George Bernard Shaw: Government Rob & Pay

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George Bernard Shaw Money Quote pokes fun at those not targeted by taxes, fees and government levies, who will always support the taxation and charging of others when it benefits them.
 
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul Quote
 

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul” — George Bernard Shaw

 

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This quote is criticizing governments that redistribute wealth through taxation. George Bernard Shaw is saying that a government will always have the support of those who benefit from taxation (“Paul”), even if that taxation requires taking from others against their will (“robbing Peter”).

The implication is that governments can depend on the support of recipients of government programs and services, paid for by taxing others, rather than widespread popular support for the taxation itself.

In summary, the quote suggests that governments are more likely to be supported by those who receive direct benefits from taxation and spending, rather than those who are actually being taxed.

Birthday: July 26, 1856 – Death: November 2, 1950

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