Friday, February 27, 2009

Tom's thoughts on taxes....

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.

If we run into such debt, 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, for our callings and our creeds... (We will) have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers (our government) to account but be glad to obtain subsistence 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 incident becomes a precedent for (another)...till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery.

And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt (Bailouts !!)

Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression"

Thomas Jefferson, July 12th 1816

We were warned but I think it might be too late...!!

Tom, February 27th, 2009


Kath Lockett said...

G'day Tom
Time to cheer up and tell us about your own sense of style as it applies to your home:

Dawtch said...

You know (and most don't) according to the constitution, paying taxes is actually voluntary. Yep that's right, the Constitution says you don't have to pay taxes unless you chose to. Not that you could fight that and win in today's world - but it's there. Or it was, our law makers may very well have quietly destroyed that particular part of the law...