LeRoy Collins Commentary 176

Commentary #176
17 June 2008

Words of Wisdom From Honest Abe

Essentially all of these maxims from Abraham Lincoln are being violated today by a system of elaborate taxation and entitlements in America. That is why they will always be contentious, and thereby subject to intense debate,...as they should be. When we recognize an inequity in benefits, we throw money at the problem; no wonder such actions become so expensive for the taxpayers.

That does not mean we should abandon gestures of welfare; but it does means they will, and should always be, subject to intense scrutiny by the electorate...if we will take the time to become informed. LC

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Words of Wisdom From Honest Abe:

During this political season lets be reminded of these wise words from Illinois' most famous son:

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

--Abraham Lincoln

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/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.


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