Drooling on the Pillow

Friday, September 09, 2005

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away 

"We must not permit our respect for the dead or our
sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice
to the balance of the living. I will not attempt to prove
that Congress has no power to appropriate this money
as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor
knows it. We have the right as individuals to give away
as much of our own money as we please in charity; but
as members of Congress we have no right to
appropriate a dollar of the public money."

-- David Crockett, aka Davy Crockett, 1827, on the
floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, on a
$10,000 relief bill for the widow of a naval officer.
Congressman 1827-35

Thanks to The Amateur Economist and Curmudgeon Blog. Christopher Meisenzahl has a number of apposite quotes on a similar theme.
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