14 August, 2008

Success and the role of government

I very much like this quote:

The people cannot look to legislation generally for success. Industry, thrift, character, are not conferred by act or resolve. Government cannot relieve from toil. It can provide no substitute for the rewards of service. It can, of course, care for the defective and recognize distinguished merit. The normal must care for themselves. Self-government means self-support
Calvin Coolidge (US president 1923-1929)

(taken from freakonomics)

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