I found this quote to be quite timely with the direction the current administration is going:
Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the nation by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties, by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment, by maintaining peace, by defending property, by diminishing the price of law, and by observing strict economy in every department of the state.
Let the Government do this: the People will assuredly do the rest.
Thomas Babington Macaulay (Edinburgh Review, Jan 1980)
Couldn't have said it better myself. Although this was written for the English government in the late 1800's the words can be applied across the globe. For the rice farmer in China to the shop keeper in Iran, the teacher in Brazil to the car manufacturer in the U.S. these words should be sent to all government leaders worldwide. Less intrusive government is better for all mankind.
More Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes can be found here.
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