Letter From Ronald Brackney

A few quotes from years gone by:

San Jose Mercury mid-70s Memorex President Robert C. Wilson stated: “The vast and growing group of agencies, commissions, administrations and bureaus is actually a fourth branch of the government, as powerful as the executive, the legislative and judicial. No one, it seems, is concerned with the people who must pay for this tidal wave of spending and inflation by regulation.”
Historian Edward Gibbon’s epitaph for ancient Greece: “In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. …When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society, but for society to give to them…when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.”
The Honorable William E. Simon, 1976, then Treasury Secretary of the U.S. in a speech stated: “Inflation is the greatest threat to the survival of our economic system and ultimately our political freedoms. The culprits are excessive government spending, excessive expansion of the money supply and excessive governmental regulation.
The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of big government.”

Ring any bells?