Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson, (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Thomas Jefferson Quote

“Government can do something for the people only in proportion as it can do something to the people. ”

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
~ Thomas Jefferson

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Mike, Norwalk


jim k, austin

And what government does to people is usually not too pleasant. As in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Maos China, Rawanda, Cuba, the list goes on. Could this be where we are headed with our Marxist president?

Dave Wilber

Government can do anything for us, with us, to us or to others as long as the doers believe they have been paid with strips of paper that no longer even promise payment. Ask not what our misleaders will do for you but ask what they will do to you next.

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Blue    3/6/09
Ken, Allyn, WA

People who want a large, powerful, centralized government are essentially masochists. The more they suffer, the greater pleasure they feel. I think they'll soon be in ecstasy.

Mike, Norwalk

For the people ;-) government can inflate wealth so exponentially that, in the not to distant future, the people can negotiate their wheelbarrows full of wealth to the nearest baker to barter for a loaf of bread. Ahh yes, in the name of 'for', it is done 'to'.

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Anon    3/9/09

People who want a large, powerful, centralized government are essentially sadists. The more we suffer, the greater pleasure they feel. Don't forget, they are the ones who benefit by our servitude.

E Archer, NYC

Real change would be a return to responsibilty.

warren, olathe

The only real thing the government can do for us is GET OUT OF THE WAY.


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