Thursday, January 20, 2005

A quote for these times

Lifted shamelessly from The Washington Monthly:
"Words to remember... 'A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt...If the game runs sometime against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake.'
Thomas Jefferson, 1798"

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.

Thomas Jefferson

Anonymous said...

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.

Thomas Jefferson

Kendall said...

Excellent thoughts all. Of course I make the distinction between bread that has been earned and bread that has been won in a craps game. And I make a distinction between really taking care of the most vulnerable in our society and pretending to help them while giving money to the richest and most powerful.

Dustin said...

Actually in the bread comment he was referring to taxing rich people (most of whom inherited at the thime) out of the money that they their business had earned. Most tax ideas were not on the average person but put upon business or the rich, since they could afford it.

Kendall said...

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