Who said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have?
- claudiacakeLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
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.Source(s): http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/626591
- 7 years ago
Earliest known "in print" 1952 Paul Harvey's book, Remember These Things (Chicago: Heritage Foundation, 1952), 57.
- ShyAnnLv 51 decade ago
Thomas JeffersonSource(s): :D
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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.
- vote_usa_firstLv 71 decade ago
- Anonymous1 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.Source(s): http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Barry_Goldwater
- Anonymous6 years ago
It is actually attributed in writing to earlier authors...check:
- 3 years ago