always be with us. Christopher Sarlo points out in Poverty In Canada that most Canadians deemed impoverished by the council enjoy a higher living standard than the average just a few decades ago. Thus, while fewer than half of Canadian households had a mechanical refrigerator in 1951, by 1989, 99 per cent of households living below the National Council of Welfare's poverty line had such a refrigerator, 62 per cent had cable television and 50 per cent had at least one automobile.

Dec. 17, 1999 - from "Major hike in welfare benefits would do more harm than good", published in the London Free Press
Study after study has confirmed that employable people who rely on handouts from the state instead of an earned income are prone to depression, despair, drug addiction and family violence. Children who grow up in welfare homes are much more likely than their peers to drop out of school, have children out of wedlock and end up as adults in poverty-perpetuating reliance on welfare.

Aug. 18, 2000 - from "Striking Success for Workfare", published in the London Free Press
Loury, Glenn Cartman
A people who languish in dependency, while the means through which they might work toward their own advancement exist, have surrendered their claim to dignity, and to the respect of their fellow citizens. A truly free people must accept responsibility for their fate, even when it does not lie wholly in their hands.

Magnet, Myron
... the best way to help the poor is to promote economic growth and job creation... the welfare state has been a horrible, terrible mistake that ended up making miserable the people we all hoped it would help.

Feb. 22, 1998 - from an interview published in the Boston Sunday Globe
Mill, John Stuart
The mode in which government can most surely demonstrate the sincerity by which intends the greatest good of its subjects is by doing the things which are made incumbent upon it by the helplessness of the public, in such a manner as shall tend not to increase and perpetuate but to correct that helplessness.

Government aid....should be so given as to be as far as possible a course of education for the people in the art of accomplishing great objects by individual energy and voluntary co-operation.

Montesquieu, Baron de
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.

Mulroney, Martin Brian  
Any civilization which respects itself admits to its basic responsibility of providing for its members in need. But few civilizations have achieved greatness by treating all their members as needy.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo

Murray, Charles
In the book [The Bell Curve] my co-author [Richard Herrnstein] and I describe what we see as strong empirical evidence of downward pressure on the intellectual capital of the country, due to differential birth rates between more and less intelligent individuals. In our last chapter we say we are scared stiff of any government attempts to deal with this, because we can imagine no acceptable recommendation whatsoever from the government to encourage fertility among some women and discourage it among others. That is so fraught with dangers that we don't want to see it happen. We say that explicitly. Then we go on to say that the problem with current government policy is the opposite. Right now, with the welfare system, we have an incentive structure that manipulates fertility. It doesn't encourage women with high I.Q.s to have babies, but rather women with low average intelligence. So we say the government ought to stop subsidizing births to anybody, rich or poor. Well, this was taken as a eugenics policy. To ask the government to withdraw from an area was very aggressively interpreted as meaning we want the government to encourage high I.Q. women to have more babies. But that's not what we said.

Jan. 1995 - from "Forbidden Thoughts", a discussion published in American Enterprise by the American Enterprise Institute
National Post, The  
The failures [of our social welfare system to prevent poverty] are the result not of powerful social trends before which government is helpless - the self-serving explanation of too many public servants - but of a 'progressive' Canadian income tax and welfare system that treats families with children badly and encourages dependency.

Feb. 26, 1999 - from its editorial
Nock, Albert Jay
Politicians leap with joy on this-or-that proposed advance in 'social legislation,' not out of any primary interest in social welfare, but because it means more government, more jobs, more patronage, more diversions of public money to their own use and behoof; and what but a flagrant disservice to society can accrue from that?

O'Reilly, Bill
We are rapidly becoming a society that wants the government to redistribute income from those who have to those who don't have. They do this in Sweden and other countries with some success. But there are problems with quasi-socialism because the government cannot legislate responsibility. Remember the ant story you were told as a kid? The one that said most of the ants worked feverishly during the summer storing up food for the winter, but the grasshopper slept all day. Then winter came, and the industrious ants were fat and happy, while the lazy grasshopper went hungry. ... The difficulty here is that millions of Americans do work hard and make little progress. So they are in the same boat as the irresponsible, and the government can't weed them out.

Feb. 14, 2001 - from "A taxing situation", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
O'Rourke, P.J.
We've been nice to the liberals for too long. They're thugs. The liberal dream is to control people, to oppress and exploit them for some 'higher' goal. ... [L]iberals are always championing laws and social programs which are theoretically good for a class of people while being provably disastrous for people themselves: racial quotas, busing, welfare, my goddamned taxes. ... The core of the liberal belief is that the mass is more important than the man.

