Thursday, March 1, 2007

Jefferson and Taxation - Wisdom of the Founders

“If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessities and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, ...our people...must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to government,...and have no time to think, no means to call the mismanagers to account; but to be glad to obtain sustenance by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow sufferers...

...And this is the tendency of all human governments; a departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on ‘til the bulk of society has been reduced to be mere automatons of misery...

...And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt;

Taxation follows that and, in its train, wretchedness and oppression.
~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Sam Kerchival, 1823

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