Pay the Piper

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Pay the Piper

1. To repay a debt.

2. To face a coming punishment, especially if one has made a serious mistake. One pays the piper by facing the wronged supervisor or client.
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In our consumer-oriented economic system it is an honored maxim that he who pays the piper calls the tune.
And worse, with so much of our country's budget in the hands of the foreign-aid donors, the power of Ugandan voters to hold our government to account has been usurped by international creditors--precisely because he who pays the piper calls the tune.
You know the old saying he who pays the piper calls the tune.
One angry Southeastern cardiologist, a solo practitioner who did not want his name published, said, "Whoever pays the piper calls the tune.
We believe that "he who pays the piper calls the tune" and that's why public financing of elections is our ultimate goal and a key part of our Democracy Agenda.
He who pays the piper calls the tune and federal funding would almost certainly mean better supervision in an area that is certain to attract the unscrupulous, reckless, and even fanatical just as much as it does adventurous mavericks like West.
Charles Plumridge, a senior Gulf Veterans and Families Association co-ordinator, said: 'He who pays the piper calls the tune.
History has taught us over and over again that "the one who pays the piper calls the tune.
Recall the saying "He who pays the piper calls the tune.
Even the recently elected Labour government of Tony Blair has supported the oil multinationals, backing away from earlier calls to nationalize the industry and removing some of the legal restrictions on collective bargaining, indicating that whoever pays the piper, indeed does call the tune.
They ignore two dictums that sensible people learnt on their mother's knee: "he who pays the piper calls the tune" and "only fools bite the hand that feeds them".
He who pays the piper calls the tune and we're not all in this together when Mr Cameron sips champagne with billionaires and ultra-wealthy heads of industry while driving down the living standards of low and middle earners.