I have come to realize that Jesse Helms stands for everything in politics that is anathema to me.

— William Weld

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Do we believe that there is equal economic opportunity out there in the real world, right now, for each and every one of these groups? If we believed in the tooth fairy, if we believed in the Easter Bunny, we might well believe that.

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Before my tenure, people didn't seem to think that citizens had a right to limit the size of their government.

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I think coercive taxation is theft, and government has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum.

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People aren't stupid. I mean, people remember in 1990, the unemployment rate was 10 percent. Now it's 4 _ percent. We've got 1/4 million jobs that we've created.

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If we have major geographic areas within our continent that have a tremendous lack of economic opportunity, we found that that is going to produce instability _ economic, political and social.

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We're getting to the point where we're impinging on democratic institutions in this country and I think, you know, it takes a certain - not a suspension of disbelief - but willingness to go along with other people to get the ship of state going forward. I'm not sure that happens in a [Donald] Trump presidency, frankly.

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Managing people's sex lives is something that I don't think is a good role for government.

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Much is forgiven anyone who relieves the desperate boredom of the working press.

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Opposing the free flow of goods or people is a bad idea.

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The system that had grown up in most states is that wealthy districts with an affluent population can afford to spend a lot more on their public school systems than the poorer districts.

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We thought for the longest time we might have a chance to run the table because we're such nice guys and centrist party, etcetera, but not getting into the debates really sort of foreclosed that option.

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Government can contribute to a shared sense of purpose on the part of the citizenry; that's its highest and best application.

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About William Weld

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Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

Government is never so noble as when it is addressing wrongs.

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The courts are truly the least dangerous of the three branches of our government.

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I think government has a major role to play in helping us with the pursuit of happiness.

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I extend that to the abortion issue, I extend that to the so-called gay rights issue, I think this is a freedom principle and consistent with the analysis in the economic area as well.

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It's healthy for government to be a kind of moral catalyst, using the bully pulpit of high office.

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In the nineteenth century, slavery was the greatest wrong, and government never stood so tall as when it was redressing that wrong.

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I don't understand the Democrats' approach to Social Security in this country, and I'm not alone.

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We speak for all citizens of the Commonwealth when we say that society can draw great hope for the future because of the example which these young people are giving by their creative and constructive responses to the challenges which confront our communities and dedication to help those most in need.

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I think Gary Johnson is just in the wrong place trying to be President of the United States. And that`s not a secret. I do not view those other two candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton the same way. I think very highly of Mrs. Clinton. I think she is very well qualified.

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I dare say that a majority of the American people think that having a fair hearing on an issue of importance in our relations with Mexico is extremely important to our national interest, as well as theirs.

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I mean that psychologically. I think [Donald Trump] showed in the debates when he encounters criticism or challenge he behaves the way a bully would. He just doesn't take it well.

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It's completely idiot proof." I told them they've got it all wrong. I want a machine that is "idiot friendly.

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You know in fairness Gary [Johnson] and I have not agreed on a number of substantive issues in this campaign, tax policy, we've had some influence on each other, I think I've had some influence on him, on constructive engagement around the world, he's had some influence on me in criminal justice reform issues.

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We need a complete ban on soft money, which is sort of an enveloping problem, and a ceiling on the amount of money that can be spent on a given race.

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I see a big difference between the Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate.

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I think it would be a threat [Donald's Trump presidency] to the conduct of our foreign policy and our position in the world at large.

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I think the dignity of Congress and the dignity of the country demands something more than merely censure here.

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I've been at some pains to say that I fear for the country if Mr.

[DonALD] Trump should be elected. I think it's a candidacy without any parallel that I can recall.

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My slogan when I ran was that there is no such thing as government money, there is only taxpayer's money, and that cut pretty deep.

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I think Hillary Clinton deserves to have people vouch for her other than members of the Democratic National Committee.

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The best preparation for work is not thinking about work, talking about work, or studying for work: it is work.

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[Donald Trump] would be chaos for the country, I think.

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I`m a member of Societies of Former World Leaders.

And I`ve always been sort of in favor of constructive engagement around the world. And Gary Johnson has influenced me on criminal justice reform. I think I had some influence in discussions with him about the approach to international affairs.

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I think in the real world that's probably correct.

That would give federal matching funds. It would mean no more ballot access woes.

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There are several such issues where I have departed radically from the Republican orthodoxy.

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It's not good for government to tell people that the world owes them a living and that things are free.

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Liberals often don't see the problems, and conservatives don't see the promise, of government.

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I talk with Gary [Johnson] every other day, we're on different coasts usually but we keep in touch and - yeah, no I do not agree with that release.

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Nobody can tell me that no changes are necessary in Washington.

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Gary Johnson was a strong governor.

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We are making our case that we're fiscally responsible and socially inclusive and welcoming. And we think we've got on the merits the best ticket of the three parties, if you will, and so, you know, we'd like to get there.

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We absolutely have to restrain concentrations of wealth in industry from spoiling the situation for everybody.

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There's no Walter Cronkite to give you the final word each evening.

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I think transportation and corrections are not the first two areas that I would go looking for massive change.

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I believe in the platform of the Libertarian party, which is different from that of the other two parties and I believe that it would be good for the country if the Libertarians were - had a seat at the table to speak truth to power of the other two parties, which now have this monopoly in Washington. Having said that, I'm not taking back anything I said about the massive difference between the two establishment party candidates.

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Natural resources are so vast that no single individual or business is going to protect them; they don't have an incentive to.

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I think Gary Johnson would be capable of being a good chief executive and yes a commander in chief - Aleppo to the contrary, notwithstanding.

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