Posts Tagged ‘taxation’

The Founders on Debt & Taxation

September 16th, 2011 No comments

One of the President’s incessant cries during the debt ceiling debate was for “increased revenue” also know as higher taxes. The Left’s addiction to spending leads to an insatiable appetite for more taxes. When a government repeatedly fails to live within its means, the only solution of to demand more and more from the pockets of those they were elected to serve. The end result is tyranny and oppression.

Thomas Jefferson understood the connection between public debt and the tyranny of governmental taxation. He warned:

“…this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second: that second for a third: and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery…And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”

Founding Father James Madison boldly declared:

“I go on the principle that public debt is a public curse.”

If Madison is correct, American is currently under the greatest curse in the history of our nation! As Jefferson warned, we have violated principle numerous times, extending our debt ceiling several times to accommodate our extravagant spending. If we fail to elect principled leaders who will stand firm in resisting profligate spending, we may very well become the “automatons of misery” Jefferson warned us about.

The Prophetic “Sage from Philadelphia”

April 25th, 2010 No comments

Benjamin Franklin, known as the “sage of Philadelphia,” is famous for many things, however most would not label him a prophet. Yet Franklin was able to look through the corridors of time to see what was in store for America if we allowed our leaders to use their positions of public service for personal gain.

In a speech given to the members of the Continental Congress, Franklin made the following prophetic warning:

“Generally…the ruling power carries its point, and we see revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among the partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure.”

Franklin was worried that America could once again become a monarchy if we allowed our leaders to tax us to death and to redistribute our money to payoff the very ones who voted them into office. While the Left has been using this technique for years, the current administration has taken this tactic to a whole new level. Socialism steals from those who produce via the vehicle of taxation and redistribute the nation’s wealth through  government programs to those who will vote to keep them in power. All the while, the president/prince is able to “plunder at pleasure.”

Franklin added, “There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharoah – get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then to make all their children servants forever.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not go back to Egypt! The primaries are coming up in a couple of weeks. Let’s make sure we elect men and women who fear God, love truth, and who love their country. It’s time to get Pharaoh and his minions out of government.