1994 - from "The Carribean Refugee Crisis", published in The American Spectator Magazine
O'Sullivan, John
Conservatism is an ornery beast that hibernates in the summer and wakes up in winter. When political storms rage and radicals attack the fundamental institutions of society, then conservatism emerges angrily from its cave to do battle. But when the political climate is mild and pleasant as now — with a rising Dow, low unemployment, moderate social policies like welfare reform, and no clear and present danger from abroad — then conservatives either cultivate their gardens or, if they are philosophically minded, sit around in circles under the sun speculating on what the next battle will be about. The conservatism of the future is being shaped, debated, and tested in these circles today. What are these groups? What do they believe? And which among them is likely to prevail?

Oct. 11, 1999 - from the opening of "Types of Right: Why Conservatives Break Down", published in National Review
Paglia, Camille
Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!

Parker, Star
The welfare state allows people to escape the consequences of their actions. Negative behaviors no longer have consequences, they have safety nets.

May 10, 2001 - quoted in "Star Parker, a Courageous Black Voice" published by United Press International
You cannot win the war on poverty without getting your hands dirty. The grant-and-cash approach make the givers feel good, but keeps their hands clean.

May 10, 2001 - quoted in "Star Parker, a Courageous Black Voice" published by United Press International
We have two economic systems working for America: capitalism for the rich and socialism for the poor. The problem with a government that lets both systems operate is that the middle class gets stuck working for the rich to support the poor.

1997 - from Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats

Pataki, George
When government takes responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.

Peel, Sir Robert
The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

Postrel, Virginia
Inflated wages make marginal workers unemployable ... high taxes and stringent employment regulations block immigrant entrepreneurship, and generous welfare benefits discourage work anyway.

Aug. 9, 1999 - from "Socialists need tall fences", published in Forbes Magazine
Reagan, Ronald Wilson
Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation [with the communists].

Oct. 27, 1964 - speech at the Republican National Convention
Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

Jan. 07, 1990 - column in The Los Angeles Times
Reynolds, Alan
Experts of all ideological stipes seem to agree that charitable contributions are minuscule, almost insignificant. The way they make this point is to compare a very narrow definition of charitable contributions to a very broad definition of the revenues of all nonprofit organizations. ... Fans of federal welfare programs use these statistics to argue that charity is too puny to replace any government social spending. Conservative tax reformers find the same figures useful when arguing that ending charitable tax deductions would not matter. The ratio of gifts to the revenues of nonprofit organizations is therefore a handy polemical device. But is a meaningless number. [Reynolds continues by showing that non-profit 'revenue' is substantially discounted through various practices, and non-profit 'total income' substantially inflated by including Chambers of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, National Football League, and many other such organizations not involved in support of the underprivileged.]

from "The Myth of the Non-Profit Sector", published in Chronicle of Philanthropy
The statistical gamesmanship used to denigrate the importance of private charities pales in comparison to the artful devices by which the charitable nature of politics is exaggerated. ... myths seem to be contagious. ... the whole idea that private charities will never have enough money to replicate the welfare state assumes (1) that the welfare state works; (2) that reducing federal spending would not leave taxpayers with more money to donate; (3) that private charities cannot do more for less; and (4) that just as many people would demand private assistance as the number who now believe themselves entitled to public assistance. The terms 'charities' and 'nonprofits' are not interchangeable. Lumping philanthropy together with tax-exempt medical, educational and other businesses and calling that a 'sector' has resulted in widespread confusion. To say that contributions are small relative to all the money taken in by nonprofit institutions, or relative to all public spending on pensions and education, is no more enlightening than to say that contributions are small relative to the Defense budget, or the global sales of the Fortune 500.

from "The Myth of the Non-Profit Sector", published in Chronicle of Philanthropy
Ridley, Matt
... there was morality before the Church; trade before the state; exchange before money; social contracts before Hobbes; welfare before the rights of man; culture before Babylon; society before Greece; self-interest before Adam Smith; and greed before capitalism. These things have been expressions of human nature since deep in the hunter-gatherer Pleistocene.

1996 - from The Origins of Virtue
Roepke, Wilhelm
Taking has become at least as important as giving. In the absence of a sufficient number of genuinely needy people, they have to be invented, so that the leveling down of wealth to a normal average, which satisfies social grievances, can be justified by moralistic phrasemaking.

