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Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, Adam Smith


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"Not one cent should be raised unless it is in accord with the law."

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

(1769-1821) French emperor




"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

We must make our election between economy and liberty

or profusion and servitude.

If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and

in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and

our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...

[we will] have no time to think,

no means of calling our miss-managers to account

but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves

to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers...

And this is the tendency of all human governments.

A departure from principle in one instance

becomes a precedent for [another ]...

till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery...

And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt.

Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: Letter to Samuel Kercheval, Monticello, July 12, 1816




"The natural effort of every individual to better

his own condition is so powerful that it is alone,

and without any assistance, not only capable

of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity,

but of surmounting a hundred impertinent obstructions

with which the folly of human laws too often encumbers its operations."

-- Adam Smith

(1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist


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