National Financial Responsibility

ImageI recently read America the Beautiful by Dr. Ben Carson.  In a section on “The Founding Fathers on Financial Responsibility”, Dr. Carson says the following:

Thomas Jefferson, an incredible visionary, made it clear that the accumulation of huge debt by the government is not only unacceptable, but dangerous to the preservation of our nation. “I place economy among the first and most important virtues,” he said, “and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” It almost seems as if he had the ability to look into the future and recognize the natural consequences of ever-growing and unrestrained government. “The principle of spending money to be paid by future generations,” he added, “under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

Dr. Carson obtained the above quotes from Jefferson from two issues of http://www.working-minds.com/TJquootes.htm – issue #54 and Issue #59.

While we certainly need to be concerned about our personal economic situations, we also need to be very concerned about the economic views of those in our government for they have affected us, do affect us today, and will continue to affect us in the future.

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