Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wise Guy: P.J. O'Rourke

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, here's a taste of the wit and wisdom of P.J. O'Rourke, America's leading political satirist. Formerly the editor of the National Lampoon, he has written for such publications as Car and Driver, Automobile, American Spectator, Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, House and Garden, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Parade, Smart, Harper's, and Rolling Stone. He is now a correspondent for the Atlantic and the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute.

"The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it."

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

"Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us."

"The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop."
All good humor is based on truth. Mr. O'Rourke proves that axiom.

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