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We cut government w-a-y back. Taxes, too. Part 1

At home, fellow-citizens …  the suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expences, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes. these covering our land with officers, & opening our doors to their intrusions, had already begun that process of domiciliary vexation, which, once entered, is scarcely to be restrained from reaching successively every article of property & produce.
Thomas Jefferson’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805

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The President reported to the Congress on progress made during his first term. After a paragraph devoted to pursuing open and friendly relations with all like-minded nations, he turned his attention to domestic affairs.

Previous administrations had expanded the role of government and the taxes necessary to support it. Jefferson took the opposite position during his first four years, cutting unnecessary offices, expenses, and taxes . No longer were there “internal taxes,” ones levied by the government on its own citizens. Gone as well were the tax collectors interfering with citizens’ personal lives, or “domiciliary vexation.”  If those practices were not curtailed, the government’s appetite would eventually tax “every article of property & produce,” i.e. everything you own and everything you make.

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One Response to We cut government w-a-y back. Taxes, too. Part 1

  1. I don’t know if Democrats still celebrate a “Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner” ) or similar event. Can you picture any of the 20 Presidential candidates for 2020 actually quoting this Jefferson speech (including part 2). Today they want to tax EVERYTHING, including an “income tax” on robots.
    It’s not just Democrats. It is getting harder to find a Republican who favors cutting federal spending to reduce annual deficits and our total debt.
    A great question for the next Debate would be: “Do you favor Jeffersonian principles concerning federal taxing and spending?”

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