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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:39 PM

History and politics don't always mix


ST. LOUIS • Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on Saturday opened his "Lincoln Days" speech with a Thomas Jefferson quote that seems to endorse modern Republican philosophy regarding tax policy:

“Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not.”

Problem: Jefferson never said it.

That's according to The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the ultimate arbiter of stuff like this. The Foundation's website says it's a 1980s quote that has been wrongly attributed to Jefferson ...


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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:19 PM

1. And didn't TJ also not say that line about "government that governs least"?

And for our side, Lincoln never said that much repeated quote about "corporations have been enthroned".

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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:45 PM

2. ... Although the saying "That government is best which governs least" is often attributed to Thomas

Jefferson, we have not found this particular statement in his writings ...

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