Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What would the founders think?

From The Patriot Post:

Founders' Quote Daily

"Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure."

-- Thomas Jefferson (letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823)

Can't help but wonder what our founders, and particularly Jefferson, would say about our tax code - or any other laws that are passed these days...

2 comments:

Brian said...

Maggie;

Too many of our politicians and bureaucrats are out of touch with us. I can say that in my three years of working in the DC metro area has reinforced the same belief. Consistent in all is this belief that the average American is just plain too stupid to understand the world around them (this told to me by a very high ranking government official). I also saw this when I was working on my master in public administration at the University of Dayton. Many of the students were in positions with the county and the locales, and they had a shared belief along with the academics that most people are not smart enough to think without the aid of government.

My belief is that is that government has taken too much of our lives from us. I look at it like raising my children; if I do everything for them they will never mature into adults. Likewise if government is doing everything for us, our society fails to develop into mature adults.

Maggie Thurber said...

Brian - your comments could have just as easily been applied to my "don't need no education - I got gummit" post...

Same thing...

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