Monday, October 5, 2009

Compact wisdom in a complex world

"Hit a dog with a stick, and you won't know where to find him. Leave him a bowl of food and you can be sure to know where he is." -Arthur Laffer

“Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”-John Donne

“those who attempt to level, never equalise. What they end up doing is concentratin. There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.” -Edmond Burke


  1. You'll like this:

    "In 1909, the US federal government had an annual budget of $US 0.8 Billion. With this it governed a population of just over 90 million people. The cost of government was about $9 per capita. In 2009, the US federal government has annual budget of $US 3,550 Billion. With this it governs a population of just over 300 million people. That's a cost of about $11,675 per capita. Are we 1200 times better off?"

    - John Mauldin

  2. better off? yes. 1200 times, tough to quantify but the point is solid and well said. Thanks.

  3. Niegh. Hit a dog with a stick, and you'll lose your dog to animal services.

    I definatly respect the third quote. There is no perfection just pre-fection.