Monday, October 19, 2009

Quote: Thomas Jefferson

TJ had it figured out 200 years ago.
I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing. I know that to pay all proper expenses within the year would, in case of war, be hard on us. But not so hard as ten wars instead of one. No generation should contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence. For if could, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generations. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes and consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Wish we had more people like him around today.

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