Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Foundation

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government." -Thomas Jefferson

I think we will see an increase of people talking about our founding fathers, the constitution and the foundations of America over the next few months and years. Everything is backwards. The REAL hard-working people in this country, who pay taxes and act with personal responsibility, are quickly becoming agitated with the direction of our country. New York City Mayor (Bloomberg) stated today that 1% of the people in New York City pay about 51% of the taxes that the city collects. Think about that for a minute. Every dollar that the government spends comes out of the pockets of the small percentage of people who have something, pay into the system, and take responsibility for their actions. I could be wrong about the increase of people talking about the foundations of our country, they might start acting like our founders. The Revolutionary War happened for a reason. I need to do some more research about that.

Our current presidential administration has made no qualms about taking even more from that 1% and giving it to the people who take no personal responsibility, don't work any harder than the guy next to them, and pay no taxes. I am getting off-topic...

Foundations support things built upon them. The foundation of my house supports the walls and the roof that keep the weather out. The foundation of our country has supported everything that we have experienced up until now. I think it stands to reason that if we corrupt the foundation, the things built upon it will fail. I think Thomas Jefferson understood the values that guided the foundation of our country.

Right now I see our government taking self-regulation from the people, being less frugal (what do you call printing $1,000,000,000,000?), and taking the bread of the laborers. Am I wrong? Would the founders of our country like Thomas Jefferson agree with the direction we are headed? Would Jefferson say that our leaders are wise and frugal?


  1. I agree with you 100%! That's a good thing . . . since I'm your wife.

  2. I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy your blog Andrew. That quote in your header? I was shocked to see that it was from 55BC! How appropriate it is for our nation's current mess. I'm glad you started a blog (even if you're not going to post pictures of your adorable daughter ;)).

  3. I have run across so many quotes and information lately that, in my opinion, clearly shows where our country is headed, but the majority seems to ignore it. I am trying to do more research and show this more clearly.

  4. Andrew,

    After reading your blog I am convinced that you must come from highly intelligent, thoughtful,(and naturally attractive) stock.

    Here is a quote you might ponder from the PM of England during the Reagan era(a bit before your time but timely nonetheless):

    The touble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money.
    -Margaret Thatcher

    You may want to consider reading Alexander Solzenitsn works if you want to see where we are really headed. Socialists are intolerant and must eventually turn to a dictatorship to consolidate and hold onto their power. If you study the Marxist-Leninist revolutions they are very clear about thier designs in their writings. Solzenitsn just describes the aftermath of the takeover in the Gulag Achipelago and other writings.

    (cousin) Brian Neff

  5. Brian, That quote just might make it into one of my posts. Thanks for the suggested reading, I will keep it in mind. I have a relatively long list of things that I will read, so I'll add Solzenitsn.