History rhymes

And to preserve their independence, 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 debts, 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 callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.

Thomas Jefferson, 12 June 1816

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3 Responses to History rhymes

  1. stackja

    And TJ was a Democrat.

  2. Beachcomber

    ……. no means of calling the mismanagers to account;

    This is the dismal state of affairs in Australia.

  3. Dr Fred Lenin

    Beachcomber career polliemaggots dont like accountability, that is part of democracy and they dislike democracy intensley ,thats why I call the US left “decromats “ ,you could hardly call them democrats ,imagine that entitled clinton woman egards herself as above the deplorables .

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