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We Have More Machinery of Government Than is Necessary…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow, 1824

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We Are Running the Next Generation into Debt…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure anything which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.” — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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I Am for Not Making the Poor Easy in Poverty…

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766

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There Is No Such Thing As An Equality of Condition

James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper

“There are numerous instances in which the social inequality of America may do violence to our notions of abstract justice, but the compromise of interests under which all civilized society must exist, renders this unavoidable. . . . If we would have civilization and the exertion indispensable to its success, we must have property; if we have property, we must have its rights; if we have the rights of property, we must take those consequences of the rights of property which are inseparable from the rights themselves.”

“The equality of rights in America, therefore, after allowing for the striking exception of domestic slavery, is only a greater extension of the principle [that] there is no such thing as an equality of condition.” — James Fenimore Cooper, “The American Democrat”, 1838

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Determine Never to Be Idle

Thomas & Martha Jefferson

Thomas & Martha Jefferson

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Martha Jefferson, 1787

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The Greedy Hand of Government Thrusting Itself into Every Corner and Crevice of Industry…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” — Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

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We Have More Machinery of Government Than is Necessary…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow, 1824

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