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." Voltaire
"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.
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."