— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
Context: Let us never forget this fundamental truth: the State has no source of money other than money which people earn themselves. If the State wishes to spend more it can do so only by borrowing your savings or by taxing you more. It is no good thinking that someone else will pay – that ‘someone else’ is you. There is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers’ money. Speech to Conservative Party Conference (14 October 1983) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/105454
„The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.“
— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
„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.“
— Davy Crockett American politician 1786 - 1836
Speech in the US House of Representatives on April 2, 1828, as quoted in The Life of Colonel David Crockett (1884) by Edward Sylvester Ellis.
„The public pay for and elect the government and it is only by the people’s will that those in public office hold power. Public servants’ primary responsibility is to serve the people and we have a right to know what they are doing in our name and with our money. Public accountability does not end the day after an election.“
— Heather Brooke American journalist 1970
Newsletter (UK) http://www.newsletter.co.uk/community/columnists/maurice-neill-upholding-our-right-to-accountability-1-3856967 "MAURICE NEILL: Upholding our right to accountability", 18 May 2012.
„We give public money, and must see that it goes to public use. Tell your money, fix it to public ends, and take order against occasions of this nature for the future.“
— Edmund Waller English poet and politician 1606 - 1687
Context: The King governs by Law. Let us look back to the evils we had, in order to prevent more. There was loan, and ship-money, and extremes begat extremes. The House would then give no money. Let the King rely upon the Parliament; we have settled the Crown and the Government. 'Tis strange that we have sat so many years, and given so much money, and are still called upon for Supply. The Lords may give Supply with their own money, but we give the peoples; we are their proxies. The King takes his measures by the Parliament, and he doubts not but that all the Commons will supply for the Government; but giving at this rate that we have done, we shall be "a branch of the revenue." They will "anticipate" us too. But, let the officers say what they will, we will not make these mismanagements the King's error. 'Tis better it should fall upon us than the King. We give public money, and must see that it goes to public use. Tell your money, fix it to public ends, and take order against occasions of this nature for the future. We cannot live at the expence of Spain, that has the Indies; or France, who has so many millions of revenue. Let us look to our Government, Fleet, and Trade. 'Tis the advice that the oldest Parliament-man among you can give you; and so, God bless you! Speech in parliament (19 October 1675) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=40374.
„Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men since they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money.“
— John Prebble British writer 1915 - 2001
John Prebble, in Disaster at Dundee http://books.google.co.in/books?id=WSxIAAAAMAAJ, 1956. p. 16.
„Obama was quite serious when he said he was going to change the world. And now he has a national crisis, a personal mandate, a pliant Congress, a desperate public -- and, at his disposal, the greatest pot of money in galactic history.“
— Charles Krauthammer American journalist 1950
Column, December 12, 2008, "A democratic Iraq within reach" http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/krauthammer121208.php3 at jewishworldreview.com.
— John Ray British botanist 1627 - 1705
— Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Part II, Chapter 19, Natal Indian Congress
— Edwin Lefèvre American journalist 1871 - 1943
Chapter XXI, P. 257
— John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn British Liberal statesman, writer and newspaper editor 1838 - 1923
Vol. II, bk. 5, ch. 3.
„The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.“
— Chester A. Arthur American politician, 21st President of the United States (in office from 1881 to 1885) 1829 - 1886
Veto message of Rivers and Harbor Bill (1882).
„Public administration is a process or a theory, not merely an accumulation of detailed facts. It is Verwaltungslehre. The object of administrative study should be to discover, first, what government can properly and successfully do, and secondly, how it can do these proper things with the utmost possible efficiency and at the least possible cost both of money and of energy.“
— Marshall E. Dimock American writer 1903 - 1991
„When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.“
— Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman,... 1706 - 1790
There is no evidence that Franklin ever actually said or wrote this, but it's remarkably similar a quote often attributed, without proper sourcing, to Alexis de Tocqueville and Alexander Fraser Tytler:
„Secondly, get rid of all dependence upon the central department. If you do not as yet perceive that public money can not wisely, in any shape, be taken for education, still refuse the grant that the central department offers as a bribe for the acceptance of its mischievous interference. Until individual self-reliance has grown among us, let each town administer education in its own way.“
— Auberon Herbert British politician 1838 - 1906
„The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.
If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Most American fascists are enthusiastically supporting the war effort.“
— Henry A. Wallace Vice President of the United States 1888 - 1965
" The Danger of American Fascism http://newdeal.feri.org/wallace/haw23.htm," in New York Times, April 9, 1944. Quoted in: Democracy Reborn (New York, 1944) p. 259.
— Robert H. Jackson American judge 1892 - 1954
United States v. Wunderlich, 342 U.S. 98, 103 (1951)