previous next

Direct Taxation.

--Serious apprehension appears to be felt among many of our soundest thinkers that more or less dissatisfaction will be exhibited among our people when the tax gatherer next goes among them. We anticipate nothing of the kind. It is not for a great people, in an hour of national affliction, (and war is always a national affliction,) to embarrass the development of their resources and their strength by uttering whining murfords and complaints. War works wonders among the people. It makes the timid firm the migerly liberal, the most active sinners Christians, and cowards heroes. No samas in Europe or America entertains the shadow of a doubt about the certainty of Our success. When successful, then we will soon be able to construct a Government to conduct which it will cost less money than ever it cost to conduct any Government before under the sun, and the resources for revenue at the same time will be in the same proportion greater than the resources of any other Government in the known world. It must follow, then, as naturally and as certainly as light follows the rising of the sun, that when we shall have established our independence and post into operation the machinery of our institutions long enough to begin to realize the magnificent advantages with which we have been so liberally favored by divine Providence, we must, in the natural cause of things, approximate nearer to a complete freedom from taxes than any people ever yet approached. With such brilliant prospects before us, the man who could be gently of attempting to breed discontent in the land by complaining against the tax laws, must convict himself at once and the same time of a want of patriotism and a want of sense.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: