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  • Most people didn't recognize the quote, but Simpson was probably attempting to channel H.L. Mencken's line about government itself, which Mencken called "a milch-cow with 125 million teats" (the population of the United States at the time).

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Annoying Alan Simpson: The 310,000,001st Reason to Vote

  • None has held senior managerial positions in the world of free enterprise where they have had to take the sort of risk decisions which so build character and understanding of how the real world (as opposed to the milch-cow world of the public sector) works.

    Your Money or Your Life? Your Money AND Your Life!

  • They should also acknowledge that the economic emergency requires a certain amount of public spending increases -- but which would be paid for by raising taxes at the top of the income bracket, as opposed to what Brown would do which is to leech once again onto the much abused milch-cow of the middle class.

    Who is right?

  • But when power is all that is left, a system which forces women to cling to daddy, husband, or sugar-daddy for protection gives the patirach in question a trapped milch-cow for his self-esteem.

    Women and the Invisible Fist

  • His interesting patient, Jos, was a regular milch-cow to the

    Vanity Fair

  • We like to see every thing do its office after its kind, whether it be a milch-cow or a rattlesnake; and if fighting be the best mode of adjusting national differences, (as large majorities of men seem to agree,) certainly Bonaparte was right in making it thorough.

    Representative Men

  • And how could he raise the wind now that his milch-cow had run so dry?

    Castle Richmond

  • What necessity could there be for economy with such a milch-cow as that close to their elbows?

    Castle Richmond

  • He had looked to find his tame milch-cow trembling in her accustomed stall, and he had found a resolute bull there in her place — a bull whom he could by no means take by the horns.

    Castle Richmond

  • "We'll just stay out of the milch-cow pastures," Lan promised.

    Brightly Burning

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  • Archaic hyphenated form of milk cow. Telling though is the need to differentiate "milk cows" from other classes of cows, like the ones who were butchered, or sold for other purposes. Nowadays cow-calf units are beef producers' stock-in-trade.

    January 20, 2009