President John F. Kennedy had this to say about Thomas Jefferson in 1962, when welcoming 49 Nobel Prize winners: "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." The quotes below prove his point:
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe." "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world." "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
In light of the present financial crisis, it's interesting to read what Thomas Jefferson said in 1802. The Psychology of the Call team thanks Joanna & Jim for this brilliant reminder of the reason for elected officials; are you listening dear sir Mr. President Obama?