“[O]ur Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of Commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with Powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.” – George Washington

“A liberal is a man who will give away everything he doesn’t own.” – Frank Dane

“The more help a person has in his garden, the less it belongs to him.” – William H. Davies

“Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.” – Elias Boudinot

“Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels but they live like men.” – Dr. Samuel Johnson

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H.L. Mencken

“Washington, D.C. is a place where delusions go to thrive. That explains why Congress and the president are now agreed on remedies that will not work, expending money they do not have, to fix a problem that may not exist.” – Steve Chapman

“The fact that the market is not doing what we wish it would do is no reason to automatically assume that the government would do better.” – Thomas Sowell

“Some Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls are preaching economic doom and gloom, disappearing middle class, and failing health care industry. What’s their solution? The short answer is give them more control over our lives.” – Walter Williams

“It is strange that the qualities we are looking for in a sitting president- thoughtful, calm, and serious- are exactly the qualities that we penalize in those running for president.” – Rich Galen

“Every candidate who repeats the misleading nonsense that ’47 million in America have no health care,’ ought to be challenged with hard truth. The number is grossly inflated by including millions who are here illegally and millions of others who have the means to pay for health care insurance but refuse to adjust their budget and lifestyle. And don’t expect any media type to question where in the Constitution Congress derives any authority to dispense health care.” – Janet LaRue

“We’re so used to Democrats pushing tax hikes as the answer to all of America’s problems that we were taken aback to find the following words buried in Pelosi’s release on the stimulus deal: ‘Economists estimate that each dollar of broad tax cuts leads to $1.26 in economic growth.’ Gee, that sort of sounds familiar. It’s almost, though not quite, like what the much-reviled supply-side economists have been saying for, oh, 30 years or so. Pelosi, and other Democrats now suddenly touting tax cuts, may be on to something. We might demur on the notion that all tax cuts must be ‘broad’ to be effective. Evidence really lies more strongly with giving tax cuts to those who would start new businesses or expand old ones. But it’s refreshing to hear a Democrat admit the obvious- that tax cuts work. It’s no secret that high tax rates act as a deadweight on the economy by creating absolute losses from which no one gains. Martin Feldstein, head of the National Bureau of Economic Research, estimates that a $1 tax hike costs the economy 76 cents in output. That explains why the economy jumps each time there’s a tax cut.” – Investor’s Business Daily

“There’s losing. There’s losing honorably. And then there’s John Edwards.” – Charles Krauthammer

“Everyone seems to be campaigning as the candidate of change, but what does that mean exactly? Wouldn’t a depression be a change? How about basing our economy on Communism instead of Capitalism?” – John Hawkins

Jay Leno: Have you heard this story? They’re trying to pass a bill now that allows politicians to insist that they be addressed by gender-neutral titles. Is that really necessary? I mean, don’t we already have gender-neutral titles for politicians? “Crook,” “liar,” “adulterer,” “pinhead,” “moron” – these are all gender-neutral. … The big issue in South Carolina was lost textile jobs. That’s why Hillary was so stunned that she came in a distant second. In fact, today she said, “I’ve been wearing all of these pantsuits for nothing.” … Bill was really upset by her second place finish. In fact, he said, “Does this mean I don’t get a third term?” … Exit polls showed that Bill’s campaigning actually hurt Hillary. I just hope it doesn’t cause any tension in their marriage. … You can tell John Edwards is a little disappointed with his third place finish. In fact, for 1/millionth of a second, he actually stopped smiling. I don’t want to say that John Edwards seemed phony, but a lot of voters thought Hillary’s Southern accent was more real than his.

This Day in Delaware History

1927 – Time magazine, with Pierre S. du Pont, II, featured on its cover, reported that he had already spent $5 million on Delaware schools. He was also credited with building 89 schools for African American children, when the state would not.

Delawareans should never forget the deep debt of gratitude we owe to the generosity of the du Pont family over many years. They’ve done more for us than we remember and they deserve better from us.