Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
I'll let Thomas Jefferson say it for me.
-The man whose every breath is Constitution
What's your point? Just decided to throw a Thomas Jefferson quote out there as a reply out of context because you can't read a few century old prose and get the inherent meaning form it?
You know what Thomas Jefferson would say is "wasting the labours of the people"?
Having the highest per person health care expenses and not being anywhere near the top in terms of productivity.
Having a massive military industrial complex that spends more time fighting wars for corporate interests and other nation's defenses than doing it's job defending the U.S.
Having an ever growing privatized prison industry that is actively subverting sentencing laws to increase profits.
I could go on. Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Lincoln, etc. - All the greatest leaders this nation has had - recognized that the government has a legitimate role to play in balancing the economic landscape for all citizens and picking up the slack where the private sector refuses due to a lack of profit margins.
That is the intended purpose of government. Hence why Jefferson was in favor of things like estate taxes.