Friday, November 28, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
"The Giver of life gave it for happiness and not for wretchedness."
--Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1782. ME 4:196, Papers 6:186
And finally, since I know that the everyone's main concern about Universal Health Care is taxation. Jefferson, thankfully, wrote a lot about taxation. He found it a necessary function of government, and warned of waste, of course. In addition, he was a supporter of Americans not being taxed by a government that does not represent us. I hear comments and protests about taxes, shouting how some don't pay taxes and how it's not fair that some have more of a tax burden than others. Here is a Jefferson quote for that subject, since it is really relevant to the health care discussion:
"Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a
certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise."
--Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1785. ME 19:18, Papers 8:682