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Bill Weld
68th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1991 â€“ July 29, 1997
Lieutenant Paul Cellucci
Preceded by Michael Dukakis
Succeeded by Paul Cellucci
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division
In office
1986–1988
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Stephen Trott
Succeeded by Edward Dennis
United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
In office
1981–1986
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Edward Harrington
Succeeded by Robert Mueller (Acting)
Personal details
Born William Floyd Weld
(1945-07-31) July 31, 1945 (age 71)
Smithtown, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican (Before 2016)
Libertarian (2016–present)
Spouse(s) Susan Roosevelt (1975–2002)
Leslie Marshall (m. 2003)
Children 5
Alma mater Harvard University (BA, JD)
University College, Oxford

Opposing the free flow of goods or people is a bad idea.
In the nineteenth century, slavery was the greatest wrong, and government never stood so tall as when it was redressing that wrong.
William Weld
So government acts as a safeguard of our property.
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 suggest to you that increasing the size of America’s economic pie – which can be achieved only if everybody has a seat at the table – is the most important challenge facing our country today.
William Weld
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.
William Weld
Much is forgiven anyone who relieves the desperate boredom of the working press.
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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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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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Managing people’s sex lives is something that I don’t think is a good role for government.
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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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Liberals often don’t see the problems, and conservatives don’t see the promise, of government.
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I have come to realize that Jesse Helms stands for everything in politics that is anathema to me.
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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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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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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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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.
William Weld
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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I think coercive taxation is theft, and government has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum.
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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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The courts are truly the least dangerous of the three branches of our government.
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Speaking of tax fairness, it was Senator Kerry who voted to increase the income tax on senior citizens on Social Security, earning as little as $32,000 a year.
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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 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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Government has a role as well in what is referred to as redistributive justice.
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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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Micro managing anything is not a great role for government.
Much is forgiven anyone who relieves the desperate boredom of the working press.
William Weld
There are several such issues where I have departed radically from the Republican orthodoxy.
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We absolutely have to restrain concentrations of wealth in industry from spoiling the situation for everybody.
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The unemployment rate is still twice as high for blacks as for whites.
One of the functions of government is to act as a safeguard not just of property but of our liberties.
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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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Government is never so noble as when it is addressing wrongs.
I think government has a major role to play in helping us with the pursuit of happiness.
William Weld