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Grover Cleveland

Twenty-second and twenty-fourth president of the United States (1885-1889, 1893-1897). Cleveland was a determined lawyer who became mayor of Buffalo, then governor of New York, and finally president of the U.S., within a four-year period. He was a persistent opponent of federal aid to special interests, of protective tariffs, and of bullying labour unions.


Though the people support the government, it is not the duty of the government to support the people.

quoted by Lawrence Reed in "Cleveland Passed 1888 Test of Character", published by the Mackinac Center
When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.

Dec. 01, 1886 - Second Annual Message
What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something?

Dec. 1887 - upon being told that his opposition to protective tariffs could cost him the 1888 election
The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government its functions do not include the support of the people.

Mar. 4, 1893 - from his Second Inaugural Address