Originally Posted by Drek
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.
The fact that you so casually linked together Jefferson, TR and Lincoln only underscores the fact that you don't understand the transformation that took place between the founding and progressive era. These three Presidents had very different beliefs about the role of the federal government. And Jefferson's was probably the most limited.
Your understanding of Jefferson's intentions for this country are in many ways nearly exactly the opposite of what he really believed. And I can find you plenty more writings to demonstrate if you would like.
Regardless, my reply was only in response to your saying there's no difference between the Constitutional mandate to look after the welfare of the Republic and the extra-Constitutional modern interpretation that raises no distinction between the welfare of the nation and the welfare of the individual.
The founding fathers, including Jefferson, carefully articulated that important distinction. Repeatedly. Which is something social welfare Democrats like swept under the rug. But revisionist history is all it is.