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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Who said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have?

any ideas???

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Thomas Jefferson, supposedly. Actually it has been misattributed to both Jefferson and Barry Goldwater. The actual credit for that phrase goes to Gerald Ford. This quotation is actually from Gerald Ford's August 12th, 1974 address to Congress.

    • J S4 years agoReport

      Marty shows it goes back at least to 1952. Who did Paul Aurandt [aka Harvey] get it from? And who said it before that? Gerald Ford used it in at least TWO speeches (1960 & 1974). We have not found it exactly in any of Thomas Jefferson's (nor Crockett's) speeches (though either could have said it).

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  • 4 years ago

    A Government Big Enough

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  • 7 years ago

    Earliest known "in print" 1952 Paul Harvey's book, Remember These Things (Chicago: Heritage Foundation, 1952), 57.

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  • ShyAnn
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    1 decade ago

    Thomas Jefferson

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  • 5 years ago

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  • 6 years ago

    Jefferson never said it but conservatives love attributing it to him as he is a founding father. For more examples of this phenomenon check out Alan West's book “Guardian of the Republic" which include numerous quotes erroneously attributed to founding fathers. It is with this same disingenuous and unscholarly tactic that most arguments of the modern right are made.

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    • J S4 years agoReport

      It's in Paul Harvey's book in 1952, as above.
      Somebody says "Jefferson never said it" but we DO NOT KNOW if he ever said it.
      What could be said and SHOULD be said in answer to this question, is "We don't have any evidence that Jefferson or Crockett ever made this statement, nor that they didn't."

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  • 1 decade ago

    Thomas Jefferson

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is originially attributed to Davey Crockett, but Gerald Ford is known to have used the line in a speech.

    EDIT -- it is often misattributed to Barry Goldwater.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    It is actually attributed in writing to earlier authors...check:

    http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/governmen...

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    • Tyler4 years agoReport

      This is the best answer that I have found. I just wish that it was more definitive.

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  • 3 years ago

    Davey Crockett!

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