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John Koster on Politico.com

Here's yet another sign that the current political environment is helping Republicans with their recruitment efforts: One of the GOP's leading House recruits from the 2000 election is making a comeback.

Snohomish County Councilman John Koster, one of the few Republicans to ever seriously challenge Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), announced that he's running against Larsen again this year.

"Rick Larsen offers Washingtonians a failed socialist ideology that punishes prosperity and produces mediocrity. It has failed millions of people every time it has been tried - government cannot spend us into prosperity," Koster said in a statement.

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"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

--Adrian Rogers: See it @ Google Books: Ten Secrets for a Successful Family, p. 138.