Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
I see no point here. He's saying taxes are a sticky issue, best left tied to democratic processes. Nobody's saying taxes aren't necessary But as we all know, Jefferson was a huge proponent of the concept of enumerated (limited) powers. There is a place for taxation. But he would've never argued that your government has unlimited powers to use it for whatever they like. Only that which was prescribed.
In the end, your argument is a 'mob rule' argument. Exactly what Madison warned about when he talked about Faction, or what TJ was talking about when he warned about turning things over to the "canaille"
"Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is
to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the
higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they
- Your boy TJ, speaking about France...whose wealth distribution, if you recall, looked a lot like the US today.
See, I can play the Fast and Loose with Thomas Jefferson Quotes game, too! We all can!