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Accumulation of Public Debts <- Adams


The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.

— John Adams, November 23rd, 1797, First Address to Congress

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in economic, Politics

 

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War: Enemy of Liberty <- James Madison


War Promotes the three enemies of liberty: Armies, debt, and governmental power. Eventually, we'll get around to making more army/money graphics.Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.

In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.

The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both.

No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

James Madison, Political Observations, 1795

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2009 in economic, Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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Tyrannosaurus Debt


ssexbshr890_smlSolvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, “If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Attributes” (1856)

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in economic, Politics

 

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They’re Worse than Nothing


_705672_incinerator300Suppose two-thirds of the members of the national House of Representatives were dumped into the Washington garbage incinerator tomorrow, what would we lose to offset our gain of their salaries and the salaries of their parasites?
– H. L. MenckenPrejudices, the Second Series1924

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2009 in Politics

 

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Public Debt


The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.

— President John Adams

The original greenback, from whence the name comes

The original greenback, from whence comes the name

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2009 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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