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Quotes by recent U.S. leaders on government role

Notable quotes by recent U.S. leaders on the role of government:

"I have little interest in streamlining government or making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them."

_Barry Goldwater, in his book, "The Conscience of a Conservative"

"Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

_Ronald Reagan, first inaugural

"The pre-eminent mission of our new government is to give all Americans an opportunity, not a guarantee, but a real opportunity, to build better lives." _Bill Clinton, second inaugural

"As Franklin Roosevelt once reminded Americans, `Each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth.' And we live in the country where the biggest dreams are born."

_George W. Bush, State of the Union address, 2005.

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(c) 2005, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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