Thomas Jefferson – Still Offering his Wisdom Years Later….

I ran across a great quote from Thomas Jefferson and I wanted to post it so I didn’t forget it. Each day, I want to ask myself the question: what am I doing to stop this imminent “..wretchedness and oppression…” that will come from our public debt problem? And I urge you to do the same. What what will you do to help save our country from economic ruin?

“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 necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds…[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers 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 instance 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. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”

— Thomas Jefferson