„The issue is not that morals be applied to public policy, it's that conservatives bring public policy to spheres of our lives where it should not enter.“

—  Barney Frank, KUOW.org audio program (7 September 2005) http://www.kuow.org/defaultProgram.asp?ID=9423 (RealAudio)
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„Criticism is part of the lifeblood of democracy. No one is right all the time. But we should remember that there is a big difference between criticizing a policy or a politician and demonizing the government that guarantees our freedoms and the public servants who enforce our laws.“

—  Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States 1946
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„The political policies that are called conservative these days would appall any genuine conservative“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
Context: The political policies that are called conservative these days would appall any genuine conservative, if there were one around to be appalled. For example, the central policy of the Reagan Administration - which was supposed to be conservative - was to build up a powerful state. The state grew in power more under Reagan than in any peacetime period, even if you just measure it by state expenditures. The state intervention in the economy vastly increased. That's what the Pentagon system is, in fact; it's the creation of a state-guaranteed market and subsidy system for high-technology production. There was a commitment under the Reagan Administration to protect this more powerful state from the public, which is regarded as the domestic enemy. Take the resort to clandestine operations in foreign policy: that means the creation of a powerful central state immune from public inspection. Or take the increased efforts at censorship and other forms of control. All of these are called "conservatism," but they're the very opposite of conservatism. Whatever the term means, it involves a concern for Enlightenment values of individual rights and freedoms against powerful external authorities such as the state, [or] a dominant Church, and so on. That kind of conservatism no one even remembers anymore.

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„However, Hoover had converted the simple business ritual of reassurance into a major instrument of public policy.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith American economist and diplomat 1908 - 2006
Chapter VIII https://openlibrary.org/books/OL25728842M/The_Great_Crash_1929, Aftermath II, Section I, p 144

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„I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy.“

—  George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799
Context: Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

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„Don't liken me to that [SOB]. Anybody that lets his public policies be mixed up with religious prejudice is a plain [GD] fool.“

—  Huey Long American politician, Governor of Louisiana, and United States Senator 1893 - 1935
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„There is a thought that poverty is a public policy failure; poverty is man-made by action and non-action: poverty can be eliminated.“

—  Benjamin Mkapa Tanzanian politician and former president 1938
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