37 Ronald Reagan Quotes on Welfare, Liberalism, Government and Politics

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President Ronald Reagan [ Wikipedia ] is perhaps one of the better known republican presidents along with Abraham Lincoln. I am not an American but given a choice, I did vote for Republican and No! I am not white.

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What I like about Republican is their ideas, whether they carry out their policies is a whole different story. I believe the government should not dictate how we live our lives, I do not believe in food stamps, free welfare for everyone and more. If it is wrong for a parent to give their adult kids monthly allowance, why is it okay for the government to tax the rich and middle class and give the money to the jobless?

There are plenty of jobs, if an illegal immigrant that cannot speak your language and doesn’t understand your culture can find a decent paying job and survive in your country, there must be something wrong with the country’s social culture. Politically, there must be laws that punish people for collecting food stamps because they are too lazy to work, don’t get me wrong, most people deserve it, especially those disable and handicapped, but there are always people that abuse the system.

Karl Marx once said, “Democracy is the road to socialism.” He was right, communism failed at socialism while most Democratic countries in Europe and North America had more social welfare and programs than the USSR.

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

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My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out.
My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.

We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.
No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.

Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.

Politics I supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Politics I supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

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There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

The most terrifying words in the the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
The most terrifying words in the the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Trust but verify.
Trust but verify.

If we ever forget that we are one nation under God then we will be a nation gone under.
If we ever forget that we are one nation under God then we will be a nation gone under.

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits to human intelligence, imagination and wonder.
There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits to human intelligence, imagination and wonder.

When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

We are never defeated unless we give up on God.
We are never defeated unless we give up on God.

A people free to choose will always choose peace.
A people free to choose will always choose peace.

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you loses yours.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you loses yours.

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.

Man is not free unless government is limited.
Man is not free unless government is limited.

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

One picture is worth 1000 denials.
One picture is worth 1000 denials.

While I take inspiration from the past like most Americans, I live for the future.
While I take inspiration from the past like most Americans, I live for the future.

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

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    The Red Latino [ Reply ]

    Could I please have this image without any text, I would like to use it to make quotes.

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    Did Reagan ever day something like….
    Welfare is a worthy endeavor, but only to the extent that it serves to create less welfare.

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    President Reagan foresaw the full threat to our democracy and, unfortunately, today we lost that freedom without a shot being fired.

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