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71,837. Nothing is easier than the expenditure of public money. It doesn’t appear to belong to anyone. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody. (Expenditure & Treasury) Calvin Coolidge
84,701. Whichever party is in office, the Treasury is in power. (Party & Treasury) Harold Wilson
89,447. The Black Budget is the secret part of the Federal Budget; it’s a part of the Federal Budget that Congress in fact is not able to see. (Spy & Treasury) Trevor Paglen, author Blank Spots on the Map
89,703. The people will be crushed under the burden of taxes, loan after loan will be floated; after having drained the present, the State will devour the future. (State & Tax & Treasury) Frédéric Bastiat
38,532. Of all the vulgar arts of government, that of solving every difficulty which might arise by thrusting the hand into the public purse is the most delusory and contemptible. (Government & Treasury) Robert Peel, House of Commons 1834
38,545. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. (Government & Treasury) George Bernard Shaw, Everybody’s Political What’s What?
38,525. The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third. (Government & Treasury) Voltaire
67,407. In general the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another. (Class & Government & Treasury) Voltaire
69,706. ‘According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions,’ Rumsfeld admitted. (Arms & Treasury & Defence) CBS Evening News, The War on Waste – Defense Department Cannot Account For 25% of Funds – $2.3 Trillion
91,664. The Treasury under Gordon Brown created a vast mathematical system. They invented ways of giving numerical values to things that previously no-one thought could be measured. Hunger in sub-Saharan Africa was to be reduced to below forty-eight per cent, while world conflict was to be reduced by six per cent. And all the towns and villages in Britain would be measured for a community vibrancy index. And even life in the countryside was broken down to a series of indices, one of which measured how much bird song there should be. Adam Curtis, The Trap
91,665. Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury. Herbert Hoover
91,666. There is a limit to how much the United States Treasury can borrow. Alan Greenspan
100,060. Welcome to Whitehall: to the heart of government … I’ll be finding out where billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash is really going. And who’s policing the spending. From vast projects to what’s happening on our streets. (Treasury & Money & Spend) Jacques Peretti, Who’s Spending Britain’s Billions?
100,061. The largest warship ever built in the UK … It’s now six billion pounds and they’re still not in service … ‘It could end up costing twelve billion for the two carriers.’ (Treasury & Money & Spend) ibid.
100,062. When Boris Johnson was mayor … he brought three water canons from the German police: they were never used. (Treasury & Money & Spend) ibid.
100,063. Why when they’re [Council] told to make saving they’re hiring expensive consultants to tell them how to do it. (Treasury & Money & Spend) ibid.
102,779. The chancellor of the exchequer talks frankly about the big bang: ‘Hello, you know, a lot of people come up to me and say, Nigel, you’re a fat bastard.’ Spitting Image s3e15, Nigel Lawson
119,782. I’d prefer to be anally raped rather than give one more dollar to the Treasury. (United States of America & Treasury) Sacha Baron Cohen: Who is America? I, Billy, Channel 4 2018