(Extensions of Remarks - June 26, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1138]
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                            THE TEN CANNOTS


                            HON. JOE WILSON

                           of south carolina

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, on Sunday at the Patriotic 
Sunday service of Grace Baptist Church in West Columbia, South 
Carolina, Dr. Bill Egerdahl, the Church's Pastor quoted an 
extraordinary pamphlet which has real meaning today:
  ``In 1916, a minister and outspoken advocate for liberty, William J. 
H. Boetcker, published a pamphlet entitled ``The Ten Cannots'':
  You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
  You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's 
initiative and independence.
  You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
  You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
  You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
  You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not 
do for themselves.
  Simply put, the central government cannot give to anybody what it 
does not first take from somebody else.''