Slippery slope Quotes

The nanny state continues, churning out one bad piece of legislation after another!....Yes, we should have compassion for people, compassion for our workforce. When my father had a heart attack in November, which went well into December, I had to take time off - but I worked around it ....Not all workplaces can do that. Those that can should look for ways to accommodate employees, if possible. This is a slippery slope we're on in New Jersey. The nanny state legislators want to give away everything, but forcing this kind of legislation on employers is the beginning of the end. It will drive employers right out of New Jersey, increasing the already alarming exodus of manufacturing and other jobs and residents in general.

Ann Richardson, blogging at the Business at Hand, The Newark Star-Ledger

I hope this is a lesson for the next Republican governor or next Republican president before they sign this kind of bill. Once Democrats control everything they are going to start raising taxes and raising benefits to pay for these screwball ideas….A tax on a job eliminates jobs; this is a tax on a job.

Republican State Senator Ray Haynes. The Tri-Valley Herald.

Reject the phony Patients' Bill of Rights….We don't have to continue down the path of socialized medical care, especially in America where free markets have provided so much for so many.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
08/02/2001 | Full Details | Law(s): Patient Bill of Rights

[I am] confident that Congress will pass the Kennedy-Hatch KidCare bill, a first step toward the single-payer socialized medicine system that the NEA [National Education Association] has endorsed for years.

From Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly

This is a huge, huge loophole. If they could raise one (food tax), they could raise another one.

Diana Winterhalter, a spokeswoman for the bottlers' coalition, called the Stop Taxes on Food Committee. Cleveland Plain-Dealer, 1994.
291110/15/1994 | Full Details | Law(s): Ohio Soda Tax

We have arrived at socialized medicine in America. I do not report this as either a good or bad event but simply as something that has happened with hardly anyone realizing it. This is the first result -- and probably the most important -- of the national health care debate launched last week by President Clinton. Our politics and economy will never again be the same.

Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post.
284509/29/1993 | Full Details | Law(s): Clinton Healthcare Initiative

Passing this bill puts us on a slippery slope to closing exemptions and mandating paid leave.

Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX).
11/13/1992 | Full Details | Law(s): Family Medical Leave Act

[John] Motley [of the NFIB] warned that business owners should not be fooled by small-business exemption [in the FMLA]. ‘That’s only temporary,’ he assured them, adding that he sponsors ‘stated aim’ was ‘paid leave for all employees.’

NFIB mass mailer sent to tens of thousands of that organization’s members. 1988.
329801/01/1988 | Full Details | Law(s): Family Medical Leave Act

I think you know as well as I do that when you get legislation like this, you very often feel this is the nose of the camel. Okay, they start off with this and then they expand it a little further, and then the next thing you know they are taxing industry to pay for the cost of the regulatory apparatus that’s being established. And the first thing you know, you’re really being asked to preside at your own funeral.

Thacher Longstreth, president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

[Medicare will usher in] federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have know it in this country.

From Ronald Reagan’s 1961 taped anti-Medicare message, “Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine” paid for by AMA and AMPAC.
316101/01/1961 | Full Details | Law(s): Medicare