Words of wisdom from the eighteenth century

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The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.      Benjamin Franklin

Those words, written in the 18th century appear to be meaningless in the 21st century, as we have become a country of entitlement, of expectations that others are charged with fulfilling and of goals that take us no further than the next twenty-four hours.  We seem to have an enhanced ability to rationalize our faults, to shy away from responsibility and to live to a means we have yet to achieve.

In today’s world of politics, the liberal left gained controlled in the quest for change, but interpreting the desire for change as the desire for a welfare state may be a mistake.  The assumption that each person is deserving of equality in all things without equality of effort is not and never has been true.

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.       Benjamin Franklin

I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.      Benjamin Franklin

Under cover of a recession, there are those who seek to spread the wealth without regard to the effort put forth to achieve it or the positive effect wealth accumulation has on society and in the process create unmanageable debt and entitlement mentality.

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.     Benjamin Franklin

Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.       Benjamin Franklin

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.         Benjamin Franklin

Old Ben may well be shocked if he could see us now. I read once that it was estimated that Benjamin Franklin had an IQ of 180, it is questionable if the combined total IQ for Congress reaches that mark today.

One comment

  1. Hi Dick, help me out here, if the benefit subsidy is to become taxable why isn’t just the tax the problem? Shouldn’t there be a tiered approach to a solution, such as some/most of the retirees pay 0 let them start to contribute and additional premiums to those already paying. This is also political as we know. Hope all is well with you, when are we going to Marco Polo for lunch? Regards Bob

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