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Old 03-25-2008, 08:55 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Midpack View Post
I think it's a little more sophisticated and pervasive than this. I wish I could take credit for it and I don't know where I heard it originally, but politics and specifically getting elected is 'the art of bribing people with their own money.'
I believe it was Tocqueville who once remarked something to the effect that "the American Republic will endure until politicians realize the people can be bribed with their own money" (slightly paraphrased, most likely).

"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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