Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sam Adams, Prophet

In the days of George III, it came to pass that the Sugar Act was imposed, taxing some elements of trade with the Colonies.

A Boston fellow was asked to respond to the King on behalf of the traders of his town.

He wrote, in part, this:

“What still heightens our apprehensions is that these unexpected proceedings may be preparatory to new taxation upon us: For if our trade may be taxed why not our lands? Why not the produce of our lands and everything we possess and make use of?”

Why not, indeed?

Who knew that George III was such a frugal piker in comparison to Wilson, FDR, and the several States?

HT: FirstThings

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