“If we run into such debts, 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 callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.” – Thomas Jefferson
Seems like today doesn’t it? Our government taxes its citizens into oblivion and into revolt. I sometimes think we aren’t far away from this today.
Another quote in relation to Jefferson’s thought:
“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” –P. J. ORourke