Americans make, Government takes

The Reagan Moment

“ They have kind of a layaway plan for your lives which never changes. It’s called, “ Americans make, government takes”.

Remarks at the National Conference of the National Federation of Independent Business, June 22, 1983


“As Dave Stockman pointed out the other day, we’re still subsidizing 95 million meals a day, providing $70 billion in healthcare to the elderly and poor, some 47 million people. Some 10 million or more are living in subsidized housing. And we’re still providing scholarships for a million and a half students. Only here in this city of OZ would a budget this big and this generous be characterized as a miserly attack on the poor”.

Remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Dinner February 26, 1982