I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared... To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt... We must make our choice between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. - Thomas Jefferson I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt; and not for a multiplication of officers and salaries merely to make partisans, and for increasing, by every device, the public debt, on the principle of its being a public blessing. - Thomas Jefferson Letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799 If industry and labor are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out. - James Madison It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow. - James Madison Federalist 62, February 27, 1788 I could go on but I don't want to write a book instead of a thread. I am sure you all get the idea though. I find it rather chilling how accurate they were. They weren't trying to make predictions, they were simply trying to warn us what not to do and it seems like todays government is doing it all wrong. There is too much name calling, finger pointing, and "the other party is the wrong party" going on anymore for us to run a real government. It was such a simple thing to do and yet we could not pull it off. What I speak of is the crazy idea (to the politicians these days anyway) that our government could have an ounce of honesty or care for the people they actually represent. We have drifted from the principles and values that sculpted this once amazing nation. As a parting note, how about I throw up a quote from the politicians today just to drive my point home... I'm sure David Letterman will probably be talking about it and Jay Leno will be talking about it; we've got $1.8 million to study why pigs smell. - Senator Tom Harkin, March 4, 2009 In 200 years will they look back on this time we are living in right now with the same respect we do when we look back 200 years? I ask myself that question every day and still cannot come up with the answer I want to hear. Something needs to change, many things need to change, for the sake of our children and their children and the future of this nation.