• I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple. Were we directed from Washington when to sow, when to reap, we should soon want bread.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • Capitalism and Communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: “No man should have so much.” The capitalist, seeing the same thing says: “All men should have as much.”
    Phelps Adams
  • If you had your life to live over again - you'd need more money.
    Construction Digest
  • The most famous law in economics, and the one economists are most sure of, is the law of demand. On this law is built almost the whole edifice of economics.
    David R. Henderson
  • Monopolists, by keeping the market constantly understocked, by never fully supplying the effectual demand, sell their commodities much above the natural price, and raise their emoluments, whether they consist of wages or profit, greatly above their natural rate.
    Adam Smith
  • From the standpoint of society as a whole, the “cost” of anything is the value that it has in alternative uses.
    Thomas Sowell
  • Competition is conducive to the continuous improvements of industrial efficiency. It leads…producers to eliminate wastes and cut costs so that they may undersell others…. It weeds out those whose costs remain high and thus operates to concentrate production in the hands of those whose costs are low.
    Clair Wilcox
  • It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and revenues are too low, and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now.
    John F. Kennedy
  • Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.
    Richard Lamm
  • The history of taxation shows that taxes which are inherently excessive are not paid. The high rates inevitably put pressure upon the taxpayer to withdraw his capital from productive business and invest it in tax-exempt securities or to find other lawful methods of avoiding the realization of taxable income. The result is that the sources of taxation are drying up; wealth is failing to carry its share of the tax burden; and capital is being diverted into channels which yield neither revenue to the Government nor profit to the people.
    Andrew Mellon

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Bruce L. Benson, economics department chair, is a DeVoe Moore Professor, Distinguished Research Professor, and Courtesy Professor of Law. Since earning his PhD from Texas A&M University (1978),he has published over 125 ... read more »