1957 - from A Humane Economy
Rosenberg, Nathan
It is entirely possible that an exaggerated belief in the capacity of government to enhance economic welfare has created more havoc in the political sphere than in the economic. The nineteenth-century autonomy of the economic sphere reflected a division of labor between political and economic leadership that must seem almost idyllic to modern political leaders who are enmeshed in economic responsibilities that they cannot possibly discharge and who are harassed by their inability to finance and manage the traditional governmental functions. The management of economies entails so much frustration and futility, repeated year after year, that they must eventually exhaust the energies, initiative, morale, and effectiveness of those who attempt it.

1986 - from How The West Grew Rich (with L. E. Birdzell, Jr., Basic Books)

Rousseau, Jean Jacques
He who eats in idleness that which he himself has not earned, steals it; and a capitalist whom the state pays for doing nothing differs little in my eyes from a brigand, who lives at the expense of passers-by.

Russell, Bertrand
The argument against the persecution of opinion does not depend upon what the excuse for persecution may be. The argument is that we none of us know all truth, that the discovery of new truth is promoted by free discussion and rendered very difficult by suppression, and that, in the long run, human welfare is increased by the discovery of truth and hindered by action based on error. New truth is often inconvenient to some vested interest ... But it is in the interest of the community at large that new truth should be freely promulgated. And since, at first, it cannot be known whether a new doctrine is true, freedom for new truth involves equal freedom for error.

1935 - from his book Religion and Science, Henry Holt
Sowell, Thomas
The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer's money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse. The black family -- which survived slavery, discrimination, poverty, wars and depressions -- began to come apart as the federal government moved in with its well-financed programs to 'help.'

Spencer, Herbert
There seems to be no getting people to accept the truth, which is yet conspicuous enough, that the welfare of a society and the justice of its arrangements are at bottom dependent upon the character of its members; and that improvement in neither can take place without improvement in character.

Stackhouse, John  
Scarce public resources are being abused by crack dealers, chronic alcoholics, professional drifters and criminals. More government money will not solve the "homeless" problem if it does not get to the deeper roots of substance abuse and the high cost of urban housing.

Dec. 21, 1999 - from a series of columns published by the Globe and Mail
Stassen, Harold E.
Let us always have in mind that every attempt in the history of the world to establish a loafer's paradise has wound up a dictator's hell-hole.

Stockman, David A.
The conservative opposition helped build the American welfare state brick by brick during the three decades prior to 1980. The Reagan Revolution failed because the Republican Party decided to stick with its own historic handiwork.

1986 - from The Triumph of Politics
Thatcher, Margaret
... the unconditional supply of social benefits to those who were thought incapable of coping undermined the incentive to work and undercut the family unit. It promoted habits of idleness and delinquency. It permitted single-parenthood to become a financially sustainable, alternative way of life. By undermining the self-respect of so many of the most vulnerable members of society -- the respectable poor struggling for decency against the odds -- the dependency culture weakened society as a whole.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
A welfare state is what happens when you let a government of the people and for the people BUY the people.

The welfare state reduces a citizen to a client, subordinates them to a bureaucrat, and subjects them to rules that are anti-work, anti-family, anti-opportunity and anti-property... Humans forced to suffer under such anti-human rules naturally develop pathologies. The evening news is the natural result of the welfare state.

Watts, J.C.
We must not let government programs disconnect our souls from each other.

1996 - from a speech to the Republican National Convention
We don't define compassion by how many people are on welfare, or AFDC, or living in public housing. We define compassion by how few people are on welfare, AFDC, and public housing because we have given them the means to climb the ladder of success.

1996 - from a speech to the Republican National Convention
West, Thomas G.
Conservatives often criticize excessive government spending and regulation. But liberals leave conservatives tongue-tied when they accuse them of lacking compassion. No word in our political vocabulary - except perhaps racism - can silence critics of the welfare state more quickly and effectively. Strangely, hardly anyone pauses to consider the easy assumption that it is compassionate to spend money on the poor. Yet we have known for some time that most poor people today have not been helped, but have been positively harmed, by the poverty programs of the 1960s and '70s. Meanwhile, most of these programs are still in place. The numbers of those dependent on them are growing rapidly.

1993 - from "Poverty and the Welfare State" in Moral Ideas for America, by L. Arnn and D. Jeffrey, published by the Claremont Institute
Wicks, M.
Britain is a most unequal society. Currently income inequalities are certainly increasing and indications in other areas, while not always clear, show the remarkable stubbornness of inequality in Britain. This is a strong verdict for egalitarians and social reformers. The historical period that has witnessed the coming of the mass franchise, the rise of the Labour Party, the development of progressive taxation and the growth of the welfare state has not, in fact, made Britain a fairer society.

from "The decade of inequality", published in New Society No. 79