GiN Quotes: Taxes

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Government Wasting Labors of the People

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Cooper, November 29, 1802

Don’t Know Which Way Is Down

“Washington is a place where politicians don’t know which way is up and taxes don’t know which way is down.” -Robert Orben

Deficits

“Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.” -Richard Lamm

Art of Taxation

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.” -Attributed to Jean Baptiste Colbert, minister of finance to Louis XIV of France. Also attributed to Cardinal Mazarin, under whom Colbert served.

A Power to Destroy

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy.” -Daniel Webster, 1819

Wasting the Labors of the People

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”  -Thomas Jefferson

Democracy Will Cease to Exist

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” -Thomas Jefferson

Subsidizing with Taxes

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”  -Thomas Jefferson

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