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The power to tax is the power to destroy. A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny.

 – Calvin Coolidge

Many others here.

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2 thoughts on “Words of Wisdom

  1. Calvin Coolidge has a decent claim to be the USA’s worst twentieth century president, and yes, I know that the competition for that accolade is stiff.

  2. I prefer a more English quotation myself:

    "We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."

    – Sir Winston Churchill

    Though I myself would contend that it is more like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by drilling a hole beneath his feet…

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