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Quotational Therapy: Part 2 -- Founding Fathers, On Taxes.

The "No Taxation without Representation!" Edition-

"No taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant."
-George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796.

"...in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
-Benjamin Franklin, letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, November 13, 1789.

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-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816.

Source: The Founders' Almanac : A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders & Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding, by Matthew Spalding.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 15 April 2005 09:15 AM


Imagine working hard to build a company to provide for your family...
Imagine your family left alone without you...
Imagine the government coming in and saying, we get half...
Paris Hilton's Grandfather worked hard and was fortunate enough to provide for his family...
Incentive to work and be able to make a fortune is a blessing of freedom.It should be everyones right in our country! Each of us will be taxed no matter...You may not like how someone is spending. It is just like food stamps! You may not like the way these individuals are spending The food stamps...BUT!... It is too bad...It is what we do...It is apart of being an American. It is our responsibility as citizens of a free society to be free to prosper, and see that freedom continues to grow and our entire society will prosper!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 15, 2005 07:07 PM