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Jefferson Recommends An ‘Interdiction Of All Useless Expenses’

February 28, 2013 by  

As the overhyped sequester approaches, the President and Congress are discussing (in public if not with each other) ways to avoid it by reducing government spending and/or raising taxes. During these discussions, they should all keep in mind the words of Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Marquis de Lafayette:

[A] rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive.

Such a mindset would be a welcome change from the past 100 years’ worth of ever-growing and unbridled spending that have brought the country to default.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Warrior

    In today’s “progessive” world, Jefferson would just be another one of those “cranky old white guys” and the rest of his “ilk” would be termed “extremist” or “American Taliban”. And so the “die has been cast”. I suggest everyone prepare because it is not going to be “pretty”.

    Sockpuppet Van Jones’ – “top down/bottom up” strategy is in full bloom. The “elites” are pushing for the “day of reckoning” and frankly I believe that day is coming and soon! Just view the progressive “reaction” to this “sequestor business”. Does anyone believe we’re witnessing “responsible adults” in action? This whole “charade” is maddening and sickening to behold.



      • Vigilant


        Interesting, if rude, (mis)use of capital letters.

    • Doug

      And…unfortunately, the people that understand what is truly going on in America, and the ultimate outcome we will be witnessing, are a very slim minority. The hyper-ignorant masses are a relatively new concept in America. Created by the secular humanists through our “public school” system, revisionist history and dumbing down. 3rd graders in my grandparents generation knew more about true American history, our proper role as citizens, and civics, than the average college grad in the current generation. This is not an accident. Ask bill ayers.

  • ibcamn

    Do you really think Obama and his henchmen are going to read anything from Jefferson,or any other old white guy?!?they have already stated they want nothing to do with them or there outdated thinking(which they are far from)or anything related to them?!Obama and now his wife(the one with the hair thingy)are really splitting chores,he going again after the conservative end of things(and money)and her?now she thinks she knows all about political speech and the laws and gun rights!WTF??!she has no right,what so ever to be trying to drive any political agenda,even though she has been trying with our kids and school and what we can eat!now she’s doing the gun control thing,along with interfearing with Hollywood awards now!get that ugly ape off the tv!!god give me a break from her!!and for a black woman,she has no rythem at all,like her hubby,keep her off the tube!did you guys catch the interview abc cleaned up for them so she wouldn’t look more dumb than she is??!!did Jefferson say anything about them in the letter??!(Obama may have read it then)

  • JimH

    It’s a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
    We aren’t in this mess because anyone is under taxed.
    In the 90′s the government shut down.
    We were told any non-essential offices were shut down and non-essential worker were told not to come to work.
    My first thought was “why are we supporting non-essential offices and employees.” They are already shut down, leave them shut down. Less expense we don’t need.
    Live within your means isn’t a difficult concept.

  • Michael Shreve

    Government acts like a living thing. A parasite. It’s primary goal is to grow. I does so by CREATING out of whole cloth new missions for itself that require additional functionaries, agencies and minions that coincidentally expand its’ power and authority. This action, throughout history, requires an increase in taxes that continues until the system collapses or the people revolt.

    • Doug

      Hi Michael,
      I understand what you mean, but government is not alive, nor does it have a conscience. It cannot be expected to have integrity nor honesty, as it is not a person. It is people, individuals, that operate outside the scope of the constitution and their authority to take money from productive people and WASTE it in order to gain votes from the moochers. We need to hold each and every single person that does this accountable for their actions. But, since America has unfortunately reached the point where more people vote for a living than work for a living, the collapse is just a matter of time. We the people are the government. As long as we fail to hold the “leadership” accountable, and would rather look to them for free food, free housing, free education, free cell phones,etc., on the backs of the productive class, we are doomed. Period. I think the last election (as sickening as it is), spells it our very clearly for us. America has chosen socialism and progressive idiology over individualism and personal responsibility. The beginning of the end.


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