Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thomas Jefferson on Government Spending

“I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt, and not for a multiplication of officers and salaries merely to make partisans, and for increasing, by every device, the public debt on the principle of its being a public blessing.”

From a letter to Elbridge Gerry of January 26, 1799 [Edward Dumbauld, ed., Jefferson: His Political Writings, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1955, p.47]


  1. Thomas Jefferson, IMHO is one of the greatest figures in our history. His words hold as much truth today as they did in when he first uttered them.

  2. The more of TJ's words I read, the more I realize how much America was blessed to have him.