Saturday, July 30, 2011

What would Jefferson do?

The brilliant Thomas Jefferson who penned the Declaration of Independence when he was thirty-three and later became the first Secretary of State and our third president had some things to say about how our government should handle its resources.

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debt as it goes."

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas that he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

"When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself public property."

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