: What's the Cost of Government Intervention?

What's the Cost of Government Intervention?


Capitol Building (sxc)With all the talk in Washington, DC and Trenton, NJ about our worsening economy, higher taxes, entitlements and government intervention, a few great quotes come to mind.

"In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."

"Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."  
Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

While I might not agree with the politics of the author's quotes in this blog, it does show that none of what's going on today is new, nor was it unforeseen or unexpected.

help (sxc)Perhaps what we need to realize now is that everything comes at a cost. This something we all must remember, whether it's REALTORS® asking the government for lower mortgage rates or tax incentives, or one of the other groups lining up before Congress asking for a piece of the pie or government intervention...

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."
Barry Goldwater


Comment balloon 8 commentsLaura Giannotta • March 21 2009 07:59AM


They already have the ability to do what ever they please.  it is only when the masses get tired of it and take back control and over throw the government that things completely change.  Thank goodness we are not at that point.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 10 years ago

Good quotes Laura.  It does show that this is a cycle that happens in our type of society.  It is just that in todays world of technology that everyone knows yesterday what is going to happen today.  That is where much of the danger lies.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 10 years ago

Laura, if we are becoming a socialist country, then I might as well move to France where I can get free health care and much better wine.

Posted by Kevin Cavanaugh, Lic. Associate Broker, ABR, GREEN (Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty) over 10 years ago

higher taxes on everyone unfortunately.  I hate the way the country is turning to distribution of wealth.  I have a friend who works for Jp Morgan who makes a pretty good living, but comissions may be taxed by 90% which would force him to lose his home, and put a huge financial hardship to him.

Posted by Highland Beach Condos David Serle, Boca Raton Agent David Serle (RE/MAX Services) over 10 years ago

Dear Laura,

I love the Voltaire quote. Another one I like is: Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it.." I don't remember who said that but it is oh so true.


Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 10 years ago

Laura, I like the three quotes. It is so true in reality but the reality is few people are reasonable and everybody wants to live at the expense of others sometime in the disguise of democracy.

Posted by real estate real estate over 10 years ago

I would say that last quote is frighteningly true. And I think you may know why I say frightening.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Barry goldwater nailed it when he said that. I think our government is way past being able to take everything from us.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 10 years ago