In light of all the idiot speak from Republican Candidates/Fox News and other bullshit concerning people against Occupy Wallstreet, I bring you this excerpt from a letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison written on this date in 1785. Over 225 years ago!
“I am conscious that an equal division of property is impracticable. But the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind. Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise. Whenever there is in any country, uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on.”
Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, October 28,1785. ME 19:17, Papers 8:682
You really should read the whole letter. Thomas Jefferson walks around the French countryside, taking notes on how to make government help people so that they can lead better lives with less suffering. Straight from the pen of one of our founding fathers. Take that, you GOP cretins.
By the way, in interest of full disclosure: I’m an East Coast dwelling, over-educated, liberal elitist. In other words, “the worst kind of people”.