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FF_Canuck





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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:28 am    Post subject: The Ten Cannots Reply with quote

Stumbled across these tonight. Apparently penned around 1916 by a Presbyerian minister, often attributed to Lincoln, I think they've aged well.

William J.H. Boetcker wrote:
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.


H/t: Bayou Renaissance Man
TorontoCon





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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You cannot establish security on borrowed money.

...Bush might want to learn that one. How much does the US owe China now?
Mac





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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great accumulation of wisdom... but I'm sure our resident liberals will disagree.

-Mac
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TorontoCon wrote:
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.

...Bush might want to learn that one. How much does the US owe China now?


Yeah, but China also relies heavily on the United States maintaining a strong economy so they will buy their cheap and dangerous “goods.”
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