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Born: 1927-03-16
Profession: Politician
Nation: American
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Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

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The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.

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Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.

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The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States.

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The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.

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The liberal left can be as rigid and destructive as any force in American life.

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If you don't have 30 years to devote to social policy, don't get involved.

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The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people. They were founded by people with extraordinary intelligence, ambition, and aggressiveness.

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Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire.

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