Why I love President George……. Washington.posted by Gregory Nazario at 9:05 AM
In his famous Farwell Address President Washington delivered more pearls of wisdom than Yoda on crack. The topics include civic duty and public life, interstate commerce, checks and balances and the mad popular caveat “avoid entangling foreign alliances..Bitches”. The one tip that doesn’t get much attention is his “Public Credit” suggestion.
As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is, to use it as sparingly as possible; avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts, which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen, which we ourselves ought to bear. The execution of these maxims belongs to your representatives, but it is necessary that public opinion should cooperate. To facilitate to them the performance of their duty, it is essential that you should practically bear in mind, that towards the payment of debts there must be Revenue; that to have Revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised, which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant; that the intrinsic embarrassment, inseparable from the selection of the proper objects (which is always a choice of difficulties), ought to be a decisive motive for a candid construction of the conduct of the government in making it, and for a spirit of acquiescence in the measures for obtaining revenue, which the public exigencies may at any time dictate.
Many Americans would suggest that this George put down his signed copy of “My Pet Goat” and read the thoughts of his predecessors. Not all of them mind you solely the effective ones. Our current administration has taken fuzzy math to a new level. Think Chewbacca on Rogaine. He proposes to fight a war, make New Orleans “better”, enact a Medicare prescription plan and dole out more pork than brunch at Oprahs. All this while cutting taxes. This is possible only because we are borrowing huge amounts from foreign neighbors, to include red China. These loans, plus interest, will rest on the shoulders of our children. George Washington understood that nobody enjoys paying taxes, but in order for this great nation to endure funds must be collected. If we are to enjoy global respect and more importantly international credit, we should balance the books as quickly as possible. The same folks that label any executive dissent as un-American cry foul when taxes are proposed, taxes that would invariably support their agenda. Mr. Rove take note, you cannot get more patriotic than the tax endorsing President Washington.