One Founder's view on taxation

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    Any citizen who works in this nation currently pays at least 1/3 of our income to the governments.

    Does anyone think Franklin would approve of the tax and spend policy of this government?
     
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    Did he say this before, or after, he was electrocuted while flying a kite in a thunderstorm?
     
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    5 years after.
     
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    You did say one founders view....
     
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    I doubt very seriously that any of the founders would approve of the circus that we have going on right now. Hamilton would be overjoyed though.
     
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    Yes. I did. Because Ben Franklin is merely one of many founders.

    I highly doubt his belief was unique though. Perhaps you can find a Founder who thinks we should be taxed 1/3 of our time?
     
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    I highly doubt that. Hamilton was unique among the founders. But he also believed in financial discipline. He wanted the Republic to have a strong financial foundation.

    I think he would be horrified by the current spending and taxing.
     
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    I wonder what they would think of our foreign policy as well...
     
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    Until WW I, the federal government took in less than 10% of our GDP.
     
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    Very much so – he’d be amazed at the great value each citizen receives from his tax dollar: clean, paved streets, schools, hospitals, clean water and sewage treatment – beats dodging the contents of chamber pots thrown out of bedroom windows in BF’s day.
     

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