Voltaire 1694-1778

Fran├žois-Marie Arouet known by his nom de plume Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church and Christianity as a whole, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.

He wrote and I quote:

“ORDINARILY there is no comparison between the crimes of the great who are always ambitious, and the crimes of the people who always want, and can want only liberty and equality. These two sentiments, Liberty and Equality, do not lead direct to calumny, rapine, assassination, poisoning, the devastation of one’s neighbours’ lands, etc.; but ambitious might and the mania for power plunge into all these crimes whatever be the time, whatever be the place.”

The members of the Grand Old Part of the Republic aka Republicans, have once again punched a hole in our pool of public money aka the Federal Budget. They did so promising us that “the growth of our economy will increase our income.” Really? Didn’t work for President Reagan, nor did it work for Sam Brownback the governor of our state of Kansas. The Kansan experiment in Supply Side economics has proven that at least for the citizens of Kansas cutting your income results in lack of fiscal growth.