Those folks lucky enough to have benefitted from a 19th century education sure had a way with words. Take this quote from William Graham Sumner:

“They are always under the dominion of the superstition of government, and forgetting that a government produces nothing at all, they leave out of sight the first fact to be remembered in all social discussion — that the state cannot get a cent for any man without taking it from some other man, and this latter must be a man who has produced and saved it. This latter is the Forgotten Man.”

Could the case be stated any more clearly or eloquently? This is the lesson of Joe the Plumber distilled into one crystal clear statement.

Disclaimer: Just in case you’re thinking I have a plethora of pertinent quotes floating around in my head, this little gem came to me today in an e-mail from Newt Gringrich/Human Events.